Contestations of futures in former Yugoslavia

Former Yugoslavia

The research explores how people conceive, engage with and act upon futures and how those dynamics intersect with production of the “everyday state”. In particular, the research is looking at how such conjunctions ethnographically play out in specific post-industrial urban environments across former Yugoslavia, currently mainly in Serbia and Croatia. By looking at various fields of political, social and economic contestations, from everyday lives with risks and political economies of mining companies to social disputes around public utilities and urban infrastructures, the research explores post-socialist transformations within the global landscapes of capitalism.


Jovanović, Deana. 2019. “The thermodynamics of the social contract: making infrastructures visible in the case of district heating in two towns in Serbia and Croatia”, in Post-Socialist Urban Infrastructures, edited by eds. T. Tuvikene, Sgibnev, W and Neugebauer, C. S, pp.38-53. London: Routledge. Open access.

Jovanović, Deana, Tuvikene, Tauri, Sgibnev, Wladimir, Zupan, Daniela, Neugebauer, Carola. 2019. “Post‐socialist infrastructuring“, Area: 1–8.

Jovanović, Deana. 2018.  “Prosperous Pollutants: Bargaining with Risks and Forging Hopes in an Industrial Town in Serbia”, Ethnos: Journal of Anthropology 83(3): 489-504.

Jovanović, Deana. 2018. “The Politics of Simulation. Fake Repairs in a Serbian Industrial Town”, Südosteuropa. Journal of Politics and Society 66(1): 27-44.

Jovanović, Deana. 2016 “Ambivalence and the study of contradictions”, HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory 6(3): 1–6.