Stijn Vervaet is a postdoctoral research fellow of the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO-Vlaanderen) affiliated with the Department of Literary Studies. Earlier, he studied Slavonic languages and cultures at the Universities of Ghent (M.A., PhD), Moscow, and Belgrade and worked as a postdoctoral researcher (FWO) in the Department of Slavonic and East European Studies at Ghent University. In 2013-2014 he teaches modern Croatian and Serbian literature at the University of Amsterdam.
He is the author of Centar i periferija u Austrougarskoj. Dinamika izgradnje nacionalnih identiteta u Bosni i Hercegovini od 1878. do 1918. godine na primeru književnih tekstova ("Centres and Peripheries in the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy: The Dynamics of the Construction of National Identities in Bosnia and Herzegovina 1878-1918 Based on Literary Texts") (Zagreb & Sarajevo: Synopsis, 2013). Apart from publications related to the cultural and literary history of Habsburg Bosnia, he has published book chapters and journal articles on the representation of the past in post-Yugoslav prose, more specifically, on the ways in which Serbian, Bosnian, and Croatian fiction from the 1990s onwards reflects upon the content, mechanisms, and problems of collective and individual memory.
His current research project focuses on the representation of the Holocaust in the work of Yugoslav authors of different generations and investigates how the memory of the Holocaust is constructed, transmitted, and evoked in relation to the representation of other instances of extreme state violence, such as during the Yugoslav wars of the 1990s. Exploring how Serbian, Bosnian, and Croatian fiction constructs and transmits memories of the Holocaust and examining how these memories intersect with other histories of suffering in the region, he hopes to contribute to the debate about the workings of trauma and memory, and about the aesthetic and ethical aspects of the intergenerational transmission of traumatic memory.
- Vervaet, Stijn. “Staging the Holocaust in ‘the Land of Brotherhood and Unity’: Holocaust Drama in Yugoslavia in the 1950s and 1960s”, Slavonic and East European Review. [forthcoming in 2014]
- Vervaet Stijn. “Entangled Histories: Family Memories and the Representation of the Holocaust in the Work of David Albahari” In: Ben Dhooge & Thomas Langerak (eds): Belgian Contributions to the XV International Congress of Slavists. Minsk 2013. Amsterdam: Pegasus Oost-Europese Studies, 2013, pp. 191-208.
- Vervaet, Stijn. “Facing the Legacy of the 1990s: Saša Ilić’s Berlin Window”, Slavic and East European Journal, Issue 57.1 (January 2013), pp. 13-27.
- Vervaet, Stijn. Centar i periferija u Austrougarskoj. Dinamika izgradnje nacionalnih identiteta u Bosni i Hercegovini od 1878. do 1918. godine na primeru književnih tekstova (“Centres and Peripheries in the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy: The Dynamics of the Construction of National Identities in Bosnia and Herzegovina 1878-1918 Based on Literary Texts”). Sarajevo and Zagreb: Synopsis, 2013.
- Vervaet, Stijn. “Whose Museum? Whose History? Whose Memories? Remembering in the Work of Dubravka Ugrešić”, Comparative Critical Studies 8.2-3 (October 2011), 295-306.
- Vervaet, Stijn. “A Different Kind of War Story: Aleksandar Zograf's Regards from Serbia and Tomaž Lavrič's Bosnian Fables”, Slavic and East European Journal 55.2 (Summer 2011), 166-187.
- Vervaet, Stijn. “Writing War, Writing Memory: The Representation of the Recent Past and the Construction of Cultural Memory in Contemporary Bosnian Prose”, Neohelicon 38.1 (June 2011), 1-17.
- Vervaet, Stijn. “‘Naš car ima za svašta zakon’: Kolonijalna modernost i nacionalni identitet u bosanskohercegovačkoj književnosti austrougarskog razdoblja.” Slavistična revija 57.3 (2009): 467-81.
- Vervaet, Stijn. “‘Na granicama civilizovane Evrope’: Austrougarska tekstualna kolonizacija Bosne i Hercegovine (1878-1918).” Sveske Zadužbine Ive Andrića 24 (2007): 90-126.
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