Prof. Hariz Halilovich’s research focuses on people’s relationship to place, place-making practices, and tensions around place-based identity politics in relation to migration (forced, voluntary, transnational and trans-local) from rural and semi-rural to urban and cosmopolitan locations.
In particular, he has studied urban emplacements of rural migrants and refugees and the role of social intimacy in settlement patterns and re-creation of a sense of belonging within the Bosnian diaspora groups in Australia, Europe and the USA. As an anthropologist practicing conventional, multi-sited, visual and digital ethnography, Hariz is interested in how ‘trans-local’ groups utilise digital technologies and new media to recreate, synchronise and sustain identities and social networks in both real world and in cyber space. Intersecting this area of inquiry is his research and writing on social memory: popular memory, contested memories, and remembering and forgetting after mass violence—including embodied memory, commemorations, monuments and performative enactments of memory in real places and in cyber space—and how they interrelate.
Much of Hariz’s work has an applied focus, and he has conducted research on migration and human rights-related topics for a range of non-governmental and governmental bodies, including the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship (Australia). He is the award-winning author of the book, Places of Pain: Forced Displacement, Popular Memory and Trans-local Identities in Bosnian War-torn Communities.