Mag. Dr. Monika Palmberger

Elise Richter Research fellow

Contact Details

Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology
Universitätsstraße 7, 1010 Vienna
NIG, 4th floor
Room: B0406

T: +43-1-4277-49521
E-Mail: monika.palmberger@univie.ac.at
Homepage: www.kuleuven.academia.edu/MonikaPalmberger

Office Hours

Individual student appointments via email:

monika.palmberger@univie.ac.at

Teaching

Current Courses: u:find

Past Courses: u:find

Research Focus Areas

  • Migration, mobility and globalisation
  • Forced migration and refugee studies
  • Memory studies
  • Urban anthropology
  • Gender and generation
  • Ageing and transnational care
  • Post-war and conflict studies (with a particular focus on Bosnia and Herzegovina)
  • Qualitative methods (incl. digital ethnography)  

Short Biography

Monika Palmberger holds a PhD from the University of Oxford (2011), for which she conducted long-term fieldwork on memory and generation in post-war Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Presently she holds an Elise Richter Fellowship at the University of Vienna and is a Research Fellow at the Interculturalism, Migration and Minorities Research Centre at the University of Leuven. She is PI of the REFUGEeICT – Multi-local Care and the Use of Information and Communication Technologies Among Refugees' project funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF). Between 2015 and 2018 she was Hertha Firnberg Fellow and PI of the the project 'Placing Memories: Ageing Labour Migrants in Vienna' also funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF). And between 2008 and 2015 she was Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Göttingen researching experiences of transnational aging and care among first generation migrants in Vienna. During the academic year 2016/2017 she held a visiting professorship at the Interculturalism, Migration and Minorities Research Centre at the University of Leuven.

Since 2015 Monika Palmberger has been the spokesperson of the "Working Group Migration” of the German Association of Social and Cultural Anthropologists (www.dgvnet.de/arbeitsgruppen/), since 2017 she has been the spokesperson of the “Age and Generations Network” of the European Associations of Social Anthropologists (www.easaonline.org/networks/agenet/) and the Spokesperson of the "Working Group Migration and Memory” of the Memory Studies Association (www.memorystudiesassociation.org). She is also member of the Refugee Outreach & Research Network (www.ror-n.org/members) and the German Network of Refugee Researchers (fluechtlingsforschung.net/about-us/).

Monika Palmberger has published her work in numerous international peer-reviewed journals, including Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Identities and Focaal. Furthermore, she is the author of the books 'How Generations Remember: Conflicting Histories and Shared Memories in Post-War Bosnia and Herzegovina' (Palgrave Macmillan 2016), 'Memories on the Move: Experiencing Mobility, Rethinking the Past' (Palgrave Macmillan 2016, with Jelena Tosic) and 'Care Across Distance: Ethnographic Explorations of Aging and Migration' (Berghahn 2018, with Azra Hromadzic). 


Selected Publications

Peer Reviewed Books (since 2016)
Peer Reviewed Articles (since 2016)
  • (2018) “Social Embeddedness and Care Among Turkish Labor Migrants in Vienna: The Role of Migrant Associations”. In Hromadzic, Azra and Monika Palmberger (eds.). Care Across Distance: Ethnographic explorations of aging and migration, Oxford and Brooklyn NY: Berghahn. Open Access: http://www.berghahnbooks.com/downloads/OpenAccess/HromadzicCare/HromadzicCare_05.pdf 
  • (2018 with Azra Hromadzic) "Introduction: Care across Distance.” In Hromadzic, Azra and Monika Palmberger (eds.). Care across Distance: Ethnographic Explorations of Aging and Migration, Oxford and Brooklyn, NY: Berghahn. Open Access: http://www.berghahnbooks.com/downloads/intros/HromadzicCare_intro.pdf
  • (forthcoming 2018) “Individuating the City: Re-appropriating Public Space in Post-war Mostar.“ In Space and Polity.
  • “Shifting spatial identities: Urban placemaking practices among female labour migrants”. In Gender, Place and Culture, in preparation for submission 2018.
  • (forthcoming 2018) “Feelings of Ambivalence: Older Turkish Labour Migrants in Vienna”. In Peter Kivisto and Paolo Boccagni (eds.) of the Special Issue “Ambivalence as a Category for Migration Studies: Promises, Pitfalls, Ways Ahead“ edited by. In International Journal of Comparative Sociology.
  • (forthcoming 2018) “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.
  • (2018) “Renaming Streets and Nationalizing Public Space: The Case of Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina”. In Rose-Redwood, R., D. Alderman, and M. Azaryahu (eds.). The Political Life of Urban Streetscapes: Naming, Politics, and Place. Farnham: Ashgate.
  • (2016, with Jelena Tosic) “Introduction: Memories on the Move: Experiencing Mobility, Rethinking the Past“. In Palmberger, Monika and Jelena Tosic (eds). Memories on the Move: Experiencing Mobility, Rethinking the Past, London: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • (2016) “Social Ties and Embeddedness in Old Age: Older Labour Migrants in Vienna”. In Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.Vol. 43, No. 2., 235-249. Open Access: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/1369183X.2016.1238907 

