Jelena Tosic

Jelena Tosic

Jelena Tosic

Prof. PhD
Assistant Professor
SHSS-HSG
Büro 51-6038
Unterer Graben 21
9000 St. Gallen
Main Focuses
  • (Forced) Migration and Border Studies
  • Diversity/Multiculturalism/Transculturality/Gender
  • Moral Economy/Deservingness
  • Historical Anthropology: Imperial Legacies/Post-Socialism, Life/Family/Urban History, Memory
  • Anthropology of Religion (focus Islam), “(De) Radicalization”
  • Globalization and Human Rights/Transitional Justice, Post-totalitarian/Post-Conflict Societies State/Civil Society Relations
  • Methods: Ethnography, Comparative Research, Qualitative Methods in Social Sciences
Fields of research Europe/South-/Eastern Europe, Mediterranean, EU/Integration, Middle East
Further fields of research
Education

PhD in Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Vienna, November 2005

MA in Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Vienna, June 1999

MA studies in psychology, University of Vienna, 1993-2005

 
Professional Career
  • Assistant Professor for Transcultural Studies, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
  • Lecturer/Project Leader (TRANSCA, Erasmus+) at the Department for Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Vienna  L
  • Lecturer at the Donau University Krems, Austria (Module Diversity)
  • Associated researcher, Department for Social Anthropology, University of Bern
  • AAS-CEE (APART) Fellow at the Department for Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Vienna (2011-2018)
  • Expert Adviser and Trainer at the Beratungsstelle Extremismus, Vienna
  • Research fellow at Centre for Comparative Conflict Studies (CFCCS), Faculty of Media and Communications (FMK), Singidunum University, Belgrade (since 2010)
  • Lecturer at the Department for Social Anthropology, University of Bern (1.8.2016-23.December 2016)
  • Oberassistentin, Department for Social Anthropology, University of Bern (since 1.8.2015-31.7.2016)
  • Interim Professorship (Anthropology of the State and Transnationalism), Department for Social Anthropology, University of Bern (Winter Term 2014, Summer Term 2015, 1.8.2014-31.7.2015)
  • Junior Professor for Ethnology (Focus Political Anthropology), University of Konstanz (Nov 2013-Oct 2014)   
  • Lecturer at the Department for Social Anthropology, University of Bern (Winter Term 2013, 16. September-20-December 2013)
  • Visiting Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Religious and Ethnic Diversity (MMPG), Göttingen (February/March 2013)
  • Associated Researcher at the project „Multiethnicity, multiculturalism, migrations – contemporary processes“, Ethnographic Institute, Serbian Academy of Sciences, Belgrade  (since 2010)
  • Visiting Fellow at the Centre for the Study of the Balkans, Goldsmiths University of London (15.3.-15.5.2010)  
  • University Assistant at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Vienna (2007–2011), Teaching, Mentoring, Administration
  • Affiliated researcher at the Research Unit for Social Anthropology, Austrian Academy of Sciences (15.1- 31.3.2007)
  • Visiting Fellow MPI for Social Anthropology, Halle an der Saale (April-May 2006)
  • Researcher at the Commission for Social Anthropology, Austrian Academy of Sciences, 2005-2007
  • Researcher at the science Fund „Wittgenstein 2000: Local Identities and Supralocal Influences“ at the Commission for Social Anthropology (Austrian Academy of Sciences). 2001-2005
  • Researcher at the Institute for Interdisciplinary Research and Continuing Education, University of Vienna, 2000/2001
  • University assistant at Department for Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Vienna. 1999-2000
 
