Dr Hariz Halilovich is a Principal Research Fellow (Research Associate Professor) and a Vice-Chancellor’s Senior Research Fellow in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies.
Dr Hariz Halilovich’s research focuses on people’s relationship to place, place-making practices, and tensions around place-based identity politics in relation to migration (forced, voluntary, transnational and trans-local) from rural and semi-rural to urban and cosmopolitan locations.
In particular, he has studied urban emplacements of rural migrants and refugees and the role of social intimacy in settlement patterns and re-creation of a sense of belonging within the Bosnian diaspora groups in Australia, Europe and the USA. As an anthropologist practicing conventional, multi-sited, visual and digital ethnography, Hariz is interested in how ‘trans-local’ groups utilise digital technologies and new media to recreate, synchronise and sustain identities and social networks in both real world and in cyber space. Intersecting this area of inquiry is his research and writing on social memory: popular memory, contested memories, and remembering and forgetting after mass violence—including embodied memory, commemorations, monuments and performative enactments of memory in real places and in cyber space—and how they interrelate.
Much of Hariz’s work has an applied focus, and he has conducted research on migration and human rights-related topics for a range of non-governmental and governmental bodies, including the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship (Australia). His award-winning book Places of Pain: Forced Displacement, Popular Memory and Trans-local Identities in Bosnian War-torn Communities was published by Berghahn: New York, Oxford (2013 Hb/2015 Pb).
- Principal Research Fellow, Centre for Global Research, RMIT University
- Visiting Professor, Graduate School of Information Studies and Education, University of California Los Angeles
- Visiting Professor, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, International University of Sarajevo
- Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Interdisciplinary Applied Social Research, Sarajevo
- Member, Centre for Australian and Postcolonial Writing, Monash University
- Member of Academic Advisory Board, World University Service Austria
- 2013-2016: Recognising the pain of others: gendered displacement, memory and identity in the Bosnian refugee diaspora, Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA).
- 2012-2015: Analytics Block to identify students at risk of disengaging, NetSpot Pty (with Dawson, P. et al).
- 2010-2011: 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, the Erste Foundation (Austria).
- 2006-2008: European Diasporas in Australia,The European Union Jean Monnet Reflection Activities Grant.
- 2005: Pathways to Reconciliation and Global Human Rights, United Nations Development Program.
Hariz's areas of research supervision include:
- Place, displacement and emplacement
- Forced migration and refugees
- Diaspora studies
- Conflict and peace studies
- Genocide and mass violence
- War widows
- Commemorations and remembrances
- Archives and museums
- Social histories of material culture
- Ethnonationalism (especially in the Balkans)
- Reconstruction, reconciliation and restorative justice
- Democratisation and governance in post-communist societies
- Ethnography of digital, mobile and social media
- Arts, literature and cultural production in diaspora
- PhD in Socio-cultural Anthropology, University of Melbourne (2009)
- Bachelor of Arts/Social Science (Honours first class), RMIT University/University of Melbourne (2002)
- Bachelor of Social Science, RMIT University (2001)
- Bachelor of Science, University of Sarajevo/University of Zagreb (1993)
Prior to re-joining RMIT as a Vice-Chancellor’s Senior Research Fellow, in September 2015, Hariz held various research and teaching positions at Monash University (most recently as an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow), the University of Melbourne, Victoria University and RMIT University (2003-2005). He has also been a Visiting Professor at the University of California Los Angeles (Graduate School of Information Studies and Education) and the International University of Sarajevo (Faculty of Arts) as well as a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Social Applied Research (CISAR), Sarajevo. In 2010 to 2011, he was an Erste Stiftung (Austria) Research Fellow.
Hariz has also acted as an expert consultant for the Global Consulting and Expert Opinion Service (UNSW), was invited to act as an expert witness at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal of Australia, and produced research reports commissioned by The Minister for Immigration and Citizenship.
He is frequently invited to provide expert commentaries for national and international media, including SBS, ABC, Channel 9, CNN, Al Jazeera, FTV BiH, ZDF, OBN TV, The Times (London), The Australian and has been an invited author of articles for Open Democracy, Transitions Online, Al Jazeera Balkans, the Holocaust Centre Magazine, Pogrom, E-novine, Dani, Oslobodjenje, Danas, Pescanik and Slobodna Bosna.
Distinctions and awards
- RMIT Vice-Chancellor’s Senior Research Fellowship Award, 2015
- Monash Research Excellence Award, 2014
- Honourable Mention in The Prose Awards 2013 (The American Publishers Awards for Excellence in Professional and Scholarly Excellence) for the book Places of Pain: Forced Displacement, Popular Memory and Trans-local Identities in Bosnian War-torn Communities
- Discovery Early Career Research Award, Australian Research Council, 2013
- Article of the Year, Online Transitions, 2011
- Generations in Dialogue Fellowship for Social Researchers, Erste Foundation (Austria), 2010
- Human Rights Award, 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
- AMES Award ’99 for outstanding service to Victoria’s multicultural community, 1999
- Gilliland, A.,Halilovich, H. (2017). Migrating memories: transdisciplinary pedagogical approaches to teaching about diasporic memory, identity and human rights in archival studies In: Archival Science: International Journal on Recorded Information, 17, 79 - 96
- Halilovich, H. (2016). Re-imaging and re-imagining the past after 'memoricide': intimate archives as inscribed memories of the missing In: Archival Science, 16, 77 - 92
- Halilovich, H. (2016). Lessons from Srebrenica: The United Nations after Bosnia In: The United Nations and Genocide, Palgrave Macmillan, New York, United States
- Halilovich, H. (2015). Long-distance mourning and synchronised memories in a global context: commemorating Srebrenica in diaspora In: Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, 35, 410 - 422
- Halilovich, H. (2015). Places of pain: forced displacement, popular memory and trans-local identities in Bosnian war-torn communities, Berghahn Books, New York, United States
- Halilovich, H.,Phipps, P. (2015). Atentat! Contested histories at the one hundredth anniversary of the Sarajevo assassination In: Communication, Politics and Culture, 48, 29 - 40
- Halilovich, H. (2014). Reclaiming erased lives: archives, records and memories in post-war Bosnia and the Bosnian diaspora In: Archival Science, 14, 231 - 247
- Halilovich, H. (2014). Behind the emic lines: Ethics and politics of insiders' ethnography In: Insider Research on Migration and Mobility: International Perspectives on Researcher Positioning, Ashgate, United Kingdom
- Halilovich, H. (2014). New land and old sorrow: war widows and fatherless families in Bosnian refugee diaspora In: Trauma Memory Healing, Transkulturna Psihosocijalna Obrazovna Fondacija, Sarajevo Bosnia
- Halilovich, H.,Adams, R. (2013). People in place - place in people: The global contextualisation of a local tradition In: Transcending Fratricide: Political Mythologies, Reconciliations, and the Uncertain Future in the Former Yugoslavia, Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft, Germany
- Missing people, missing stories in the aftermath of genocide. Funded by: ARC Discovery Projects 2018 from (2018 to 2020)
- 2015 Vice-Chancellor's Senior Research Fellowship (Halilovich). Funded by: RMIT Vice-Chancellor's Senior Research Fellowship from (2015 to 2019)
- Recognising the Pain of Others: Gendered Displacement, Memory and Identity in Bosnian Refugee Diaspora. Funded by: ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher from (2013 to 2015)
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