Dr. Monika Palmberger

Dr. Monika Palmberger

Social Anthropology

Monika Palmberger is now at the University of Vienna.


Monika Palmberger was a research fellow at the Department of Socio-Cultural Diversity between 2008 and 2014. She obtained a PhD in social anthropology from the University of Oxford with a thesis entitled "How Generations Remember. An Ethnographic Study of Post-War Mostar". For her MA in social anthropology (with a minor in political science, history and sociology) she studied at Georgetown University, the University of Copenhagen and the University of Vienna, from which she graduated in 2003. She gained teaching experience at the University of Vienna and at the University of Göttingen and has been engaged in field research in Bosnia and Herzegovina since 2002. In her post-doc period at the MPI-MMG (2011-2014) she worked on a research project on older migrants in Vienna.

Research Interests:

    • (collective) memory in post-war context (Bosnia-Herzegovina)
    • ethnicity, nationalism and postsocialism in Southeastern Europe
    • ageing and migration (Vienna)
    • memory and migration/transnational memories
    • generation and lifecourse
    • qualitative methods, qualiative comparison



      [forthcoming 2015] How Generations Remember: Contested Memories in Post-War Bosnia and Herzegovina, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

      [forthcoming 2015, together with Jelena Tosic] Contested Histories on the Move: Rethinking Memory through Mobility and Agency, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

      [forthcoming 2016, together with Azra Hromadzic] Aging and Migration: Anthropological Investigations of Care and Responsibility. Oxford: Berghahn.

      Peer-reviewed journal articles

      [forthcoming 2015] Social Embeddedness in Old Age: Ageing Turkish Migrants in Vienna. In Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.

      [2013] “Practices of Border Crossing in Post-War Bosnia and Herzegovina: The Case of Mostar“. In: Identites: Global Studies in Culture and Power.  Link   Pdf

      [2013] “Ruptured Pasts and Captured Futures: Life Narratives in Postwar Mostar“. In: Focaal, Vol. 66, 14-24.  Link   Pdf

      [2010] "Distancing Personal Experiences from the Collective: Discursive Tactics among Youth in Post-War Mostar". In: L'Europe en formation. Journal of Studies on European Integration and Federalism, No. 357, 107-124. Pdf

      [2008] "Nostalgia Matters: Nostalgia for Yugoslavia as Potential Vision for a Better Future". In: Sociologija. Časopis za sociologiju, socijalnu psihologiju i socijalnu antropologiju, Vol. 50, Nr. 4, 355-370.  Link   Pdf

      Chapters in Edited Volumes

      [forthcoming 2015] Between Past and Future: Young people’s strategies for living a “normal life” in post-war Bosnia-Herzegovina. In: Montgomery W. David (ed.), Everyday Life in the Balkans. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press.

      [2013] (together with Andre Gingrich) "Qualitative Comparative Practices: Dimensions, Cases, and Strategies". In: Uwe Flick (ed.), The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Data Analysis, Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage, 94-108. Link

      [2011] (together with Gudrun Kroner) "Flüchtlinge". In: Kreff/Knoll/Gingrich (eds.), Lexikon der Globalisierung. Bielefeld: Transcript, 85-88. Link

      [2006] "Making and Breaking Boundaries: Memory Discourses and Memory Politics in Bosnia and Herzegovina". In Bufon/Gosar/Nurkovic/Sanguin (eds.), The Western Balkans - A European Challenge. Koper: Annales, 525-536.  pdf

      Other Journal Articles

      [2013] „Renaming of Public Space. A Policy of Exclusion in Bosnia and Herzegovina.“ In Kakanien Revistedpdf

      [2005] "Hier am Markt sind wir alle gleich: Der Arizona Schwarzmarkt in Bosnien als Friedensträger?" In Friedensdienst: Zeitschrift für zivile Konfliktbearbeitung, Nr. 4/2005, 6-8. pdf

      Other Publications

      [2012] "Renaming of Public Space: A Policy of Exclusion in Bosnia and Herzegovina." http://www.mmg.mpg.de/en/publications/working-papers/2012/wp-12-02/. MMG Working Paper WP 12-02

      Conference Papers

      “Late Life Choices: Feelings of Ambivalence among Aging Labour Immigrants.” Paper presented at the American Anthropological Association, Washington, DC, USA 2014.

