Dr Damir Arsenijevic

Job: Leverhulme Early Career Fellow / Affiliated Staff

Faculty: Arts, Design and Humanities

School/department: School of Humanities

Research group(s): English Research

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: +44(0) 787 425 3084 / +387 6167 2001

E: darsenijevic@dmu.ac.uk

W: untz.academia.edu/DamirArsenijevic


Personal profile

Dr Damir Arsenijević works in the fields of critical theory and psychoanalysis. His art and theoretical interventions establish settings for the discussion of painful topics after the war and genocide in former Yugoslavia as our commons. He was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar and Professor at the Department of Rhetoric, UC Berkeley in 2011/12. Currently, he is a Leverhulme Fellow at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK, leading the project ‘Love after Genocide’. He founded the Psychoanalytic Seminar Tuzla in Bosnia and Herzegovina http://psychoseminartuzla.wordpress.com/about/ which opens up the public space for the exploration of the unconscious of war and genocide.


In formal and informal group settings Damir is dedicated to developing strategies and generating a political space in art to enable a discussion of the Yugoslav wars of the 1990 and the Bosnian genocide in post-war societies in Yugoslavia.

He is one of the founders of Yugoslav Studies—a platform which brings together theoretical, artistic and cultural research, production and practice, positioning its open model of work through a politics of emancipation, equality and solidarity.

Currently, Damir is promoting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) activism throughout Bosnia to develop community solidarities beyond the restrictions of identity politics.

Publications and outputs 

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Key research outputs

Books and monographs 

1/ Arsenijević, D. (2010). Forgotten Future: politics of poetry in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Nomos, Baden-Baden.

Contributions to encyclopaedias

2/ Arsenijević, D. (2007). Arts: Poets and Poetry. Southeast Europe. Encyclopaedia of Women and Islamic Cultures: Practices, Interpretations, and Representations. S. Joseph. Leiden, Brill Academic Publishers. vol. 5: pp. 89-91.

Chapters in books

3/ Arsenijević, Damir (2013) Love after genocide in Moments. Eine Geschichte der Performance in 10 Akten (Moments. A History of Performance in 10 Acts). Ed Charmatz, Boris et al. Karlsruhe, ZKM.

4/ Arsenijević, D. (2011). Mobilising unbribable life. Towards a New Literary Humanism.  Mousely, Andy (ed.). London, Palgrave Macmillan.

Journal articles

5/ 'Gendering the Bone: politics of memory in Bosnia and Herzegovina Journal for Cultural Research, 15:3 (2011).

Research interests/expertise

  • Literature and Trauma
  • Cultural Materialism
  • Genocide studies
  • Lacanian Psychoanalysis
  • Critical Theory
  • Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian literature
  • Yugoslav Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • Genocide Studies
  • Yugoslavia
  • Translation Studies
  • Comparative Literature
  • Translation of Poetry
  • Postsocialism
  • Politics and Literature
  • Jokes and Genocide
  • Transitional Justice.

Areas of teaching

  • Critical Theory
  • Literature and Psychoanalysis
  • Literature and Trauma
  • Genocide studies
  • Contemporary Poetry
  • Translation Studies
  • Postsocialism
  • Yugoslav Studies.



PhD - De Montfort University, School of English and Performing Arts, Leicester, UK

 “The Politics of Poetry in Bosnia and Herzegovina: re-assessing    tradition since 1980s”

Supervisors:  Professor Judy Simons (first supervisor)

Dr Jane Dowson (second supervisor)

Examiners: Professor Richard Rylance, University of Exeter (external)

Professor Philip Martin, De Montfort University (internal)



MA  De Montfort University, Department of International   Relations, Leicester, UK



BA (Honours) De Montfort University, School of English and Performing Arts, Leicester, UK

 First Class

Honours and awards

  • Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship: 2013-2016
  • Fulbright Visiting Scholarship and Professorship: Department of Rhetoric, UC Berkeley: 2011-2012
  • Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) doctoral award: 2007
  • Michael Cunningham Memorial Prize: 2002: First recipient of this Prize in honour of Michael Cunningham, alumni of DMU, who died in the 9/11 Trade Centre attack in New York.

