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Dr Hariz Halilovich

Senior Lecturer

Dr Hariz HalilovichTrained as an anthropologist, Hariz has identified novel ways to research how adults and young people use digital technologies to build life stories about displacement, genocide, reconciliation and personal identity. This research informs his approaches to teaching, which see students engage in experiential learning, field based studies, study tours and research projects in order to better understand self and community.


PhD (Social Anthropology), University of Melbourne (2010).

Bachelor of Arts (Honours), RMIT University/University of Melbourne (2004).

Bachelor of Social Science, RMIT University (2001).

Bachelor of Health Science, University of Sarajevo/University of Zagreb (1993).


Fluent, studied at tertiary level and regularly publish in: Bosnian, Croatian, English, German and Serbian.

Awards and Honours

  • Discovery Early Career Research Award, Australian Research Council, 2013.
  • Generations in Dialogue Fellowship for Social Researchers, Erste Foundation, 2010-2011.
  • Human Rights Scholarship, University of Melbourne, 2006.
  • Australian Postgraduate Award, 2006.
  • RMIT Research and Development Innovation Award for Regional Partnerships (International), 2005.
  • RMIT Research and Development Innovation Award for Best Research Team, 2003.
  • Australian National Writing Award 2001-First Prize in the short story category

Teaching Responsibilities

Hariz is a senior lecturer and key contributor to the Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice (GCAP). He is the convener and chief examiner of the GCAP units HED5071 (Strategy and leadership in research) and HED5062 (Contemporary learning environments).

Hariz also presents guest-lectures on peace building, human rights and genocide in the Holocaust and Genocide Studies programme, and the European and EU Studies.


Hariz has conducted a number of research projects on migration, politically motivated violence, reconciliation and human rights in single and multiple research sites both in Australia and overseas. Aware that the boundaries of social inquiry are increasingly moving, particularly into the domain of digital and interdisciplinary media, he has adopted digital technologies and new media not only as research tools but also as new - and supplementary - sites of inquiry, with their own complexities, rules and challenges. For instance, he has explored how ‘trans-local' refugee groups utilise digital technologies and new media in order to recreate, synchronise and sustain their identities and memories as well as to negotiate their new diasporic realities which are long distances apart. Similarly, he has investigated the relationship between new media, popular culture and reconciliation in post-conflict societies.  His current ARC discovery project 'Recognising the pain of others: gendered displacement, memory and identity in Bosnian refugee diaspora' explores contemporary issues relating to place, mobility and identity from a gender perspective.

Research Supervision

Hariz is currently supervising doctoral candidates in the areas of education (Joy Whitton), creative arts (Adis Fejzic), politics (Anita Samardzija) and disability studies (Atila Lukic).  He is available to discuss potential supervision of honours, masters and doctoral projects on intercultural learning and teaching, human rights (incl. right to education), migration, social memory, genocide, peace-building and diaspora studies.  Please contact him via email if you would like to discuss a proposed research project and supervision.

 External Grants

  • 2013: Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA): Recognising the pain of others: gendered displacement, memory and identity in Bosnian refugee diaspora, 2013-2016, ($375,000)
  • 2012: NetSpot Pty: Analytics Block to identify at students at risk of disengaging, 2012-2016, ($16,890) (with Dawson, P. et al)
  • 2010: the Erste Foundation (Austria): Migration and its effects on demographic and economic development in Central and South-Eastern Europe: immigrants as a source of social capital and facilitators of the socio-economic transformation, 2010-2011, (€12,000)
  • 2007: The European Union Jean Monnet Reflection Activities Grant: the European Diaspora Research Network ($67,000)
  • 2005: Grant from United Nations Development Program: the Pathways to Reconciliation and Global Human Rights (USD 100,000)




Books (A1 and A3)

Places of Pain: Forced Displacement, Popular Memory and Trans-local Identities in Bosnian War-torn Communities 

(Berghahn Books, Oxford-New York, 2013: ISBN 978-0-85745-776-9, eISBN 978-0-85745-777-6

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Book Description

For displaced persons, memory and identity is performed, (re)constructed, and (re)negotiated daily. Forced displacement radically reshapes identity, from successful hybridization to feelings of permanent misplacement. This compelling and intimate description about places of pain and (be)longing that were lost during the 1992–95 war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as the survivors’ new places of resettlement in Australia, Europe and North America, serves as a powerful reminder that the constant interplay between place, memory and identity is always complicated—but even more so when place has been vandalized, divided up, butchered, scarred. These places of humiliation and suffering are also places of desire, with survivors determined to keep alive their lost local places in the far corners of the globe.

