Projects of the Research Group "Empires of Memory"

" 'Weltstadt' without migrants?” Transnational memories and post-imperial nostalgia in Vienna's urban heritage

Annika Kirbis


In her doctoral research project, Annika Kirbis explores the impact of migrants' memories on the narratives on Habsburg nostalgia in Vienna's urban heritage, in particular the commemoration of the sieges. Bringing together anthropology, comparative literature and memory studies, this interdisciplinary research contributes to the critique of methodological nationalism in the concept of collective memory. Instead, she argues for an approach to urban memories, in which the multi-scalar entanglements of places and transnational memories of a city's increasingly diverse inhabitants are at the centre of the analysis."