Citizen Youth: Student Organizations and the Making of Serbia and Montenegro’s Post-socialist Future


Dissertation Fellowships in East European Studies


Department of Anthropology


This research project is based on 18 months of ethnographic fieldwork with student organizations at the Universities of Novi Sad Belgrade, and Niš, Serbia and Montenegro (SM). The project analyzes how students actions and goals for university reform both produce and reveal new and complex models of social affiliation, citizenship and democratic participation in SM’s changing political context. My hypothesis is that through their participation in the reform process, student organizations are generating new political practices that reformulate official relationships between citizen and state in the post-socialist period. Project methods include participant observation, interviews, and analysis of a variety of texts.