Universität KonstanzExzellenzcluster: Kulturelle Grundlagen von Integration

Dr. Piotr Kisiel


Portrait Piotr Kisiel

2017-2018 Historian at the Berlin-Hohenschönhausen Memorial

2011-2016 PhD in History and Civilization at the European University Institute (Florence)

2009-2011 MA in History at the University of Dundee

2007-2011 Magister in History at the Jagiellonian University (Cracow)

2004-2009 Magister in Law at the Jagiellonian University (Cracow)

Research concentrations

My research focuses on nationalism, social identities and symbolic politics. In my understanding the latter is not just an addition to the "real" politics, but rather a discursive space used to negotiate power relations and a result of it an important tool of social control. In my PhD research I used this approach to examine power structures in the German Empire and Austria-Hungary, in another project I applied the same methodology to deconstruct contemporary religious nationalism in Poland. Furthermore, my focus on a local level allows to analyse how hegemonic discourses (e.g. nationalism) have been used by powerful individuals and groups to legitimise their own interests and aspirations in the public sphere.

Function within the Center

Balzan prize research fellow

Research project „European Urban Spaces after the Cold War (1991-2016). Search for an identity or commodity?“

Selected Publications

The Politics of Space: Symbols in Prussian and Austria-Hungarian Cities (1867-1914), Herder Institute, Marburg (forthcoming);

“The Difficult Relationship between Nationalism and Built Heritage: The Case of Late 19th-Century Cracow”, Nationalist Papers, Vol. (2017), 410-424;

“The Sanctuary of a Sacred Nation: National Discourse in the Style and Décor of the Licheń Sanctuary”, Nationalist Papers, Vol. 44 (2016), 319-339;

“Narratives in the British Press about the Outbreak of the French Revolution,” in 2012 Selected Papers of the Consortium on the Revolutionary Era, eds. Alexander Mikaberidze, Karl A. Roider and Jeffrey D. Burson (Shreveport: Louisiana State University-Shreveport, 2015), 150-173.


Tel.: 07531 88-5819
E-Mail: Piotr.Kisiel[at]eui.eu

Otto-Adam-Str. 5
78467 Konstanz