Darko Leitner-Stojanov


Darko Leitner-Stojanov was a project collaborator in the research unit Balkan Studies.

Brief Biography

Darko Leitner-Stojanov is a historian, holding a PhD degree in Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Studies from the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes - Paris (2013). From 2009 to 2022 he was a researcher at the Institute of National History – Skopje/University of Skopje, and was a visiting researcher at the University of New York in Tirana (2014-2019). In 2019 he was the holder of the Otto Bennemann Grant for Innovative Methodological Approaches in International Textbook Research at the Georg-Eckert (Leibniz) Institute in Braunschweig, for his work on „Science and Technology in Yugoslav history textbooks“, and in 2014-2015 he was an Ernst Mach (worldwide) research fellow at the Centre for Southeast European Studies/University of Graz. From 2014 until 2020 he was a member of an international research network led by the Humboldt University in Berlin, with focus on the history of socialist Yugoslavia. In September 2022 to April 2023, Darko Leitner-Stojanov joined the Balkan studies department again, for the project „Tracing the social life of photographs: Private photographic practices of Yugoslav immigrants in Vienna (1960s-1980s)“, supported by Stadt Wien/MA7.

Research Interests

Period: 19th-20th century
Area: Southeastern Europe, Macedonia, Yugoslavia, Vienna
Topics: History of migration, historical political myths, history of education


Selected Publications

  • Forthcoming in Oct.2022 - S. Gruber & D. Leitner-Stojanov, Von Nordmazedonien nach Wien: Eine statistische und ethnografische Untersuchung ihrer Gemeinden und Kulturvereine (2002-2021), in: M. Jakiša & K. Tyran (Hg.), Südslawisches Wien: Zur Sichtbarkeit und Präsenz südslawischer Sprachen und Kulturen im Wien der Gegenwart, Böhlau Verlag: Wien, 2022.
  • The Myth of Victimization in Macedonian History Textbooks (1991-2018), in: G. Ognjenović & J. Jozelić (eds.), Nationhood and Politicization of History in School Textbooks. Identity, the Curriculum and Educational Media, Palgrave Macmillan, 2020, 227-252 (co-author).
  • Militarization via Education: A 1945 Primer from Socialist Macedonia, JEMMS 11/1 (2019), 35-52.
  • A country of progress or a country in crisis? Socialist Yugoslavia in Macedonian history textbooks, in: Grandits, H. et alii (eds.), Representations of Socialist Yugoslavia. Re-examinations and Perspectives, UMHIS & Srednja Europa: Sarajevo-Zagreb, 2019, 73-80 (in Serbo-Croatian).
  • Remembering and Forgetting SFR Yugoslavia: Historiography and History Textbooks in the Republic of Macedonia, Südosteuropa 64/2 (2016), 206-225 (co-author).
  • It’s all gone now: Yugoslavia in the memories of people from Macedonia, Forum Civil Peace Service (Skopje office)/Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology/Center for Research of Nationalism and Culture, Skopje, 2017 (co-editor).


Picturing Migrants Lives'

Tracing the social life of photographs

North Macedonians in Vienna (completed)



D. Leitner-Stojanov, Dialoge im Geist von Freundschaft und Animosität, Der Standard, 6. Mai 2022 (Balkan-Blog online).



The Myth of Victimization in Macedonian History Textbooks (1991-2018), pp. 227-252


Militarization via Education: A 1945 Primer from Socialist Macedonia, pp. 35-52


Between History and Politics: Understanding Antiquitas Myths in Macedonian History Textbooks, pp. 77-95