Robert Austin

Fellowships

Fellowships
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Robert Austin will be working on two projects at the IWM. The first, with a grant from the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, examines official responses to competing pasts in the connect of reckoning with human rights abuses in post-dictatorial settings. Austin will study the experiences of Croatia and Georgia for a forthcoming book with an international team of scholars. This research will essentially explore the interaction of and competition between transitional justice programs rectifying multiple recent pasts to understand how and why governments redress some pasts but not others, and how this selective reckoning impacts democratization. In a second project, Austin will be preparing a new book on the Balkan Wars of 1912–1913. These wars amounted to a turning point in the modern effort at state reorganization of populations through expulsion. Furthermore, these wars targeted specifically the Moslems in the Balkans. The monograph seeks to combine analysis of events on the ground alongside the role of public opinion in Europe.