Refereed Journal Articles (C1)

  • 'Spaces where learning takes place: rethinking contemporary approaches to learning and teaching', HERDSA, 36, 2013: pp. 175-186. (with Angela Carbone & Belinda Ross). (ISSN : 1441-001X)
  • 'Bosnian Austrians: Accidental migrants in trans-local and cyber spaces', Journal of Refugee Studies (2013, doi: 10.1093/jrs/fet002) (Online ISSN 1471-692551-6328).
  • 'La Localisation du transnationalisme.  Pratiques tranfrontalières bosniaques et croates', Ethnologie française, XLIII(2), 2013: pp. 291-301. (with Jasna Capo). 
  • 'Maps, Models and Narratives: The ways people talk about depression', Qualitative Health Research, 23(1), pp. 114-125, (with Renata Kokanovic et al). (DOI: 10.1177/1049732312467231).
  • ‘Trans-local communities in the age of transnationalism: Bosnians in diaspora', International Migration, 50(1), 2012: pp. 162-178. (Print ISSN: 0020-7985, Online ISSN: 1468-2435).
  • ‘Beyond the sadness: memories and homecomings among survivors of "ethnic cleansing" in a Bosnian village', Memory Studies Journal, 4(1), 2011: pp. 42-52. (Print ISSN: 1750-6980, Online ISSN: 1750-6999).
  • Review article of Bozic-Vrbancic, S. (2008) Tarara Croats and Maori in New Zeeland: Memory, belonging, identity, Narodna Umjetnost: Croatian Journal for Ethnology and Folklore Research, 47(2), 2010: pp. 267-269. (ISSN: 0547-2504).
  • ‘Distribution of internally displaced persons from the municipality of Srebrenica in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina' (with Suljić, A., Đozić, A. and Bajrić, A.), Zbornik radova PMF, svezak Geografija, University of Tuzla, VI(6), 2009: pp. 105-11 (ISSN: 1840-0515).
  • Review article of Petrović, N., (2005) The Psychological Basis of Reconciliation between Serbs, Croats and Bosniaks, Southeastern Europe Journal, 34(1), 2009: pp. 37-40 (Print ISSN: 1461-3190, Online ISSN: 1944-8961).
  • ‘Ethics, human rights and action research: doing and teaching ethnography in post-genocide communities', Narodna Umjetnost: Croatian Journal for Ethnology and Folklore Research, 45(2), 2008: pp. 165-190 (ISSN: 0547-2504).
  • 'Taking higher education beyond the classroom: experiential learning in higher education and capacity building in communities after violence', Zbornik Radova PMF, University of Tuzla, 4/5, 2008: pp. 237-250 (ISSN: 1840-0515).
  • ‘Aussie Bosnians from Germany: reconstructing identity', Local-Global Journal: Identity, Security, Community, 2, 2006: pp. 59-72 (ISSN 1832-6919).
  • ‘Editorial: Pathways to reconciliation' (with Peter Phipps, Ron Adams, Paul James & Steve Bakalis), Local-Global Journal: Identity, Security, Community: Sarajevo-Pathways to Reconciliation, 2, 2006: pp. 4-8 (ISSN: 1832-6919).
  • ‘Bosnian-Herzegovinian diaspora in the flow of global migrations: challenges and opportunities for Bosnia-Herzegovina', Pregled: periodical for social issues, LXXXVI(3), 2006: pp. 193-220 (ISSN 0032-7271).
  • ‘Reconciliation and difference in the aftermath of "ethnic cleansing"', in Grenfell, D. (ed.) The First International Sources of Insecurity Conference, Informit, RMIT Publishing, Melbourne, 2004 (EISBN: 0864593333).
  • ‘Differential diagnosis of psychotic disorders in immigrants' (with Martin Lambert and Christian Haasen), Psychiatrische Praxis, VII/1998, 1998: pp. 197-99 (ISSN: 0303-4259, OCLC: 177443852).

