Julia Devlin
Dr. Julia Devlin
Executive Director ZFM
Building Marktplatz 13 | Room: MP13-105
- administrative responsibility
- financial management
- coordination of fundraising activities
- networking with scientists, politicians and practitioners


Dr. Julia Devlin is a historian with a focus on migration research. She studied the history of Eastern and Southeastern Europe, modern and contemporary history, art history and Slavic studies at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, the School of Slavonic and East European Studies London and the Moskovskij Linguističeskij Universitet Moskau. She began her academic career as a project manager at the Institute for Eastern European Studies in Munich, where she converted the 100,000-strong archive of the historian Erik Amburger into a database, thus making this unique documentation of migration to the Tsarist empire available on the Internet. Several months of research stays in Moscow, St. Petersburg, London and Leeds for her dissertation project on British migration to the Tsarist Empire followed.

Julia Devlin has taught numerous seminars at the LMU Munich in English and German. At the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt she was involved in the Double Degree Master "Conflict, Memory, Peace". She is an author of Deportation and and Exile. A Polish Odyssey in World War II (2014), the first German-language publication on the subject of deportations from eastern Poland. Her current project is located at the interface between memory studies and history and explores the meaning of the family narrative in exile. She also researches the history of displaced persons after the Second World War.

Research Interests

  • Forced Migration in Eastern Europe
  • Post-war migration from Europe to the Global South
  • Transgenerational transmission of trauma
  • Memory culture and identity construction
  • Migration and Museum
  • Effects of the anchor centres

Current Projects

  • Believing and Belonging: Religion, National Identity, and the Integration of Migrants and Refugees
  • UNRRA camps in Eichstätt
  • In Search for the Missing Narrative - Children of Polish Deportees in Great Britain and New Zealand
  • OpenVHB Spiritual Care

Scientific presentations (selection)

  • Lecture series: Erwachsenenbildung und Migration. Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt. 3.5.2018. Vortrag: A Trade is a Refugee's Passport. Erwachsenenbildung für Displaced Persons in der Nachkriegszeit.
  • 19th Nordic Migration Conference: New (Im)mobilities: Migration and Race in the Era of Authoritarianism. Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society (REMESO) Norrköping, Sweden, 15 – 17 August 2018. Vortrag: “A five-year-old in school with a name no-one can pronounce” – children of Polish Gulag-survivors in Great Britain and New Zealand
  • Zweite Konferenz des Netzwerks Flüchtlingsforschung, Eichstätt, 4.-6.10.2018. Vortrag: „Very difficult to handle“ - Polish DPs in African Refugee Camps and the UNRRA
  • Fachtag Ehrenamtskoordination in der Flüchtlingsarbeit, Evangelisch-Lutherische Kirche Bayern, Nürnberg, 6.11.2018. Vortrag: AnkER-Einrichtungen
  • Conférence « Famille et Migration », Le RefugeesLAB de la Fédération internationale des universités catholiques, Paris, 11.1.2019. Vortrag: Nouvelles recherches académiques sur la question des mineurs et des familles d'accueil
  • Refugee Studies Centre, Oxford, 2019 Conference: Democratizing Displacement, New College Oxford, 18.-19.3.2019. Vortrag:They have chosen their own national leaders"- self-governing in camps for Displaced Persons (1945-1949)
  • Workshop: Representations of Migration and Emotions of Exclusion. Center for History of Emotions, Max-Planck-Institute for Human Development, Berlin, 20.-21.3.2019. Guest Lecture: In Search for the Missing  Narrative - Children of Polish Deportees in Great Britain and New Zealand
  • Studientag der Caritas Regensburg, 30.3.2019. Impulsvortrag und Leitung des Forums: Kirche und Flüchtlingsarbeit 
  • Conference AMLI2019 & InZentIM (Approaches to Migration, Language and Identity) Practices, Ideologies and Policies now and then. Universität Duisburg-Essen, 19.-21.9.2019. Vortrag: In Search for the Missing Narrative - Second Generation Poles in Great Britain

Committees and memberships

  • Netzwerk Fluchtforschung
  • Netzwerk Migrations- und Fluchtforschung Bayern (NeMiF)
  • Refugee & Migrant Education Network
  • RefugeeLab Fédération Internationale des Universités Catholiques

Courses and seminars

previous courses and seminars

Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt:

  • Winter term 2018 Introduction to Double Degree Master Conflict, Memory and Peace: Historical Peace and Conflict Studies.

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München:

  • Winter term 2007/08: The Invention of Tradition: Eric Hobsbawm and the Annus Mirabilis 1983
  • Summer term 2008: Landscape and History; Das Russland Il’ya Repins
  • Winter term 2008/09: Imagined Communities in Eastern Europe
  • Winter term 2009/10: Exile and Emigration from Central and Eastern Europe in the 19th and 20th Centuries
  • Summer term 2010: Music and History
  • Summer term 2011: Architecture and Identity
  • Winter term 2011/12: Ethnic Minorities in Eastern Europe
  • Summer term 2012: Everything you always wanted to know about the Orthodox Church (but were afraid to ask)
  • Summer term 2013: Architecture and Power - a Comparative Approach to the Architecture of Dictatorships
  • Winter term 2013/14:  Music and History



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