PhD in linguistics, research advisor, professor

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Research interests

Tanja Petrović is a linguist and an anthropologist. She studied language and literature at the University of Belgrade and obtained a PhD from the Ljubljana Postgraduate School in Humanities (ISH) in 2005. Her dissertation was about language and identity strategies of a small Serbian-speaking community in Southern Slovenia and the relationship between the choice of language resources and broader social and political frames that were relevant for this community's positioning.

Dr Petrović is interested in uses and meanings of socialist and Yugoslav legacies in post-Yugoslav societies, as well as in cultural, linguistic, political, and social procesess that shape reality of these societies. She explores a plethora of issues, encompassing the role of language in forming ideologies, memory and identity, labor and gender histories in post-Yugoslav spaces, the relationship between memory, heritage, and historiographic narratives on Yugoslav socialism. She published numerous articles and monographs in the fields of anthropology of post-socialism, memory studies, masculinity, gender history, heritage studies, linguistic anthropology, and labor history.

Dr Petrović is a head of the Institute of Culture and Memory Studies ZRC SAZU and a professor at the ZRC SAZU Postgraduate school. She was a fellow at the Centre for Advanced Studies in Sofia (2005-06), the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (2010-11), and the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies (2013-14). She is also an Honorary research associate of The Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies, the University of Regensburg.

Selected publications

Political parody and the politics of ambivalence. Annual review of anthropology, ISSN 0084-6570, 2018, vol. 47, str. 201-216, [COBISS.SI-ID 43425069]


Rethinking class in socialist Yugoslavia : labor, body, and moral economy. V: JELAČA, Dijana (ur.). The cultural life of capitalism in Yugoslavia : (post)socialism and its other. [Basingstoke]: Palgrave Macmillan. cop. 2017, str. 61-80, ilustr., doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-47482-3_4. [COBISS.SI-ID 42044461] (with Ana Hofman)

Towards an affective history of Yugoslavia. Filozofija i društvo, ISSN 0353-5738. [Štampano izd.], 2016, [God.] 27, [br.] 3, str. 502-520, fotogr., doi: 10.2298/FID1603504P. [COBISS.SI-ID 40456493]

Divided modernities : citizenship, agency and public spaces in a central Serbian town. Etnološka tribina : godišnjak Hrvatskog etnološkog društva, ISSN 0351-1944, 2016, vol. 46, [no.] 39, str. 111-125, ilustr. [COBISS.SI-ID 40838189]

Industrijsko delo v socializmu : od izkušnje do dediščine. Glasnik Slovenskega etnološkega društva, ISSN 0351-2908, 2016, [Letn.] 56, št. 3-4, str. 31-40. [COBISS.SI-ID 40762157]

Serbia in the mirror: parodying political and media discourses. Slavic review, ISSN 0037-6779. [Print ed.], summer 2015, vol. 74, no. 2, str. 288-310, ilustr., doi: 10.5612/slavicreview.74.2.288. [COBISS.SI-ID 38482989]


Yuropa: das jugoslawische Vermächtnis und Zukunftsstrategien in postjugoslawischen Gesellschaften. Erste Aufl. Berlin: Verbrecher, cop. 2015. 255 str., ilustr. ISBN 978-3-95732-018-6. [COBISS.SI-ID 38477613]

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Selected projects

Historical interpretations of the 20th century (research programme • 1 January 201731 December 2022)

Music and politics in the post-Yugoslav space: toward a new paradigm of politics of music in the 21st century (research • 1 July 201830 June 2021)

Consequences of Deindustrialization of the Eastern Adriatic Coast: (Dis)Entangling People, Landscape and the Sea (bilateral project • 1 January 201831 December 2019)

Other projects >>
Curriculum Vitae

Current post

Research advisor at Institute of Cultural and Memory Studies, Scientific Research Center of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Ljubljana, Slovenia

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


PhD, 2005, Ljubljana Postgraduate School of Humanities Institutum Studiorum Humanitatis Thesis Title “The Serbs of Bela Krajina and their Language Ideology in the Process of Language Shift”

MA, 2002, Philological Faculty, University of Belgrade Thesis Title: “The Ritual Toast of Balkan Slavs”

BA, 1998, Philological Faculty, University of Belgrade


Serbo-Croatian (mother tongue), English (fluent), Slovenian (fluent), Russian (very good), Bulgarian (very good), Polish (very good), German (good)

Teaching experience

Assistant Professor (2006-2011); Associate Professor (2011-) University of Nova Gorica; 

Professor (2016-) ZRC SAZU Postgraduate School

Political laughter: towards an anthropology of humour

Language and identity in transnational context 

Remembering socialism in Central and South-Eastern Europe

International scholarships

Centre for Women's Studies, School of School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, February 2017

Graduiertenschule für Ost- und Südosteuropastudien, Univerza v Regensburgu, October / November 2016

Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study, Wassenaar, September 2013 / January 2014

Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, October 2010 / July 2011

University of Osaka, Centre for World Languages, October 2008

L'École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris, June 2008

Austrian Academy of Sciences, Dunaj, July 2006

Center for Advanced Studies Sofia, 2005 / 2006

Polish Academy of Sciences and Arts, Warsaw, December 2003

CEEPUS, Department of History of Southeastern Europe, Univeristy of Graz, January 2000

Research interests

memory, post-socialism, Yugoslav and socialist legacies in post-Yugoslav societies; discourses and language ideologies; political humour; language of minorities, language and cultural contacts; multicultural patterns in Central and Southeastern Europe