Jelena Jovicic

PhD Student

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Works at Department of Sociology
Telephone 08-16 34 07
Visiting address Universitetsvägen 10 B, plan 9
Room B 942
Postal address Sociologiska institutionen 106 91 Stockholm

About me

About me

My PhD project explores the criminalization of certain forms of migration through visual framing.  

By looking at the developments in the mainstream media discourses – I deconstruct the images that frame the prison-like conditions in which many people fleeing find themselves on their journeys. While photography in the journalistic and activist context can be a highly powerful tool for addressing the inhumane conditions of strandedness and flight, I move beyond the mere content and point to the intersections of racialized and gendered imagery often constructing what the audience makes of the visual information and who a ‘refugee’ might be.

I pursue this on several levels. Firstly, I investigate the representation of migrants and asylum seekers in German, Swedish and Serbian newspapers during the so-called long summer of migration in 2015 or popularly known as the “refugee crisis”.

Secondly, I am involved in a fieldwork study with photographers and editors who were involved in the process of capturing, selection, and publication of the visual materials and the ways in which they contributed to the construction of “the crisis”. 

Finally, my work explores participatory sensory methods such as Photo Voice or Workshop Sensory Ethnography, all with the aim investigathing the knowledge production processes and the possibilities and boundaries laying at the instersections of academia, art and activistm.

In short, I aim to understand the ways in which the intense retrenchment of asylum rights and the increased criminalization of asylum seeking through law, policy and political debate has been coopted in the visual media uses and reproductions of such discourses. In doing so I highlight the gendered, ethnifying and racializing practices in visual media(s), their intesections and violent outcomes.



Jovičić, J. (2018) Visual constructions of ‘refugeeness’ and portrayal of flight in German newspapers. In Hamburger, A., Hancheva, C., Özcürümez, S., Scher, C. Stankovic, B., Tutnjevic, S. (Ed.): Forced Migration and Social Trauma:  Interdisciplinary Perspectives from Psychoanalysis, Psychology, Sociology and Politics. Link

Jovičić, J. (2017) A Visual Analysis of the ‘Crisis’: Deconstructing the Visual Portrayal of Asylum Seekers and Refugees in German Newspapers. Link

Jovičić, J. (2016): Violence and the Neoliberal Governing of the ‘Unwanted’: The Case of Serbian Asylum Seekers in Germany. In: Gökce Yurdakul, Regina Römhild, Anja Schwanhäußer, Birgit zur Nieden, Aleksandra Lakic (Hg.): E-Book: Witnessing the Transition: Refugees, Asylum-Seekers and Migrants in Transnational Perspective. Link


"Resistance, Resilience, Adaptation - 117th Annual Meeting of the AAA" San Jose, California, 14 -18 November, 2018

Paper: Oppositional Looks - A Photo Workshop Ethnography

"Photo Voice Workshop Oppositional Looks" Belgrade, 15-25 October 2018

“Art, Materiality and Representation” London, 1 - 3 June 2018
Paper: Minor Intervals - The Noncitizen Archive and Jurisgenerative Poetics
with Christian Rossipal (New York University)

"Contested Borderscapes" Lesvos, 28 Sep- 1 Oct 2017
Paper: Embodied borders: the interplay of media and police gaze in constructing and policing the “foreigner”
with Sarah Philipson (Gothenburg University)

"Seeking Asylum – Regional and Global Perspectives”
Paper: Violence and the Neoliberal Governing of the 'Unwanted': The case of Serbian Asylum Seekers in Germany
4-6 August, 2016, Berlin

"Refugee Research Methodologies Workshop" 

Istanbul, 11-13 November 2016



Last updated: December 6, 2018

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