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Dr. Ana Mijic, M.A.

Address: A-1090 Vienna, Rooseveltplatz 2
Room: 404
Phone: +43-1-4277-49238
eFax: +43-1-4277-849238
email: ana.mijic@univie.ac.at
Consultation hour: appointments via email

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Research focus and interests:

  • Sociology of knowledge
  • Sociology of culture
  • Peace and conflict studies
  • Identity research
  • Ethnicity research
  • Sociological theory
  • Interpretative theories and qualitative methods of social research


Research projects:

Post-War Diasporas - Cosmopolitan Nationalism?; Hertha-Firnberg Research Position (Austrian Science Fund, FWF)

Duration: 2016-2018

The research project—theoretically based within the sociology of knowledge—focuses on an (objective) hermeneutical analysis of identity constructions of Bosnian diasporas living in Austria. It is to be expected that the self-images of Bosnians, whether or not they are living in their country of origin, are still highly influenced by the direct or indirect experience of war. Thus, in contrast with the Bosnians living in Bosnia, the Bosnian emigrants’ identities are presumably also affected by the experience of migration and the experience of life in minority settings. Wartime, post-war and migration constitute a very particular context, within which the Bosnian diasporas have to maintain a positive self-image and (re-)construct their identities.


’Hurt Identities?!’ (Self-)Charismatization through (Self-)Victimization in post-war Bosnia-Herzegovina

Duration: 2008-2013 (PhD thesis project)

The main topic of the project is the analysis of the (social) construction of ‘self’ as well as the construction of ‘others’ in post-war Bosnia-Herzegovina. During the war in this former Yugoslavian Republic (1992-1995), the conflicting parties constructed identities which were characterized by intensive and powerful ethnic in-group/out-group differentiations. After the end of war, actors were confronted with an entirely novel situation; due to new and (mainly) externally induced normative standards that delegitimize ethnic mobilization, and due to the fact that they have to continue living together in one nation-state (i.e. beyond their own ethnic communities), they are forced to perform new definitions of ethnic boundaries, or, to frame it with a sociological classic, a new ‘definition of the situation’. For this reason it can be assumed that there is a structural tension between legitimization and the delegitimization of ethnic mobilization. The project focuses on a (qualitative) empirical analysis of the genesis and the persistence of self-attribution and the attribution of others in the context of accelerated social transformation processes, which are characterized by this structural tension. A hermeneutical analysis of interviews, which has been conducted in different regions in Bosnia and Herzegovina shows that the construction of  (ethnic) identity in post-war Bosnia and Herzegovina is strongly connected with processes of self-victimization. The self-victimization seems to immunize against challenges of the ‘We-Ideal’ and stabilizes one’s own identity.


Mijić, Ana (2014). Verletzte Identitäten. Der Kampf um den Opferstatus im bosnisch-herzegowinischen Nachkrieg. Frankfurt/New York: Campus Verlag.

Reviews: pw-protal.de, Radio-Televizija Srbije (rts.rs), H-Soz-Kult


2015 Dissertation Award by the Austrian Society for Sociology

2014 Doc.Award by the University of Vienne and the City of Vienna

2014 Award by the Dr. Maria Schaumayer-Foundation

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University of Vienna
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