Irena Ristić

Research Associate



Scientific interests:

  • Ideology of political elites in Serbia 
  • State- and nation-building processes
  • Nationalism


Her work deals with the formation of states and nations in modern and contemporary history in the region of former Yugoslavia, methodologically based on historical anthropology. Her doctoral dissertation focused on the question to what extent and with what motivation were political elites in Serbia orientated towards Russia or Western Europe (mainly Austria-Hungary).

Other research work relates to the causes of the break-up of Yugoslavia, as well as the dynamics deriving from this break-up and influencing the democratization and European integration process in the newly formed states. 

She has been co-leader of international research projects, including ”Democracy in Unstable Social Spaces: Serbia” (2010-2011) and ”Impact of International Criminal Tribunals on Media, Political Discourse and Institutional Reforms” (2013-2018). 

Visiting fellowships at the Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen, Vienna (2007/8) and the Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS) in Regensburg, Germany.

She graduated from the Diplomatic Academy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Serbia (2004/5).

Selected publications:

  • Strutture, attori, dinamiche (La fine della Jugoslavia: tempo di bilanci) in: Passato e presente, 2013/90.
  • Constrained Democracy: The Consolidation of Democracy in Yugoslav Successor States? in: Southeastern Europe, Volume 36, Issue 3, Fall 2012, p. 373-397, ISSN: 0094-4467. (with Florian Bieber)
  • Guest editor of Südosteuropa: Defragmenting Yugoslavia, Jg.59 (2011), Heft 3,ISSN: 0722-480x. Rapprochement as a Paradigm Shift: Does the Wheel Come Full Circle in Former Yugoslavia? in: Südosteuropa, Jg. 59 (2011), Heft 3, p.286-300. ISSN: 0722-480X.
  • Das politische System Serbiens, in: Ismayr, Wolfgang (Ed.), Die politischen Systeme Osteuropas, Wiesbaden, 2010, pp. 897-941.

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