I am social anthropologist studying how the futures are made and contested in late-industrial urban environments.

Deana Jovanović

I am Assistant Professor at the department of Cultural Anthropology at Utrecht University. I earned my PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Manchester (UK). In my work I study how the futures are made and contested in late-industrial urban environments. My expertise focuses on urban and industrial transformations of industrial towns within the context of environmental and infrastructural struggles within the global landscapes of capitalism. My research is so far based on a decade-long ethnographic fieldwork in late-industrial urban environments in the post-Yugoslav region, and I currently mostly carry out my research in Serbia. I combine political anthropology and post-socialist studies to theorize about the futures and (re)production of power. My work contributes to better understanding of what experiences of future-making in late-industrial (post-socialist) environment entail and how configurations of power today govern the everyday life in such settings.

My research has been supported by various grants and fellowships of excellence which allowed me to disseminate and extend my research, such as Sociological Review Postdoctoral Fellowship at Keele University (UK) (2017/18),  Leibniz DAAD Postgraduate Fellowship at the Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS) in Regensburg (2019), and  Postgraduate Teaching Studentship & Research Training Grant and Overseas Research Students Award (2011-2015 from the University of Manchester). 

I held various postdoctoral positions before taking up the position at Utrecht University: DAAD-Leibniz Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Sociological Review Postdoctoral Fellowship, Visiting Senior Research Fellowship at the School of Environment, Education and Development (SEED) at University of Manchester, and Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Centre for Advanced Studies at the University of Rijeka (Croatia) (2016/17). I used to be Research Associate at Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory (University of Belgrade) in Serbia.

I earned a dual Erasmus Mundus Master´s Degree in Women’s and Gender Studies (GEMMA). I graduated cum laude at Utrecht University in Gender and Ethnicity. In 2010 I obtained MA award (With Distinction) in Women’s and Gender Studies by the University of Hull. I have my BA (hons) from University of Belgrade, Serbia (Ethnology and Anthropology) (with Distinction).

I am committed to exploring socially relevant issues and improving living conditions of communities I study, which also motivates my research.