Anna Zadrożna


Academic interests

Migration, ethnicity and nationalism, Islam in the Balkans, political anthropology, memory studies, affect theories, anthropology of food and senses, the Balkans and Turkey. Most recently: political ecology, environmental anthropology, new spiritualities, alternative knowledges, anthropology of health and well-being.

Courses taught

  • "Muslims in the Balkans between survival and revival" co-taught with Kerem Öktem at the Center for Southeast European Studies, University of Graz, winter semester 2018/2019


My doctoral dissertation concerns the notion of familiarity that serves to bond Muslims from the mountainous region of Debar and Reka whose main strategy of coping with geopolitical transformations and economic hardships has been to remain flexible regarding national and ethnic affiliations and to migrate. Based on a multi-sited, “diasporic” fieldwork I carried out in different periods over 6 years within and between North Macedonia and Turkey, my dissertation directs attention to the importance of the encounters between people and the environments they inhabit, the shifting dynamics between geographies, politics and history, and the everyday practices through which the familiar is crafted, experienced and transformed as sensible and tangible.

During my PhD studies I was a visiting researcher at the University of Toronto (supported by the Sylff Research Abroad fund), a visiting researcher at the University College London (through ERASMUS+), and held a Tübitak-Bideb fellowship at Yeditepe University in Istanbul. My research in Macedonia and in Turkey have been supported by the Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund and by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK).

Between 2015 and 2017 I cooperated with Dr. Cecilie Endresen (UiO) on establishing a research network related to her project titled “Mobile Muslims/Invisible Islam.

I hold an MEng in Environmental Protection (nature conservation) from the Warsaw University of Life Sciences. My MA thesis concerned social aspects of wolf (Canis lupus) protection in Podlasie region in Poland. 

Research Appointments

2018-2019, University Assistant, Center for Southeast European Studies, University of Graz, Austria.

2009-2012, Field Researcher, University of Warsaw, project supported by the Polish ministry of Science and Higher Education, titled “Transnational Ties, Social and Ethnic Relations Within the Context of Macedonian Muslims`

2006-2008, Field Researcher, University of Warsaw, project titled: “Macedonians and Albanians – Neighborhood in the Face of Conflict” supported by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education.

Selected publications

Journal articles:

Maritato Ch., Öktem K., Zadrożna A. (forthcoming): "Introduction: A State of Diasporas: The Transnationalisation of Turkey and Its Communities Abroad" Diaspora: a Journal for Transnational Studies. Special issue: A State of Diasporas: The Transnationalisation of Turkey and Its Communities Abroad"  edited by Maritato Ch., Öktem K., Zadrożna A.

Zadrożna A. (2017): Reconstructing the Past in a Post-Ottoman Village: Turkishness in a Transnational Context. Nationalities Papers: The Journal of Nationalism and Ethnicity. 

Zadrożna A. (2017): What Are You Really Looking For? Ethnography While (Feeling) under Surveillance. In: Zeitschrift für Ethnologie Vol. 141, 2016: 215-232

Zadrożna A. (2013): I Am Muslim but I am the European One: Contextual Identities among Muslims from Western Macedonia in Everyday Practices and Narratives. In: Anthropological Journal of European Cultures Vol. 2. No.22: 35-52

Book chapters with peer review process:

Zadrożna A. (2019): "Towards Reflexivity in the Sciences: Anthropological Reflections on Science and Society". In Valsiner, Jaan (ed.), Social Philosophy of Science for the Social Sciences, Theory and History in the Human and Social Sciences, Springer.

Zadrożna A. (2015): Love and Boundaries: Inter-Faith and Inter-Ethnic Relationships among Macedonian-Speaking Muslims”. In: Elbasani, Arolda; Roy, Olivier (Eds.) The Revival of Islam in the Balkans. From Identity to Religiosity. Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan. Islam and Nationalism Series: 142-16

Emneord: Migrasjon, Islam, Politisk antropologi, Etnisitet, hukommelse, Nasjonalisme, Økologisk antropologi, Politisk økologi
Publisert 22. jan. 2021 10:34 - Sist endret 23. feb. 2021 10:00