Dr. Piotr Szczepan Kisiel
Research Associate | Department for Historical Research

Piotr Kisiel joined the IRS in January 2021. He conducts the project “Planning” in the Department for Historical Research. He studied history at the Jagiellonian University (2007–2011) and at the University of Dundee (2009–2011) as well as law at the Jagiellonian University (2004–2009). In January 2016 he defended his PhD thesis entitled “The politics of space: symbols of hegemonic and non-dominant ethnic groups in the urban landscape of Prussia and Austria-Hungary (1867-1914)” at the European University Institute in Florence. His PhD was published in 2018 by the Herder Institute in Marburg. 2018–2020 he worked at the University of Konstanz on a project on industrial heritage in Germany and Poland.

Research Interest and Expertise

Research Foci
Urban Research
Building and Planning History of the German Democratic Republic
Small and Medium Sized Cities
Urban Planning and Development
Disciplines
Urban Studies
Historical Urban Research
Historical Sciences
Cultural Studies
Eastern European History
Urban Planning
Foci in Methods and Concepts
Document Analysis
Comparative History
Image Analysis

Projects

Ongoing Third-party Funded Projects

Cities affected by the Second World War had to redefine their urban self-image and undertake a revision of their building stock in the face of the impending or real bombing catastrophe. Maps and mapping played a special role in this. The research network "Mapping and Transforming. Interdisciplinary Access to City Maps as a Visual Medium of Urban Transformation in Central and Eastern Europe, 1939-1949" explores functions of city maps in transformation processes for selected cities in Central and Eastern Europe in interdisciplinary cooperation, from the perspective of the humanities and engineering sciences, social geography as well as computer science. The sub-project at the IRS combines heterogeneous and little-researched data sets, maps and archival material to investigate the transformation of selected cities in East Germany and communist Poland. more info

Selected Publications by Year

2021
Kisiel, P. S. (2021). Buchbesprechung: „Das neue Ghetto“? Raum, Wissen und jüdische Identität im langen 19. Jahrhundert von Jürgen Heyde. Zeitschrift für Ostmitteleuropa-Forschung, 70(2), 281-283. DOI: https://doi.org/10.25627/202170210962
Kisiel, P. S. (2021). Picturing an industrial city: green and modern? Postcards from Chemnitz and Lodz (1880s–1980s). Journal of Urban History. DOI: 10.1017/S0963926821000018
2020
Kisiel, P. S. (2020). Unwanted Inheritance? Industrial Past as the EU Heritage. International Journal of Heritage Studies, 652-666. DOI: 10.1080/13527258.2019.1678053
Kisiel, P. S. (2020). Invisible cities: postcard writing in industrial cities (1956–1988). Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change. DOI: 10.1080/14766825.2020.1849245
Kisiel, P. S. (2020). Buchbesprechung: Kozinska-Witt, Hanna: Politycy czy klakierzy? Zydzi w krakowskiej radzie miejskiej w XIX wieku. Zeitschrift für Ostmitteleuropa-Forschung, 69(4), 541-543.
2019
Kisiel, P. S. (2019). Likeable Pasts: Historical Urban Views on Facebook. Europe Now.
Kisiel, P. S. (2019). Neither Industrial nor Socialist: Rethinking the past of the former industrial cities in Eastern Europe. Paper presented at 2nd urbanHIST Conference, Stockholm, Sweden.
Kisiel, P. S. (2019). Beyond the Textile Mills: Postcards from Chemnitz and Lodz (1880s-1980s). Paper presented at IX AISU Congress - The Global City, Bologna, Italy.
Kisiel, P. S. (2019). Likeable Pasts: Historical Urban Views on Facebook. Paper presented at Politics of E-Heritage: Production and Regulation of Digital Memory in Eastern Europe and Russia, Marburg, Germany.
Kisiel, P. S. (2019). European Manchesters: Finding common ground in the industrial past. Paper presented at Narratives of Europe’s Shared Past: Between Singularity of the Holocaust and Totalitarian Paradigm, Brussels, Belgium.
2018
Kisiel, P. S. (2018). Politics of Space in Prussian and Austrian-Hungarian Cities. (Studien zur Ostmitteleuropaforschung). Herder-Institut.
Kisiel, P. S. (2018). Memory Landscape and a Redefinition of the Urban Narration: Lodz after 1989. Paper presented at (Past)Visions of the Future, Nova Gorica, Slovenia.
2017
Kisiel, P. S. (2017). The difficult relationship between nationalism and built heritage: the case of late nineteenth-century Krakow. Nationalities Papers, 45(3), 410-424. DOI: 10.1080/00905992.2016.1262339
2015
Kisiel, P. S. Rezension zu: Blazej Brzostek "Paryze innej Europy"

