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Miloš Jovanović

jovanovic at mmg dot mpg dot de

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Research interests

urban history, materiality, visual methods, capitalism, socialism, Eastern Europe, Habsburg empire, Ottoman empire, Balkans


2016 Ph.D. in History

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL (USA)

2008 M.A. in History

Central European University, Budapest (Hungary)

2007 B.A. in History and International Affairs

Lafayette College, Easton, PA (USA)

Professional Experience


Research Associate (Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter), Empires of Memory

Research Group Max Planck Institute for the Study of Ethnic and Religious Diversity Göttingen


Instructor (Urban History)

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign


Instructor (Global Studies)

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign


Teaching Assistant (Western Civilization)

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign



"Sharpening the Haze: Visual Essays on Imperial History and Memory" London: Ubiquity Press (forthcoming) co-edited with Giulia Carabelli, Annika Kirbis and Jeremy F. Walton


"Whitewashed Empire: Historical Narrative and Place Marketing in Vienna" History & Anthropology Vol. 30, No . 4, pp. 460-476


"Bourgeois Worlds and Urban Nightmares: The post-Ottoman Balkan City through the Lens of Milutin Uskoković's Newcomers" Urban Cultural Studies No. 5 Vol. 2, pp. 187-206


"The City in Our Hands: Urban Management and Contested Modernity in Nineteenth Century Belgrade" Urban History Vol. 40 No. 1 pp. 32-50


"Taming the Tavern: Social Space and Government Regulation in 19th Century Belgrade" Godišnjak za društvenu istoriju - Annual for Social History Year XVI Vol. 3 pp. 57-68

Awards, Grants and Fellowships

2015 Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities Graduate Fellow

2013 Social Science Research Council International Dissertation Research Fellowship

2013 American Research Center in Sofia Research Fellow

2012 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Mary Jane Luecker Graduate Fellow

2010 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Summer Dissertation Proposal Grant

2008 European University Institute Marc Bloch Prize in Early Modern and Modern European History

2008 Central European University Academic Pro-Rectors Excellence Award

Presentations and Lectures

2019 Waterfront: a post-Ottoman post-socialist story Screening and discussion, Institute of Geography and Sustainability, University of Lausanne

2019 Waterfront: a post-Ottoman post-socialist story Screening and Roundtable, Center for Policy Studies and CEU Yugo-Region Research Group, Central European University, Budapest

2019 Refractive Nostalgia: Ottoman Urban Space and Memory in Belgrade and Sofia, 1850-1939 Liberalism and its Critics Workshop, Lichtenberg Kolleg, Göttingen

2018 The History of Property & Housing in Belgrade and Sofia Urbanize! Conference, dérive - Zeitschrift für Stadtforschung, Berlin

2018 Nostalgic Refractions: Photography, Image and Memory in the post-Ottoman Balkan City European Association for Urban History Conference, Rome

2017 Bourgeois World-Building in the Balkan City Urban World-Making Conference, ASCA City Project, University of Amsterdam

2017 Whitewashed Empire: Historical Narrative and Place Marketing in Vienna Association for the Study of Nationalities Conference, New York

2016 Excavating the archive: Non-normative histories and heterodox linkages in the Balkan city Thinking Gender and Sexuality After Empire and Socialism Workshop, MPI Göttingen

2015 Cities of Dust and Mud: Loss and Dispossession in Belgrade and Sofia (1830-1912) Places of Amnesia, CRASSH, University of Cambridge

2015 Modernizing Belgrade and Sofia: The Experience of Reconstruction in the Balkans (1830-1912) Institut d'ethnologie méditerranéenne, européenne et comparative. Aix-en-Provence

2012 Empire, military and modern urbanism in Habsburg Sarajevo and Russian Sofia (1878-9) European Association for Urban History Conference, Prague

2012 The lifeworlds of masons and butchers in the City Beautiful European Society for the History of Human Sciences Conference, Belgrade

2011 The Military City: Emergence of modern urbanism in Sarajevo and Sofia, 1878-79 Midwest Historians of East Central Europe Workshop

2008 Urban Reconstruction in Late Ottoman Belgrade: De-Ottomanization and Questioning Cosmopolitanism Living Together: Plurality and Cosmopolitanism in the Ottoman Empire and Beyond Summer Academy, Istanbul

Community Activities


Urban Agriculture and Political Ecology – A Historical Perspective Petnica Science Center, Valjevo


Urban and/or Bourgeois History? The Study of Balkan City Life as Critique Social Center Haspel, Sofia


Intro to Urban Studies - Weeklong public course employing self-education and critical pedagogy methods Kabinet Social Center, Belgrade


Belgrade Chronicle Television Interview by Nataša Ristić Radio Television of Serbia, Channel 1


Teheran in My Vehicle: Historical Memory, Urban Development and Socially-Responsible Public Transportation Mikser Public Festival, Belgrade


Open Urbanism Manifesto, author Imamo Plan activist group, Belgrade


Bosnian-Serbian-Croatian-Montenegrin native

Bulgarian fluent

German research

Spanish research

Italian research

Russian can read with dictionary

Turkish can read with dictionary