Jelena Jovicic


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Arbetar vid Sociologiska institutionen
Telefon 08-16 34 07
Besöksadress Universitetsvägen 10 B, plan 9
Rum B 942
Postadress Sociologiska institutionen 106 91 Stockholm

Om mig

About me

My PhD project explores the ways in which flight experiences and people fleeing have been visually constructed in mainstream media and various art projects.  

By looking at the developments in the mainstream media discourses – I deconstruct 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 flight 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 collaborative, participatory methods such as Photo Voice and 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 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. (2020). "Images of crisis and the crisis of images". In Refugees and the violence of welfare bureaucracies in Northern Europe. Manchester, England: Manchester University Press. Retrieved Nov 20, 2020, from Link

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



Senast uppdaterad: 20 november 2020

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