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 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 science and academia, 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).

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. The indirect impact of the ICTY on the media in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (pp. 27-56) & The invisible hand of the ICTY: Narratives on Dubrovnik in Montenegro (pp. 57-77). In: BACHMANN, Klaus, RISTIĆ, Irena, KEMP, Gerhard, eds. International criminal tribunals as actors of domestic change: The impact on media coverage. Berlin: Peter Lang, 2019.

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. Collateral impact: The ICTY's influence on institutional reform in Serbia. In: BACHMANN, Klaus, RISTIĆ, Irena, KEMP, Gerhard, eds. International criminal tribunals as actors of domestic change: The impact on institutional reform. Berlin: Peter Lang, 2018: 47-78.

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

MIHAJLOVIĆ TRBOVC, Jovana, HOFMAN, Ana. Priročnik za uvajanje spolno občutljivega pristopa v raziskovanje in poučevanje. Ljubljana: Založba ZRC, 2016.

MIHAJLOVIĆ TRBOVC, Jovana, PAVASOVIĆ TROŠT, Tamara. Who were the anti-Fascists? Divergent interpretation of WWII in contemporary post-Yugoslav history textbooks. In: KARNER, Christian, MERTENS, Bram, eds.The use and abuse of memory : interpreting world war in contemporary European politics. Abingdon; New York: Routledge, 2017: 173-192.

PETKOVIĆ, Brankica (urednik), MIHAJLOVIĆ TRBOVC, Jovana (urednik). Media integrity matters: Reclaiming public service values in media and journalism. 2nd ed. Ljubljana: Peace Institute, 2015.

MIHAJLOVIĆ TRBOVC, Jovana. Memory after ethnic cleansing: Victims' and perpetrators' narratives in Prijedor. Razprave in gradivo 72 (2014): 25-41.


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


- "War crime trials and public memory of the war in Bosnia", Brownbag Seminars: Current Research on Southeastern Europe, Centre for Southeast European Studies, Univerza v Gradcu, November 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.

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