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Research Seminar: Passport Forgeries, Visa Fraud, and the Internationalization of Policing in Interwar Europe

Tuesday, March 29, 2022, 5:40 pm – 7:00 pm

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff of the Department of History, 

We are continuing our departmental tradition of organizing weekly research seminars. In these seminars, professors and researchers provide insights into their current work.

On Tuesday, March 29, 2022, 17:40 PM CET, we will have a lecture by David Petruccelli, Assistant Professor in the History Department at Dartmouth College. The seminar will take place at the Vienna Campus in classroom B-215 and on Zoom.

Zoom link will appear here on the day of the seminar:

Meeting ID: 933 3710 3536

Passcode: 271164


Title:  Passport Forgeries, Visa Fraud, and the Internationalization of Policing in Interwar Europe

Abstract: The introduction of passport and visa requirements during the First World War and their retention in the years that followed led to the emergence of passport forgeries and visa frauds as a new and potentially dangerous field of crime in the eyes of many government and police officials. This fell within the field of action of the still-young International Criminal Police Commission, founded in Vienna in 1923 and today known as Interpol, which sought to organize cross-border police cooperation against a range of offenses. This talk will follow the police pursuit of one suspected passport forger in the 1920s and 1930s in order to consider how police and jurists developed new, often illiberal forms of international cooperation, in their effort to control migration at a time of mass flights of refugees and mass statelessness.

Bio:  David Petruccelli received a PhD in history from Yale University and has been assistant professor in the History Department at Dartmouth College since 2018, where he researches and teaches Modern European and International History. He is spending the academic year 2021-22 on sabbatical from Dartmouth as an affiliated researcher at the CEU completing his book manuscript, A Scourge of Humanity: International Crime, Law, and Policing in Interwar Europe, examines the way that conceptualizations of crime and efforts to fight it were internationalized between the two world wars. He has published articles on related topics in the Journal of Contemporary HistoryContemporary European History, Journal of World History, and edited volumes