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Bojan Bilic

Adjunct professor

Department of Political and Social Sciences

Curriculum vitae

Dr Bojan Bilić a Lise Meitner Fellow at the Faculty of Philosophy and Education, University of Vienna, and an adjunct professor of Gender and Social Movements in South East Europe at the School of Political Sciences, University of Bologna, Forlì campus. He was a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellow at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research, Centre for Gender and Sexuality Studies, University of Amsterdam, an EntE Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study - New Europe College in Bucharest, a Volkswagen New Dem Junior Fellow at the Central European University Institute for Advanced Study in Budapest, an FCT Fellow at the Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon, as well as a fellow at the Centre for Advanced Study of Southeastern Europe at the University of Rijeka. During the 2013/2014 academic year, he worked as academic tutor (tutor accademico) at the School of Political Sciences, University of Bologna, Forlì campus. Dr Bilić holds a PhD in Slavonic and East European Studies (Political Sociology) from University College London School of Slavonic and East European Studies (UCL SSEES) for which he was awarded a UCL Foundation Fellowship and an Open Society Institute doctoral grant. During his PhD, Dr Bilić was a visiting scholar at the University of Belgrade Institute of Philosophy and Social Theory and at the University of Zagreb Faculty of Philosophy as well as a visiting doctoral researcher in the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology at the Central European University.

Dr Bilić’s interests include socio-political transformations and social movements in Eastern Europe. His books We Were Gasping for Air: (Post-)Yugoslav Anti-War Activism and Its Legacy (Nomos, 2012) and Resisting the Evil: (Post-)Yugoslav Anti-War Contention (co-edited with Vesna Janković, Nomos, 2012) trace the origins and development of the anti-war movement in Yugoslavia. By demonstrating that the wars of the Yugoslav succession were preceded and accompanied by intense antinationalist civic engagement, these books subvert the nationalism paradigm which dominated the field of Yugoslav studies for more than a decade. His edited volume LGBT Activism and Europeanisation in the (Post-)Yugoslav Space: On the Rainbow Way to Europe (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016) interrogates the forms and implications of the increasingly potent symbolic nexus that has developed between non-heterosexual sexualities, LGBT activism(s), and Europeanisation(s) in all of the post-Yugoslav states. The volume LGBT Activist Politics and Intersectionality: Multiple Others in Serbia and Croatia (co-edited with Sanja Kajinić, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016) examines the relationship between interlocking discriminations, non-heteronormativity, and LGBT engagement in Serbia and Croatia, whereas Sisterhood and Unity: Lesbian Activism in the (Post-)Yugoslav Space (co-edited with Marija Radoman, Palgrave Macmillan, 2019) explores the history and politics of lesbian organising in the post-Yugoslav space. His second monograph Building Better Times: Trauma, Violence, and Lesbian Agency in Serbia and Croatia (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020) highlights the intricate developmental trajectory of Croatian and Serbian lesbian activisms from their beginnings in the war-ridden 1990s, through the first, mostly lesbian-led, Pride marches in Belgrade and Zagreb, to the appointment of the first openly lesbian prime minister in Eastern Europe. The volume Transgender in the Post-Yugoslav Space: Lives, Activisms, Culture (co-edited with Iwo Nord and Aleksa Milanović, Policy Press/Bristol University Press, 2022) engages with trans experience, the politics of trans activist organising as well as with trans-related popular and alternative cultural representations in the post-Yugoslav states.




From 9/2021 Lise Meitner Fellow

Fellowship of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF)

Faculty of Philosophy and Education

University of Vienna

Vienna, Austria


4/2016 – present Adjunct Professor of Gender and Social Movements in South East Europe

School of Political Sciences

University of Bologna

Forlì, Italy


Spring 2021 Fellow

Center for Advanced Study of Southeastern Europe

University of Rijeka

Rijeka, Croatia


6/2017 – 7/2021 FCT Fellow

Fellowship of the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology

Institute of Social Sciences

University of Lisbon

Lisbon, Portugal


10/2016 – 3/2017 EntE Fellow

New Europe College

Institute for Advanced Study

Bucharest, Romania


10/2014 – 9/2016 Marie Curie Fellow

Centre for the Study of Gender and Sexuality

Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research

University of Amsterdam

Amsterdam, Netherlands


9/2013 – 9/2014 MIREES Academic Tutor

Tutor accademico

School of Political Sciences

University of Bologna

Forlì, Italy


10/2012 – 3/2013 Volkswagen Stiftung NewDem Junior Fellow

Institute for Advanced Study

Central European University

Budapest, Hungary


Degree courses

1/2010 – 7/2012 PhD in Slavonic and East European Studies (degree ungraded)

UCL SSEES Foundation Fellowship & OSI Doctoral Grant

School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)

Centre for South-East European Studies

University College London (UCL)

University of London

London, UK


Disciplinary focus: Political and Historical Sociology, Social Movement Theory

Qualitative Methodology, History of Yugoslavia

Supervisor: Dr Eric Gordy, Professor of Political and Cultural Sociology, UCL SSEES

Advisor: Dr Ger Duijzings, Reader in the Anthropology of Eastern Europe, UCL SSEES

Internal examiner: Dr Jasna Dragović-Soso, Goldsmiths, University of London

External examiner: Dr Maja Korać-Sanderson, University of East London


2008 – 2009 MRes in Social and Political Sciences (degree ungraded)

Department of Social and Political Sciences

European University Institute

Florence, Italy

Supervisor: Professor Donatella Della Porta


2006 – 2008 MA in Comparative Politics and Sociology (GPA: 1.1/1.0)

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Jacobs University Bremen

Bremen, Germany

Supervisor: Professor Margrit Schreier


2003 – 2005 BSc in Psychology with First Class Honours

University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK

CITY College, International Faculty of the University of Sheffield

Thessaloniki, Greece

Supervisor: Dr Eugenie Georgaca