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. 

My latest monograph Holocaust, War, and Transnational Memory: Testimony from Yugoslav and Post-Yugoslav Literature (Routledge 2018) examines the emergence and transformations of Holocaust memory in the socialist Yugoslav and post-Yugoslav eras. 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. 

I am also 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 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).

Projects

I am currently leading the three-year research project Probing the Boundaries of the (Trans)National: Imperial Legacies, Transnational Literary Networks and Multilingualism in East Central Europe, funded by the Research Council of Norway.

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) at Ghent University. 

Courses taught in spring 2020

Polen, Tsjekkia og Balkan: Litteratur og samfunn 

Bosnisk/kroatisk/serbisk spåkbruk 

Kulturell erindring i Sentral-Europa og på Balkan: Den kontroversielle fortiden  

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

Publications

  • Vervaet, Stijn (2022). Envisioning a Socialist Future. Albert Vajs and the Rebuilding of the Yugoslav Jewish Community. In Gerber, Jan; Graf, Philipp & Pollmann, Anna (Ed.), Geschichtsoptimismus und Katastrophenbewusstsein. Europa nach dem Holocaust. Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht. ISSN 9783525317365. p. 427–453. doi: 10.13109/9783666317361.427.
  • Vervaet, Stijn (2020). Empathic Vision? War Photography, Ekphrasis, and Memory in Bosnian War Literature. In Armstrong, Charles Ivan & Langås, Unni (Ed.), Terrorizing Images. Trauma and Ekphrasis in Contemporary Literature. Walter de Gruyter (De Gruyter). ISSN 978-3-11-069403-1. p. 117–136. doi: 10.1515/9783110693959-008. Full text in Research Archive
  • Vervaet, Stijn (2019). Yugoslav Literature as Post-Imperial Constellation: Towards a Transnational and Multilingual Literary History of Yugoslav Literature. In Marčetić, Adrijana; Stojanović-Pantović, Bojana; Zorić, Vladimir & Dušanić, Dunja (Ed.), Jugoslovenska književnost: prošlost, sadašnjost i budućnost jednog spornog pojma/Yugoslav Literature: The Past, Present and Future of a Contested Notion. Čigoja. ISSN 9788653105037. p. 109–123.
  • Vervaet, Stijn (2019). “Let’s Work on our Serbian!”: Standard Language Ideology, Metaphors, and Discourses about Serbian National Identity in the Newspaper Politika in 2015 . In Saric, Ljiljana & Stanojevic, Mateusz-Milan (Ed.), Metaphor, Nation and Discourse. John Benjamins Publishing Company. ISSN 9789027202499. p. 101–126. doi: 10.1075/dapsac.82.05ver. Full text in Research Archive
  • Vervaet, Stijn (2018). Serbischer Okzidentalismus? Anti-westliche Rhetorik in Bosnien-Herzegowina während der österreichisch-ungarischen Besatzung. In Ruthner, Clemens & Scheer, Tamara (Ed.), Bosnien-Herzegowina und Österreich-Ungarn, 1878–1918. Annäherungen an eine Kolonie.. Narr Francke Attempto Verlag. ISSN 978-3-7720-8604-5. p. 407–423.
  • Vervaet, Stijn (2018). Sećanje na Holokaust u jugoslovenskoj književnosti: transnacionalne dimenzije traumatskih sećanja na Balkanu. In Lošonc, Mark & Krstić, Predrag (Ed.), Holokaust i filozofija. Institut za filozofiju i društvenu teoriju. ISSN 978-86-80484-18-1. p. 103–130.
  • Vervaet, Stijn (2017). Cosmopolitan Counter-Narratives of Dispossession: Migration, Memory, and Metanarration in the Work of Aleksandar Hemon. In Biti, Vladimir (Eds.), Claiming the Dispossession: The Politics of Hi/Storytelling in Post-imperial Europe. Brill Academic Publishers. ISSN 9789004353923. p. 224–246. doi: 10.1163/9789004353930_012.
  • Vervaet, Stijn (2016). A Janus-Faced Modernity? Narratives of Austro-Hungarian Rule (1878–1918) in Bosnian Literature. Wiener Slawistischer Almanach. ISSN 0258-6819. 78, p. 61–94.
  • Vervaet, Stijn (2016). On Comics, Flea Markets, Collecting, and Cultural Memory: Aleksandar Zograf’s Second-Hand World and Leonid Šejka’s Integral Painting. In Martinoska, Ana & Jokimovska-Toshic, Maja (Ed.), Popular Culture: Reading from Below. Institute of Macedonian Literatures. ISSN 978-608-4744-05-4. p. 280–304.
