Research topic: Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian
Research into language, literature and social conditions in the regions that were formerly Yugoslavia.
Today the Slavic language spoken in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia and Kosovo is known by the national names of Bosnian, Montenegrin, Croatian and Serbian. The language was previously known as Serbo-Croatian.
There are few grammatical differences between the languages, but two alphabets are used and the written languages have some differences in vocabulary.
In addition to knowledge of language and literature, research and teaching in this field gives increased understanding of the challenges facing this region. The new republics in the former Yugoslavia have devoted much time and energy to demonstrating differences in their languages and cultures following the dissolution of Yugoslavia and the civil war.
The region has a high profile in the news media, both because of its history of conflict and because of the countries' prospects for EU membership.
Current topics within the field are interpretations of historical events, meetings between cultures and national identity in the Balkans.