Center's Fellow
October 31, 2015

The Center for Urban History is interested in developing international academic cooperation. We’ve already developed a tradition of hosting long-term guest researchers from various disciplines and from various countries. In previous years our guest researchers were Mayhill Fowler and Ashley Bigham; this year we are happy to welcome Diana Vonnak.

Diana is a graduate of Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest (2012) and Durham University (2013). She is currently a doctoral student at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, working as a member of the interdisciplinary research school “Anthropology, Archaeology and History of Eurasia (ANARCHIE)”. Her research project deals with the religious heritage and cultural politics of L'viv, focusing on repurposed church building, which are currently functioning as galleries, museums, memorial sites. She is also interested in the role heritage plays in the public space of the city, in conflicts over different forms of memory politics, and how local and international actors negotiate such conflicts. As a Guest Researcher in the Center for the Urban History of East Central Europe she is conducting a year-long field research, materials of which will contribute to the Center's Interactive L'viv collection.

Previously she has been a Program Coordinator of Erasmus College for Advanced Studies in Budapest (2011-12) and she was a visiting student at the Central European University's Department of Philosophy (2011). She held scholarships from Erasmus College for Advanced Studies, The Republic of Hungary and the Durham Energy Institute. She also worked as a research intern in the Durham Energy Institute, where she researched the social attitudes towards vernacular architectural heritage and possibilities of sustainable energy-related innovation in the Indian Himalayas.