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Dr Jana Bacevic

Assistant Professor


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Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology 
Steering Group Member in the Centre for Humanities Engaging Science and Society (CHESS) 

Biography

I am a social theorist with an interest in aspects of knowledge, ranging from formal epistemology to social practices, politics, and policies. My work draws on philosophy, sociology, and political economy to study how ideas, institutions, and practices of knowledge production interact with the social world. 

I have a PhD in sociology (Cambridge, 2019) and a PhD in anthropology (Belgrade, 2008). I joined the Department of Sociology at Durham in 2020, having previously worked at the University of Cambridge, University of Aarhus, Central European University in Budapest, Singidunum University and the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Belgrade. I have also held visiting fellowships at Bard College, the University of Bristol, University of Auckland, Central European University, and the University of Oxford.

My recent publications address topics such as academic freedom and the politics of 'free' speech; epistemic injustice and epistemic positoning; scientific evidence and expertise in managing pandemics; relationship between knowledge, prediction, and social interventions; and the politics and policies of valuing, measuring, and distributing knowledge. I am particularly interested in the relationships between knowledge, power, and forms of community, identity and justice. 

At Durham, I convene Public Sociology: Theory and Practice (PGT) and Social Theory and the Politics of Knowledge (UG). 

Research interests

  • relational sociology
  • social theory
  • sociology of knowledge
  • philosophy of (social) science
  • political philosophy
  • political sociology
  • political economy
  • inequalities and social justice
  • anthropology of Empire
  • sociology of science

Esteem Indicators

  • 2023: Associate Fellow, Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities, Bard College:
  • 2022:

    Invited lecture: School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds

    : Invited lecture: School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds
  • 2022:

    Keynote speaker, Anthropology of the Future/Future of Anthropology, Serbian Academy of Arts and Sciences, Viminacium 2022

    : Keynote speaker, Anthropology of the Future/Future of Anthropology, Serbian Academy of Arts and Sciences, Viminacium 2022
  • 2022:

    Keynote speaker, Political Epistemology Network, Amsterdam, 2022

    : Keynote speaker, Political Epistemology Network, Amsterdam, 2022
  • 2022: Contributing editor, The Philosopher, UK's oldest public philosophy journal: Member of editorial board, The Philosopher, UK's oldest public philosophy journal
  • 2021:

    Invited lecture: Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge

    : Invited lecture: Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge
  • 2021:

    Keynote speaker, Theory Summmer School, Leibniz Center for Science and Society, September 2021

    : Keynote speaker, Theory Summmer School, Leibniz Center for Science and Society, September 2021
  • 2000:

    Editorial board member, Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour (SAGE)

    : Editorial board member, Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour (SAGE)
  • 2000:

    Keynote speaker, Praxis Symposium IV: Post-pandemic higher education, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, May 2022 

    : Keynote speaker, Praxis Symposium IV: Post-pandemic higher education, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, May 2022 

Publications

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Chapter in book

Journal Article

Other (Print)

Supervision students