You are here: Home Staff Dr. Ognjen Kojanić

Dr. Ognjen Kojanić

Research Associate 



Office hours: by arrangement via e-mail


Curriculum Vitae

  • 2023 – Research Associate, University of Freiburg 
  • 2022 – 2023 Humboldt Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Cologne 
  • 2021 – 2022 Independent Scholar, Wenner-Gren Post-PhD Research Grant
  • 2014 – 2020 PhD in Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh; Pittsburgh, PA, United States 
  • 2013 – 2014 MA in Sociology and Social Anthropology, Central European University; Budapest, Hungary 
  • 2011 – 2012 Undergraduate Exchange Program Fellow in Anthropology, University of Georgia; Athens, GA, United States
  • 2009 – 2013 BA in Ethnology and Anthropology, University of Belgrade; Belgrade, Serbia 

Regional Interests

Southeast Europe (Serbia, Croatia)

Thematic Interests

  • Economic Anthropology
  • Political Economy
  • Environmental Anthropology
  • Infrastructure Studies
  • Political Anthropology

Research Activities

  • Follow-up work on the doctoral project “Ownership vs. Property Rights in a Worker-Owned Company in Post-Socialist Croatia”

  • Post-doctoral project “Infrastructure, Political Economy, and Human-Environment Relations in Belgrade Wetlands”

Main Publications

Kojanić, Ognjen. 2023. “Anthropology of the Balkans.” In Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Anthropology.

Kojanić, Ognjen. 2023. “On Redefining Boundaries and Opening New Terrains in a Peripheral Anthropological Tradition.” Anthropological Quarterly 96 (3): 567–81.

Kojanić, Ognjen. 2023. “Micron Engagements, Macro Histories: Machines and the Agency of Labor in a Worker-Owned Company.” History and Anthropology 0 (0): 1–21.

Kojanić, Ognjen. 2022. “Rethinking the Failure of Waste Infrastructures with Jackals.” Roadsides 008: 58–64.

Kojanić, Ognjen. 2021. “‘We’re All Here for the Money’: Solidarity and Divisions in a Worker-Owned Company.” Dialectical Anthropology 45 (2): 151–68.

Kojanić, Ognjen. 2020. “Theory from the Peripheries: What Can the Anthropology of Postsocialism Offer to European Anthropology?” Anthropological Journal of European Cultures 29 (2): 49–66.

Kojanić, Ognjen. 2017. “‘You Can’t Weed Out Corruption’: Railway Workers’ Assessments of the State in Post-Socialist Serbia.” Glasnik Etnografskog Instituta SANU 65 (1): 47–63.

Kojanić, Ognjen. 2015. “Nostalgia as a Practice of the Self in Post-Socialist Serbia.” Canadian Slavonic Papers 57 (3–4): 195–212.


University of Freiburg


  • 2023, MA Seminar Anthropology of Infrastructure, University of Freiburg
  • 2023 BA Seminar Anthropology of Class and Labor in Eastern Europe, University of Freiburg


University of Pittsburgh


  • BA course Anthropology of Food


University of Pittsburgh


  • BA course Introduction to Cultural Anthropology


Regional Interests