Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena

Dr Emily Gioielli

Fellow Emily Gioielli

May - August 2016
Mail emily.gioielli(at)gmail(dot)com

Since May 2016, Emily Gioielli is a Fellow at Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena. She is also a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of History at the College of William & Mary in Virginia (USA). She is a historian of Modern Europe, specializing in twentieth-century East Central European women's and gender history, European history between 1914 and 1945, and the history of violence. She received her PhD in Comparative History from Central European University in Budapest in 2015. She has received fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies and the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, and is a member of the editorial staff of East Central Europe.

Research project at the Kolleg

Emily Gioielli is currently working on a monograph tentatively titled, "Home Front, Commune, and Horthyland: Women, Gender, and Political Violence in Hungary's Long World War I." It uses an intersectional approach to bring together the social and international history of Hungary's Long World War I from a gendered perspective. This project explores how people used violence and mechanisms of transitional justice in an attempt to reconstruct and regulate "traditional" social and political relations in the interwar period, while simultaneously marginalizing groups identified as "leftists"-including feminists and Jews. By tracing points of continuity and disruption between the pre-war, wartime, and post-armistice practices and interpretations of violence, this project analyzes the important roles that women played in Hungary's ideologically charged, post-armistice cultures of violence. It also investigates the complex and often contradictory effects that physical violence and other forms of repression had on gender relations between 1914 and 1925. In addition to Hungarian domestic politics, this project also explores the importance of gender, along with class, ethnicity, and unequal power relations between states, in shaping the post-war political and humanitarian engagement in East Central Europe. This illuminates the role that gendered violence played in the ideological battles and international security discourses that developed in the wake of the Russian Revolution.

Main areas of research

  • History of Women and Gender in East Central Europe
  • History of Violence
  • First World War
  • East Central Europe between the World Wars
  • History of Internationalism

Positions and memberships

  • Assistant Editor of Book Reviews East Central Europe
  • Member, Association of Women in Slavic Studies
  • Member, American Historical Association
  • Member, Association of Slavic, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies

Edited volumes

Co-Editor, The Politics of Contested Narratives: Biographical Approaches to Modern European History, Routledge, 2015. Originally published as a special issue of European Review of History.


"Enemy at the Door: Revolutionary Struggle in the Hungarian Domestic Sphere, 1918-1926," Zeitschrift für Ostmitteleuropa Forschung 60, no. 4 (Dec 2011): 519-538.


Review of Between States: The Transylvania Question and the European Idea during World War II, by Holly Case, European Review of History 18, no. 4 (August, 2011): 603-606.

Review of The History of Murder: Personal Violence in Europe from the Middle Ages to the Present, by Pieter Spierenberg, European Review of History 18, no. 4 (August, 2011): 487-489.

Review of Masculinity in the Modern West, European Review of History, by Christopher E. Forth, European Review of History 18, no. 3 (June, 2011): 410-413.