Valeska Huber has been Tenure Track Professor at the Institute of Contemporary History at the University of Vienna since 2022. She previously headed the Emmy Noether Group Reaching the People: Communication and Global Orders in the Twentieth Century at Freie Universität Berlin and worked as a Research Fellow in Global and Colonial History at the German Historical Institute London.
Valeska Huber’s research combines the international and global history of the 19th and 20th centuries with social and micro-historical approaches. She focuses on the history of mobility and migration, epidemics and international health policies as well as communication and global publics. In her current book project, she is investigating the question of universal access to information using the example of literacy campaigns in the 20th century. She is currently spokesperson of the Work Group Internationalization of the Junge Akademie and of the Global History Group at Vienna University.
Who is part of the international research community? When rethinking the international system of knowledge production, we should keep both global justice and individual experience in mind. Beyond focusing on structural constraints and institutional architectures, I would therefore encourage dialogue with actors “on the ground”, such as coordinators of international programmes or recipients of temporary grants for refugee and exile researchers.”