Ana Ljubojević

Ana Ljubojević is EURIAS junior postdoctoral fellow at the Polish Institute of Advanced Studies PIASt and research associate at the Centre for the Study of Ethnicity, Citizenship and Migration (CEDIM), Faculty of Political Science in Zagreb, Croatia.

Ana Ljubojević obtained her PhD in Political Systems and Institutional Change at the Institute for Advanced Studies Lucca, Italy. She has extensive research experience on judicial and non-judicial mechanisms of transitional justice in Croatia and Serbia and has research interests in memory studies, cultural trauma and social production of memory.

Recently, Dr. Ljubojević has been awarded an 2019/2021 Marie Curie postdoctoral fellowship at the Centre for Southeast European Studies at the University of Graz, Austria.

Research project: "Walk this way, talk this way"1 : Modalities of cultural trauma linked to post-war commemoration practices

Crisis producing processes profoundly shaped the 20th century as the period of violence and trauma. History and troubled past are used in present in many ways: they are debated publicly in the media or displayed and showcased in museums and memorial sites. This project's aim is to analyse cultural trauma related to the sites of memory of war. It approaches cultural trauma from the perspective of spatial mobility engagement and perceptions of people visiting war monuments and commemorative events. This project has an interdisciplinary take in which conceptual tools and methodological strategies will be borrowed from memory studies, social anthropology, political sciences, and cultural studies simultaneously.
In order to answer research questions, she will address the following specific objectives:
1. Demonstrate under which circumstances a place becomes subject of cultural trauma and collective memory - by analysing the dynamics of memories and symbols linked to the notions of cultural heritage, monuments and aesthetic values of selected memorial sites
2. Study social production of memory -  emotional investment of the visit to memory site, appropriation of the official commemorative practices, and translation of such practices into action
3. Investigate the basis of transcultural sphere of European memory - map common elements present in selected case studies.

Dates of stay: 01 October 2018 - 28 February 2019

1 Aerosmith and Run DMC, 1986