Research interests

social theory, cultural sociology, postsocialism, urban sociology, collective memory


Ivana Spasić earned her BA, MA and PhD in sociology at the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade. She has pursued advanced studies at Warsaw University, CEU in Budapest, Maison des sciences de l’homme and CERI-Sciences Po in Paris. In 2009 she was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the Center for Cultural Sociology, Yale University, where she has remained a Faculty Fellow. Spasić teaches courses in sociological theory and cultural sociology, at all three levels of study at the Department of Sociology. In addition, she is a visiting professor at faculties of political science in Belgrade and in Sarajevo, BiH. For two academic years, she taught Sociology of Culture at the Faculty of Music, Belgrade. Her career began at the Institute of Philosophy and social Theory (1996-2003). Since 1995, Spasić has continuously been part of research teams in macroprojects supported by the Ministry of Science, and is currently working on two of them (“Challenges of New Social Integration in Serbia: Concepts and Actors,” and “Politics of Social Memory and National Identity: Regional and European Context”). She has also participated in five international projects. For her book Culture at Work, Spasić won the Vojin Milić Best Sociology Book Award for 2013. She has been editor-in-chief of Sociologija and member of editorial or advisory boards of a number of national and international scholarly journals. Member of European Sociological Association, International Association for Southeast European Anthropology, Memory Studies Association, and Association of Literary Translators of Serbia. Since October 2018, Director of the Institute for Sociological Research.

Selected publications

Ivana Spasić. 2017. The universality of banal nationalism, or, Can the flag hang unobtrusively outside a Serbian post office? In: Michael Skey, Marco Antonsich (eds), Everyday Nationhood: Theorising Culture, Identity & Belonging After Banal Nationalism, Palgrave, pp. 31–51.

Ivana Spasić, Vera Backović. 2017. Gradovi u potrazi za identitetom. Beograd: ISI FF.

Jessica Greenberg, Ivana Spasić. 2017. Beyond East and West: Solidarity Politics and the Absent/Present State in the Balkans. Slavic Review 76 (2): 315-326

Tamara Petrović-Trifunović, Ivana Spasić. 2014. Patriotism and Cosmopolitanism in Intellectual Discourse: Peščanik and Nova srpska politička misao. Filozofija i društvo, 25 (4): 164–188.

Predrag Cvetičanin, Ivana Spasić, Danijela Gavrilović. 2014. Strategies and tactics in social space: the case of Serbia. Information sur les Sciences sociales, 53 (2): 213–39.

Ivana Spasić. 2013. Kultura na delu: društvena transformacija Srbije iz burdijeovske perspektive Beograd: Fabrika knjiga.

Ivana Spasić, Predrag Cvetičanin (eds). 2013. Us and Them: Symbolic Divisions in Western Balkan Societies, ed. by Ivana Spasić and Predrag Cvetičanin. Niš/Belgrade: Center for Empirical Cultural Studies of South-East Europe/Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory.

Ivana Spasić, Gordana Gorunović. 2012. ‘Terenski rad u filozofiji’: Gerc i Burdije kao sagovornici [‘Fieldwork in philosophy’: Geertz and Bourdieu in dialogue]. Sociologija, 54 (3): 401–422.

Ivana Spasić. 2011. The trauma of Kosovo in Serbian national narratives. In: Ron Eyerman, Jeffrey C. Alexander, Elizabeth Butler Breese (eds.), Narrating Trauma: On the Impact of Collective Suffering. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers, pp. 81-105.

Ivana Spasić. 2011. Cosmopolitanism as discourse and performance: A view from the semiperiphery. Revija za sociologiju, 41 (3): 269–290.

Ivana Spasić. 2008. The art of mutual neglect: Zagorka Golubović’s sociocultural anthropology and Serbian ethnology. In: Vintila Mihailescu, Ilia Iliev, Slobodan Naumović (eds), Studying Peoples in the People’s Democracies II: Socialist Era Anthropology in South-East Europe. Münster: Lit Verlag,  pp. 337-351.

Miloš Nemanjić, Ivana Spasić (ur). 2006. Nasleđe Pjera Burdijea: pouke i nadahnuća. Beograd: IFDT.

Ivana Spasić. 2006. Civil society in Serbia after Milošević: Between authoritarianism and wishful thinking. In: Dariusz Gawin and Piotr Gliński (eds), Civil Society in the Making. Warsaw: IFiS Publishers, pp. 202-222.

Ivana Spasić. 2004. Sociologije svakodnevnog života.Beograd: ZUNS.

Zagorka Golubović, Ivana Spasić, Đorđe Pavićević (ur). 2003. Politika i svakodnevni život: Srbija 1999-2002. Beograd: IFDT/Filip Višnjić.

Selected presentations

– Superfluous Legacy: The Limits of Sociology as Social Critique in a Devastated Postsocialist Society. 13th ESA Conference (Un)Making Europe: Capitalism, Solidarities, Subjectivities, Athens, 29 August-1 September 2017.

– From Self-Analysis to Field Analysis: A Modestly Personal Account of Serbian Sociology’s Post-Socialist Transition. International workshop „The Transformations of Human and Social Sciences in the (Post) Yugoslav Space after 1990“ (Les transformations des sciences humaines et sociales dans l’espace (post)Yougoslave après 1990), EHESS, Paris, France, 19-20 May 2017.

– Citizen, User, Consumer, or Beneficiary: Changing Visions of the Individual and the State on the Example of the Belgrade City Transport. Post-Socialism: Hybridity, Continuity and Change, organized by the Center for Empirical Cultural Studies of South-East Europe and the University of Zurich, 25-26 June 2016, TIMS, Educons University, Novi Sad.

– Structures and discourses at variance: the case of Serbia. Freedom and Necessity: Class Differences, Lifestyles and Coping Strategies in the Times of Economic Crisis, conference organized by the Institute of Social Sciences Ivo Pilar, MedILS, Split, Croatia, 3-4 October 2015 (with Ana Birešev).

– A Better Us: Novak Djoković as a Serbian National Icon. Advancing Cultural Sociology, CCS Ten-Year Anniversary Conference, Center for Cultural Sociology, Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA, 25-27 April 2014.

– The Capacity of Critical Capacity: Boltanski’s Lessons for a Fractured Postsocialist Society. 11th ESA Conference Crisis, Critique and Change, University of Turin, Italy, 28–31 August 2013.

– ‘Dirty politics’ and the failure of democratic promise: Citizens’ alienation from politics in Serbia. 2nd International Balkan Annual Conference „The Balkans at a Crossroads: Evaluating Past, Reading Present, Imagining Future“, organized by Istanbul University, Tirana, Albania, 10-13 October 2012.

– The good people and the vicious tycoon: Anticapitalist themes in everyday discourses in Serbia. ISA RC16 Midterm Conference Cultures and Civilizations in the Contemporary World, Faculty of Sociology, University of Trento, Italy, 27-29 June 2012.

– Musical Tastes in Serbia between the Local and the Global, or: A Culturalist Challenge to Quantitative Sociology. Conflict in Identities, Identities in Conflict, Center for Cultural Sociology, Department of Sociology, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic, 15-16 October 2010.

– Serbia 2000-2008: a changing political culture? La Serbie post-Milosevic: continuités/discontinuités, Association française d’études sur les Balkans, Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Paris, 8 February 2008 (Published in Balkanologie, Vol. XI, n° 1-2, 2008:

Full Professor, Director of the Institute