Alexandra Dantzer

  • PhD Student - Cultural

Alexandra Dantzer’s dissertation research is an ethnographic study of insomnia in Belgrade, Serbia. She is particularly interested in the ways in which diverse encounters with sleeplessness map onto the broader experience of temporality of the late-capitalism changes in Serbia. In her research the changing politics of sleep, and the experience of people caught amid these shifts serve as a prism for investigating the connection between the macro-processes of economic and ethical change and subjectivity.


2017, Architects of Happiness: Notes on the mindwork of migration, Issues in Ethnology and Anthropology, Vol. 12(1): 175 – 193.

Degrees and Education

MA, Social Anthropology, WWU Münster, Germany (2018)
MA, Ethnology and Anthropology (focus: Visual Anthropology), Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade (2015)
BA, Ethnology and Anthropology, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade (2014)


Klinzing predissertation research grant, European Studies Center, University of Pittsburgh (2020)
Award for the best MA Thesis, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade (2015)
Best movie (audience choice), Femix festival for Women in Art in Belgrade (2012)

Research Description

Subjectivity and selfhood, temporality, political anthropology, phenomenology, experimental methods in anthropology