Dr Markian Prokopovych PhD, MA

Photograph of Dr Markian Prokopovych

Department of Art History, Curating and Visual Studies
Leverhulme Research Fellow

Contact details

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

I am a cultural and urban historian of continental modern Europe with a specialisation in East Central Europe.


Habilitiation (Higher Doctorate, 2011) in Modern History, University of Vienna, Austria; PhD (2005) in History, Central European University (CEU), Budapest, Hungary; MA (1998) in Nationalism Studies, CEU, Budapest, Hungary; MA (1995) in Art History, CEU, Prague, Czech Republic and Lviv Academy of Arts, Lviv, Ukraine; postgraduate diplomas in architectural and urban heritage conservation, Academia Istropolitana, Bratislava, Slovakia (1996) and urban planning in transitional economies, Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (1997).


I specialise in the history of Eastern and Central Europe in the nineteenth and twentieth century and work on urban cultures, museums, architecture, music, migration, cultural history of science and technology and the press. During my PhD studies, I had fellowships in Oxford and Berlin. After completing my PhD in History, I was stand-in Junior Professor for Polish and Ukrainian History at the European University of Viadrina, Frankfurt an der Oder, Germany. As a lecturer and research fellow at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary, I worked on my second book on the history of the Budapest Opera House at the fin de siècle. In 2009, I was Fernand Braudel Senior Fellow at the European University Institute, Florence, Italy. Finally, before coming to the UK, I was assistant professor at the University of Vienna, Austria. I have a working knowledge of most of the languages in the region of Eastern and Central Europe.


I have taught a broad range of courses on European urban, art and cultural history of Eastern and Central Europe in the nineteenth and twentieth century, the Habsburg Monarchy, Russia, the Soviet Union and the Eastern Bloc. Apart from the UK, I have taught in Austria, Hungary, Italy and Germany.

In the next term, I am teaching a module ‘Under the Red Star: Art and Society in the Soviet Union, 1917-1991’ and co-teaching ‘Art History in the Field’ (Overseas Study Trip to Prague).

Postgraduate supervision

I welcome enquiries from prospective postgraduate students wishing to research any subject that overlaps with my research and teaching interests.


At the University of Birmingham, I am part of a small team of researchers within the project “Promoting Imperial and National Identities: Museums in Austria-Hungary”, funded by the Leverhulme Trust and directed by Matthew Rampley.

Other activities

I am an honorary member of the international committee of the European Association for Urban History (EAUH) and currently co-organise the conferences of the Urban History Group (UHG) in the UK. I am also in the editorial board of Urban History (CUP) and East Central Europe (Brill) and act as a referee for a number of academic journals, publishers and funding institutions.


Books authored

  • In the Public Eye: The Budapest Opera House, the Audience and the Press, 1884-1918. Vienna, Cologne and Weimar: Böhlau, 2014.
  • Habsburg Lemberg: Architecture, Public Space and Politics in the Galician Capital, 1772-1914. West Lafayette: Purdue University Press, 2009.


  • Promoting National and Imperial Identities: Museums in Austria-Hungary. Two monographs co- authored with Matthew Rampley and Nora Veszpremi within the Leverhulme research project at the University of Birmingham (2018 / 2019)

Edited Volumes

  • Urban History and Overseas Migration in the Long Nineteenth Century, special issue of Journal of Migration History 2 (2016), Guest editor
  • Music and the City, Thematic issue of Urban History 40 (2013) 3, Guest editor
  • Thematic block on East European cities, Urban History 40 (2013) 1, Guest editor
  • With Maciej Janowski, Constantin Iordachi and Balázs Trencsenyi, Urban History in East Central Europe. Special issue of East Central Europe/l'Europe du Centre-Est. Eine wissenschaftliche Zeitschrift 33 (2006)


  • With Carl Bethke and Tamara Scheer, Multilingualism in the Late Habsburg Empire (forthcoming with Brill, 2017), Guest co-editor

Selected Articles (peer-reviewed)

  • ‘Urban History of Overseas Migration in Habsburg Central Europe: Vienna and Budapest in the Late Nineteenth Century’, Journal of Migration History 2 (2016), 330-351
  • With Rosemary H. Sweet, ‘Literary and Artistic Metropolises’, EGO: Europäische Geschichte Online – European History Online (2015)
  • ‘Scandal at the Opera: Politics, the Press and the Public at the Inauguration of the Budapest Opera House in 1884’, Austrian History Yearbook XLIV (2013), 88-107
  • ‘Diadalmas birodalom: Johann Strauss és A cigánybáró a budapesti Operaházban 1905-ben’ (Triumphant empire: Johann Strauss and the Gypsy Baron in the Budapest Opera House, 1905), Korall 51 (2013) 14, 41-60
  •  ‘Lemberg (Lwów, L’viv), 1772-1918: If Not the Little Vienna of the East, or a National Bastion, What Else?’ East Central Europe 36 (2009) 100-129


  • ‘The City, Its Art, and Its Publics: Cracow’s Art Collections in the Long Nineteenth Century and Their Public Reception’
  • ‘Governing Taste: Fin-de-siècle Cracow, Its Art Museums and the Urban Elite in the Shaping of the Modern Metropolis,’ in: Bert de Munck und Simon Gunn, eds., Powers of the City: New Approaches to Governance and Rule in Urban Europe since 1500
  • ‘Mapping Migration and the Materiality of Identification in Fin-de-siècle Vienna and Budapest’, in: Anne Winter and Hilde Greefs, eds., Migration Policies and the Materiality of Identification in European Cities, 1500-2000
  • Entries on prostitution in Vienna, Budapest and Prague in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century, in: Jean-Michel Chaumont, Magaly Rodriguez Garcia and Paul Servais, eds., Trafficking in Women 1924-1926 - The Paul McKinsie Reports for the League of Nations, United Nations Series ‘History of the United Nations System’
  • ‘Celebrating Hungary? Johann Strauss’s Zigeunerbaron in Vienna and Budapest at the Turn of the 20th Century’, forthcoming in the special issue ‘Celebrations: Festkultur in Austria’ of Austrian Studies 25 (2017)