Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin


Dora Komnenovic, PhD 

Leibniz Centre for Contemporary History
Am Neuen Markt 1
14467 Potsdam

Office: Am Neuen Markt 9d, room 1.09
Phone: 0331/74510-125
Fax: 0331/74510-143
Email: dora.komnenovic [at]


Since 01/2023

Research Associate at the ZZF, Dep. I, in the Europast project

Since 03/2023

Research Associate at the Federal Archives, Department BE/EHRI Project


PR Officer at the Federal Archives/Stasi Records Archive, Berlin


Museum Educator
Berliner Wall Foundation
Berlin-Hohenschönhausen Memorial
Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Berlin


Project Associate In Between? educational project
European Network Remembrance and Solidarity (ENRS), Warsaw, Poland


PhD Fellow at Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture, Justus Liebig University, Gießen


Research Associate/Project Associate
Bologna University, Italy/Institute for Social and European Studies, Kőszeg, Hungary


Research and Administrative Assistant
Doğuş University, Istanbul, Türkiye



PhD at Justus Liebig University Gießen, Dissertation topic „Everything by the Book? A Sociological Reading of the Discarding of Books from Public Libraries in Post-Socialist Croatia and Slovenia”


Postgraduate Certificate Course Exhibiting Contemporary History, Europäisches Kolleg, Friedrich Schiller University, Jena


Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Research and Studies on Eastern Europe, Bologna university, Italy/Vytautas-Magnus-University, Kaunas, Lithuania/Corvinus-University, Budapest, Hungary/St. Petersburg University, Russian Federation


Bachelor in International Relations, Trieste University, Italy




Komnenović, D. (2022), Reading between the Lines: Reflections on Discarded Books and Sociopolitical Transformation in (Post-) Yugoslavia, ibidem-Verlag, ISBN 9783838216430.

Book chapters and articles

Komnenović, D. (2021), Remembering the 1990s in Croatia: The Potential of Discarded Books on and beyond Anniversaries in Newman, J. P. and  Apor, B. (eds.) “Balkan Legacies: The Long Shadow of Conflict and Ideological Experiment in Southeastern Europe, Purdue University Press.

Komnenović, D. (2018), The "Cleansing" of Croatian Libraries in the 1990s and Beyond or How (Not) to Discard the Yugoslav Past, in Bevernage, B. and Wouters, N. (eds.), “The Palgrave Handbook of State-Sponsored History After 1945”, Palgrave Macmillan UK.

Komnenović, D. (2017), The 1990s: A Decade that Never Ended?, «Der Donauraum» 1-2/2014, IDM, Vienna.

Komnenović, D. (2016), Po koliko je kila knjig?, in Mlekuž, J. and Petrović, T. (eds.) “Made in YU 2015”, ZRC-SAZU Ljubljana.

Komnenović, D. (2014), (Out)living the War: Anti-War Activism in Croatia in the Early 1990s and Beyond. Journal on Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe (JEMIE), vol. 13, n. 4, pp. 111-128,

Book Reviews

Komnenović, D. (2019), Review of Ghodsee, K. (2017), Red Hangover: Legacies of Twentieth Century Communism, Südosteuropa. Journal of Politics and Society, De Gruyter, Vol. 67 (1).

Komnenović, D. (2019), Review of Beronja, V. And Vervaet, S. (eds.) (2016), Post-Yugoslav Constellations. Archive, Memory, and Trauma in Contemporary Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian Literature and Culture, Southeastern Europ, Brill, Vol. 43 (2).

Komnenović, D. (2018), Review of Ramet, S., Hassenstab, C. and Listhaug, O. (eds.) (2017), Building Democracy in the Yugoslav Successor States. Accomplishments, Setbacks, Challenges since 1990, Südosteuropa. Journal of Politics and Society, De Gruyter, Vol. 66 (3).

Komnenović, D. (2017), Review of Catherine Baker’s “The Yugoslav Wars of the 1990s”, Croatian Political Science Review Vol. 53 n. 4/2016:

Komnenović, D. (2016), The Political Usage of History in Tuđman’s Croatia and Mečiar’s Slovakia, review of Stevo Đurašković's “The Politics of History in Croatia and Slovakia in the 1990s”, Kult_online n. 47:

Komnenović, D. (2015), Tracing (Dis)Continuities: Education Reforms in Socialist Yugoslavia and its Successor States, review of Jana Baćević’s “From Class to Identity: The Politics of Education Reforms in Former Yugoslavia”, Kult_online n. 43:

Reports and Interviews

Interview with Dubravka Ugrešić: Odgajanje za konobara, in “Vreme” n. 1327, June 9, 2016:

Religion and the Public from 1989/1991. Conference report in Kult_online n. 42 (2015):

Regionalism, Urbanity and Modernity in Multi-Ethnic and Multi-Cultural Eastern Europe in the 20th Century. With Konstantin Rometsch. Conference report in: H-Soz-u-Kult, 10.03.2014,