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Katarzyna Nowak

Thesis: Reshaping Bodies, Behaviours and Minds: Polish Displaced Persons in Refugee Camps after World War II.

The aim of my research is to investigate Polish Displaced Persons in refugee camps in Europe after the Second World War in the context of postwar practices of building a new international order which emphasized the need to re-civilize and reshape individuals. Focusing on the body as the primary matrix of the DPs’ outlook will provide an original perspective by underlining the role of emotions and basic needs, social dynamics in closed communities, and manifestations of a range of psychological conditions. This research will put greater emphasis on the private and intimate experience of DPs which will enable a clear focus on their agency as well as a deeper insight into the mechanisms governing the body of the refugee.


Expected submission date

  • September 2017

Funding body

  • Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

Research interests

History of the body, Cultural history, and East-Central Europe.


Metodologia Oral History, Kultura i Historia, vol. 20, 2011.

Conference presentations

Polish Displaced Persons In-between Imagined Homeland and Imagined "Small Poland" (SIEF2015: Utopias, Realities, Heritages: Ethnographies for the 21st, Zagreb, Croatia, 2015).

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