Bošković was Professor of anthropology at the Universities of Belgrade (Serbia) and of Donja Gorica (Montenegro), Visiting Professor at the Jagiellonian University (Krakow, Poland), Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana (Slovenia), Visiting Professor of European Ethnology at the University of Brasília (Brazil), Senior Lecturer in Anthropology at Rhodes University in Grahamstown (South Africa), and Guest Lecturer at the Universities of St. Andrews (Scotland, UK) and Witwatersrand (Johannesburg, South Africa).


gave more than 220 guest lectures and seminars, including at the universities like Vanderbilt and College of William & Mary (USA), Cambridge, Brunel, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Goldsmiths (United Kingdom), Hamburg, Leipzig, Münster (Germany), Hebrew University in Jerusalem (Israel), Leiden (The Netherlands), Tohoku (Japan), Paraná (Brazil), Oslo and Bergen (Norway), Zagreb (Croatia), as well as at the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts and Montenegrin Academy of Sciences and Arts.

Research interests

His main research interest is rationality, as well as human adaptability (for example, in cooperation). His other interests are history and theory of anthropology, psychoanalysis, myth and religion, semiotics, ethnicity, nationalism, and gender.

Other topics

Between 2013 and 2018, Bošković was Deputy Chair of the Commission on Theoretical Anthropology (COTA) of the IUAES, and member of the Council of Commissions. He is co-founder of the History of Anthropology Network of the EASA (with Han Vermeulen), and EASA Book Series Editor (2016-2020). He is also editor of the Berghahn Books latest series, “Anthropology’s Ancestors.” Since 2021, he is co-editor of the Anthropological Journal of European Cultures (AJEC).

In lieu of Conclusion

A “No land’s man” (as put by Vuk Ćosić), Aleksandar believes that people (as individuals) should exercise free choice as much as possible, and take into consideration other human beings, as well as issues (ike the environment, in an old-fashioned liberal way.

There is an Indian story - at least I heard it as an Indian story - about an Eglishman who, having been told that the world rested on the platform which rested on the back on an elephant which rested in turn on the back of a turtle, asked (perhaps he was an ethnographer; it is the way they behave), what did the turtle rest on? Another turtle. And that turtle? "Ah, Sahib, after that it is turtles all the way down."

(Clifford Geertz, The Interpretation of Cultures, pp. 28-29)


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