SOAS University of London

Centre for Ottoman Studies

Dr Safet HadžiMuhamedović

BA Hons - History of Art (Sarajevo), BA Hons - Sociology (Sarajevo), MPhil - Social Anthropology (Cantab), PhD - Social Anthropology (Goldsmiths)
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Overview

Safet HadžiMuhamedović
Department of Anthropology and Sociology

Senior Teaching Fellow

Centre for Ottoman Studies

Associate Member

Name:
Dr Safet HadžiMuhamedović
Email address:
Address:
SOAS University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Building:
Russell Square: College Buildings
Office No:
569
Academic Support Hours:
Mondays: 15:30-17:30 (by appointment)

Biography

Safet HadžiMuhamedović is an anthropologist of landscape and religion, particularly
interested in time and temporality, home, 'syncretic'; cosmologies, post-conflict
spaces, nationalism, agency and affect. He has conducted most of his long-term
fieldwork in Bosnia, with stints of research in the Basque Country and
Palestine/Israel. His book Waiting for Elijah: Time and Encounter in a Bosnian
Landscape (Berghahn, 2018) delves into the postwar echoes of cosmic/bodily
encounters and syncretic seasonal celebrations in the southeastern Bosnian
highlands.


Before attaining a doctoral degree in Social Anthropology from Goldsmiths,
University of London and an MPhil degree in Social Anthropology from the University
of Cambridge, Dr HadžiMuhamedović has received BA degrees in History of Art and
Sociology from the University of Sarajevo and Kenyon College.


Dr HadžiMuhamedović has also written on various other aspects of sacral
landscapes, historicity and political agency of 'nonhuman' beings and ontological
approaches to the question of home. For his reading of sacral landscapes in the
archives of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, see
'Syncretic Debris: From Shared Bosnian Saints to the ICTY Courtroom'
(Ethnoscripts, 2018). You can locate some of his visual anthropological research at
www.bosnianlandscapes.com.


At the moment, Dr HadžiMuhamedović is preparing two co-edited volumes, Post-
Home: Being and Belonging after Spatial and Temporal Alienation (with Marija
Grujić, a Spring 2019 special issue of Ethnoscripts) and Chronotopic Materialities
(with Dr Buchcyzk). He is also conducting preliminary investigations and setting up a
fieldwork location in Popovo Polje, another stunning karst field in Bosnia, where he is
looking into the social lives of a sinking river central to the cosmology of a landscape
polarised by conflict and divided into two political entities.

Before returning to SOAS to convene the MA and BA modules in Anthropology of
Gender, Dr HadžiMuhamedović has taught extensively at the University of Bristol,
Goldsmiths, University of London and Goethe University Frankfurt. He has
supervised undergraduate and postgraduate research projects at all stages. The
courses he designed and taught between 2012 and 2019 include: Anthropology of
Islam; Anthropology of Landscapes; Kinship; Social Theories; Encountering
Gender and Religion: Theoretical and Methodological Implications;
Anthropology of Religion; Politics, Economics and Social Change; Human
Challenges; Anthropological Methods; Qualitative Methods and Case Study
Research; Peoples, Culture and Language; Foundation Year in Arts and
Humanities.

Teaching

Publications

Authored Books

HadžiMuhamedović, Safet (2018) Waiting for Elijah: Time and Encounter in a Bosnian Landscape. New York and Oxford: Berghahn.

Articles

HadžiMuhamedović, Safet and Grujić, Marija (2019) 'Thinking Post-Home: An Introduction'. Ethnoscripts, (21) 1, pp 5-33.

HadžiMuhamedović, Safet (2018) 'Syncretic Debris: From Shared Bosnian Saints to the ICTY Courtroom'. Tradition, Performance and Identity Politics in European Festivals (Special issue of Ethnoscripts), (20) 1, pp 79-109.

Edited Books or Journals

HadžiMuhamedović, Safet and Grujic, Marija, (eds.), (2019) Post-Home: Dwelling on Loss, Belonging and Movement, Ethnoscripts, 21 (1). Hamburg, Germany: University of Hamburg.

Book Chapters

HadžiMuhamedović, Safet (2019) 'Flow and Constraint: Syncretism and Nationalism Along a Bosnian Sinking River'. Liquidscapes. Dartington: art.earth, pp 223-229.

HadžiMuhamedović, Safet (2013) 'The Tree of Gernika: Political Poetics of Rootedness and Belonging'. In: Dransart, Penny, (ed.), Living Beings: Perspectives on Interspecies Engagements. London: Bloomsbury, pp 53-72.

HadžiMuhamedović, Safet (2012) 'Bosnian Sacral Geography: Ethnographic Approaches to Landscape Protection'. In: Mallarach, Josep-Maria, (ed.), Spiritual values of protected areas of Europe : Workshop proceedings ; workshop held from 2-6 November 2011 at the International Academy for Nature Conservation on the Isle of Vilm, Germany. Bonn: Federal Agency for Nature Conservation = BfN Bundesamt für Naturschutz, pp 55-62.

Conference Items

HadžiMuhamedović, Safet and Heathcote, Gina and Hamzić, Vanja and Jones, Emily (2019) 'Thinking like Tumbleweeds: Bodily Genres and the Vitality of Beings at Large' In: RAI2020: Anthropology and Geography: Dialogues Past, Present and Future, 4-7 June 2020, SOAS University of London. [Unpublished]

HadžiMuhamedović, Safet (2019) 'Three Futures in a Distemporalised Bosnian Landscape' In: What Futures Belong to our Present? Anthropology on the Configurations of Imagination, 12-14 Sept 2019, Institute of Anthropological and Spatial Studies, Ljubljana, Slovenia. [Unpublished]

HadžiMuhamedović, Safet and Heathcote, Gina (2019) 'Hydrous Bodies, Fluid Domains: Thinking Gender beyond the Human' In: 61st Annual ISA Convention (Panel: Feminism and Materialism in Internaonal Relations), 25-28 March 2020, Honolulu, Hawaii. [Unpublished]

HadžiMuhamedović, Safet and Hamzić, Vanja (2019) 'Distemporalities: Collisions, Insurrections and Reorientations in the Worlding of Time' In: On Time: Biennial Conference of the Finnish Anthropological Society, 29–30 Aug 2019, University of Helsinki. [Unpublished]

HadžiMuhamedović, Safet (2019) 'Sensing the Past' In: 'Turbulence': Anthropology in London Day 2019, 18 June 2019, University College London, Department of Anthropology. [Unpublished]

HadžiMuhamedović, Safet (2019) 'Distemporalities in Waiting for Elijah: Book Launch' In: On Time: Biennial Conference of the Finnish Anthropological Society, 29–30 Aug 2019, University of Helsinki. [Unpublished]

HadžiMuhamedović, Safet and Buchczyk, Magdalena (2018) 'Chronotopic Materialities' In: ASA18: Sociality, Matter, and the Imagination: Re-creating Anthropology, 18-21 Sept 2018, University of Oxford. [Unpublished]

HadžiMuhamedović, Safet (2018) 'Wayward, Hidden Transcripts: Sinking River as Methodology' In: Liquidscapes: Tales and Tellings of Water Worlds and Fluid States, 20-22 Jun 2018, Dartington Hall. [Unpublished]

HadžiMuhamedović, Safet (2017) 'Time and Home' In: Bristol Archaeology and Anthropology Research Seminar (BAARS), Feb 2017, Department of Anthropology and Archaeology, University of Bristol.

HadžiMuhamedović, Safet (2017) 'Chronotopic Yearnings: Home after Violence in Bosnia' In: Walls, Borders and Bridges: Law and Society in an Inter-Connected World, International Meeting, Law and Society Association, June 2017, Mexico City, Mexico. [Unpublished]

HadžiMuhamedović, Safet (2016) 'A River of Many Names' In: Staff Research Festival, 23 Jan 2017, Department of Anthropology and Archaeology, University of Bristol. [Unpublished]

HadžiMuhamedović, Safet (2016) 'Waiting to Wait: Time, Religion and Politics in a Bosnian Landscape' In: 'Time and Religion', Biennial Conference of the Society for the Anthropology of Religion, 15-17 May 2017, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. [Unpublished]

HadžiMuhamedović, Safet and Grujić, Marija (2015) 'Post-Home(Land): Being and Belonging after Spatial and Temporal Alienation' In: Re-imagining Anthropological and Sociological Boundaries, International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES) Inter-Congress, 15-17 July 2015, Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand. [Unpublished]

HadžiMuhamedović, Safet (2015) 'Phantom Landscape: Home as a Lucid Dream' In: IUAES Inter-Congress 2015 'Re-imagining Anthropological and Sociological Boundaries', 15-17 July 2015, Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand. [Unpublished]

HadžiMuhamedović, Safet and Grujić, Marija (2014) 'Home(land) and Away: Two Researchers’ Encounters with Affective Materiality in the 'Balkans’' In: Forum Transnational, 11 Feb 2015, Department of Sociology, Goethe University, Frankfurt. [Unpublished]

HadžiMuhamedović, Safet (2014) 'The Epic Unconscious: Affective Residues of an Embodied Grammar' In: Why Discourse Matters? (Panel: The Embodied Discourses: Discursive Positioning in Narrations), 17-18 Oct 2014, Goethe University, Frankfurt. [Unpublished]

HadžiMuhamedović, Safet (2013) 'Disentangled Landscapes: Three Stories on Transition and Justice in the Town of Gacko' In: Beyond the One-Size-Fits-All Model of 'Transitional Justice', 28-30 Aug 2013, University of Deusto, Bilbao. [Unpublished]

HadžiMuhamedović, Safet (2013) 'Valleys, Myths and Territories: Bosnian town of Gacko between Cosmology and Violence' In: Evolving Humanity, Emerging Worlds: The 17th World Congress of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences, 5-10 Aug 2013, University of Manchester. [Unpublished]

HadžiMuhamedović, Safet (2013) 'Chronotopes or Elijah’s Pitfall: Sharing Life and Death in the Bosnian Town of Gacko' In: Thinking Memory through Space: Materiality, Representation and Imagination, 11-12 July 2013, Goldsmiths, University of London. [Unpublished]

HadžiMuhamedović, Safet (2013) 'Listening Landscapes, Speaking Memories' In: Evolving Humanity, Emerging Worlds: The 17th World Congress of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences, 5-10 Aug 2013, University of Manchester. [Unpublished]

HadžiMuhamedović, Safet (2012) 'Looking at Landscape: A Brief Anthropological Exercise' In: 7th International Summer School 'Youth and Heritage', 1-14 Aug 2012, Stolac, Bosnia. [Unpublished]

HadžiMuhamedović, Safet (2012) '‘And God Saw that It Was Good’: Bosnian Landscape and Shared Religion' In: 7th International Conference on Unity and Plurality in Europe, 29-31 July 2012, Mostar, Bosnia. [Unpublished]

HadžiMuhamedović, Safet (2012) '‘Thy Rod and Thy Staff, They Comfort Me’: Bosnian Narratives of Memory after Destruction' In: 'Uncertainty and Disquiet', Biannual Conference of the European Association of Social Anthropologists, 10-13 July 2012, Nanterre, France. [Unpublished]

HadžiMuhamedović, Safet (2011) 'Arts of Memory: Skilful Practices of Living History' In: ASA12: Arts and Aesthetics in a Globalising World, 3-6 April 2012, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. [Unpublished]

HadžiMuhamedović, Safet (2011) 'Ethnographic Approaches to Landscape Protection in Bosnia' In: Spiritual Values of Protected Areas of Europe, 2-6 November 2011, Island of Vilm, Germany. [Unpublished]

HadžiMuhamedović, Safet (2011) 'The Tree of Gernika: Political Poetics of Rootedness and Belonging' In: ASA11: Vital Powers and Politics: Human Interactions With Living Things, 13-16 Sept 2011, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Lampeter. [Unpublished]

HadžiMuhamedović, Safet (2011) 'Designing the Eternal Jew' In: Otherness, Subjectivity and Representation, October 2011, Abo Akademi University, Turku, Finland. [Unpublished]

Book Reviews

HadžiMuhamedović, Safet (2018) 'Articulation as a Political Act? On a Study of Palestinian Shrines'. Anthropology News, (4) 1, pp 1-6.

HadžiMuhamedović, Safet (2016) 'Grid Desires, or How to Tame a Three-Headed Dragon'. Anthropology News, (2) 1, pp 1-8.

Audios

HadžiMuhamedović, Safet and Kadich, Dino (2019) 'Interview on Waiting for Elijah: Time and Encounter in a Bosnian Landscape (Berghahn, 2018)'.

HadžiMuhamedović, Safet (2013) 'Ethnography after 'Ethnic Cleansing': Post-War Lives of Entangled Bosnian Landscapes'.

Videos

HadžiMuhamedović, Safet (2019) 'Three Futures in a Distemporalised Bosnian Landscape'.

HadžiMuhamedović, Safet (2019) 'Anthropology of Travel, Tourism and Pilgrimage SOAS Summer School 2019'.

Other

HadžiMuhamedović, Safet (2013) 'Bosnianlandscapes.com - online research resource including website content, visual anthropological repository'.

 

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