Jelena Tosic is Assistant Professor for Transcultural Studies at the University of St.Gallen. She was an interim Professor (state and transnationalism) at the University of Bern (2014/2015), Junior Professor for Ethnology at the University of Konstanz (2013/2014), APART AAS-CEE Fellow of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (2011-2017), and guest researcher at various universities and research institutions (MPI for Social Anthropology Halle an der Saale, FMK Belgrade, Center for Balkan Studies / Goldsmiths University, MMG MPI Göttingen etc). She gained her doctoral degree with an ethnography on socio-cultural transformations in post-socialist Serbia (University of Vienna). In her Habilitation (University of Bern) she developed an ethnographic / historical anthropological perspective on borderlands in Southeast Europe through the lens of (forced) migration. She is currently Project Leader in the Project "Europe's Un/Deserving: Moralizations of Inequality in Comparative Perspective" (2021-2024, funded by the SNSF) at the University of St.Gallen. She is Series Co-Editor of the EASA Book Series, Berghahn (2020-24) and was Co-Convenor of the Regional Group Europe at the German Anthropological Association (GAA, 2013-2021).
Her research interests include: (Im)Mobility, (Forced) Migration and Border Studies; Citizenship; Inequality; Deservingness; Transculturality/Trans- nationalism; Education; Tango; Methods (Ethnography, Historical Anthropology/Memory, Comparative Research).
Regional Focus: Europe (Central, SEE), Mediterranean
Post-totalitarian/Post-Conflict Societies/State-Civil Society Relations
Globalization and Human Rights/Transitional Justice
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