Book Chapters (B1)

  • ‘Ethical approaches in research with refugees and asylum seekers using participatory action research methods', in Block, K., Riggs E. and Haslam, N., Values and Vulnerabilities: The ethics of Research with Refugees and Asylum Seekers (Bowen Hills QLD: Australian Academic Press, 2013), pp. 127-150. (ISBN: 978-1-9221-1713-7).
  • ‘People in place-place in people: the global contextualization of a local tradition' (with Ron Adams), in S. Pavlovic & M. Zivkovic, (eds.) Trancending Fratricide: Political Mythologies, Reconciliations, and the Uncertain Future in the Former Yugoslavia, (Baden-Baden: NOMOS, 2013), pp. 149-164.  (ISBN: 978-3-8487-0454-5).
  • ‘Lokaliziranje transnacionalizma: bosanske i hrvatske prekogranične prakse' (with Jasna Čapo), in Čapo J. & Gulin Zrnić, (eds.) Hrvatske Svakodnevica: Etnografije vremena i prostora (Zagreb: Institut za etnologiju i fokloristiku, 2013), pp. 221-242. (ISBN: 978-953-6020-80-5).
  • 'Behind the emic lines: Ethics and politics of insiders' ethnography', in L. Voloder & L. Kirpitchenko (eds), Migration and Mobility from the Inside: Reflections on Insiderness. (Farnham: Ashgate, forthcoming in 2013)
  • ‘(Per)forming "trans-local" homes: Bosnian diaspora in Australia', in M. Valenta & S. Ramet (eds) Bosnian Diaspora: Integration in Transnational Communities (Farnham: Ashgate, 2011), pp. 36-82. (ISBN: 978-1-4094-1252-6)
  • 'Life and death on the border: Local genocide in a global context' (with Ron Adams), in S. Kreso. (ed.) Genocide in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Consequences of the International Court of Justice (Sarajevo: Institute for Research of Crimes against Humanity & International Law, 2011) pp. 596-625
  • ‘The Outsider', in V. Colic-Peisker & P. Waxman (eds.), Homeland Wanted: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Refugee Resettlement in the West, (New York: Nova Science Publishers, 2005), pp. 209-239. (ISBN: 1-59454-266-X)

Research reports

  • The Role of Popular Culture and Turbo-Folk Music in Ethnic Nationalism in the Former Yugoslavia and the ex-Yugoslav Diaspora Groups in Australia, Report N2009/3484-J077558 (commissioned by The Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Senator Chris Evans, DIAC: 2010)
  • European Diaspora - Exploring Opportunities for its Involvement in Economic Development of Countries in Southeastern Europe and their Accession to European Union (with Nives Klesnik and Stefan Markowski) (Canberra: National Europe Centre, ANU, 2006).
  • Pathways to Reconciliation and Global Human Rights (with Peter Phipps) Globalism Institute Annual Report Vol. 4, RMIT University, 2006, pp. 89-91.
  • Community Sustainability: Welcome to Sarajevo (with Peter Phipps), Globalism Institute Annual Report Vol. 3, RMIT University, 2005, pp. 120-126.
  • Report of the Pathways to Reconciliation & Global Human Rights Conference Sarajevo (with Peter Phipps and Paul James), 2005, Globalism Institute, RMIT University.

Conference Presentations

Presented more than forty papers (including several keynote addresses) at international conferences, forums and seminars.

Non-refereed publications

Published more than sixty authored articles and commentaries in various Australian, European and the USA journals, magazines, newspapers and online media, including Open Democracy, Al Jazeera, Journal of the Society of the Anthropology of Europe, Green Left Review, Transitions Online, BH Dani, E-novine, Pescanik, Oslobodjenje, Pogrom, Henry Jackson Society for Democracy. Hariz has also published works of fiction in literary magazines and journals.

Monash Committee Memberships

  • Monash Educational Excellence Research Group
  • Monash Global Engagement Committee

Editorial Boards

  • Annual Papers of the Faculty of Political Sciences Sarajevo
  • Local-Global Journal: Identity, Security, Community

Honorary appointments

  • Member, Monash European and EU Centre, Monash University
  • Member, Centre for Australian and Postcolonial Writing, Monash University
  • Adjunct Professor, School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, RMIT University

Membership in Professional Associations and Networks

  • Australian Anthropological Society
  • Centre for Justice and Reconciliation
  • European Diaspora Research Network
  • Institute for Research of Genocide Canada
  • International Association of Genocide Scholars
  • Migration and Mobility Research Network
  • Monash Borders and Asylum Network
  • Narrative Network Australia
  • World University Service Austria


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