Teaching Activities

International

  • Kultur, Diversität und (Moral)-Ökonomie - Überlegungen und Fallbeispiele aus Süd-/Osteuropa, University   of St. Gallen  (Winter Semester 2018)
  • Borders, Migrants, Ideologies: Contemporary fears and politics in Europe and its fringes, University of St. Gallen (Winter Semester 2018)
  • Migrants, Borders, Power(s): Contemporary struggles, moral claims and regimes of (im)mobility, CFCCS Summer School in Comparative Conflict Studies, June 24th - July1st 2018, FMK Belgrade
  • Time and the Anthropologist: Exploring ethnographic engagements with temporality and history, Universität Bern (Winter Term 16)
  • Borders, Frontiers, Borderlands: Anthropological and Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Universität Bern (Summer Term 2016)
  • Orientalism, Balkanism, Occidentalism: Perspectives on Temporality and Constructing “the Other”, University of Bern (Winter Term 2015)
  • Religion and Morality: Current Anthropological Perspectives, Universität Bern (Summer Term 2015)
  • States, Borders and Mobility: Anthropology of Transnationalism and Beyond, Universität Bern (Summer Term 2015)
  • Orientalism, Balkanism, Occidentalism: Discourses and Practices from Antropological Perspective, Universität Bern (Winter Term 2014/2015)
  • Moralität, Gerechtigkeit, Menschenrechte: Anthropologische Perspektiven, Universität Konstanz (Summer Term 2014)
  • Orientalismus, Balkanismus, Okzidentalismus: Diskurse und Praxen, Universität Konstanz (Summer Term 2014)
  • Re-Imagining the Balkans: Anthropological Inquiries into Diversity, Borders and Migration, University of Bern (Winter Term 13/14)
  • Imperien, Staaten, Grenzen, Mobilitäten. Anthropologisch-Kulturhistorische Einblicke in die Dynamiken von Identität und Differenz in Europa, Universität Konstanz (Winter Term 13/14)
  • University Milano-Bicocca , Dipartimento di Sociologia e Ricerca Sociale,  Ethno-Religious Diversity and East-European Borderlands (April 2013)
  • Singidunum University, Belgrade, Faculty for Media and Communications/CFCCS,  Junior Scholars Training Seminar, (January 2013)
  • Brunel University, London, Department for Anthropology, Fragments of an Anthropology of Eastern Europe: Post-Socialist Transformation, Balkanist Imageries and Concepts of Diversity, (June 2011)
  • Faculty for Media and Communications, Singidunum University, Belgrade, Master in Culture and Communication/Conflict studies, Qualitative Research Methods in Social Sciences, (2010/2011)
  • University of Stockholm , Department of Social Anthropology, Anthropological Glances at the Balkans: Nationalism, Civil Society and Diversity (September 2010)
  • National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Department for Anthropology, Civil Society, Identity and Globalization – Anthropological Perspectives and Case-Studies from Postsocialist Eastern Europe (April 2008),
  • Birzeit University, Westbanks, Ethnographic Interviews, (May 2005)
  • Petnica Science Institute, Serbia (since 1998)

University of Vienna

  • Introduction into Migration Studies (Winter Term 18)
  • Ethnography of the Archive: Narration, History and Power (Summer Term 2018)
  • Multilocality: Tackling Human Mobility and Migration through Place, Space and Time (Winter Term 17/18)
  • Religion, Moralität, Humanitarismus: Aktuelle Anthropologische Perspektiven und Debatten (Winter Term 17/18)
  • Introduction into Migration Studies (Summer Term 17)
  • Anthropological Approaches to Refugee Studies: Theories, Methods and Policies (Summer Term 17)
  • Borders, Frontiers, Borderlands: Anthropological and Interdisciplinary Perspectives (Summer Term 17)
  • Dimensions of Flight: anthropological Perspectives on Theories, Methods and Policies (Winter Term 15)
  • Introduction into Migration Studies (Winter Term 15)
  • Re-Imagining the Balkans: Anthropological Inquiries into Diversity, Borders and Migration (Summer Term 2015)
  • Religion und Moralität: Aktuelle Anthropologische Perspektiven (Winter Term 2014/2015)
  • Einführung in die Anthropologie der Migration (with Christa Markom) (starting with March 2014)
  • Anthropologie der Flucht/Anthropology of Forced Migration: Flight, Asylum, Integration  (since 1996)
  • Orientalism and Balkanism: The “Other” outside and within, 2009 & 2011
  • Bachelorseminar: Theoretical  Discourses, 2009/2010 and 2010
  • Anthropology of Postsocialism, 2006, 2008/2009, 2010
  • Life History and Migration: Fieldwork Practicum, 2008/2009
  • Life History and Migration: Theoretical Approaches, 2008
  • Anthropology of Human Rights 2008, 2008/2009, 2010
  • Socio-anthropological Refugee and Diaspora Studies, 2005
  • Life-scripts and Borders: Second Generation Migrants in Vienna, 2001
  • Jump into the Field. A practice-oriented introduction into fieldwork (part 2), 2000
  • Jump into the Field. A practice-oriented introduction into fieldwork (part 1), 1999
  • Qualitative Interviews  and Fieldwork Methods, Institute for Interdisciplinary Research and Continuing Education, University of Vienna (IFF), 2000-2002  