Current Projects

REFUGEeICT – Multi-local Care and the Use of Information and Communication Technologies Among Refugees (2018-2021, funded by the Austrian Science Fund, FWF)

PI: Dr. Monika Palmberger

Placing Memories: Ageing Labour Migrants in Vienna (2015-2018, funded by the Austrian Science Fund, FWF)

PI: Dr. Monika Palmberger

Politics of Remembrance and the Transition of Public Spaces. A Political and Social Analysis of Vienna, 1995-2015 (2014-2017, funded by the WWTF)

PI: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Walter Manoschek und Dr. Peter Pirker 

http://porem.univie.ac.at 

Older Migrants in Vienna: Aging and Social Relations

PI: Dr. Monika Palmberger

http://www.mmg.mpg.de/de/abteilungen/soziokulturelle-vielfalt/wissenschaftliche-mitarbeiterinnen/dr-monika-palmberger/ 

How Generations Remember: An Ethnographic Study of Post-War Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

http://www.mmg.mpg.de/de/abteilungen/soziokulturelle-vielfalt/wissenschaftliche-mitarbeiterinnen/dr-monika-palmberger/ 

University of Oxford, dissertation project by Monika Palmberger


Selected Conference Panels and Presentations

Florianópolis 2018: “Making Cities, Cities in the Making: Moments of Arrival, Appropriation and Resistance.” Invited panel at the 18th IUAES World Congress. Florianópolis, Brazil.

Florianópolis 2018: ”Placemaking and urban spatial identities: Taking temporality and change into account.” Paper presented at the 18th IUAES World Congress. Florianópolis, Brazil.

Oxford 2017: “Nostalgia: Past and Future at Stake.” Invited talk at Oxford University, UK.

Berlin 2017: “Memories of Belonging: Mobility, Memory and Place-Making”. Invited panel organized with Eva Kössner at the Conference of the Association of German Anthropologists (DGV), Berlin, Germany.

Sarajevo 2017: “The Past as a Potential Resource for the Future? Nostalgia for Yugoslavia and its Meaning for Practices of ‘Border Crossing.’ Paper presented at the conference “Politics of Building Peace in the Region: Burdens from the Past and Visions for the Future.”

Berlin 2017: “Placing Memories: Memory, Migration and ‘Spatial Identities.’ Paper presented at the Association of German Anthropologists (DGV), Berlin, Germany.

London 2017: “Ethnography and Place-making: Investigations into Memory-guided City Walks and the Co-production of Ethnographic Places.” Invited talk at Brunel University, UK.

New York 2016: “Social Embeddedness in Old Age: Transnational Ageing and Care Among Turkish Labor Migrants in Vienna.” Invited talk at Syracuse University, NY, USA. 

Göttingen 2016:  “(Dis)placing Memories in the Context of War and Migration.” Invited talk at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Germany.

