Assoc. Prof. Ana Hofman, Ph.D.

Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Cultural and Memory Studies, Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts

Office: ZRC SAZU, Novi trg 2/I
Tel.: 01 4706 492
Office hours: Monday 10 – 13


B.Sc.  Ethnomusicology (Faculty of Music, University of Arts, Belgrade, Serbia, 1999)

M.Sc. Ethnomusicology (Faculty of Music, University of Arts, Belgrade, Serbia, 2004)

M.A. Gender studies (Faculty of Political Sciences, Belgrade, Serbia, 2005)

Ph.D. Culture Studies and Ethnomusicology (University of Nova Gorica, 2007)



  • Southeastern Serbia (1998 – 1999), (2004 – 2007);
  • Serbia, Vojvodina (Bačka and Srem) (2000 – 2004);
  • Slovenia (Tuhinjska dolina, 2006; Prekmurje, 2010 – 2012);
  • Bulgaria, Sofia (May 2010);
  • Occasional fieldworks in Serbia, Bosnia and Croatia (2008 –);
  • Austria, Vienna (December 2013 – February 2014);
  • Brazilia, Rio de Janerio (November 2015 – February 2016).


Research interests:

  • Applied anthropology and ethnomusicology;
  • Self-organization and activism in neoliberalism;
  • Academic labour practices in neoliberalism;
  • Affect theory;
  • Sensorial ethnographic methods with particular focus on soundscapes;
  • Gender politics in the Balkans;
  • Music and politics in socialist and postsocialist Southeastern Europe.

  • Research Student – Fellow of Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, University of Chicago (2005);
  • Research Student – Visiting Fellow of the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center for Balkan studies, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (summer 2006);
  • Postdoctoral Researcher – Robert Bosch Regional fellow, New Europe College, Bucharest, Max Plank Institute for Social Anthropology (summer semester 2008);
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow of the Austrian Agency for International Cooperation in Education  (OeAD-GmbH), Centre of Southeastern European Studies, University of Graz (November 2013 – March 2014);
  • Research Scholar – Fellow of the Research Agency of State of Rio de Janeiro (FAPERJ), The School of Music, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (November 2015 – February 2016).
  • Postdoctoral Fulbright Scholar at the Graduate School, City University New York (February – July 2018).

  • Editor-in-Chief International journal of Euro-Mediterranean studies. Porotorož: Center EMUNI, University Centre for Euro-Mediterranean Studies (2009-2010);
  • Guest editor of the Journal Southeastern Europe 39 (2015);
  • Editorial board member, Artefact, Journal of the Faculty of arts, University of Niš, Serbia;
  • Board Member of the European Seminar in Ethnomusicology; 
  • Leader of the national team of EP7 project Gendering Academy and Research: Combating Career Instability and Asymmetries  (2014-2017);
  • Leader of the national team of the trilateral project of Swiss national foundation City Sonic Ecology: Urban Soundscapes of Bern, Ljubljana and Belgrade (2014-2017);   
  • Organizer of 28th European Seminar in Ethnomusicology “Music and cultural memory in post – 1989 Europe,” Ljubljana, 12-18 September 2012;
  • Manuscript reviewer for Oxford University Press.

  • Hofman, A. (ed.) 2017. Science of (without) the Young: Early Stages of Scientific Career in Slovenia through the Gender Perspective [in Slovenian]. Ljubljana: Založba ZRC.
  • Hofman, A. 2016. New Lives of Partisan Songs (In Serbian: Novi život partizanskih pesama, Belgrade: Biblioteka XX.
  • Hofman, A. 2016. Music, Politics, Affect: New Lives of Partisan Songs in Slovenia  [in Slovenian], Kulturni spomin knj. 3, Ljubljana: ZRC SAZU.
  • Hofman, A. and P. Sitar. 2016. “‘Buy me a silk skirt Mileʼ: celebrity culture, gender and social positioning in socialist Yugoslavia.” In: Social inequalities and discontent in Yugoslav socialism, (Southeast European studies). Rory Archer, Igor Duda, Paul Stubbs (eds), London: Routledge, 155-172.
  • Hofman, A. 2015. Guest editor of the thematic issue “Music, affect and memory politics in post-Yugoslav space,” Southeastern Europe 39 (2).
  • Hofman, A. 2015. “MUSIC (as) LABOUR: Professional musicianship, affective labour and gender in socialist Yugoslavia.” Ethnomusicology Forum 24 (1): 28-50.
  • Hofman, A. and J. 2015. “The affective turn in ethnomusicology.” Muzikologija 18: 35-55.
  • Hofman, A. and J. Mihajlović Trbovc. 2015. Toolkit for integrating gender-sensitive approach into research and teaching, (GARCIA working papers, 6). Trento: University. 
  • Hofman, A. 2013. “Who is afraid of Schund? Music censorship in Yugoslavia.” In: Socialism on bench: Yugoslav society through the lenses of new post-Yugoslav humanities [in Croatian], Lada Duraković, Andrea Matošević (eds.), Pula, Zagreb: Srednja Evropa, 280-316.
  • Hofman, A. 2013. “Experiencing socialism: female singers in Southeastern Serbia.” In: Negotiating normality: Everyday lives in socialist institutions, Daniela Koleva (ed.), New Brunswick and London: Transaction Publishers, 103-120.
  • Hofman, A. 2012. “Lepa Brena: (Re)politization of musical memories on Yugoslavia,” Glasnik Etnografskog instituta 60 (1): 21-32.
  • Hofman, A.  2011. Staging Socialist Femininity: Gender Politics and Folklore Performance in Serbia (Balkan Studies Library, 1). Leiden, Boston: Brill.
  • Hofman, A. 2011. “Questioning socialist folklorization: Beltinci folklore festival in the Slovenian borderland of Prekmurje. In: Audiovisual media and identity issues in Southeastern Europe, Eckehard Pistrick, Nicola Scaldaferri and Gretel Schwörer (eds.), Newcastle: Cambridge Scholar Publishing, 238-257.
  • Hofman, A. 2010. “Maintaining the distance, othering the Subaltern: rethinking ethnomusicologists’ engagement in advocacy and social justice. In: Applied ethnomusicology: Historical and contemporary approaches, Klisala R. Harrison, Elizabeth Mackinlay and Svanibor Pettan (eds.), Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars, 22-35. 
  • Hofman, A. 2010. “Socialist stage: politics of place in musical performance.” New sound 36 (2): 120-134. 
  • Hofman, A. 2009. “‘When we were walking down the road and singing’: rural women’s memories of ‘socialism in Serbia.” In: Gender politics and everyday life in state socialist Eastern and Central Europe. 1st ed., Shana Penn and Jill Massino (eds.), New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 185-197.
  • Hofman, A., N. Ceribašić and Lj. Vidić Rasmussen.  2008. “Post-Yugoslavian ethnomusicologies in sialogue.” Yearbook for traditional music 40: 33-45. 


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