Dr Johana Wyss completed her doctoral research at the University of Oxford in 2018 with a thesis entitled Silesian Identity: the Interplay of Memory, History and Borders. Based on longitudinal fieldwork in the Silesian borderlands (Opava and the Hlučín area), Johana provided an ethnographic account of how ostracised minority groups negotiate their collective identities and difficult heritage vis-à-vis national sentiments and nation-state apparatus within the social and historical context of East-Central Europe. Her research was supported by the Scatcherd European Scholarship Award.
In the academic year of 2017-18, she was a Mellon-Sawyer Postgraduate Fellow, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Within this post, and as a member of an interdisciplinary team, she co-organised Mellon-Sawyer Seminar Series Post-War: Commemoration, Reconstruction, Reconciliation held jointly at TORCH and Oxford Brookes University.