Ognjen Kojanic

  • PhD Student - Cultural

Ognjen Kojanic is interested in neoliberal transformation in the post-socialist countries of the former Yugoslavia. His doctoral research focuses on the case of ITAS, a worker-owned machine tool company in Croatia. Drawing on economic and political anthropology, he studies the interface of economic ideologies, political mobilization, juridical practices, and state-imposed procedures in this case. The overall goal of this research has been to investigate how an idea and practice of ownership is articulated in ITAS as different from the idea and practice of property that has characterized the post-socialist transformation in Croatia and elsewhere.

Degrees and Education

BA - Ethnology and Anthropology - University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia (2013)
MA - Sociology and Social Anthropology - Central European University, Budapest, Hungary (2014)


Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant, National Science Foundation (2017)
International Dissertation Research Fellowship, Social Science Research Council (2017)
Klinzing Grant for Dissertation Research, European Studies Center, University of Pittsburgh (2017)


Kojanić, Ognjen. Forthcoming. “Theory from the Peripheries: What Can the Anthropology of Postsocialism Offer to European Anthropology.” In Common Grounds? Locating, Contesting and (Not) Defining Euro-anthropologies (edited by Damián O. Martinez and Francisco Martínez). Oxford: Berghahn Books.

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. 2017. “‘Language Policing’ and the Fight against Social Inequality in an Anti-Capitalist Organization.” Sintezis, 7 (1): 1-19.

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