Dr. Anne Friedrichs
Member of the academic staff, Department of History, CRC Principal Investigator of the project B05 From 'Displaced Persons' to 'Refugee'Room: 05 312
Phone: +49 6131-39 39415
Fax: +49 6131 39 21050
This project reconstructs the significance that legal-bureaucratic practices of categorization had for the production and establishment of global categories of persons, using the history of the "refugee" as an example. Our hypothesis is that between 1944 and 1951, in conjunction with the ambiguous and flexible self-representations of people in transit, international organizations expanded upon, replaced, and ultimately left behind the situational category of "Displaced Person" (DP). The project combines a multi-perspective approach with an analysis of local, international, and state practices of distinguishing between humans beyond the nation state, and thus further develops a socio-cultural approach for researching the historical interplay of mobility and belonging.
Team: Anne Friedrichs (Principal Investigator), Christina Wirth (Research Associate); Jonathan Beil und Pegah Namasi (Student assistants)
Migration and sociation (Vergesellschaftung) beyond the national paradigm. A relational history of the "Ruhr Poles" (1860–1950)
The project deals with the Ruhr area from 1860 to 1950 as a region of condensed contacts and mobility. The history of the immigrants is so closely linked to that of society in the Ruhr that they can only be understood in their multifaceted relationships and interactions. From a methodological point of view, the project aims to contribute to the reconceptualisation of the social, starting from mobility and difference.