Senior Lecturer in History, UNSW

I am a senior lecturer in the School of Humanities and Languages, and my teaching and research are both concerned with recent history. I am particularly interested in the post-World War Two period of Australian and European immigration history: I am currently researching the history of Europe's postwar Displaced Persons from Eastern and Central Europe, and the modern idea of the refugee that was forged in this period. I am also working together with the Australian International Red Cross Tracing Service, exploring one hundred years of its history of tracing missing persons lost during and after wars, conflicts and natural disasters since 1914. This will culminate in a public exhibition in 2015.

Experience

  • 2005–present
    Senior Lecturer, University of New South Wales

Education

  • 2004 
    University of Sydney, PhD

Publications

  • 2014
    Representing the Past and the Meaning of Home in Péter Forgács’s Private Hungary, Laura Rascaroli, Gwenda Young and Barry Monahan (eds),Amateur Filmmaking: the Home Movie, the Archive and the Web
  • 2014
    The Somerton Man: A Mystery in Four Acts, , ABC Radio National, HIndsight
  • 2014
    Industry and sunshine: Australia as home in the displaced persons’ camps of postwar Europe, History Australia 11 (1)
  • 2012
    Aboriginal Women and Asian Men: a maritime history of 'color' in white Australia, Signs: Journal of Women and Culture in Society, 37:3
  • 2011
    Soft Histories: Making history on Australian television, History Australia, Vol. 8, No. 1,
  • 2010
    The Somerton Man: An unsolved history, Cultural Studies Review, Vol. 16, No. 2
  • 2010
    The Ties that Bind: Australia, Hungary and the case of Károly Zentai , Patterns of Prejudice, Vol 44, No. 3
  • 2005
    Troubled Waters: Borders, Boundaries and Possession in the Timor Sea, Allen and Unwin

Research Areas

  • Historical Studies (2103)
  • Sydney Australia
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  • r.balint@unsw.edu.au
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