PD Dr.

Robert Pichler, MA


Robert Pichler is a research associate in the research unit Balkan Studies.

Brief Biography

Robert Pichler studied history in Graz and was awarded the right to teach (venia docendi) for Southeast European history in 2017. He is board member of the International Association for Southeast European Anthropology (InASEA) and chair of the Center for Balkan Societies and Cultures (CSBSC). He was a researcher in the framework of projects at the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg, the Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research in Braunschweig, the Humboldt University of Berlin and the Karl-Franzens University of Graz. In 2004, he was awarded the Bruno Kreisky Prize together with Wolfgang Petritsch for the political book of the year. As a photographer, he works at the interface between documentary and art photography.

Research Interests

Period: 19th to 21st centuries.
Area: Southeast Europe, Balkans, especially Macedonia, Albania, Kosovo/a
Topics: migration studies, social history with a focus on family and kinship, formation of nation-states, visual studies

Selected Publications

  • Albania’s 90s. Photographs and Narratives / Fotografi dhe Tregime, mit Edit Pula(j), Wien: bahoe 2020, ISBN 978-3-903290-28-0, 336pp.
  • Remigration to post-socialist Europe. Hopes and realities of return, hgg. mit Caroline Hornstein-Tomic und Sarah Scholl Schneider (Berlin: LIT 2018), ISBN: 978-3643910257, 376pp.
  • Kosovo/Kosova. Der lange Weg zum Frieden, mit Wolfgang Petritsch (Klagenfurt 2004), ISBN: 978-3851295986, 411pp. (Übersetzungen ins Albanische und ins Serbische)
  • Conflicting Loyalties. Social (Dis)Integration in the Balkans, 1839-1914, hgg. mit Nathalie Clayer und Hannes Grandits (London-New York 2011), ISBN: 9781848854772, 368pp.
  • “Migration, Architecture and the Imagination of Home(land). An Albanian-Macedonian Case Study”, in Transnational Societies, Transterritorial Politics. Migrations from the (Post-)Yugoslav Area hrg. von Ulf Brunnbauer (München 2010): 213-236.