Position: Research Associate
Fields of interest: minority cultures, anthropology of masculinity, identity, traditional and contemporary culture with a regional focus on the Polimlje and Potarje area.
Branko Banovic was born in Pljevlja (Montenegro,1982) where he completed his primary and secondary. He completed his studies of ethnology and anthropology at the Faculty of Philosophy, University in Belgrade (2005). He received his master's degree (2007) and his doctorate (2010) from the Department of Ethnology and Anthropology at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade. The anthropology of folklore was the main field of his magisterial thesis, and his doctorate was in political anthropology. He acquired the rank of research associate at the Institute of Social Sciences in Belgrade (2015) and five years later he obtained the same academic rank at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade. From 2008 to 2021, he has worked in different positions at the Regional Museum of Pljevlja (museum documentation, curator of ethnology, director), where he reached the rank of museum advisor in a very short time (2014). Considering scientific advancement a never-ending process, he constantly acquires new knowledge, conducts scientific research and publishes scientific papers in the field of identity, political anthropology, gender studies, multiculturalism, cultural heritage and history of the Western Balkans, as well as papers dealing with theory and methodology anthropology. Starting from the perspective of contemporary anthropology, in his research projects he has encompassed various topics: from the analysis of corso as a peculiar phenomenon of spatial behavior, the study of city humour in the light of anthropological studies of folklore narratives, the study of masculine patterns of the Montenegrin patriarchal tradition, to the analysis of anthropological and identity aspects of the debate over Montenegro's NATO membership, controversies over the first Pride Parade in Montenegro and the cultural conditionality of Covid-19 responses. He has published three monographic studies and several scientific papers. Banovic’s monographic study “The Montenegrin Warrior Tradition: Questions and Controversies over NATO Membership”, published by the publishing house Palgrave Macmillan from New York, has been especially successful. The author of the preface to this book is the Norwegian anthropologist Thomas Eriksen. Under the heading “Guest Editorial”, Banović published an article on the first page of the influential anthropological journal “Anthropology Today” (RAI). Among reviews that have been written about his scientific work, the critical review by Andrew Wachtel and comments by Michael Kimmel and Matthew Gutman, stand out with their significance. Banović has presented his papers at many influential international conferences, and when it comes to international exchange programs, he is an alumnus of the prestigious International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). Branko Banović is married and the father of two children. Banović's current scientific interest covers the following areas: minority cultures, anthropology of masculinity, identity, traditional and contemporary culture with a regional focus on the Polimlje and Potarje area.
- Banović, Branko. 2016. The Montenegrin Warrior Tradition: Questions and Controversies over NATO Membership. New York: Palgrave MacMillan.
- Banović, Branko. 2014. Pljevaljski korzo (1930-2004). Pljevlja: Zavičajni muzej.
- Banović, Branko. 2008. Urbani humor Pljevalja. Pljevlja: Opština Pljevlja.
- Banović, Branko. 2020. "Montenegrin Anthropology between International Visibility and New market Fields." Antropologie si management, vol. 13, coord. A. Кozma, C. Glavce, C. Balaceanu-Stolnici, Edit. Academiei, ISBN 9 789 732 731 819, pp. 46-54.
- Banović, Branko. 2019. "Autori o Husein-pašinoj džamiji sa posebnim osvrtom na Vitomira Srbljanovića." U: Husein-paša Boljanić i njegove zadužbine (povodom 450 godina od izgradnje Husein-pašine džamije. Urednici: Pelidija, Banović, Durgut, 173-185. Islamska zajednica Crne Gore i Zavičajni muzej Pljevlja.
- Banovic, Branko. 2018. "Trump, Montenegrins and the third world war." Anthropology Today 34 (5): 1-2.
- Banovic, Branko. 2017. "An Anthropological Perspective on Negative Attitudes toward Women and Homosexuals in Montenegro." In: Reimagining Civil Society / Antropologičeskiй vzglяd na negativnoe otnošenie k ženщinam i gomoseksualam v Černogorii . Edited by: Charles Buxton and Reina Artur Кuzy, 21-29 (English)/109-119(Russian). Bishkek: Department of Sociology, American University of Central Asia.
- Banović, Branko. 2017. "Analiza narativne komponente modela tradicionalnog crnogorskog maskuliniteta." Istorijski zapisi 3-4, 53-67.
- Banovic, Branko. 2016. "Do Homosexuals Wear Moustaches: Controversies around the First Pride Parade in Montenegro." In: Identity Destabilised: Living in an Overheated World. Edited by Thomas Hylland Eriksen and Elisabeth Schober, 184-204. London: Pluto Press.
- Banović, Branko. 2015. "Istorija Pljevalja: Кoliko bi tek Metuzalem imao primjedbi?" Glasnik Zavičajnog muzeja 10-11, 140-148.
- Banović, Branko. 2013. "Narativna reprodukcija savremenog crnogorskog identiteta u procesu evroatlantskih integracija (II deo)." Etnoantropološki problemi 8 (2), 519-537.
- Banović, Branko. 2012. "(Dis)funkcionalni potencijal modela tradicionalnih crnogorskih rodnih odnosa u savremenim politikama identiteta." Sociologija LIV (3), 463-480.
- Banović, Branko. 2012. "Narativna reprodukcija savremenog crnogorskog identiteta u procesu evroatlantskih integracija (I deo)." Etnoantropološki problemi 7 (4), 1033-1055.
- Banović, Branko. 2011. "Ne/mogućnost istraživanja tradicionalnog crnogorskog maskuliniteta." Antropologija 1 (11), 161-180.
"The Montenegrin Warrior Tradition: Questions and Controversies over NATO Membership" - reviews in international scientific journals:
- Andrew Wachtel. 2016. International Feminist Journal of Politics 18 (3): 500-502. Banović, Branko. 2016. The Montenegrin Warrior Tradition: Questions and Controversies over NATO Membership. New York: Palgrave Macmillan;
- Catherine Baker. 2018. Nations and Nationalism 24 (1): 196-198. Banović, Branko. 2016. The Montenegrin Warrior Tradition: Questions and Controversies over NATO Membership. New York: Palgrave Macmillan).
- Banović, Branko. 2019. Grad koji je uvijek bio dom za sve. Utemeljenost manjinskih naroda u Crnoj Gori. Podgorica: Građanska alijansa.
- Banović, Čolović i dr. 2014. Кatastar muslimanskih grobalja. Pljevlja: NVO „Muslimanski građanski forum“.