Stijn Vervaet

Associate Professor - Sentral-Europa og Balkan-studier
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Academic interests

My research interests lie in contemporary Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian literature and culture, cultural history of the Balkans (19th-21st centuries), comparative literature, and memory studies. 

I am the author of a book on the construction of national identities in Bosnia and Herzegovina under Austro-Hungarian rule (Sarajevo and Zagreb: Synopsis 2013). In addition to publications related to the cultural and literary history of Habsburg Bosnia, I have published book chapters and journal articles on the representation of the Yugoslav wars of the 1990s and of the Holocaust in (post-)Yugoslav fiction. Together with Vlad Beronja, I edited the volume Post-Yugoslav Constellations: Archive, Memory, and Trauma in Contemporary Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian Literature and Culture (De Gruyter 2016).

My monograph Holocaust, War, and Transnational Memory: Testimony from Yugoslav and Post-Yugoslav Literature is under contract with Routledge (forthcoming 2017). Building upon recent developments in memory studies, the book investigates hitherto marginalized as well as well-known (post-)Yugoslav Holocaust texts and explores the imaginative links they form with other (hi)stories of extreme violence. 

Projects

My current research project, provisionally titled “Post-Imperial Fictions: Literature Between Nationalism and Cosmopolitanism in the Balkans,” investigates the links between nation building, literature, and cultural memory in the post-Habsburg and post-Ottoman Balkans. Specifically, I explore literary discourses of cosmopolitanism in two disparate yet (with regard to their post-imperial character) surprisingly similar historical periods: in the decades following the demise of the Habsburg and Ottoman Empires and in the period after the dissolution of socialist Yugoslavia. Generally speaking, intellectual and cultural life in both periods were characterized by a tension between nostalgia for the lost supranational and multilingual legacy of the former empire(s) on the one hand, and the rise of state-supported nationalism against the backdrop of international economic and socio-political crisis on the other. A comparative analysis of how writers took part in these discussions will not only shed light on the ambiguities and contradictions of cosmopolitan patterns of identification on the periphery of Europe but also inform contemporary debates about the possibilities and limits of a transnational, cosmopolitan (European) identity today.

Background

I hold a PhD in East European Languages and Cultures from Ghent University (2007). Before joining the University of Oslo and ILOS, I worked for one year as a Marie Curie (IEF) postdoctoral research fellow at Utrecht University and for six years as a postdoctoral fellow of the Flemish Research Council (FWO-Vlaanderen) at Ghent University.

Courses taught

 

Tags: Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Balkans, Central Europe, Memory Studies, Comparative literature, Cultural history

