Stijn Vervaet

Associate Professor - Sentral-Europa og Balkan-studier
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Phone +47-22856710
Visiting address Niels Henrik Abels vei 36 Niels Treschows hus 0316 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1003 Blindern 0316 OSLO

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). Apart from 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. Most recently, I co-edited the volume Post-Yugoslav Constellations: Archive, Memory, and Trauma in Contemporary Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian Literature and Culture (De Gruyter 2016, with Vlad Beronja).

I am currently preparing a monograph with the working title Holocaust, War, and Transnational Memory: Testimony from Yugoslav and Post-Yugoslav Literature, which focuses on the representation of the Holocaust in the work of Yugoslav authors of different generations. More specifically, I investigate how the memory of the Holocaust is constructed, transmitted, and evoked in relation to the memory of other instances of extreme state violence.

Courses taught


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



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


Vervaet, Stijn. Centar i periferija u Austrougarskoj. Dinamika izgradnje nacionalnih identiteta u Bosni i Hercegovini od 1878. do 1918. godine na primjeru književnih tekstova Sarajevo and Zagreb: Synopsis, 2013, 532 pages. 

Beronja, Vlad & Stijn Vervaet (eds): Post-Yugoslav Constellations: Archive, Memory, and Trauma in Contemporary Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian Literature and Culture. Berlin: De Gruyter, Series Media and Cultural Memory, 2016, 312 pages.

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