Ruth Balint

Senior Lecturer, History
Senior Lecturer

I teach and write on transnational histories of migration, displacement, refugees and family, with a current focus on the Displaced Persons of postwar Europe. I am fascinated in particular with the stories told by DPs themselves about their journeys of wartime displacement to the Allies and how this in turn contributed to the development of the modern humanitarian and legal idea of the refugee. I am completing a book about the 'hard core', those DPs who were not immediately acceptable to western resettlement programs. I have written previously on the history of children disabled by war or birth, whose families were broken apart by the  postwar immigration policies of western nations. See, for example, 'Children Left Behind: Families, Refugees and Immigration in Postwar Europe', History Workshop Journal 2016, http://hwj.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2016/08/11/hwj.dbw021.full.pdf?keytype=ref&ijkey=CPIz2ylUF4DOOKM

I also hold an ARC Discovery grant together with Professor Sheila Fitzpatrick from the University of Sydney and Dr Jayne Persian at the University of Southern Queensland, and our joint project is entitled “Displacement and Resettlement: Russian and Russian-speaking Jewish Displaced Persons arriving in Australia via the ”China” Route in the Wake of the Second World War”. 

My background as a filmmaker has also led me to become increasingly interested in the importance of making Australian history in accessible and creative ways. In 2014 my radio documentary 'The Somerton Man: A Mystery in Four Acts' aired on Radio National's Hindsight program, and I am currently researching a documentary film project exploring the story of my grandmother, who came to Australia as a Jewish refugee. This has been commissioned by ABC Radio National in 2018 and will appear broadcast in The History Listen program slot.

