Researcher

Dr Ruth Balint

Field of Research (FoR)

Biography

I teach and write on transnational histories of migration, displacement, refugees and family, with a current focus on the Displaced Persons of postwar Europe. My book Destination Elsewhere: Displaced Persons and their Quest to Leave Postwar Europe is forthcoming with Cornell University Press (2021). It explores the encounters of refugees with the international aid agencies, western migration agents and Allied forces on European soil during the...view more

I teach and write on transnational histories of migration, displacement, refugees and family, with a current focus on the Displaced Persons of postwar Europe. My book Destination Elsewhere: Displaced Persons and their Quest to Leave Postwar Europe is forthcoming with Cornell University Press (2021). It explores the encounters of refugees with the international aid agencies, western migration agents and Allied forces on European soil during the war's aftermath, and the struggle to redefine refugees as immigrants to the West. I have also written extensively on the histories of families broken apart by the immigration policies of western nations.

My other main interest is in Australian migration history. I have a forthcoming co-authored book with Julie Kalman, Smuggled: An Illegal History of Journeys to Australia (NewSouth Publishing, 2021). I hold an ARC Discovery grant with Professor Sheila Fitzpatrick from the University of Sydney and Dr Jayne Persian at the University of Southern Queensland, on the subject of Russian and Russian-speaking Jewish Displaced Persons arriving in Australia via the 'China' Route in the Wake of the Second World War. 

My background as a filmmaker has also led me to become increasingly interested in the importance of making Australian history in accessible and creative ways. In 2019, my most recent radio documentary 'Cooking for Assimilation' aired on Radio National's Hindsight program. It is about the migration of my grandmother as a Jewish refugee to Australia, and more broadly, about the expectations and challenges women migrants faced in postwar Australia.


My Qualifications

PhD (University of Sydney) 2004.


My Awards

The Ernst Keller European Fellowship, Australian Academy of the Humanities, 2011.

The National Film and Sound Archive, Scholar-In-Residence, 2010.

The Centre for Media and History (Mediale Historiographien), Bauhaus University, Weimar, Germany, 1 March, 2008 – 30 June, 2008.

The Centre for Pasts Inc, Historical Studies, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary, 1 July, 2008 – 1 November, 2008.

Australian Vogel Literary Award 2004

Dendy Documentary Award 2002


My Research Supervision


Areas of supervision

I welcome higher degree research students in areas of Australian history, histories of migration and refugees, the history of the family and Jewish history.


My Engagement

Australian Historical Association

Australian Feminist History Group

Australian Studies Research Network


My Teaching

ARTS2271: Australia 1901-2008: From Federation to the Apology.

ARTS3289: Documentary Film and History.

ARTS3292: Migrants and Refugees in Australian History.

ARTS1190 Australian Legends.

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Location

345 Morven Brown

Contact

+61 2 9385 8278