Mag. Dr.Phil. Jelena Tošić

Post-Doc Researcher (APART/AAS-CEE Fellow) and Lecturer

Contact Details

Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology
Universitätsstraße 7, 1010 Vienna
NIG, 4th floor
Room: B0406

T: +43-1-4277-49503

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Current Courses: u:find

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Research Focus Areas

  • (Forced) Migration and Border Studies
  • Anthropology and History: Imperial Legacies, Life/Family/Urban History, Memory
  • Political Anthropology: Diversity/Multiculturalism, Resistance/Human Rights, State/Civil Society/New Social Movements
  • Post-socialist/Post-Conflict Societies (Transitional Justice, Nationalism, Religion)
  • Anthropology of Religion & Morality
  • Regional Focus: Europe/South Eastern Europe, Middle East

Short Biography

I am a socio-cultural anthropologist with a longstanding research and teaching expertise on (forced) migration, border studies, political anthropology, anthropology and history/memory, diversity/multiculturalism and religion (focus on Islam) in Western and Southeastern Europe. I have conducted long-term ethnographic research in Austria, Serbia, Montenegro and Albania. My current resarch deals with the legacy and present of (forced) migration, borderlands and the aftermath of the so-called "refugee crisis", as well as the on-going rise of the discourse and the social field of „deradicalization“ in Europe.

I am currently a APPART/AAS-CEE-Fellow and lecturer at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology (Vienna) and an associate researcher at the Institute of Social Anthropology (Bern).  I have been a visiting/interim professor at the University of Konstanz and University of Bern and a research fellow/guest lecturer at diverse international institutes and universities (e.g. Max Planck Institute for Ethnic and Religious Diversity, Göttingen; Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle; Goldsmiths University London, FMK Belgrade, Ethnographic Institute of the Serbian Academy of Sciences etc.). Together with Andreas Streinzer I am coordinating the Europe Research Group of the German Association for Social and Cultural Anthropology.

Selected Publications

  • The relational ethics of “never (…) too much”: Situating and scaling intimate uncertainties in an Adriatic harbor (Special Issue Intimate Uncertainties: Ethnographic Explorations of Moral Economies across Europe, edited by Sabine Strasser and Luisa Piart). Anthropological Journal of European Cultures (forthcoming 2018)
  • Localizing Islam: National Paradigms, New Actors and Contingent Choices (special section in the Nationalities Papers 2017 45(4), co-edited with Arolda Elbasani)
  • Travelling Genealogies: Tracing relatedness and diversity in the Albanian-Montenegrin Borderland, in: Donnan, Hastings, Madeleine Hurd and Carolin Leutloff-Grandits (eds.), Border Crossing – Border Moving. Manchester University Press (Rethinking Borders Series) 2017: 80-101.
  • From a ‘Transit Route’ to the ‘Backyard of Europe’? Tracing the Past, Present, and Future of the Balkan Route. in G. Fartacek, & S. B. (Hrsg.), Facetten von Flucht aus dem Nahen und Mittleren Osten. Facultas Universitätsverlag 2017b: 150-166.
  • Memories on the Move: Experiencing Mobility, Rethinking the Past. Palgrave Macmillan (Migration, Diasporas and Citizenship Series) 2016 (co-edited with Monika Palmberger)
  • Localizing Moralities: Power and Temporality in SEE (special section, Southeastern Europe and Black Sea Studies 2015/3, co-edited with Sabine Strasser)

Projects and Grants

  • 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“ (see Panels & Workshops)
  • Funding by the Faculty of Humanities, University of Bern for the Workshop “Existential Perspectives on Mobility and Immobility”
  • 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”
  • Researcher and Trainer at the project “The Conflict in South Serbia and its Aftermath”, CFCCS, funded by UNDP
  • 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), 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 Auatrian National Bank)
  • Researcher at the project “Negotiating Social Identities among Work-Migrants and the old-established Viennese citizens” funded by the Research Focus on Xenophobia of the Austrian Ministry of Science

Selected invited talks, panels and conference presentations

  • 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)
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • From a ‘Transit Route’ to the ‘Backyard of Europe’? Tracing the Past, Present, and Future of the Balkan Route, Department for Social Anthropology, Copenhagen, 16.12.2016