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Safet is an anthropologist of sacred landscapes, syncretism and inter-faith relations. He holds a PhD in Anthropology from Goldsmiths, an MPhil in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge (Hughes Hall) and BA degrees in History of Art and Sociology from the University of Sarajevo and Kenyon College.

Safet joined the Cambridge Inter-Faith Programme in 2020, after convening a wide array of anthropological courses at SOAS University of London, the University of Bristol, Goethe University Frankfurt and Goldsmiths, University of London. He continues to co-convene the Anthropology of Travel, Tourism and Pilgrimage Summer School at SOAS. From February 2020, Safet is also a Research Associate at Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge.

Safet's research first and foremost considers the historical and contemporary relations between Christians, Muslims and Roma in Bosnia. It builds upon his long-term ethnographic fieldwork in the Dinaric Bosnian highlands, as well as stints of fieldwork across Bosnia, the Basque Country, Palestine, Israel, and archival research in Sarajevo and the Hague.

Safet has also previously worked on a large-scale ERC project into transitional justice in Bosnia and Spain and has co-founded the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research of Visual Culture in Sarajevo. He has been recipient of a number of prestigious research awards (including the Open Society Foundations' Civil Society Scholar Award, 2015) and teaching recognitions.

Safet has written on syncretic landscapes, temporality and historicity, war crime archives, political agency of nonhuman beings and ontological approaches to the question of home. He is the author of Waiting for Elijah: Time and Encounter in a Bosnian Landscape (2018) and the co-editor (with Marija Grujić) of Post-Home: Dwelling on Loss, Belonging and Movement (2019). His current major project investigates syncretic cosmologies, nationalism and subterranean rivers in south Bosnia.


syncretic religion and antisyncretism; post-conflict inter-faith relations; time and temporality; home, belonging and migration; nonhuman agency and interspecies engagements; subjectivity and affect; solitude and loneliness; anthropology of karst and subterranean water.


Key publications: 

 Time and Encounter in a Bosnian Landscape


HadžiMuhamedović, S. (2018) Waiting for Elijah: Time and Encounter in a Bosnian Landscape. New York and Oxford: Berghahn (Volume 1 of the Articulating Journeys: Festivals, Memorials and Homecomings series).

An interview with the author for the New Books in Geography is available here.

Edited volumes

HadžiMuhamedović, S. and M. Grujić (eds.) (2019) Post-Home: Dwelling on Loss, Belonging and Movement. Special issue of Ethnoscripts 21(1).

Articles and essays

HadžiMuhamedović, S. and M. Grujić (2019) ‘Thinking Post-Home: An Introduction’. In S. HadžiMuhamedović and M. Grujić (eds.) Post-Home: Dwelling on Loss, Belonging and Movement. Special issue of Ethnoscripts 21(1): 1-29.

HadžiMuhamedović, S. (2019) ‘Flow and Constraint: Syncretism and Nationalism Along a Bosnian Sinking River’. In: Richard Povall (ed.) Liquidscapes: Tales and Tellings of Watery Worlds and Fluid States. Dartington: imprint: 223-9.

HadžiMuhamedović, S. (2018) ‘Syncretic Debris: From Shared Bosnian Saints to the ICTY Courtroom’. In Ann Wand (ed.) Tradition, Performance and Identity Politics in European Festivals. Ethnoscripts 20(1): 32-63.

HadžiMuhamedović, S. (2018) ‘Articulation as a Political Act? On a Study of Palestinian Shrines’. Anthropology News, 4(1): 1-8.

HadžiMuhamedović, S. (2016) ‘Grid Desires, or How to Tame a Three-Headed Dragon’. Anthropology News, 2(1): 1-9.

HadžiMuhamedović, S. (2014) ‘The Tree of Gernika: Political Poetics of Rootedness and Belonging’. In Penny Dransart (ed.) Living Beings: Perspectives on Interspecies Engagements [ASA Monographs]. Oxford: Bloomsbury, 53-72.

HadžiMuhamedović, S. (2013) ‘Bosnian Sacral Geography: Ethnographic Approaches to Landscape Protection’. In Josep-Maria Mallarach (ed.) Spiritual Values of Protected Areas of Europe. German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation, 56-62.

Teaching and Supervisions


Safet continues to co-convene the summer school in Anthropology of Tourism, Travel and Pilgrimage at SOAS University of London. Previously, he convened and taught a variety of courses at SOAS University of London, the University of Bristol, Goethe University Frankfurt and Goldsmiths University of London (Social Theories; Anthropology of Landscape; Kinship; Anthropology of Islam; Anthropology of Gender; Issues in the Anthropology of Gender; Encountering Gender and Religion: Theoretical and Methodological Implications), where he also taught on other courses (Anthropology of Religion; Politics, Economics and Social Change; Human Challenges; Anthropological Methods; Qualitative Methods and Case Study Research; Peoples, Culture and Language). Safet has also supervised a large number of undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations in anthropology. He currently supervises the PhD project of Mr Calvin Thiessen at OCMS/Middlesex University.

Research Associate in Inter-Faith Relations
& Teaching Associate, Fitzwilliam College
Dr Safet  HadziMuhamedovic

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