I am a PhD candidate in Anthropology at Simon Fraser University. I completed my MA in Sociology at York University, and my BA (With Distinction) in International Studies at Simon Fraser University.

I have recently returned to Vancouver after completing one year of fieldwork in Bosnia and Herzegovina. My research is an ethnography and oral history of Serb women in Sarajevo, focusing on memory, boundaries, and everyday social life.

I am a host for New Books in Eastern European Studies (a channel of the New Books Network), and I am also the editorial assistant for Anthropologica, the Journal of the Canadian Anthropology Society.



Lowered Voices: An Ethnography of Serb Women in Post-War Sarajevo (working title)

My dissertation explores the social consequences of violence through an ethnography and oral history of Serb women in Sarajevo. I am interested in how memories and narratives of the past affect social life in the present, as well as affecting imaginings of possible futures. Through this research, I address themes of boundaries, everyday life, and victimhood, attending to narratives that are often confined to the private realm.

Other Research Experience:

Research assistant to Dr. Parin Dossa, Simon Fraser University, SSHRC project “Social Wounding: Journeying with Canadian Muslims into the World of Palliative Care/End-of-Life,” September to December 2017

David Lam Centre, Asian Studies, Simon Fraser University – Research Assistant, February to June 2017

Atira Women’s Resource Society: Enterprising Women Making Art (EWMA) Program – Student Intern, January to June 2011

The Belgrade Centre for Human Rights – Research Intern, September to December 2009



Publications (peer-reviewed)

“‘One Day I Will Tell This to My Daughter’: Serb Women, Silence, and the Politics of Victimhood in Sarajevo.” Anthropological Quarterly. [Forthcoming].

“Community-Based Ethnography.” (With Parin Dossa). International Encyclopedia of Anthropology, edited by Hilary Callan, 1040-1046. John Wiley & Sons, 2018.

“Belgrade’s First Post-Yugoslav Generation in the Contested Space of Europe: The Legacy of the 1990s.” Zeitgeschichte 1, no. 17 (2017): 33-48.

The Abnormalcy of Everyday Life: Belgrade Youth and the Legacy of the 1990s in the Context of European Union Expansion.” Contingent Horizons 2, no. 1 (2015): 69-88.

“The Misrepresentation of Refugees: Effects on Protracted Refugee Situations.” Undercurrent Journal 8, no. 1 (2011): 68-75.



Select Awards

Provost Prize of Distinction, Simon Fraser University, 2015-2019

C.D. Nelson Memorial Graduate Entrance Scholarship, Simon Fraser University, 2015-2019

Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Doctoral Scholarship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, 2015-2018

Community Trust Endowment Fund Graduate Fellowship, Simon Fraser University, 2018

Graduate International Research Travel Award, Simon Fraser University, 2018

Graduate Fellowship, Simon Fraser University, 2018 and 2017

Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, 2017

Muslim Studies Graduate Student Travel Award, Centre for the Comparative Study of Muslim Societies and Culture, Simon Fraser University, 2017

Outstanding Graduate Student Award, Canadian Sociological Association, 2015

Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, 2013-2014

Graduate Scholarship, York University, 2012

Research Assistantship, York University, 2012



This Fall 2018 semester, I am teaching SA 301: Contemporary Ethnography, at Simon Fraser University. The syllabus for the course can be found here. Current students can access the course website here.


Past teaching experience:

SA 201W: Anthropology and Contemporary Life (Writing intensive), Simon Fraser University – Marker, 2016

SA 101: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, Simon Fraser University – Teaching Assistant, 2015 


In 2017, I completed the Certificate Program in University Teaching and Learning  (120 hours), and in 2016, I completed the Instructional Skills Workshop (24 hours), both at the Simon Fraser University Teaching and Learning Centre.



Email address:

Mailing address:
Jelena Golubovic
Simon Fraser University
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
8888 University Drive, AQ 5054
Burnaby BC, Canada, V5A 1S6