Teodora Jovanović, MA, research assistant of the SASA Institute of Ethnography, successfully defended her doctoral dissertation “Redefining the Concept of Coercion through the Narratives of Asylum Seekers from Iran in Serbia”, at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade, on Wednesday, August 28, 2023.

By combining the methods of ethnography, the analysis of written sources and the analysis of narratives, Teodora contextualised and deconstructed the concept of coercion and the related concept of victim, whose attributed presence, and absence play a key role in the administrative processes of legalizing the stay of foreigners in Serbia, as well as their wider social acceptance, and exclusion. Through a comprehensive approach that follows this topic at various levels, from individual experiences to global processes, this paper provides significant insights and further encouragement for anthropology and regional migrations studies.

Dissertation is available at the following link: