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Mitja Velikonja

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Visiting Professor (Spring 2020)

Dr. Mitja Velikonja is a Professor for Cultural Studies and head of Center for Cultural and Religious Studies at University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Main areas of his research include Central-European and Balkan political ideologies, subcultures and graffiti culture, collective memory and post-socialist nostalgia. His last monographs in English language are Rock’n’Retro - New Yugoslavism in Contemporary Slovenian Music (Sophia; 2013), Titostalgia – A Study of Nostalgia for Josip Broz (Peace Institute; 2008;  ), Eurosis – A Critique of the New Eurocentrism (Peace Institute; 2005; ) and Religious Separation and Political Intolerance in Bosnia-Herzegovina (TAMU Press; 2003). He is co-author of the book in Serbian Celestial Yugoslavia: Interaction of Political Mythologies and Popular Culture (XX vek; 2012), co-editor and co-author of the book Post-Yugoslavia - New Cultural and Political Perspectives (Palgrave; 2014), and co-editor and co-author of the book Yugoslavia From A Historical Perspective (HCHR; 2017). For his achievements he received three national and one international award (Erasmus EuroMedia Award by European Society for Education and Communication, ESEC, Vienna, 2008). He was a full-time visiting professor at Jagiellonian University in Krakow (2002 and 2003), at Columbia University in New York (2009 and 2014), at University of Rijeka (2015), at New York Institute in St. Petersburg (2015 and 2016), Fulbright visiting researcher at Rosemont College in Philadelphia (2004/2005), research fellow at The Netherlands Institute of Advanced Studies in Wassenaar (2012), visiting researcher at the Remarque Institute of the New York University (2018) and in the forthcoming year visiting professor at Yale University. His book on political graffiti and street art in Central Europe and the Balkans is to be published in October 2019  .