Amsterdam 2016: “Remembering Across Borders: Exploring Memory Places of Vienna’s ‘Guest Workers’”. Paper presented at the Conference The Future of Memory Studies, Amsterdam, Netherlands. 

Milan 2016: “New Challenges of Ageing: Exploring Configurations of Ageing and Care in the Context of Migration”. Paper presented at the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA), Milan, Italy.

Innsbruck 2016: “Transnational Memories and Social Ties Among Ageing First Generation Migrants.” Paper invited at the 16th International Conference: Migration and Generation, University of Innsbruck, Austria.

Vienna 2016: “Shaping Perceptions, Meaning and Use of Holocaust Memorial Spaces: Two Case Studies from Vienna”. Paper presented with Eva Schwab at the Forum of International Sociology, Vienna, Austria.

Amsterdam 2016: “Interdisciplinary Approaches and Methodological Challenges in Researching Memory Places”. Invited panel organized with Peter Pirker at the Workshop “Thinking Through the Future of Memory”. Amsterdam, Netherlands. 

New York 2016: “Caring on the Move: Ethnographic Explorations of Aging and Migration Across Societies”. Symposium organized with Azra Hromadzic at the University of Syracuse, NY, USA.

Marburg 2015: “Labour Migrants After Work: A Generation in Crisis?” Paper presented at the Conference of the Association of German Anthropologists (DGV), Marburg, Germany.

Berlin 2015: “Transnational Europe: New Constellations of Solidarity and the ‘Refugee Crisis’“. Joint workshop within the CENTRAL partnership between Humboldt-University Berlin, University of Vienna, the University of Warsaw, Charles University in Prague and the University of Budapest.

Washington, D.C., 2015: “Late Life Choices: Feelings of Ambivalence among Aging Labour Immigrants.” Paper presented at the American Anthropological Association, Washington, D.C., USA.

Vienna 2015: “Time and the City: Ethnographic Explorations of the Past, Present and Future in Contemporary Cities”. Invited panel organized with Felix Ringel and Andreas Streinzer at the Days of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Vienna, Austria.

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

Washington, D.C., 2014: “Aging and Migration: Anthropological Investigations of Care and Responsibility”. Invited panel organized with Azra Hromadzic at the American Anthropological Association (AAA), Washington, D.C., USA. 

Tallinn 2014: “Contested Histories on the Move: Rethinking Memory through Mobility and Agency”. Invited panel organized with Jelena Tosic at the Conference of the European. Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA), Tallinn, Estonia.

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

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

Maynooth 2010:  “Ruptured Biographies: (Re-)conceptualising the Past and the Future in Post-war Mostar.” Paper presented at the European Association of Social Anthropologists, Maynooth, Ireland.

Frankfurt/Main 2009: “Conceptualising and Researching Diversity”. Invited panel organized with Boris Nieswand, Gabriele Alex and Goran Janev at the Conference of the Association of German Anthropologists (DGV), Frankfurt/Main, Germany.

Göttingen 2009: “Negotiating Diversity in the Balkans: Past, Present and Future Perspectives”. International conference organized with Goran Janev at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen, Germany.

Chicago 2008: “’Distancing’” as a Way to Confront the Past: Creating Room for Hope.” Invited paper, presented at the conference Critical Spaces of Hope: Locating Postsocialism and the Future in Post-Yugoslav Anthropology, University of Chicago, USA.

Mostar 2008: “Between Historiography and Myth: Observations at the Bosniak and Croat Dominated University in Mostar." Invited 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.

Zagreb 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 “Narratives and Constructions of Nationality/Identity/History in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia in the 20th and 21st Century, Zagreb, Croatia.

Ljubljana 2008: “The Role of Trust in Reconstructing the Past: the case of young people in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina.” Paper presented at the Conference of the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA), Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Tallinn 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.

Belgrade 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.

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

Belgrade 2006: “Rethinking Social Distance and Intimacy in Divided Towns of Former Yugoslavia“. Invited panel organized with Azra Hromadzic at the Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN) Conference, Belgrade, Serbia.

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

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

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