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12.07.2023: Annual Lecture 2023

Prof. Dr. Kerstin von Lingen at the University of Vienna
Photo: Barbara Mair
Prof. Dr. Kerstin von Lingen at the University of Vienna

This year’s Annual Lecture on “Postwar careers and narratives of higher HJ leaders in the Federal Republic of Germany” will take place in Building 11, lecture hall 0.09 on 12 July 2023, 4:30 pm. The speaker is Prof. Dr. Kerstin von Lingen, Professor of Comparative Dictatorship, Violence and Genocide Studies at the Institute of Contemporary History at the University of Vienna.

Before, she worked in the excellence cluster “Asia and Europe in a Global Context” as well as at the Department of History at the University of Heidelberg. She was a DFG Heisenberg Fellow (2018) and winner of the Ernst Otto Czempiel Prize (2020). Guest professorships took her to ULB Brussels (2016) and Vienna (2017), as well as to the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at Cambridge (2018) as part of a fellowship. In 2022 she was awarded an ERC Advanced Grant.

Her research areas are the history of genocide and violence, especially the Holocaust, of decolonization processes (with a focus on Asia), contemporary history of law, studies on Memory, Identity and Apology, as well as on global migration and forced labor.

Among her publications are three monographs (including her PhD dissertation Kesselrings letzte Schlacht. Kriegsverbrecherpolitik, Vergangenheitspolitik, Wiederbewaffnung: der Fall Kesselring, Paderborn 2004, and her Habilitation on Crimes against Humanity, Paderborn 2018), the edited volumes Kriegserfahrung und nationale Identität in Europa (Paderborn 2009), and (with Klaus Gestwa) Zwangsarbeit als Kriegsressource in Europa und Asien (Paderborn 2014), as well as her Asia research: Transcultural Justice at the Tokyo Tribunal: The Allied Struggle for Justice, 1946-48 (Brill 2018); Justice in times of turmoil: War Crimes trials in the Wake of Decolonization and Cold War in Asia (Palgrave 2016); Debating Collaboration and Complicity in War Crimes Trials in Asia (Palgrave 2017). 


Starting at 6 pm, the Annual Lecture will be followed by the summer party of the representation of history students. More information can be found in the flyer.