Dr Jana Bacevic, PhD (University of Cambridge); PhD (University of Belgrade)
I am a social theorist with a strong interest in all aspects of knowledge - from innovation and research to education and politics, including political economy.
I joined the Department of Sociology in July 2020, having previously worked at the University of Cambridge, University of Aarhus, and the Central European University in Budapest. I have held visiting fellowship at the University of Bristol, the University of Auckland (New Zealand), Open Society Archives in Budapest, and at the University of Oxford.
My work combines sociology, anthropology, and philosophy. I engage with how ideas, institutions, and practices of knowledge production shape the social world. This ranges from questions of access and social justice in higher education, to policies for measuring, valuing, and distributing knowledge. I am particularly interested in the relationship between knowledge, political power, identity and community.
At Durham, I co-convene the undergraduate module Modern and Contemporary Sociological Theory and convene the postgraduate Qualitative Research Methods.
- Social theory
- Sociology of knowledge
- Philosophy of (social) science
- Political philosophy
- Sociology of education
- Political sociology
- Inequalities and social justice
- Class and identity
Indicators of Esteem
Member, Cambridge Social Ontology Group
Associate member, Centre for Global Knowledge Studies (gloknos), University of Cambridge
Member of editorial board, Global Epistemics series, Rowman & Littlefield
Member of editorial board, The Philosopher
- Bacevic, J. (2014). From class to identity: The politics of education reforms in former Yugoslavia. Central European University.
Chapter in book
- Bacevic, J. (2016). Education, conflict and class reproduction in socialist Yugoslavia. In Taylor and Francis. 77-94.
- Bacevic, J (2015). They had sex, drugs and rock’n’roll; we’ll have mini-jobs and loans to pay: Transition, social change and student movements in the post-Yugoslav region. In Welcome to the Desert of Post-Socialism! Radical Politics After Yugoslavia. Horvat, S & Štiks, I Verso Books. 223-242.
- Bacevic, J. (2015). What kind of university for what kind of society? Nation-states, post-national constellations, and higher education in the post-Yugoslav space. In Peter Lang AG. 4: 287-308.
- Bacevic, J. (2019). Knowing Neoliberalism. Social Epistemology 33(4): 380-392.
- Bacevic, J. (2019). With or without U? Assemblage theory and (de)territorialising the university. Globalisation, Societies and Education 17(1): 78-91.
- Bacevic, J. (2018). Couldry, N. and Hepp, A.: The mediated construction of reality. Communications
- Bacevic, J. & Muellerleile, C. (2018). The moral economy of open access. European Journal of Social Theory 21(2): 169-188.
- Bacevic, J. (2014). (Education for) work sets you free: ‘employability’ and higher education in former Yugoslavia and its successor states. European Journal of Higher Education 4(3): 281-296.
- Nokkala, T. & Bacevic, J. (2014). University autonomy, agenda setting and the construction of agency: The case of the European university association in the European higher education area. European Educational Research Journal 13(6): 699-714.
- Baćević&, J. (2010). Masters or servants? Power and discourse in Serbian higher education reform. Social Anthropology 18(1): 43-56.