Tijana Stolic

Tijana Stolic

PhD Researcher

Department of Media and Communications

About me

Research Topic

Media depictions of trafficked women

Tijana's broad research interest is trafficking for sexual exploitation, which was also the topic of her Master's dissertation at Oxford University, where she studied police officers' perceptions of trafficked women. The study sought to problematise the binary between trafficked women's victimhood and agency, which served as a point of departure for her current thesis. In her current work, she examines how trafficked women are constructed as subjects of public pity in three genres of media: film, celebrity advocacy, and NGO campaigns. The notion that pity is socially constructed serves as a lens for analysing how women, as gendered subjects, are produced and what kinds of public imagination these identities can evoke.

Supervisor: Lilie Chouliaraki and Shani Orgad.


Tijana completed her Bachelor's degree at the University of Toronto, specialising in Visual Culture and majoring in Art History, where she also worked as a research assistant. She then worked as a publications editor for a short film festival organised by the Canadian Film Centre before undertaking her first Master's degree in Media and Communications at the University of Helsinki. Led by her interest in interdisciplinary study of media and crime (especially human trafficking), she undertook a Master's degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Oxford University before arriving to LSE as a PhD researcher supported by the LSE PhD Studentship.  Currently, Tijana is a researcher for the Migration and the Media project in the LSE's Department of Media and Communications. 

Expertise Details

Visual culture; feminist theory; critical discourse analysis; politics of pity; agency; human trafficking; gender; migration




Conference Papers

  • Schweitzer,C., Horvath, G., Stolic, T. and Vico, S. (2016) Humanitarianism vs. security alongside the Balkan route: how Serbia, Hungary and Germany perceive the stream of migrants. Presented at ECREA conference, Prague, November 2016."