      “Feelings of Ambivalence: Ageing Labour Migrants in Vienna.” Paper presented at the World Congress of Sociology, Yokohama, Japan, 2014.

      “Ruptured biographies: (re-)conceptualising the past and the future in post-war Mostar” at the European Association of Social Anthropologists, Maynooth, Ireland, 2010.

      “Ageing Migrants’ Social (Solidarity) Networks in an Ethnically Diverse Viennese Working-Class Neighbourhood.” Paper presented at the IMISCOE Annual Conference, Malmö, Sweden, 2013.

      “Ruptured Pasts and Captured Futures: Life Narratives in Post-War Mostar“.
      Paper presented at the conference Perspectives on Memory Studies I: Remembrance and Future. Center for Interdisciplinary Memory Research, Essen, Germany, 2010.

      ""Distancing" as a Way to Confront the Past: Creating Room for Hope". Paper presented at the conference Critical Spaces of Hope: Locating Postsocialism and the Future in post-Yugoslav Anthropology. Chicago, USA, 2008.

      "How the Past is Taken to Legitimize One´s Expectations Towards the Future: A Discussion on the Role Memories of Yugoslavia Play in Negotiating Mostar´s Future". Paper presented at the workshop Zukunftswerkstatt 2008-2010: Narrationen und Konstruktionen von Nationalität/Identität/Geschichte in Bosnien und Herzegovina, Kroatien und Serbien im 20. und 21. Jahrhundert. Zagreb, Croatia 2008.

      "Between Historiography and Myth: Observations at the Bosniak and Croat Dominated University in Mostar". Paper presented at the workshop Cultures of Memory and Emancipatory Politics: Re-Visioning Past and Communality in the Post-Yugoslav Spaces. Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2008.

      "Nostalgia for Yugoslavia: Investigating a Multi-Facetted Phenomenon and Its Potential as a Vision for a Better Future". Paper presented at the workshop Towards an Anthropology of Hope? Comparative Post-Yugoslav Ethnographies. Manchester, UK, 2007.

      "Questioning Collective Memory of Nations: The Importance of Taking Age into Consideration". Paper presented at the summer school How Collectivities Remember: Structures and Spaces of Social and Cultural Memory. Tallinn, Estonia, 2007.

      "Not That Simple: Memory Discourses among Young People in Mostar". Paper presented at the 10th Conference of the Association for the Study of Nationalism. Belgrade, Serbia, 2006.

      "Making and Breaking Boundaries: Memory Discourses and Memory Politics in Bosnia and Herzegovina, with a Special Focus on Mostar". Paper presented at the International Conference Dayton - Ten Years After: Conflict Resolution and Co-operation Perspectives. Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2005.

      "What Now? Towards Better Inter-Ethnic Relations in Bosnia and Herzegovina: The Case of Brčko District". Paper presented at the 8th Conference of the European Association of Social Anthropologists. Vienna, Austria, 2004.

      ""Arizona", the Black Market: A Formula for Peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina?" Paper presented at the Socrates-Erasmus Intensive Programme. Vienna, Austria, 2004.


      (together with Azra Hromadzic) “Aging and Migration: Anthropological Investigations of Care and Responsibility”. Workshop held at the AAA Conference, Washington, DC, USA 2014.

      (together with Jelena Tosic) “Contested History on the Move: Rethinking Memory through Mobility and Agency”. Workshop held at the EASA Conference, Tallinn, Estonia, 2014.

      (together with Gabriele Alex, Goran Janev and Bories Nieswand) "Conceptualising and Researching Diversity”. Workshop held at the DGV Conference, Frankfurt/Main, Germany, 2009.

      (together with Goran Janev) “Negotiating Diversity in the Balkans: Past, Present and Future Perspectives”. Workshop held at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen, Germany, 2009.

      (together with Azra Hromadzic) “Rethinking Social Distance and Intimacy in Divided Towns of Former Yugoslavia“. Workshop held at the ASN Conference, Belgrade, Serbia, 2006.