Diana Vonnak

Diana Vonnak

Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology

  • Research topic:
    Religious heritage and cultural politics of Lviv
    September 2015 - September 2016
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Diána is currently a doctoral student at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, working in the interdisciplinary research school "Anthropology, Archaeology and History of Eurasia (ANARCHIE)". She is an External Affiliate at the Doktoratskolleg Galizien, University of Vienna.

She holds a BA in philosophy from Eötvös Loránd University (Budapest, HU) and a MA in social anthropology from Durham University (Durham, UK). She won scholarships from Erasmus College, the Republic of Hungary and the Durham Energy Institute. She was a visiting student at the Department of Philosophy at Central European University (2011-2). Subsequently, she worked as a research intern at 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.

Her PhD research project deals with the religious heritage and cultural politics of Lviv, focusing on repurposed church buildings, which are currently functioning as galleries, museums, memorial sites. She is 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. The projects draw comparisons between Jewish heritage issues and Greek Catholic sites, hoping to situate minority heritage politics in the broader national discourse. As a Guest Researcher in the Center for the Urban History she is conducting year-long field research, materials of which will contribute to the Center's Lviv Interactive project.