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Dr Safet HadziMuhamedovic

Dr Safet HadziMuhamedovic

Dr Safet HadziMuhamedovic
BA(Univ. of Sarajevo), MPhil(Cantab.), PhD(Goldsmiths)

Teaching Fellow in Anthropology

Area of research

Sacral landscapes

Office 1.13
43 Woodland Road,
Clifton, Bristol BS8 1UU
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+44 (0) 117 928 9017


I am an anthropologist of landscape and religion, particularly interested in time and temporality, home, 'syncretic' cosmologies, agency and affect. Over the past eight years, I have conducted most of my long-term fieldwork in Bosnia, with stints of research in the Basque Country and Palestine/Israel. My book Waiting for Elijah: Time and Encounter in a Bosnian Landscape (Berghahn, 2018) delves into the postwar echoes of cosmic/bodily encounters and syncretic seasonal celebrations in the southeastern Bosnian highlands. I have also written on various other aspects of sacral landscapes, historicity and political agency of 'nonhuman' beings and ontological approaches to the question of home. For my reading of sacral landscapes in the archives of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, see 'Syncretic Debris: From Shared Bosnian Saints to the ICTY Courtroom' (Ethnoscripts, 2018). 


Waiting for Elijah: Time and Encounter in a Bosnian Landscape, Safet HadziMuhamedovic, book cover

Before attaining a doctoral degree in Social Anthropology from Goldsmiths, University of London and an MPhil degree in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge, I have received BA degrees in History of Art and Sociology from the University of Sarajevo and Kenyon College. 

I have received various research grants and awards, most recently as the Civil Society Scholar of the Open Society Foundations. From 2010 to 2014, I contributed to a large ERC-funded project Bosnian Bones, Spanish Ghosts: 'Transitional Justice' and the Legal Shaping of Memory after Two Modern Conflicts, led by Dr Sari Wastell and based at Goldsmiths.

You can locate some of my visual research at

At the moment, I am conducting preliminary investigations and setting up a fieldwork location in Popovo Polje, another stunning karst field in Bosnia. I am looking into the social lives of a sinking river central to the cosmology of a landscape polarised by conflict and divided into two political entities.


2016-present: Anthropology of Islam (Unit Director)

2016-present: Social Theories (Co-Convenor, teaching the anthropological half of the unit)

2017-2018: Anthropology of Landscapes (Unit Director)

2016-2018: Kinship (Unit Director)

2016-2018: Foundation Year in Arts and Humanities (lectures on migration, the idea of Europe, the question of 'authenticity' and the destruction of cultural heritage)

2016-present: Dissertations 

2016-present: Human Challenges 

2016-2017, 2018: Peoples, Culture and Language 

Teaching at Goldsmiths, University of London (2012-2015)

Anthropology of Religion

Anthropological Methods

Politics, Economics and Social Change 

Teaching at Goethe University Frankfurt (2015)

Encountering Gender and Religion: Theoretical and Methodological Implications (Convener with Marija Grujić)

Teaching at SOAS University of London (2014)

Qualitative Methods and Case Study Research 

Research supervision  

Currently, I supervise one doctoral thesis on hospitality in Azerbaijan (with OCMS). At UoB, I have supervised around thirty BA dissertations in Anthropology and the Liberal Arts since 2016. I immensely enjoy following my students' research process and I am perpetually delighted by the exciting and important work they produce. My students have, for example, written on: the ethics of visual anthropology; activism and the 'migration crisis'; documentary film and emotions; ISIS destruction and the Euro-American attraction to Greco-Roman ruins; Olympic sports and nationalism; permaculture communities in the south of Spain; Muslim women's rap music in Bristol; Palestinian women's diasporic notions of home; 'Dark places' and mythology in the Wye Valley/Forest of Dean; the commons and political changes in the New Forest; Apocalyptic images in Death Metal; Brexit and nationalism on Canvey Island; gaze and anthropological film; the ontological turn in anthropology, etc.  

Teaching philosophy 

My approach to teaching is guided by the idea that we still need to erode hegemonic projects of knowledge by facing them with epistemological and ontological obstacles, particularly those built into fine-grained anthropological analyses that speak to the plurality and intricacy of the human condition.

Ideally, my students will have left the classroom having attained these six forms of knowledge:

1. Unstructuring the 'common sense', the 'natural' and the 'cultural' 

2. Understanding that there are other ways of being

3. Approaching the subject through the written, the visual, the audial, the affective, practice and praxis 

4. Learning to critically comprehend historical and contemporary disciplinary approaches to a given subject (and the political implications therein)

5. Compiling a 'conceptual toolbox' on a particular subject

6. Locating a 'personal' anthropological voice 

Early Career Research Network

Please get in touch if you have questions about the Early Career Research Network (Faculty of Arts), which I am organising this year.

Early Career Research Network - Faculty of Arts, University of Bristol


The magic mountains of Gacko

Mount Volujak, whence fairies (vile) come from, near Gacko in Bosnia. 

'What the map cuts up, the story cuts across.' 

(Michel de Certeau, The Practice of Everyday Life

The oak tree - house of thunder gods - and the Green Man sculpture in Ashton Court park, Bristol

The oak tree (house of thunder gods) and the Green Man sculpture in Ashton Court park, Bristol - these enduring symbols are discussed in my book Waiting for Elijah: Time and Encounter in a Bosnian Landscape (2018).


Side note: My rather long surname has some 'special' characters ( and ć in Bosnian). HadžiMuhamedović is pronounced: Hajji-Muhamed-ovich. 


  • Anthropology of syncretism
  • proximity and mixture
  • anthropological and phenomenological approaches to time
  • ritual and festivity
  • anthropology of space place and landscape
  • affect and subjectivity
  • loneliness and waiting
  • materiality
  • nonhuman agency
  • home and belonging
  • extended kinship
  • gender
  • nationalism and ethnicity
  • conflict resolution and post-conflict reconstruction
  • post-war environments
  • borders and migration
  • memory
  • etymology
  • visual anthropology
  • research ethics
  • anthropology of Bosnia - former Yugoslavia - post-Ottoman and post-socialist geographies - nomadic Roma trajectories in the Balkans - Palestine/Israel - the Basque Country



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