Jovana Mihajlović Trbovc, PhD

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Jovana Mihajlović Trbovc is a political scientist dealing with political issues from perspective of culture studies. Her primary 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. Anothire line of her work deals with issues of gender equality in academia, position of women scientists from socialism until today and integrating gender dimension into research. She is a member of the Commission for Equal Opportunity in Science, a consultative expert body nominated by the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport of the Republic of Slovenia.

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

PETROVIĆ, Tanja, MIHAJLOVIĆ TRBOVC, Jovana. Agency, biography and temporality: (Un)making women’s biographies in the wake of loss of the socialist project in Yugoslavia. Wagadu: Journal of transnational women’s & gender studies 21 (2020), 1-30.

TROŠT, Tamara P., MIHAJLOVIĆ TRBOVC, Jovana. History textbooks in war-time: The use of Second World War narratives in 1990s war propaganda in the former Yugoslavia. War & society 39(4) (2020), 290-309.

MIHAJLOVIĆ TRBOVC, Jovana. Remembrance and denial of the Erasure in Slovenian media. In: The media of memory, eds. Maruša PUŠNIK & Oto LUTHAR, 87-111. Leiden: Brill, 2020.

MIHAJLOVIĆ TRBOVC, Jovana. The (lack of) impact of the ICTY on the public memory of the 1992-1995 war in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In: Legacies of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia: A multidisciplinary account, eds. Carsten STAHN, Carmel AGIUS, Serge BRAMMERTZ, John HOCKING & Colleen ROHAN, 559-570. Oxford University Press, 2020.

BACHMANN, Klaus, KEMP, Gerhard, RISTIĆ, Irena, MIHAJLOVIĆ TRBOVC, Jovana, LJUBOJEVIĆ, Ana, NĘDZI-MAREK, Aleksandra, BAYISENGE, Fortunee, AHMET, Mohammed Ali Mohammed, KRASNIQI, Vjollca. Like dust before the wind, or, the winds of change? The Influence of international criminal tribunals on narratives and media framesInternational journal of transitional justice 13(2) (2019), 368-386.

MIHAJLOVIĆ TRBOVC, Jovana. Homecomings from "The Hague": media coverage of ICTY defendants after trial and punishmentInternational criminal justice review 28(4) (2018), 406-422.

MIHAJLOVIĆ TRBOVC, Jovana, PETROVIĆ, Vladimir. The impact of the ICTY on democratization in the Yugoslav successor states. In: Building democracy in the Yugoslav successor states: accomplishments, setbacks, and challenges since 1990, eds. Sabrina P. RAMET, Christine M. HASSENSTAB & Ola LISTHAUG, 135-161. Cambridge University Press, 2017.

MIHAJLOVIĆ TRBOVC, Jovana, PAVASOVIĆ TROŠT, Tamara. Who were the anti-fascists? Divergent interpretations of WWII in contemporary post- Yugoslav history textbooks. In: The use and abuse of memory: Interpreting World War II in contemporary European politics, eds. Christian KARNER & Bram MERTENS, 173-192. Routledge, 2017.


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, Russian, German


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)


- International expert team commenting draft Recommendations on Contested Histories and Inter-Ethnic Relations for the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities (2020-2021)

- External reviewer for National Science Centre Poland (2020)

- Commission on Equal Opportunities in Science, consultative body to the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport of the Republic of Slovenia (since 2018)

- Editorial board of the online journal Cultures of Histories Forum, published by Imre Kertész Kolleg, Universität Friedrich Schiller in Jena (2017-2019)