 
Projects
  • TRANSCA – Translating Social and Cultural Anthropology into Education, Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership (Project Leader/with Christa Markom and Wolfgang Kraus, 2018-2020)
  • Austrian Academy of Sciences Central and East European Fellowship (AAS-CEE)/APART Project: “Diversity and Coexistence in a Peaceful Balkan Border Region. The Shkodra/Skadar Region in the Forefront of EU-Accession” (2011-2018)
  • Winning Abstract & Funding by the EASA (European Association for Social Anthropology, Anthropology of Economy Network) for the Workshop “Deservingness – power, morality and inequality in contemporary Europe and beyond“ (Publication Project, with Andreas Streinzer)
  • Funding by the Faculty of Humanities, University of Bern for the Workshop “Existential Perspectives on Mobility and Immobility” (Publication Project, with Annika Lems)
  • Researcher and Trainer at the project “The Conflict in South Serbia and its Aftermath”, CFCCS 2010, funded by UNDP (February-June 2011)
  • Lead researcher at the project „Salomon. Entwicklung einer Forschungsmethodik zur Erfassung individueller und kollektiver Bedrohungswahrnehmungen von MigrantInnen“, Forschungsinstitut des Wiener Roten Kreuzes & Sigmund Freud Privatuniversität (SFU), (June-December 2007), funded by KIRAS-Sicherheitsforschung/Programmlinie 4, BMVIT
  • Lead Researcher at the project: “Das Stadtviertel als soziokultureller Lebensraum im Wandel: Am Beispiel eines benachteiligten Stadtgebiet Wiens”, funded by the National Bank, Austria. 2000-2001) Researcher at the project “Negotiating Social Identities among Work-Migrants and the old-established Viennese citizens” financed by the Research Fund on Xenophobia of the Austrian Ministry of Science (1997-1998)
 
Affiliations
  • EASA (European Association of Social Anthropologists)
  • AAA (American Anthropological Association)
  • DGSKA (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sozial- und Kulturanthropologie)
  • InASEA (International Association for Southeast European Anthropology)
 
Talks

Selected Talks (last 5 years)

Invited Talks  

  • Migrants, Minorities, Sovereignties: Ethnographic-Historical Reflections on “ways of life” in a Southeast European Borderland, EAWARN Seminar (Ethnological Monitoring and Early Warning and Russian Academy of Sciences), Vienna October 18th 2018
  • Language at the Frontier: Urban History, Bilingualism and Identity Politics in the European Semi-Periphery, Brunel University London/Uxbridge, February 27th 2018
  • Border and/as method - Some Reflections on on-going research, Brunel University London/Uxbridge, February 28th 2018
  • The “State within the State”: History, Migration and Sovereignties in the Montenegrin-Albanian Borderland, Panel 14: Landscapes of Sovereignty: Everyday Life at the Margins of the State, Meeting of Peace and Conflict Studies in Anthropology (PACSA) in Amsterdam, 28-30 August 2017
  • Capturing Mobility through the Multilocality Lens: Cases from Russia and the Balkans. 3d CoRe Workshop Mobility and Remoteness. What is the Connection? University of Vienna, 26.5.2917 (with  Gerti Saxinger)
  • Language, power and social location: ‘translating’ minority language education policy and (re)negotiating peripherality in Montenegro, Workshop Translating Policy In The Semi-Periphery, Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies, Regensburg, 04-06 May 2017
  • The relational ethics of “never (…) too much”: Situating and scaling intimate uncertainties in an Adriatic harbor, Workshop “Intimate uncertainties: existential crises, moral consequences and feminist interventions”, University of Bern/Schloss Überstorf, January 26-28, 2017
  • From a ‘Transit Route’ to the ‘Backyard of Europe’? Tracing the Past, Present, and Future of the Balkan Route, Department for Social Anthropology, Copenhagen, 16.1.2016
  • Travelling Genealogies: Anthropological Explorations of Relatedness, Diversity and the Border, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 11.4.2014
  • Legacies of Mobility and Patterns of Diversity: Ethnographic Insights into Southeasteuropean Borderlands, Department of Balkan, Slavic and Oriental Studies, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, 10.4.2014
  • The Loudspeaker of Faith in the Calm City: Islam and Urban Diversity in Contemporary Balkans, Workshop “Localised Islam(s): Practice and Culture in the European Context“, European University Institute (Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies/Religiowest), Florence 20-21.3.2014
  • “City of the Calm”: Urban Diversity, Mobility and Moral Order in a European Border region, Department for Social Anthropology, University of Bern, 11.12.2013
  • Ethno-Nationalism and Diversity in the Balkans: Thinking through on-going and future ethnographies, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen, 14.3.2013  

