Ke-chin Hsia

Ke-chin Hsia is a Visiting Assistant Professor and Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of History, Indiana University Bloomington. Starting August 2017, he will be a Lecturer in the same department.

His current research focuses on the histories of the state, citizenship, and their mutually constitutive interactions in the late Habsburg Monarchy and post-WWI East Central Europe.

He is completing a book manuscript, tentatively entitled Victims’ State: War and Welfare in Austria, 1868-1925, that uses the politics of welfare for war victims to examine how the Austrian state (first Imperial/Habsburg and then republican) and society tackled the human and social consequences of soldering in an era of universal military service, democratizing political culture, and totalizing war mobilization.

An example of this line of research can be found in his:

  • “Who Provided Care for Wounded and Disabled Soldiers? Conceptualizing State-Civil Society Relationship in WWI Austria,” in Other Fronts, Other Wars? First World War Studies on the Eve of the Centennial, ed. Joachim Bürgschwentner, Matthias Egger, and Gunda Barth-Scalmani (Leiden: Brill, 2014).

Other ongoing research projects include colonization-as-welfare-provision schemes in WWI Austria, and the politics of asylum and policing in post-WWI Vienna.

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