Jelena Martinovic

Staff details

Position Lecturer
Department History
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Jelena Martinovic

Jelena Martinovic is a historian focusing on medicine and the sciences of the mind. Her current research project, funded by Gerda Henkel Foundation, examines the impact of psychopharmacology on the human sciences in the first half of the twentieth century.

Jelena has widely published on the history of death and psychology. Her monograph on near-death experiences has been released in 2017 in French. Jelena is also actively involved at UCL Health Humanities Centre and is a research associate at Institut des humanités en médecine, University of Lausanne, Switzerland. From 2016 to 2017, Jelena was visiting scholar at Harvard University (Department of the History of Science), and from 2017 to 2018, at UCL Institute of Advanced Studies.

Academic qualifications

  • 2013 PhD (summa cum laude, avec les félicitations du jury), University of Lausanne
  • 2008 MA University of Lausanne
  • 2008 MA Geneva School of Art and Design


Before joining Goldsmiths, Jelena has taught at HEAD-Geneva; University of Lausanne; and University of Art and Design Linz, Austria. In April 2019, she teaches a module on death, biomedicine and health (PhD level) at Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Department of the History of Science and Health).