Publications

  • Vervaet, Stijn (2017). Cosmopolitan Counter-Narratives of Dispossession: Migration, Memory, and Metanarration in the Work of Aleksandar Hemon, In Vladimir Biti (ed.),  Claiming the Dispossession: The Politics of Hi/Storytelling in Post-imperial Europe.  Brill Academic Publishers.  ISBN 9789004353923.  Chapter.  s 224 - 246
  • Vervaet, Stijn (2016). A Janus-Faced Modernity? Narratives of Austro-Hungarian Rule (1878–1918) in Bosnian Literature. Wiener Slavistischer Almanach.  ISSN 0258-6835.  78, s 61- 94
  • Vervaet, Stijn (2016). Between Local and Global Politics of Memory: Transnational Dimensions of Holocaust Remembrance in Contemporary Serbian Prose Fiction and Film. Quest. Issues in Contemporary Jewish History.  ISSN 2037-741X.  (10)
  • Vervaet, Stijn (2016). Intersecting Memories in Post-Yugoslav Fiction: The Yugoslav Wars of the 1990s through the Lens of the Holocaust, In Stijn Vervaet & Vlad Beronja (ed.),  Post-Yugoslav Constellations: Archive, Memory, and Trauma in Contemporary Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian Literature and Culture.  Walter de Gruyter.  ISBN 978-3-11-043943-4.  Chapter.  s 99 - 126
  • Vervaet, Stijn (2016). On Comics, Flea Markets, Collecting, and Cultural Memory: Aleksandar Zograf’s Second-Hand World and Leonid Šejka’s Integral Painting, In Ana Martinoska & Maja Jokimovska-Toshic (ed.),  Popular Culture: Reading from Below.  Institute of Macedonian Literatures.  ISBN 978-608-4744-05-4.  Chapter.  s 280 - 304
  • Vervaet, Stijn (2016). Revolutionaries or Terrorists, Heroes or Victims? Young Bosnia and Gavrilo Princip in Biljana Srbljanović's Theater Play "Mali mi je ovaj grob", In Clemens Ruthner & Vahidin Preljević (ed.),  "The Long Shots of Sarajevo" 1914: Ereignis - Narrativ - Gedächtnis.  A. Francke Verlag.  ISBN 9783772085789.  Chapter.  s 551 - 566
  • Vervaet, Stijn (2016). Ugrešić, Hemon, and the Paradoxes of Literary Cosmopolitanism: Or How to “World” (Post-) Yugoslav Literature in the Age of Globalization, In Adrijana Marčetić; Zorica Bečanović-Nikolić & Vesna Elez (ed.),  Komparativna književnost: teorija, tumačenja, perspektive. Encompassing Comparative Literature: Theory, Interpretation, Perspectives..  Faculty of Philology, University of Belgrade.  ISBN 9788661533099.  Chapter.  s 161 - 169
  • Vervaet, Stijn & Beronja, Vladislav (2016). Introduction: After Yugoslavia – Memory on the Ruins of History, In Stijn Vervaet & Vlad Beronja (ed.),  Post-Yugoslav Constellations: Archive, Memory, and Trauma in Contemporary Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian Literature and Culture.  Walter de Gruyter.  ISBN 978-3-11-043943-4.  Introduction.  s 1 - 20
  • Vervaet, Stijn (2015). Cultural Politics, Nation Building and Literary Imagery: Towards a Post-Colonial Reading of the Literature(s) of Bosnia and Herzegovina 1878-1918, In Clemens Ruthner; Raymond Detrez; Diana Reynolds-Cordileone & Ursula Reber (ed.),  WechselWirkungen: Austria-Hungary, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and the Western Balkans, 1878-1918.  Peter Lang Publishing Group.  ISBN 9780820497259.  Book chapter.  s 71 - 89
  • Vervaet, Stijn (2015). From Memoir to Fiction: Early Partisan Narratives Revisited, In Miranda Jakiša & NIkica Gilić (ed.),  Partisans in Yugoslavia: Literature, Film and Visual Culture.  Transcript Verlag.  ISBN 9783837625226.  Book chapter.  s 303 - 330
  • Vervaet, Stijn (2015). Revolucionari ili teroriste, heroji ili žrtve? Mlada Bosna i Gavrilo Princip u pozorišnom komadu "Mali mi je ovaj grob" Biljane Srbljanović, I: Clemens Ruthner & Vahidin Preljević (red.),  Sarajevski dugi pucnji 1914. Događaj – narativ – pamćenje..  Vrijeme.  ISBN 9789958180767.  Book chapter.  s 467 - 484
  • Vervaet, Stijn (2014). Staging the Holocaust in ‘the Land of Brotherhood and Unity’: Holocaust Drama Socialist Yugoslavia in the 1950s and 1960s. Slavonic and East European Review.  ISSN 0037-6795.  92(2), s 228- 254 . doi: 10.5699/slaveasteurorev2.92.2.0228
  • De Bruyn, Dieter & Vervaet, Stijn (2013). Reporter in de ‘contact zone’: Johan de Boose in Polen en Kroatië, I: Dieter De Bruyn; Kris Van Heuckelom & Carl De Strycker (red.),  Van Eeden tot heden. Literaire dwarsverbanden tussen Midden-Europa en de Lage Landen.  Academia Press.  ISBN 9789038220918.  Book chapter.  s 281 - 299
  • Vervaet, Stijn (2013). Entangled Histories: Family Memories and the Representation of the Holocaust in the Work of David Albahari, In Ben Dhooge & Thomas Langerak (ed.),  Belgian Contributions to the XV International Congress of Slavists. Minsk 2013.  Pegasus.  ISBN 9789061433798.  Book chapter.  s 191 - 208
  • Vervaet, Stijn (2013). Facing the Legacy of the 1990s: Saša Ilić’s Berlin Window. Slavic and East European Journal.  ISSN 0037-6752.  57(1), s 13- 27
  • Vervaet, Stijn (2013). Fashioning Legacies of Austria-Hungary: The Canonisation of Petar Kočić, In Stijn Vervaet & Michel De Dobbeleer (ed.),  (Mis)Understanding the Balkans: Essays in Honour of Raymond Detrez..  Academia Press.  ISBN 9789038222677.  Book Chapter.  s 337 - 349
  • Vervaet, Stijn (2013). Pisati subjekat nakon Holokausta: Konstantinovićev Ahasver, ili traktat o pivskoj flaši. Sarajevske sveske.  ISSN 1512-8539.  s 94- 104
  • Vervaet, Stijn (2011). A Different Kind of War Story: Aleksandar Zograf’s Regards from Serbia and Tomaž Lavrič’s Bosnian Fables. Slavic and East European Journal.  ISSN 0037-6752.  55(2), s 161- 187
  • Vervaet, Stijn (2011). Whose Museum? Whose History? Whose Memories?: Remembering in the Work of Dubravka Ugrešić. Comparative Critical Studies.  ISSN 1744-1854.  8(2-3), s 295- 306 . doi: 10.3366/ccs.2011.0024
  • Vervaet, Stijn (2011). Writing War, Writing Memory: The Representation of the Recent Past and the Construction of Cultural Memory in Contemporary Bosnian Prose. Neohelicon.  ISSN 0324-4652.  38(1), s 1- 17 . doi: 10.1007/s11059-010-0076-3

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