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Emilija Mijić

Research Assistant

2009 - PhD candidate, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade

2008/2009 – MA (Social Anthropology), Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade

2008 – BA (Social Anthropology), Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade (Valedictorian)

Major scientific interests:

  • Anthropology of post-socialism and the culture of memory
  • Cultural politics and political culture
  • Anthropology of marginal groups


Emilija Mijić was born on 19 April 1985 in Belgrade. She graduated in 2008 from the Department of Ethnology and Anthropology at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade, as a valedictorian. During her studies she was the recipient of a Ministry of Education scholarship. Her thesis entitled “Mikići: Folklore narratives and territorial identity of New Belgrade's block 63“ was significant as the first paper in Serbian anthropology to treat New Belgrade's local identity. That same year she started master studies in the Anthropology of Popular Culture program at the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade, and in 2009 defended her master’s thesis with the highest marks. Examining the boundaries between “high“ and popular culture, she researched a unique phenomenon in the region, namely, monuments to globally popular heroes. This thesis was later transformed into her first monograph. She started PhD studies at the Department of Ethnology and Anthropology in 2009, and during that time she was the recipient of a scholarship for gifted young scientists from the Ministry of Science. Her PhD thesis entitled “Yugonostalgic narratives and popular representations of socialism in contemporary Serbian society“ was defended in 2011.
During her work at the Institute of Social Sciences she was visiting lecturer at the Faculty of Philosophy in Rijeka, Croatia, in two study programs: Cultural history of the modern and postmodern age and Comparative history of the culture of memory. She was also engaged in two international projects: Support for Establishment of National/Regional Social Sciences Data Archives (SERSCIDA), International FP7 project, 2012-2013, and The True European Voter COST Action (European Cooperation in the Field of Scientific and Technical Research), 2010-2014.
In 2014, after participating in the winter school in Mannheim, she received a Nottingham University certificate in the methodology of comparative electoral analysis. She has participated in numerous scientific conferences and congresses of an international character, as well as in fieldwork research.


  • IUAES – The International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences
  • INASEA – The International Association for Southeast European Anthropology


Selected bibliography:

-2012. Recentna spomenička kultura Zapadnog Balkana: pop-heroji i tradicija (Modern memorial culture of the Western Balkans: Pop heroes and tradition), Belgrade: Faculty of Philosophy, Department of Ethnology and Anthropology, 190 pages

-2015. Post-materialism, religiosity and ethnocentrism: Interactive effects on political preferences (co-authors Bojan Todosijević and Ljubomir Hristić), Psihologija, 48(3): 233- 249 DOI:10.2298/PSI1503233T

-2014. Political consequences of religiosity, post-materialism and ethno-nationalist attitudes in the Netherlands (co-authors Bojan Todosijević and Ljubomir Hristić), Sociološki pregled, 48(2): 141-164

-2011. Yustalgija: sećanje i materijalna kultura socijalizma kao okvir za konzumiranje sadašnjosti (YU-stalgia: Remembrance and the Material Culture of Socialism as a Frame of Reference for the Consumption of the Present), Etnoantropološki problemi, 6(3), 763-782

-2011. Protestantska etika kao model lečenja: uloga religioznosti i/ili duhovnosti u lečenju zavisnosti na primeru Reto – centrа (Protestant ethics as a model of treatment: The role of religiosity and/or spirituality in the rehabilitation of heroin addicts in the case of the Reto-center) (co-author Srđan Sremac), Teme 35(3): 969-999


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