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Visiting Fellows 2012-2013



Jelena Obradovic-Wochnik, Aston University, United Kingdom

“Transitional justice in Serbia: Dominant narratives and local-local tensions”
Fellowship period: August 1–31, 2012

Dr Jelena Obradovic-Wochnik is a lecturer in Politics and International Relations at Aston University, Birmingham UK. Previously, she held a visiting fellowship at the European Union Institute for Security Studies and is an Aleksanteri Fellowship alumnus. She holds a PhD in Russian and East European Studies from the University of Birmingham, UK. Her book, Ethnic Conflict and War Crimes: Narratives of Denial in Post-Conflict Serbia, will be published by IB Tauris in September 2012.

Abstract of current research:
Jelena's current research deals with transitional justice and post-conflict transitions in Serbia. In particular, she is interested in the ways in which societies understand, deal with and communicate their pasts. Specifically, her work explores the micro and local-level responses to international initiatives and projects, such as the war crimes court, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. Methodologically, her work is concerned with how knowledge of the local, domestic and the everyday can contribute to a broader understanding of key issues in international relations, such as transitional justice and post-conflict reconciliation.

During her research fellowship at the Aleksanteri Institute in August 2012, Jelena will work on a paper which considers local activism in Serbia and the ways in which domestic NGOs and civil society implement projects aimed at confronting the past. This paper will examine the ways in which some of these projects are contested locally. This paper will consider the divergent ways in which local activists and local 'ordinary' populations understand issues such as reconciliation.

Email: j.obradovic-wochnik [at]
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Academic hosts at the Aleksanteri Institute: Jouni Järvinen and Brendan Humphreys