Bojan Savić joined the Brussels School of International Studies as Lecturer in International Relations from Elon University, North Carolina.
Bojan received his PhD from the University of Kent at Brussels in 2012 and MA degrees in European Studies (University of Maastricht, 2007) and International Relations (European Institute, Nice, 2008) before joining Virginia Tech's National Capital Region campus in Alexandria, VA as a postdoctoral researcher. His MA and PhD research focused on the formal modeling of intra-alliance relations, culminating with a doctoral dissertation on post-Cold War transformations of NATO's civilian and military structures. His postdoctoral research has combined insights from Critical Security Studies, Critical Geopolitics and International Development.
Research InterestsDr. Savić’s current research lies at the intersection of Critical Security Studies, International Development, and Critical Geopolitics, and focuses on NATO's Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRTs) and Train Advise Assist Commands (TAACs) in Afghanistan as security apparatuses. His fieldwork in Afghanistan's Herat Province and Kabul has focused on the interweaving of development and security roles of consecutive US and Italian-led PRTs and TAACs. His research investigates how PRTs, TAACs and the global network of US and NATO-led governance in Herat produce and regulate subjects of security and development, as well how the strategies and tactics of nonviolent local resistance evade and exploit the governance apparatuses. Dr. Savić is interested in critical junctures of formal modeling (game theory), qualitative and quantitative research strategies, particularly in their applicability to fieldwork concerned with subjects of conflict and development.
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Savic, B. (2014). Where is Serbia? Traditions of Spatial Identity and State Positioning in Serbian Geopolitical Culture. Geopolitics [Online] 19:684-718. Available at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14650045.2014.915808#.VdRtrs5tTAQ.This article studies the geopolitical traditions of spatial imagining of Serbia amongst the country's political elites since the break-up of Yugoslavia in the early 1990s. It examines some of the socially dominant discourses of spatial positioning of Serbia as a historical-political narrative. The study argues that one can identify five distinct geopolitical traditions that, in variably overlapping or mutually contradicting ways, address two questions: 'Where is Serbia' and 'How is its perceived smallness felt and described'? A first tradition is that which attributes sacred, divine and martyr-like features to the country, its small earthly "Serbian lands" and people. A second tradition conveys spatially maximised and biopolitical visions of "Serbdom", amounting to variable designs of a "Greater Serbia" anxious about its felt frontiers and smallness. The final three traditions are the mutually exclusive positioning of Serbia around an East-West axis as either Eastern or Western, or a geographically unique and exceptional bridge between the two, whereby each positioning recasts smallness as a crucial feature of geopolitical exceptionality. The article concludes with some general observations on the challenges of studying geopolitical cultures.
Savić, B. (2013). Relinquishing and Governing the Volatile: The Many Afghanistans and Critical Research Agendas of NATO's Governance. Global Discourse: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Current Affairs and Applied Contemporary Thought [Online] 3:136-143. Available at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/23269995.2013.805579#.VdRxHs5tTAQ.This article invites academics and policy analysts to examine the mechanisms and legacy of NATO's security and development governance of Afghan social spaces by using critical theory concepts. It argues that such scholarly endeavors are growing in importance as the United States and NATO gradually pull their troops out of Afghanistan. Thus, the article suggests a broad twofold research agenda. First, it points out that researching social spaces such as towns, villages, marketplaces, and neighborhoods beyond the realm of intergovernmental politics can lead to thick descriptions of how such places have been governed from within by agents external to them. Second, the study argues for a multifaceted examination of instruments, strategies, and institutions of security governance, its conduct and social effects by deploying critical and Foucauldian concepts such as the rationality and apparatuses of power relations. Thereby, it proposes an inquiry into Provincial Reconstruction Teams and Afghan National Security Forces as spatially and temporally specific apparatuses of surveillance and security.
Savić, B. (2010). How to Persuade Government Officials to Grant Interviews and Share Information for Your Research. PS: Political Science & Politics [Online] 43:721-723. Available at: http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=7910816&fileId=S104909651000137X.Rick Farmer's article focuses on ways in which academic political scientists can influence policymakers. At the Toronto meeting of the Working Group on Practicing Politics, government political scientists also recognized that academics often are frustrated by the process of getting information from the government and cooperation from officials.
Savic, B. (2014). Getting over Europe: The Construction of Europe in Serbian culture (Book Review). Nationalities Papers [Online] 42:1088-1090. Available at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00905992.2014.929241#.VdR8EM5tTAQ.Zoran Milutinović sets out to inquire the ways in which "Europe" (or the many social imaginations of that name) was constructed "in Serbian culture, in the selected writings of leading writers and intellectuals between two world wars" (p. 9). Partly anchored in imagology, the study follows manners and practices of expression and transmission of social perceptions and images in literary discourses. Through cross- cultural contrasting, interpretations and analyses of primary texts, the book offers a thick and captivating snapshot of entangled intimate, personal and collective discourses of Europe. It examines wider transnational and more "local" Balkan and Serbian imaginations of Europe and of its purported zeitgeist throughout the historical crises and transformations following the "Great War" (1914-1918). The book's nine analytical chapters delve into the discourses of key (predominantly) Serbian writers and public intellectuals between the two world wars – from Isidora Sekulić and Jovan Skerlić to Miloš Crnjanski, Ivo Andrić and others. In engaging with the discursive dynamics of identity construction between their personalities, their national-ethnic collectivities, multi-layered social roles and their intimate "Europes", Milutinović distills themes that according to him underwrite and partly tie together the "European" and "Western" narratives of the different authors. His analysis unfolds as highly accessible to wider audiences beyond the confines of academia. It reads as an intimate dissection of original texts in ways that invariably raise questions about the cognitive and emotive structures shaping collective and individual imaginations of Europe in Serbia. This review will inspect in more depth three particular aspects of Milutinović's narrative: the manner of his interpretation and analysis of primary discourses, the unique and hybrid genre of the text, as well as its sociological focus.