The relationship between social remembering and identity forms the framework through which representations of collective memory are analysed. 'Places of Memory' are generally understood as those locations – both topographical and metaphorical – which are assigned a collective 'memory function' by a given community. This relationship between memory and identity forms a framework for the analysis of representations of memory in a range of different social practices, for example the creation of visible symbols of memorial culture in public space, and of narratives which construct concepts of the ‘Self’ and the ‘Other’. One particular area of investigation is the question of how societies engage critically with a traumatic past (e.g. National Socialism and the Holocaust) at a local, national and trans-national/European level.

Coordinator: Heidemarie Uhl


Transformations of Social Memory
Austria in the European Context

Lead Researcher: Heidemarie Uhl

Holocaust Remembrance in Times of COVID-19
How the pandemic shaped hybrid forms of commemoration
Lead Researcher: Heidemarie Uhl

The Tangible Locations of Politics
Lead Researcher: Peter Stachel

Music-Country Austria
A Branding, its History and its Functions

Lead Researcher: Peter Stachel


Globalized Memorial Museums
Exhibiting Atrocities in the Era of Claims for Moral Universals

Lead Researcher: Ljiljana Radonić
Markéta Bajgerová, Zuzanna Dziuban, Marlene Gallner, André Hertrich, Eric Sibomana

World War II in Post-Communist Memorial Museums
Negotiating Traumatic Pasts in the Course of EU Integration

Lead Researcher: Ljiljana Radonić

Final Sites before Deportation as a Extended Reality Tour
Lead Researchers: Heidemarie Uhl, Andreas Huber-Marx
Collaborators: Dieter Hecht

Final Sites before Deportation
Kleine Sperlgasse, Castellezgasse, Malzgasse

Lead Researcher: Heidemarie Uhl
Collaborators: Dieter Hecht, Michaela Raggam-Blesch, Monika Sommer

Deportations from Vienna’s Nordbahnhof, 1938–1945
Research on a Desideratum of Austrian Holocaust Historiography

Lead Researcher: Heidemarie Uhl
Collaborators: Dieter J. Hecht, Michaela Raggam-Blesch

Commemorative Year 2018: The Past in the Focus of Political and Public Communication
Lead Researcher: Karin Liebhart (Universität Wien), Heidemarie Uhl (ÖAW)
MitarbeiterInnen: Mag. Patrick Aprent, Mag. Dr. Petra Bernhardt, Mag. Hannes Pirker (ACDH)

Redesigning the Austrian Heroes’ Monument
Lead Researcher: Heidemarie Uhl
Collaborator: Richard Hufschmied

Responses to Persecution
Documenting Life and Destruction in the Holocaust. Annotated Collection of Jewish Source Materials on the Persecution, Expulsion, Destruction and Survival of the Jews in Austria, 1938 - 1945

Lead Researcher: Eleonore Lappin-Eppel
Collaborators: Dieter Hecht, Michaela Raggam-Blesch

Everyday life and persecution of women and men of „half-jewish“ descent in Vienna, 1938-1945
Lead Researcher: Michaela Raggam-Blesch

Transnational memory work
Remembering victims of the Holocaust in Austria and Bosnia and Herzegowina

Head of Project: Heidemarie Uhl
Lead Researchers: Anisa Hasanhodžić, Rifet Rustemović

Survivors of the Resistance in Post-war Europe
European Networks and Communities of Transnational Memory
Head of Project: Maximilian Becker

The Dynamics of Violence in Bosnia (1941/1942)
The Influence of Ethnically Motivated Crimes on the Postwar Multinational Communist-led Society: The Case of Višegrad

Head of Project: Dejan Segic

Online exhibitions

online exhibition "Vertriebene und Verbliebene erzählen"
Head of Project: Georg Traska

Topography of the Shoah in the 18th district of Vienna – Währing.
Places and Fates (An Online Exhibition)

Lead Researcher: Eleonore Lappin-Eppel
Collaborator: Dieter J. Hecht

Flucht europäisch erzählen
Being refugee: a European narrative

Head of Project: Heidemarie Uhl
Lead Researchers: Anisa Hasanhodžić, Nermina Hasanhodžić, Rifet Rustemović