Emina Zoletic: Research & CV

Intergenerational transmission of the memory of the war: The Cases of Families in Bosnia-Herzegovina and the Bosnian diaspora in Europe

Research area 1 – Displacements, “Dépaysement” and Discrepencies: People, Knowledge and Practices

Contact: emina.zoletic@cefres.cz

The doctoral research project deals with the intergenerational transmission of memory, with the focus on the first generation of Bosnians who experienced the 1992-1995 war and their children, born after the war in Sarajevo and currently living in the EU countries, UK and the U.S. The study of war memory transmission has great social and political significance. The past does not simply disappear; lived experience eventually becomes a narrative curated among one generation and passed on to another. What is more, collective memory may lie dormant ready to emerge generations or even centuries later. The principal aim of this project is to explore the dynamics of intergenerational transmission of the memory of war among families living in Bosnia-Herzegovina and the EU Bosnian diaspora, with particular focus on how the past is remembered, e.g., selection, emphasis, recalibration, and for what purpose, e.g., identity construction, esteem needs, empowerment, social change etc.

This study offers an interdisciplinary approach (sociology combined with social psychology and memory studies) in a multidisciplinary context.  The proposed project will be a study of the collective past in different social and political contexts, i.e., the nature of collective memory dynamics within families will be studied in contexts (a) where there is no agreed official narrative of the past and daily exposure to contestation and (b) where talking about the past is optional, the narrative often unknown or deemed not politically significant in the new environment and therefore uncontested by those who hear it. The study will also provide detailed accounts of the Siege of Sarajevo from multiple perspectives with competing narratives of the cause, resolution and outcome.
Furthermore, given the current need to resettle refugees in Europe from other parts of the world, the findings may also inform practices involving counselling resource in the context of post-conflict sociological and psychological adjustment.



  • 2020: Doctoral school in social sciences, sociology, University of Warsaw, PhD program
  • 2019-2020: Master in Public health – Comparative Effectiveness Research, University Paris Descartes, Faculty of Medicine
  • 2016-2017: Master of health sciences, specialization Epidemiology, Erasmus Medical Centre Rotterdam, the Netherlands
  • 2011-2019: Postgraduate program in  clinical psychology, specialization in the Clinical Psychology, University of Zagreb, Croatia, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • 2003-2008: Graduate Psychologist, University of Sarajevo, Faculty of Philosophy, Department of Psychology

Work experiences

  • 2019-2020: Internship research, Centre de Recherche Épidémiologie et StatistiqueS (CRESS-UMR1153) Equipe METHODS Inserm, Université Paris Descartes
  • 2009-2019: Clinical psychologist, University Clinical Centre Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • 2008-2009: Psychologist, Foundation for Local Democracy, Shelter for women andchildren, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Teaching experiences

  • 2022: University of Warsaw, Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies. Course: Institutions, structures and technologies – R programming
  • 2022: Riseup-PPD’s COST Action (CA18138) Fifth Training School “Peripartum Mental Health Disorders Prevention for Health Professional.I have been a trainer of the sessions “Introduction to prevention: Prevention and methods for programs evaluation” and “Prevention program design”


  • Blackburn, A. M., & Vestergren, S, & the COVIDiSTRESS II Consortium (2022). COVIDiSTRESS diverse dataset on psychological and behavioural outcomes one year into the COVID-19 pandemic. Scientific Data, 9(1), 1-25
  • Nguyen, V,T, Rivière, P, Ripolle, P, Barnier, J, Vuillemot, R, Ferrand, , Cohen-Boulakia, S, Ravaud, P, Boutron, I, The COVID-NMA Consortium Team (2021). Research response to COVID-19 needed better coordination and collaboration: a living mapping of registered trials. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology. Vol 130, 107-116
  • Sehanovic, A, Smajlovic, Dz, Tupkovic, E, Ibrahimagic, O.C,Kunic, S, Dostovic,Z,  Zoletic, E, Pasic, P (2020). Cognitive Disorders in Patients with Multiple Sclerosis. Mater Sociomed. 32(3): 191-195
  • Sehanovic, A,Kunic, S, Ibrahimagic, O, C,  Smajlovic, Dz, Tupkovic, E, Mehicevic. A, Zoletic, E (2020). Contributing Factors to the Quality of Life in Multiple Sclerosis. Medical Archives 74(5):368
  • Salihović, D., Smajlović,Đž, Mijajlović, M., Zoletić, E, Ibrahimagić, O.(2018). Cognitive syndromes after the first stroke. Neurological Sciences, Springer Nature. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10072-018-3447-6
  • Zoletic, E., Durakovic-Belko,E (2009). Body image distortion, perfectionism, eating disorders in group of fashion models and ballerinas. Danubine psychiatry Croatian medical journal. Vol. 21, No. 3, 302–309


  • 2022-2023: ZEIT-Stiftung EbelinFoundation Germany, scholarship one year within the program Beyond Borders and Migration
  • 2022-2025: Grant holder, NCN Preludium 20 grant, in the panel HS6, supporting my research project
  • 2019-2020: Scholarship Erasmus MIEM, France
  • 2016- 2017: Scholarship in ERAWEB programme (Erasmus Mundus Western Balkans) for master program Health Sciences, Netherlands


  • 2022: current Member of COST Action network, CA20105 – Slow Memory: Transformative Practices for Times of Uneven and Accelerating Change
  • 2021: current Member ofthe Memory Studies association
  • 2021: currentMember of the COVIDiSTRESS II consortium
  • 2020: currentMember of the Centre for Research on Social Memory at the Faculty of Sociology, University of Warsaw
  • 2009: currentMember of Society of psychologist in the Federation Bosnia and Herzegovina,  The Committee for Ethical Issues