About

Lecturer in Cultural Anthropology and European Ethnology, University of Goettingen, Germany

Email: carna.brkovic[at]uni-goettingen.de

Office: Room 1.634, Heinrich Düker Weg 14, 37073 Goettingen, Germany

 

Profile:

I am a Lecturer in Cultural Anthropology and European Ethnology at the University of Goettingen and a research fellow at the Centre for Global Migration Studies. Previously, I held postdoctoral fellowships at the CEU IAS, NEC IAS, and GSOSES.

I hold a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Manchester. My research has been published in Anthropological Theory, Social Anthropology, and Ethnos, among other journals.

I have published two books: an ethnographic monograph Managing Ambiguity (2017, Berghahn) and an edited volume Negotiating Social Relations in Bosnia and Herzegovina (2016, Routledge, with Stef Jansen and Vanja Celebicic).

I serve as the Secretary-Elect for 2020-2021 of the Society for the Anthropology of Europe, a section of the AAA, and a member of the editorial board of PoLAR. I co-founded and served as a co-convener (2018-2020) of EASA’s Anthropology of Humanitarianism Network.

My work combines a focus on inequalities and power with a focus on social complexity and ambiguity. I am particularly interested in developing concepts that help us to understand how differently positioned people pursue their projects of the good life within structural inequality. I also work towards understanding fractured, fragmented, and ambiguous forms of governance. I wrote about IDPs living in refugee camps, LGBT activists, and grassroots attempts to raise money for healthcare in Bosnia and Herzegovina and in Montenegro.

In my work, (South) Eastern Europe figures as a region that poses unexpected theoretical challenges to conventional directions of anthropological analysis. I am deeply critical of hegemonic visions of the region as a poor copyist of theory produced elsewhere – in the former colonial centres, or peripheries. To counteract such visions, I strive to test and develop new concepts that reflect the ethnographic realities of the region but also help understand socio-political entanglements throughout the globe.

 

 

 

 

Research Interests:

  • anthropology of humanitarianism, borders, refugee camps
  • clientelism, favors, the gift
  • nationalism, the state, policy
  • gender and sexuality
  • activism, engagement, citizenship
  • histories of ethnology and anthropology
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Europe