PhD in History, Humboldt University, Berlin
Julia Werner is a PhD candidate in the History department at Humboldt University in Berlin, where she is working with Dr. Michael Wildt and Dr. Amos Morris-Reich (University of Haifa). She is also currently a Research Assistant to the Chair of German History at the university, in which capacity she works on the DFG-funded project "Photography During National Socialism: Visualizations of Everyday Inclusions and Exclusions, 1933-1945." She has previously served as a Research Fellow at the Bucerius Institute at the University of Haifa, Assistant for Collections and Exhibition Development at the Museum and Archive of the Cold War in Los Angeles, and German Communications Coordinator for the Wende Museum.
Werner's research looks at photography in occupied Poland during National Socialism, focusing on the medium not only as historical source material, but also as an act of intervention. In particular, she has found photography to have been an important source of community-building during this time. Her dissertation investigates visual (self-) representations of belonging and exclusion in four distinct realms: the public sphere (festivals and celebrations), the workplace, "perpetrator photos," and photos from the occupied territories. Werner will be using her time at the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research to connect the uses and methodology of oral history sources with photographic ones. In particular, she hopes to use the Visual History Archive to integrate the complexity of the interviewee's experience, including gestures, facial expressions, and voice.
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PhD in Soviet and Eastern European History, University of California, Los Angeles
Dr. Jared McBride recently received his Ph.D. in Soviet and Eastern European History at UCLA. In the spring of 2015, he will be a visiting assistant professor at Columbia University and a Fellow at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2015-16. Dr. McBride received a 2013-14 Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation Writing Fellowship on Violence, and a 2010 Fulbright/Hays Dissertation Research Fellowship for the Ukraine and Russia. He has also received grants from the Mellon Foundation and the Social Science Research Council, among others.
Dr. McBride's research spans nineteenth and twentieth-century Eastern European history, focusing on Ukraine, Russia, and the Soviet Union, with an emphasis on mass violence, inter-ethnic violence, the Holocaust, borderlands studies, nationalism, and war crimes trials. His dissertation, "'A Sea of Blood and Tears': Collaboration and Resistance in Nazi-Occupied Volhynia, Ukraine 1941-1944," is a "bottom-up" social and political history of the Nazi occupation of the multi-ethnic Volhynia region in western Ukraine. His research utilizes traditional German and partisan materials, newly opened KGB archival sources, and personal accounts of the war in five languages. The project addresses the overlapping themes of the Soviet partisan war, the Ukrainian nationalist movement, inter-ethnic violence, and the Holocaust using a fine micro-historical lens. His conclusions challenge nationalist, primordialist, and cultural interpretations of the war, as well as enhance the historiography by re-conceptualizing traditional categories of analysis and grounding Volhynians actions in a wider social science literature on collaboration and violence. Dr. McBride will be using his time at the USC Shoah Foundation to integrate Visual History Archive Holocaust testimonies into his emerging book manuscript on the Volhynia region.
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