Conference Talks

  • Remembering Totalitarianism across Borders: State, Affect and Family History from a Transnational Perspective, 9th InASEA Congress, Zadar, Croatia, 27th-30th September 2018 (cancelled)
  • The Emics of Multilocality: Legacies of (Im)mobility and the Politics of Belonging in an Eastern-Adriatic Borderland (Panel “Thinking through Multilocality: Mobility, Place and Time Reconsidered”, AAA Annual Meeting 2016, November 16-20 Minneapolis)
  • Re-Visiting History, Re-Discovering Places: Historicity and (De)Marginalization in the Eastern Adriatic, EASA Biennial Conference, Milano, 20-23.7.2016 (Panel 76: Empowering the silenced memories: grassroots practices in urban revitalization politics)
  • City of the “Calm": Exploring Entanglements of Urban Diversity, Mobility and Morality in Contemporary SEE, 7th InASEA Congress “Cultures of Crisis”, September 18-20th 2014, Kadir Has University, Istanbul
  • "This used to be Turkey": Kinship and Diversity along a "future European" Border-Region, DGV 14, Mainz, 2-5. October 2013
  • Bordering Diversity in a Peaceful Balkan Border Region. Ethnographic Insights into Identity and Belonging along the Albanian-Montenegrin Border in the Context of EU-Enlargement, European Border Studies Conference, University of Bergamo 2-5.7.2013
  • Travelling Genealogies – (Re)assessing Identities: The Reconstruction of Family Histories across the Albanian-Montenegrin Border, Relocating Borders: A Comparative Approach, Second East-Board-Net Conference, Humboldt Universität Berlin 11-13th January 2013

Panels & Workshops

  • Convenor of the Workshop “Deservingness - power, morality and inequality in contemporary Europe and beyond”, Workshop of the EASA Anthropology of Economy Network, October 27th-28th, 2017, Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Vienna (with Andreas Streinzer)
  • Convenor of the Workshop “Tracing senses of deservingness: intersectional perspectives on power, morality and distribution in contemporary Europe”, RG Europe Panel, DGV-Tagung 2017 „Zugehörigkeiten: Affektive, moralische und politische Praxen in einer vernetzten Welt“ (with Andreas Streinzer, as Coordinators of the Regional Group Europe at the DGV)
  • Convenor of the Workshop “Existential Perspectives on Mobility and Immobility”, Institute for Social Anthropology, Bern University, 2-3.12.2016 (with Annika Lems/Uni Bern)
  • Convenor of the panel “Thinking through Multilocality: Mobility, Place and Time Reconsidered”, AAA Annual Meeting 2016, November 16-20 Minneapolis Convention Center (with Gertrude Saxinger/Uni Wien) (submitted April 15th 2016)
  • Discussant at the Panel "Uncertainties as a Playground for Moralities" at the SEG Jahrestagung – Colloque Annuel de la SSE – Annual Meeting of the SEG-SSE SEG/SSE Conference, Bern, 12-14.11.2015, Institute of Social Anthropology, University Bern
  • Convenor of the Panel “Socio-economic and moral blueprints on the rise: Euro-Mediterranean Comparisons” (RG Europa, Co-Coordinator), DGV-Tagung, Marburg, 30.9. - 3.10, 2015
  • Convenor of the panel “Localising Moralities: Economy, Intimacy and Sociality in SEE”, 7th InASEA Congress “Cultures of Crisis”, September 18-20th 2014, Kadir Has University, Istanbul (with Sabine Strasser)
  • Convenor of the panel “Contested Histories on the Move: Rethinking Memory through Mobility and Agency”, EASA Conference, Tallin 31.7.-3.8. 2014 (with Monika Palmberger)
 
Additional Information

Reviewer for

  • Global Networks: A Journal of Transnational Affairs
  • Memory Studies
  • Contemporary Southeastern Europe
  • American Anthropologist
  • The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute
  • Anthropological Theory

Co-Coordinator of the Europe Regional Working Group at the DGSKA (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sozial- und Kulturanthropologie) (since 2013, with Andreas Streinzer)