Petar Bojanić

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Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, University of Belgrade
Professor of Philosophy
Center for Advanced Studies, University of Rijeka


Petar is Principal Research Fellow at the Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory of the University of Belgrade. He is also a founding Director of the Center for Advanced Studies Southeast Europe, University of Rijeka, and President of the Institute for Democratic Engagement Southeast Europe in Belgrade. Petar began his academic journey investigating the themes of war, violence, and institutional dynamics under the guidance of Jacques Derrida and Etienne Balibar. He developed his theoretical work at esteemed institutions, such as Cornell, Birkbeck, and the Käte Hamburger Kolleg. He was Principal Investigator on a project examining the ethics of war in Orthodox Christianity and the eastern European tradition at the University of Yekaterinburg until the war in Ukraine. Demand for Petar’s expertise has resulted in him being visiting professor at renowned universities worldwide, including in Aberdeen, Bologna, London, Turin, and Rome. Petar’s research on war, ethics, violence, and Jewish political theory has been profoundly shaped by his exploration of institutions and counter-institutions, contributing significantly to the field of violence studies.

Petar will join THE NEW INSTITUTE in the academic year 2024/25 as Chair of the program Bitter Victory: Is Victory Possible in the 21st Century?


In-Statuere. Figures of Institutional Building, Frankfurt am Main, Vittorio Klostermann, 2022.

The Ethics of War in the Countries of Orthodox Culture [Etika voyny v stranakh pravoslavnoy kultury], Saint Petersburg, Vladimir Dal, 2022.

Violence and Messianism. Jewish Philosophy and the Great Conflicts of the 20th Century, London – New York, Routledge, 2018.

“What Is ʻVictoryʼ in the Orthodox Christian Ethics of War?”, Labyrinth, Vienna, 2022.

“What Is an Act of Engagement? Between the Social, Collegial and Institutional Protocols”, Institutions in Action. The Nature and the Role of Institutions in the Real World, eds. T. Andina & P. Bojanić, Berlin, Springer, 2020.

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