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Research interests

Jovana Mihajlović Trbovc is a political scientist dealing with political issues from perspective of culture studies. Her research field is the politics of the past and public memory of the crimes which happened during the dissolution of Yugoslavia and during the Second World War. She is especially focused on the impact of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on the post-Yugoslav states, as well as the reproduction of the historical narratives in the school textbooks.

Marginally she dealt with the issues of media politics in the states of the Western Balkans. As an activist she was involved in the civil-society initiatives dealing with post-conflict issues.

Selected publications

PETKOVIĆ, Brankica (urednik), MIHAJLOVIĆ TRBOVC, Jovana (urednik). Media integrity matters : reclaiming public service values in media and journalism. 2nd ed. Ljubljana: Peace Institute, Institute for Contemporary Social and Political Studies, 2015. 445 str., tabele, graf. prikazi. ISBN 978-961-6455-78-7. [COBISS.SI-ID 277824000] . Dostopno na:

MIHAJLOVIĆ TRBOVC, Jovana. Memory after ethnic cleansing : victims' and perpetrators' narratives in Prijedor. Razprave in gradivo, ISSN 0354-0286, 2014, no. 72, str. 25-41. [COBISS.SI-ID 12538701] . Dostopno na:

MIHAJLOVIĆ TRBOVC, Jovana, PAVASOVIĆ TROŠT, Tamara. Who were the anti-Fascists? : divergent interpretation of WWII in contemporary post-Yugoslav history textbooks. V: KARNER, Christian (ur.), MERTENS, Bram (ur.).The use and abuse of memory : interpreting world war in contemporary European politics. New Branuswick: Transaction Publishers, 2013, str. 173-192. [COBISS.SI-ID 519500057

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Selected projects

Gendering the Academy and Research: Combating Career Instability and Asymmetries (GARCIA) (framework program • 1 February 201431 January 2017)

Dealing with the past: putting Slovenia in comparative perspective (postdoctoral research project • 1 January 201631 December 2017)

Curriculum Vitae


2015, Institute of Culture and Memory Studies, Research Center of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Ljubljana

2010-2011, Coalition for RECOM (RECOM is a regional commission for the establishment of facts about war crimes and other serious violations of human rights committed in the former Yugoslavia from January 1, 1991 until December 31, 2001), regional NGO initiative

2009-2013, Peace Institute, Institute for Contemporary Social and Political Studies , Ljubljana, Slovenia

2007, Radio Student, Ljubljana, Slovenia

2005-2006, Canadian International Development Agency, Canadian Embassy Belgrade, Serbia


PhD in Balkan Studies, 2014, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljani, Slovenia.

Thesis title: "Public Narratives of the Past in the Framework of Transitional Justice Processes: The Case of Bosnia and Herzegovina"

MA in Nationalism Studies, 2008, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary.

Thesis title: "Forging Identity through Negotiation: The Case of the Contemporary Bosniak Nation"

BA in International Affairs, 2006, Faculty of Political Science, University of Belgrade, Serbia.

BSc in Politics and International Relations, 2006, London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London, External Programme.


Mother tongue: Serbian

Active: Slovenian, English

Passive: Italian, Russiean, German


- "Transitional Justice and Culture of Memory", at MA course Culture of Memory, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Rijeka, Croatia, May 2015.

- "Who cares about the facts?! The Influence of the International Tribunal (ICTY) on Public Memory in Bosnia and Herzegovina", at PhD seminar, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, November 2015.


Ernst Mach worldwide grant, Austrian Agency for International Cooperation in Education and Research (OeAD), Visiting Fellow, Centre for Southeastern European Studies, University of Graz, Austria (Oct. 2015 – Jan. 2016)   

Junior Research Fellowship (Doctoral Fellowship), Slovenian Research Agency (ARRS) (Oct. 2009 –Mar. 2013)

Partial Fellowship, Central European University (Oct. 2007 – Jun. 2008)

Scholarship, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Serbia (2004 – 2006)


- transitional justice, especially in the region of former Yugoslavia;

- social role of the international criminal tribunals; especially International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia (ICTY);

- social memory of war;

- history teaching and history textbooks for schools.

Recognitions & awards

- Jean Blondel PhD Prize for the best thesis in politics, European Consortium for Political Research (2015). • - Best doctoral thesis in the year 2014, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana. • - Klinar award for the best doctoral thesis in the field of ethnic studies, Faculty of Social Sciences.