Selected Publications by Type

Monograph
Kisiel, P. S. (2018). Politics of Space in Prussian and Austrian-Hungarian Cities. (Studien zur Ostmitteleuropaforschung). Herder-Institut.
Journal Article
Kisiel, P. S. (2021). Picturing an industrial city: green and modern? Postcards from Chemnitz and Lodz (1880s–1980s). Journal of Urban History. DOI: 10.1017/S0963926821000018
Kisiel, P. S. (2020). Unwanted Inheritance? Industrial Past as the EU Heritage. International Journal of Heritage Studies, 652-666. DOI: 10.1080/13527258.2019.1678053
Kisiel, P. S. (2020). Invisible cities: postcard writing in industrial cities (1956–1988). Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change. DOI: 10.1080/14766825.2020.1849245
Kisiel, P. S. (2019). Likeable Pasts: Historical Urban Views on Facebook. Europe Now.
Kisiel, P. S. (2017). The difficult relationship between nationalism and built heritage: the case of late nineteenth-century Krakow. Nationalities Papers, 45(3), 410-424. DOI: 10.1080/00905992.2016.1262339
Conference Paper
Kisiel, P. S. (2019). Neither Industrial nor Socialist: Rethinking the past of the former industrial cities in Eastern Europe. Paper presented at 2nd urbanHIST Conference, Stockholm, Sweden.
Kisiel, P. S. (2019). Beyond the Textile Mills: Postcards from Chemnitz and Lodz (1880s-1980s). Paper presented at IX AISU Congress - The Global City, Bologna, Italy.
Kisiel, P. S. (2019). Likeable Pasts: Historical Urban Views on Facebook. Paper presented at Politics of E-Heritage: Production and Regulation of Digital Memory in Eastern Europe and Russia, Marburg, Germany.
Kisiel, P. S. (2019). European Manchesters: Finding common ground in the industrial past. Paper presented at Narratives of Europe’s Shared Past: Between Singularity of the Holocaust and Totalitarian Paradigm, Brussels, Belgium.
Kisiel, P. S. (2018). Memory Landscape and a Redefinition of the Urban Narration: Lodz after 1989. Paper presented at (Past)Visions of the Future, Nova Gorica, Slovenia.
Contribution to Forum or Blog
Kisiel, P. S. Rezension zu: Blazej Brzostek "Paryze innej Europy"
Review in Journal
Kisiel, P. S. (2021). Buchbesprechung: „Das neue Ghetto“? Raum, Wissen und jüdische Identität im langen 19. Jahrhundert von Jürgen Heyde. Zeitschrift für Ostmitteleuropa-Forschung, 70(2), 281-283. DOI: https://doi.org/10.25627/202170210962
Kisiel, P. S. (2020). Buchbesprechung: Kozinska-Witt, Hanna: Politycy czy klakierzy? Zydzi w krakowskiej radzie miejskiej w XIX wieku. Zeitschrift für Ostmitteleuropa-Forschung, 69(4), 541-543.

Talks

2019
The European City: A Historical Yeti?

June/26/2019