Dr. Thuc Linh Nguyen Vu

Office: RECET, Spitalgasse 2, Hof 1.1 

E-Mail: linh.nguyen-vu@univie.ac.at

Research Interests:
History of Poland, Eastern Europe; History of Vietnam; History of Migration between the Second and the Third World; Global History of Socialist Collaboration; Oral History; Critical Race Theory and Critical Whiteness Studies.

Current Research Project:

Strange but Familiar: The Global Microhistory of Contacts between Poland and Vietnam (1955-1989)

Tracing various contacts and modes of interaction between the 'Second' and the 'Third' Worlds, Strange but Familiar aims to recast the story of the Global Cold War from the pivot point of two medium-sized states, namely Poland and Vietnam. Despite its long-lasting and unintended outcomes, little is known of the history of contacts between the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and the Polish People's Republic after 1955. By focusing on the experiences of Vietnamese students in Poland my goal is to explore the transnational support provided by Poland to Vietnam amid decolonization (and subsequently as a postcolonial state) through the prism of state-sponsored scholarship programs, socialist pedagogy and cultural exchanges.

I focus on how the presence of Vietnamese students and their interactions contributed to the reconfiguration of the urban and 'ordinary' experience of late and transnational socialism. Ambitious and well-trained, these students set out to integrate into Polish society while keeping in mind their future role in modernizing post-war Vietnam upon their return.

Combining micro-historical approaches with transnational and global perspectives, Strange but Familiar will shed new light on the history of transnational socialism, mobility and labor migration by comparing the official discourse of socialist transnational friendship with the day-to-day experience of migrants who themselves encapsulated and challenged those very ideas of global socialist collaboration.


"Affective Community: Jacek Kuroń's Political Milieu in Late-Socialist Poland," under review.

"Listening to Solidarity. A Review of Jack M. Bloom: Seeing Through the Eyes of the Polish Revolution", in: History Workshop Journal, 81 (2016), 1, pp. 293-300.

Review of Katherine Lebow, Unfinished Utopia: Nowa Huta, Stalinism, and Polish Society, 1949-56 and Kinga Pozniak, Nowa Huta: Generations of Change in a Model Socialist Town, in European History Quarterly, 46 (2016), 2, pp. 367-370.

"Global Circuits of Expertise and the Making of the Post-1945 World," Conference Report, H-Net Reviews / H-Soz-Kult, July 2016.

Review of Andrzej Brzeziecki, Tadeusz Mazowiecki: biografia naszego premiera, and Roman Graczyk, Od uwikłania do autentyczności. Biografia polityczna Tadeusza Mazowieckiego, in: Acta Poloniae Historica, 112 (2015), pp. 372-383.

"Precarity and Neoliberalism, Resistance and Solidarity: Work and the Future of the University", in: Krisis. Journal for Contemporary Philosophy, 2 (2015), pp. 7-14 (with John-Erik Hansson and Ola Innset).

"Collecting Xenophobia. Ein Projekt zur Archivierung der 'Gelben Gefahr'" (on John Kuo-Wei Tchen/Dylan Yeats (eds.): Yellow Peril! An Archive of Anti-Asian Fear), in: Cargo. Film, Medien, Kultur, 23/2014 (with Robin Celikates).