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Stefaan Jansen


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My work aims to contribute to the development of a critical anthropology of the making of home and hope with regard to place, nation and postsocialist state transformations, based on long term ethnographic research in the post-Yugoslav states of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia and Croatia.

See my personal webpages for:

- a list of publications (including some downloadable PDF files)

- information regarding doctoral supervision (current researchers and guidance for queries)

- details on my research projects

- information on my teaching

Research interests

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My work consists of ethnographic investigations of:
* postsocialist transformations and unequal distributions of hope (socio-economic, gendered and generational patterns of expectations, despair, recognition, imagined futures, cynicism)
* state transformation (hegemony, resistance and compliance, borders, state effects, senses of entitlement, ideology, socialism and neoliberalisation) 
* experiences of home, displacement and entrapment (incl. 'ethnic cleansing' and the (im)possibility to cross borders)
* (anti)nationalism and everyday configurations of nationality
* memory (contested and marginalised remembering and forgetting, remembered normality, nostalgia as postsocialist critique)

My past and current research is concentrated in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia.


See my personal webpages for information on current and past doctoral supervision.

I welcome enquiries for ethnographic doctoral research related to the following research themes:

  • hope: transformations and unequal distributions of hope in contemporary post-Fordist, post-socialist, post-Cold War conjunctures
  • the state: (trans)formations of statecraft, political subjectivity, hegemonic process, social inequality, conflict and struggle, affect, infrastructure, polity borders
  • time and modernity: life rhythms and trajectories, (remembered) normality, nostalgia as critique
  • home: belonging, displacement, entrapment in place
  • (anti)nationalism: everyday configurations of nationality, nation and citizenship

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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