  • Vervaet, Stijn (2016). Ugrešić, Hemon, and the Paradoxes of Literary Cosmopolitanism: Or How to “World” (Post-) Yugoslav Literature in the Age of Globalization . In Marčetić, Adrijana; Bečanović-Nikolić, Zorica & Elez, Vesna (Ed.), Komparativna književnost: teorija, tumačenja, perspektive. Encompassing Comparative Literature: Theory, Interpretation, Perspectives.. Faculty of Philology, University of Belgrade. ISSN 9788661533099. p. 161–169.
  • 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 Ruthner, Clemens & Preljević, Vahidin (Ed.), "The Long Shots of Sarajevo" 1914: Ereignis - Narrativ - Gedächtnis. Narr Francke Attempto Verlag. ISSN 9783772085789. p. 551–566.
  • Vervaet, Stijn (2016). Intersecting Memories in Post-Yugoslav Fiction: The Yugoslav Wars of the 1990s through the Lens of the Holocaust. In Vervaet, Stijn & Beronja, Vlad (Ed.), Post-Yugoslav Constellations: Archive, Memory, and Trauma in Contemporary Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian Literature and Culture. Walter de Gruyter (De Gruyter). ISSN 978-3-11-043943-4. p. 99–126. doi: 10.1515/9783110431575-007.
  • Vervaet, Stijn & Beronja, Vladislav (2016). Introduction: After Yugoslavia – Memory on the Ruins of History. In Vervaet, Stijn & Beronja, Vlad (Ed.), Post-Yugoslav Constellations: Archive, Memory, and Trauma in Contemporary Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian Literature and Culture. Walter de Gruyter (De Gruyter). ISSN 978-3-11-043943-4. p. 1–20. doi: 10.1515/9783110431575-002.
  • 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 Ruthner, Clemens; Detrez, Raymond; Reynolds-Cordileone, Diana & Reber, Ursula (Ed.), WechselWirkungen: Austria-Hungary, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and the Western Balkans, 1878-1918. Peter Lang Publishing Group. ISSN 9780820497259. p. 71–89.
  • Vervaet, Stijn (2015). From Memoir to Fiction: Early Partisan Narratives Revisited. In Jakiša, Miranda & Gilić, NIkica (Ed.), Partisans in Yugoslavia: Literature, Film and Visual Culture. Transcript Verlag. ISSN 9783837625226. p. 303–330. doi: 10.14361/9783839425220-004.
  • Vervaet, Stijn (2015). Revolucionari ili teroriste, heroji ili žrtve? Mlada Bosna i Gavrilo Princip u pozorišnom komadu "Mali mi je ovaj grob" Biljane Srbljanović . In Ruthner, Clemens & Preljević, Vahidin (Ed.), Sarajevski dugi pucnji 1914. Događaj – narativ – pamćenje. . Vrijeme. ISSN 9789958180767. p. 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), p. 228–254. doi: 10.5699/slaveasteurorev2.92.2.0228.
  • Vervaet, Stijn (2013). Facing the Legacy of the 1990s: Saša Ilić’s Berlin Window. Slavic and East European Journal. ISSN 0037-6752. 57(1), p. 13–27. doi: 10.30851/57.1.001.
  • Vervaet, Stijn (2013). Pisati subjekat nakon Holokausta: Konstantinovićev Ahasver, ili traktat o pivskoj flaši. Sarajevske sveske. ISSN 1512-8539. p. 94–104.
  • Vervaet, Stijn (2013). Entangled Histories: Family Memories and the Representation of the Holocaust in the Work of David Albahari. In Dhooge, Ben & Langerak, Thomas (Ed.), Belgian Contributions to the XV International Congress of Slavists. Minsk 2013. Pegasus. ISSN 9789061433798. p. 191–208. doi: 10.4324/9781315586977-6.
  • Vervaet, Stijn (2013). Fashioning Legacies of Austria-Hungary: The Canonisation of Petar Kočić. In Vervaet, Stijn & De Dobbeleer, Michel (Ed.), (Mis)Understanding the Balkans: Essays in Honour of Raymond Detrez.. Academia Press. ISSN 9789038222677. p. 337–349.
  • De Bruyn, Dieter & Vervaet, Stijn (2013). Reporter in de ‘contact zone’: Johan de Boose in Polen en Kroatië. In De Bruyn, Dieter; Van Heuckelom, Kris & De Strycker, Carl (Ed.), Van Eeden tot heden. Literaire dwarsverbanden tussen Midden-Europa en de Lage Landen. Academia Press. ISSN 9789038220918. p. 281–299.
  • 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), p. 161–187.

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