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Publications

Books
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Balint R, 2005, Troubled waters: borders, boundaries and possession in the Timor Sea, 1, Allen and Unwin, St Leonards, NSW
2005
Book Chapters
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Balint R, 2015, 'The Use and Abuse of History: Displaced Persons in the ITS Archive', in Boehling R; Urban S; Anthony E; Brown-Fleming S (ed.), Freilegungen Spiegelungen der NS-Verfolgung und ihrer Konsequenzen, edn. Jahrbuch des International Tracing Service, Wallstein Verlag, Gottingen, pp. 173 - 188
2015
Balint R, 2014, 'Representing the Past and the Meaning of Home in Péter Forgács's Private Hungary', in Young G; Monahan B (ed.), Amateur Filmmaking : the home movie, the Archive, the Web., edn. Original, Bloomsbury Academic, Oxford, England, pp. 193 - 206, http://www.bloomsbury.com/au/amateur-filmmaking-9781441191496/
2014
Balint R, 2012, 'The Yellow Sea', in Walker D; Sobocinka A (ed.), Australia's Asia: From Yellow Peril to Asian Century, edn. Original, UWA Publishing, Perth, WA, pp. 345 - 366
2012
Balint R, 2012, 'The War Crimes Case of Karoly Zentai and the Quest for Historical Justice', in Tatz C (ed.), Genocide Perspectives IV; Essays on Holocaust and Genocide, edn. Original, UTSePress, Sydney, pp. 272 - 311, http://epress.lib.uts.edu.au/research/bitstream/handle/10453/19824/GenocidePerspectivesIV_Tatz.pdf?sequence=1
2012
Balint R, 2009, 'Der »Somerton Man«: Eine dokumentarische Fiktion in drei Dimensionen', in Butis Butis (ed.), Goofy History: Fehler Machen Geschichte, edn. 1, Bohlau, Weimar, pp. 264 - 279
2009
Balint R, 2007, 'Mare Nullius and the Making of a White Ocean Policy', in Perera S (ed.), Our Patch: Enacting Australian Sovereignty Power after 9/11, edn. First, Network Books, Perth, pp. 87 - 105
2007
Conference Papers
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Balint R, 2009, 'Australia Gets Lost and Goes Missing: Baz's Tourism Australia ad', in Australia Gets Lost and Goes Missing: Baz's Tourism Australia ad, http://www.nma.gov.au/research/baz_luhrmanns_australia_reviewed/speakers_and_program/, National Museum of Australia, National Museum of Australia, 07 December 2009 - 08 December 2009
2009
Conference Presentations
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Balint R, 2009, 'The Somerton Man Mystery and the Unsolved Case of History', presented at Scandals, Crime and Corruption, State Library of NSW, 09 September 2009
2009
Balint R, 2008, 'The Water Hemisphere: Australia and its exilic sea', presented at Graduate School Mediale Historiographien, Bauhaus Universität, Weimar, Germany, 19 June 2008
2008
Balint R, 2007, 'Mare Nullius and a White Ocean Policy', presented at Indian Association for the Study of Australia Annual Conference, Pune India, 01 January 2007
2007
Balint R, 2006, 'Sweeping the Seas Clean: A White Ocean policy in Australia's north', presented at Historicising Whiteness, University of Melbourne, 22 November 2006 - 24 November 2006
2006
Balint R, 2005, 'Seascape and Memory in the Australian Psyche', presented at EASA conference: ReVisions of Australia: Histories, Images, Identity, Debrecen, Hungary, 20 September 2005 - 24 September 2005
2005
Creative Works (non-textual)
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Balint R; Balint , 2014, The Somerton Man: A Mystery in Four Acts, n/a, ABC Radio National, 23 February 2014 - 23 February 2014
2014
Creative Written Works
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Balint R, 2012, Small Fry: The Story of a People Smuggler, The Monthly, Schwartz Publishing
2012
Balint R, 2009, Australia, Hungary and the Case of Karoly Zentai, Inside Story: Current Affairs and Culture, Institute for Social Research, Swinburne University of Technology, and Australian National University
2009
Balint R, 2009, Where are the Historians?, Inside Story: Current Affairs and Culture, Institute for Social Research, Swinburne University of Technology, and Australian National University
2009
Journal articles
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Balint R, 2019, 'Before Australia: Historicising Russian Migration via China after World War II', Australian Historical Studies, vol. 50, pp. 3 - 20, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1031461X.2018.1543333
2019
Balint R; Simic Z, 2018, 'Histories of Migrants and Refugees in Australia', Australian Historical Studies, vol. 49, pp. 378 - 409, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1031461X.2018.1479438
2018
Balint R, 2017, 'Alexander and Anastayzia: the separation and search for family among Europe’s displaced', The History of the Family, vol. 22, pp. 432 - 445, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1081602X.2017.1292181
2017
Balint R, 2016, 'Children left behind: Family, refugees and immigration in postwar Europe', History Workshop Journal, vol. 82, pp. 151 - 172, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/hwj/dbw021
2016
Balint R, 2015, ''To Reunite the Dispersed Family': War Displacement and Migration in the Tracing Files of the Australian Red Cross', History Australia, vol. 12, pp. 124 - 142, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14490854.2015.11668573
2015
Balint R, 2014, 'The Idea of Home in Postwar Australia', History Australia, vol. 11, pp. 6 - 12, http://journals.publishing.monash.edu/ojs/index.php/ha/article/view/1138
2014
Balint R, 2014, 'Industry and Sunshine: Australia as Home in the Displaced Persons’ Camps of Postwar Europe', History Australia, vol. 11, pp. 102 - 127, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14490854.2014.11668502
2014
Balint R; Kalman J, 2014, 'The idea of home in postwar Australia: Introduction', History Australia, vol. 11, pp. 6 - 12, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14490854.2013.11668497
2014
Balint R, 2012, 'Aboriginal Women and Asian Men: A Maritime History of Color in White Australia', Signs, vol. 37, pp. 544 - 554, http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/662685
2012
Balint R, 2011, 'Soft Histories: Making History on Australian Television', History Australia, vol. 8, pp. 175 - 195, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14490854.2011.11668362
2011
Balint R, 2010, 'Boats to Burn: Bajo Fishing Activity in the Australian Fishing Zone.', ASIAN STUDIES REVIEW, vol. 34, pp. 262 - 263, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000290310000013&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a
2010
Balint R, 2010, ''Remembering Balibo'', History Australia, vol. 7, pp. 15.1 - 15.2, http://dx.doi.org/10.2104/ha100015
2010
Balint R, 2010, 'The Ties That Bind: Australia, Hungary and the Case of Károly Zentai', Patterns of Prejudice, vol. 44, pp. 281 - 303, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0031322X.2010.489737
2010
Balint R, 2010, ''Boats to Burn'', Asian Studies Review, vol. 34
2010
Balint R, 2010, 'The Somerton Man: An Unsolved History', Cultural Studies Review, vol. 16, pp. 159 - 178
2010
Balint R, 2009, 'First Australians, An Illustrated History', JOURNAL OF AUSTRALIAN STUDIES, vol. 33, pp. 489 - 491, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14443050903308725
2009
Balint R, 2008, '[REVIEW] David Stratton, 'I Peed on Fellini'', Journal of Australian Studies, vol. 32, pp. 406 - 407
2008
Balint R, 2008, '[REVIEW] Catriona Elder 'Being Australian'', Journal of Australian Studies, vol. 32, pp. 147 - 148
2008
Balint R; Dolgopolov G, 2008, 'Film in Sydney', Sydney Journal, vol. 1, pp. 33 - 44
2008
Balint R, 2007, 'A Death in the Harbour', The Monthly, pp. 32 - 38
2007
Balint R, 1999, 'The last frontier: Australia's maritime territories and the policing of Indonesian fishermen', Journal of Australian Studies, vol. 23, pp. 30 - 39, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14443059909387530
1999
Recorded / Rendered Creative Works
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Balint R, 2019, Cooking for Assimilation, ABC Radio National, Radio, Published: 26 March 2019, Duration: 30 minutes, Recorded / Rendered Creative Works, https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/the-history-listen/cooking-for-assimilation/10595470
2019
Balint R, 2015, Radio Program, ABC Radio National - The Somerton Man: A Mystery in Four Acts., ABC Radio National, Radio, Published: 23 February 2015, Duration: 45 minutes, Recorded / Rendered Creative Works
2015
Balint R, 2013, The Pearling Families of Broome - a two part documentary series, ABC Radio National, Radio National, Editor(s): ABC, Published: 2013, Recorded / Rendered Creative Works
2013
Balint R, 2003, The Death of Mansur, SBS Television, Sydney, Video, Published: 2003, Recorded / Rendered Creative Works
2003
Balint R, 2001, Troubled Waters, Resonance Production, Sydney, Video, Published: 2001, Recorded / Rendered Creative Works
2001