Andrew Gilbert

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Dr. Andrew Gilbert

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I am a broadly trained sociocultural anthropologist with over 20 years of research experience, most of it in Bosnia and Herzegovina. I am currently Senior Researcher at the Department of Anthropology and Cultural Research at the University of Bremen. Most recently, I was Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Toronto Mississauga and Senior Researcher at the University of Toronto Ethnography Lab, where I maintain an affiliation. I have degrees in Modern European History from UC Santa Cruz (BA), German and European Studies from Georgetown University (MA) as well as Anthropology from the University of Chicago (MA, PhD). In addition to Toronto, I have taught and/or supervised undergraduate and graduate students at McMaster University, The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, and The University of Chicago.

My research explores the possibilities and politics of social transformation in contexts of historical upheaval, be it international intervention in the aftermath of war, labor struggles to protect the possibility of a secure livelihood, or citizen activism to preserve urban life-worlds from the diverse forces that would undermine them. My work is increasingly collaborative and experiments with the political and ethnographic potential of diverse media.

  • Political anthropology of social transformation: postsocialist labor struggles; late industrial urban activism and the right to the city
  • Multimodal and collaborative ethnography: graphic ethnography; sound studies; public-facing anthropology; multisensory experiments
  • International intervention: intervention encounters; humanitarianism; foreign mass-media practices, nationalism and violence

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(Select Publications and Multimodal Productions)

2022      “Labors of Representation: A Bosnian Workers’ Movement and the Possibilities of Collaborative Graphic Ethnography” (with Larisa Kurtovic).  Forthcoming in Anthropologica.

2021      “Affordances and Adaptations: Ethnography Labs in Tempore Pandemic” (with Hannah Quinn). Part of Fieldsites series Virtual Connections, Digital Contentions: Small Academic Meetings during the Covid-19 Pandemic, Society for Cultural Anthropology website.

2021      “Reclaiming Dita.” Anthropology News. 62(4): 13-19. (with Larisa Kurtović and Boris Stapić). Part of Special Section on Graphic Ethnography.

2021      “Emergent Conversations: Political Action and Generations.” Political and Legal Anthropology Review. Parts One, Two, & Three (with Nataša Garić-Humphrey, Azra Hromadžić, and Larisa Kurtović)

2020      International Intervention and the Problem of Legitimacy: Encounters in Postwar Bosnia-Herzegovina. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.

2019      “Beyond Nostalgia: Other Historical Emotions."  History and Anthropology. 30(3): 293-312

2018     Tri vjere, jedna nacija, država Tuzla! Football fans, political protest, and the right to the city in postsocialist Bosnia-Herzegovina.” Soccer and Society. 19(3): 373-399.

2017     “The Limits of Foreign Authority: Publicity and the Political Logic of Ambivalence in Postwar Bosnia and Herzegovina.” Comparative Studies in Society and History. 59(2): 415-445.

2016     “From humanitarianism to humanitarianization: Intimacy, estrangement and international aid in postwar Bosnia and HerzegovinaAmerican Ethnologist. 43(4): 717-729.

Multimodal productions

Co-author of Reclaiming Dita graphic ethnography book project, with Larisa Kurtović and Boris Stapić.  Under review at University of Toronto Press.

Producer of “An Anthropology of…” podcast for Raising Our Voices event series of the American Anthropological Association.

Co-produced (with Larisa Kurtović) collaborative multi-media panel “How Do We Work Together? Distribution, Political Labor, and Worker Struggles in Bosnia and Herzegovina” for Distribute 2020, Biannual Conference of Society for Cultural Anthropology and Society for Visual Anthropology. 

“Care, Publicity, and Worker Politics in Late Industrial Bosnia-Herzegovina”.  Exertions. Society

For the Anthropology of Work. (Ethnographic photo essay co-authored with Haris Husarić)


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BA Module 9: Multimodal Anthropology/ Multimodale Anthropologie (Block seminar)