Membership of professional associations and societies

Member of British Association for Slavonic & East European Studies (BASEES)

Professional licences and certificates

Certified Court Interpreter for English at law courts of Bosnia & Herzegovina

Forthcoming events

  • 13-14 March 2014, ‘Critically Assessing the Teaching and Researching of Memory Politics and Practices’ University of Zurich, Ethics Centre. Lecture.
  • 14 March 2014,Pythagorean Lecture’ exhibit by Grupa Spomenik in exhibiiton Forensis’, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany.
  • 23-27 June 2014, Keynote speaker/academic lead for Global Peace Workshop, Turkey.

Conference attendance

  • 20 November 2013 ‘The role of poetry in examining cultures of memory’, Transitional Justice School for the Balkans, Belgrade, Serbia (lecture)
  • 26—28 April 2013 ‘Psychoanalysis and Laughter’, Affiliated Psychoanalytic Workgroups Study Weekend, The Philadelphia Lacan Group, Das Unbehagen, Fordham University English Department, The Psychoanalysis Workshop at the New School, and the California Psychoanalytic Circle, Fordham, Lincoln Center Campus New York City, USA (paper)
  • 25-26 March 2013 ‘Localising International Law: Examining the Public Outreach Strategies of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina’, Workshop: Spaces of Transitional Justice: Law, States, Victims, University of Cambridge, Emmanuel College, UK (paper)
  • 17 October 2012 Narrating Change Seminar, CUNY Graduate Center, New York, USA (lecture) 
  • 19 March 2012   ‘Poetry After Genocide’, The James Gallery, CUNY Graduate Center, New York, USA (available on: http://vimeo.com/50779510) (keynote speaker)
  • 4 – 5 November 2011 ‘Forensic Aesthetics: A roundtable forum on and with objects’, Cabinet Magazine, Brooklyn / Vera List Center for Art and Politics, New York (US) (keynote speaker)
  • 13 May 2011 ‘Where the genocide was, there shall the political subject be’, seminar,Centre for Research Architecture, London. (keynote speaker).

Consultancy work

Leverhulme (current), Fulbright and AHRC scholarships / grants all brought income into DMU for me to work there.


  • 2012 Columbia University, New York (October)
              CUNY Graduate School, New York (March)
  • 2010 University of Hull, Centre for Gender Studies, Hull, UK
              a month-long teaching exchange within GEMMA Erasmus 
              Mundus programme for Women’s and Gender studies  (November)
  • 2008 Goldsmiths College, Anthropology Department, London, UK (October).
              Central European University, Gender Department, Budapest, Hungary
              London School of Economics, Gender Department, London, UK (March).

Externally funded research grants information

  • Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship: 2013-2016
  • Fulbright Visiting Scholarship and Professorship: Department of Rhetoric, UC Berkeley: 2011-2012
  • Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) doctoral award: 2007

Professional esteem indicators

Editorial Board member : Journal of Narrative Politics (EB Steering committee: Elizabeth Dauphinee (YorkU:Ca), Richard Jackson (Otago), Jenny Edkins (Aberystwyth), Naeem Inayatuallah (Ithaca), Himadeep Muppidi (Vassar), Oded Lowenheim (HUJ), and Annick T.R. Wibben (San Francisco).

Case studies


Al-Jezeera World – interview in English recorded in Tuzla on Saturday 8th Feb https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILXNPV1iOmc&feature=share

Film made with Front Slobode: “Voices of DITA” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7Qf2eBKnUI

Areas of interest

Emancipatory politics
Cultural Production

Research and art-theory political interventions that examine:

  • the impact of the terror of inequality
  • the solidarity of unbribable life
  • relevant knowledge production
  •  material memories of war and genocide.


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