Hariz Halilovich—an award-winning social anthropologist and author—is Professorial ARC Future Fellow at the Social and Global Studies Centre, RMIT University. His main research areas include place-based identity politics, politically motivated violence, migration, memory studies, education and human rights. As an anthropologist specialising in multi-sited, visual and digital ethnography, he has identified novel ways to research how adults and young people use narratives, art and digital technologies to build life stories about place, loss and communal identity. Through a creative fusion of documentary and imaginary representations of social, spatial and affective memory landscapes in conflict and post-conflict contexts, Hariz has explored how art exhibitions can be understood and utilised as both a research method and a collaborative research outcome in memory studies projects.
This research informs his approaches to learning and teaching, which see students engage in experiential learning, field-based studies and action research in order to better understand self and community.
Much of Hariz’s work has an applied focus, and he has conducted research on migration and human rights-related issues for a range of non-governmental and governmental bodies, including Minister for Immigration and Citizenship (Australia), Minister for Human Rights and Refugees (Bosnia-Herzegovina), International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and UNDP.
His award-winning book Places of Pain (2013hb/2015pb) was published by Berghahn, while his books Writing after Srebrenica (2017) and Monsters of our Modernity* (2018) (*co-authored with Julian Lee at al) were published by Buybook and Kismet Press respectively. In addition to academic text-based outputs, Hariz has also produced multi-media exhibitions, works of fiction and radio and TV programs.