Professionals of rehabilitation: UNRRA officers in postwar Europe
Silvia Salvatici specializes in Modern history with particular emphases on individual and collective memories in post-war societies, women refugees in the 20th century, gender and human rights, and European displaced persons in the aftermath of WWII. She received a PhD in Historical Sciences from the International Post-graduate School of Social Sciences of San Marino University and a PhD in Family and Gender History from the University of Naples "L'Orientale." Among her most recent publications are "Public Memory, Gender and National Identity in Post-War Kosovo: The Albanian Community," in Paula Hamilton and Linda Shopes (eds), Oral History and Public Memories, Philadelphia, Temple University Press, 2008; "Le Gouvernement anglais et les femmes réfugiées d'Europe après la Deuxième guerre mondiale," in Mouvement social, Fall 2008; Senza casa e senza paese. Profughi europei nel secondo dopoguerra, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2008. Dr. Salvatici is lecturer in modern history at the University of Teramo (Italy) where she teaches Women's and Gender History. Since 2008 she has been Honorary Research Fellow at the School of History, Classics and Archaeology of Birkbeck College. During her time at the Italian Academy she will be working on a new research project with the title "Professionals of Rehabilitation. UNRRA Officers in Postwar Europe". With this project she will investigate the gendered re/construction of relief work in the immediate aftermath of World War II, which represents an unwritten chapter in the history of the emergence of welfare, humanitarianism and internationalism during European reconstruction.