Researcher and Coordinator of Junior Research Group, IOS



Katarina Damčević is a post-doc researcher at IOS, where she also coordinates the KonKoop Junior Researchers’ Group and contributes to the creation of a database of knowledge-production centres for Peace and Conflict Studies in Eastern Europe.

Katarina Damčević joined KonKoop in 2024. Before that, she defended her doctoral dissertation titled “Semiotics of Hate Speech and Contested Symbols: The ‘Za dom spremni’ Ustaša Salute in Contemporary Croatia” in 2023 at the University of Tartu in Estonia. Katarina was a research fellow in the US based Dangerous Speech Project, the Humanitarian Law Center in Belgrade, Serbia, and the seeFField Fellowship program at the University of Regensburg, Germany. She is also one of the co-founders of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Research in Southeast Europe based in Croatia at the University of Rijeka’s Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. In addition to that, she teaches at the University of Tartu and contributes to the Journal Southeastern Europe (Brill) as an editorial board member.


Research Interest
  • Memory politics
  • Semiotics of conflict

  • Hate speech and controversial symbols in (post) conflict contexts

  • Identity formation

Main publications

Damčević, Katarina. Explosion and Unpredictability. In: Kõvamees, Erik and Salupere, Silvi  (eds.).  A Basic Introduction to Juri Lotman and his Works, University of Tartu Press (forthcoming).

Damčević, Katarina. ’Ready for the Homeland’ in Croatian Media: Commemorations, Victory, Foundation. In: Sign Systems Studies 51, 1 (2023),  pp. 36-72.

Damčević, Katarina. Cultural Texts, Enemies, and Taboos: Autocommunicative Meaning-Making Surrounding the ‘Ready for the Homeland’ Ustaša Salute in Croatia. In: Social Semiotics 33,3 (2021), pp. 470–496.

Damčević, Katarina; Rodik, Filip. Ready for the Homeland: Hate Speech on Croatian Right-Wing Public Facebook Pages. In: Romanian Journal of Communication and Public Relations 20, 3 (2018), pp. 31-52.




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Katarina Damčević at IOS


Home Institution
IOS – Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies