Negotiating Non-Territorial Citizenship: The Polish Consulate in Harbin during the Second World War
Kathryn Ciancia (U Wisconsin, Madison)
- Thursday, 15 April 2021 16:15
Am 15. April 2021 heißen wir gemeinsam mit dem Leibniz WissenschaftsCampus (LWC) Kathryn Ciancia in unserem Regensburger Forschungskolloquium willkommen. Sie wird einen Vortrag via ZOOM zum Thema "Negotiating Non-Territorial Citizenship: The Polish Consulate in Harbin during the Second World War" halten.
After the territory of Poland was divided between the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany in September 1939, a government-in-exile resumed the tasks of granting, removing, and revoking Polish citizenship in its consulates across the world. In this talk, I will reconstruct some of the cases filed by men and women at the Polish consulate in the historically Russian and Chinese city of Harbin, then under Japanese occupation, and trace the responses from local and central officials. By following the trajectories of both Jewish and Catholic applicants, the talk will explore how the criteria for citizenship intersected with ongoing questions of what it meant to be Polish, even in the absence of a territorial state.
Kathryn Ciancia is a historian of modern eastern Europe and associate professor of history at University of Wisconsin-Madison, with a research focus on Poland in the first half of the twentieth century.