Contributors' Details


Nataša Milas (editor): Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Yale University.  She is currently writing her dissertation entitled “In Search of Po-Ethics: Danilo Kiš and Russian Literature.” Her research interests include Russian 19th-century novel, cross-cultural Slavic relations, Yugoslav Literature, and Post-Yugoslav and Post-Soviet Cinematic Traditions. As a teaching fellow at Yale University Nataša has taught classes in Russian language, Dostoevsky and, most recently, Tolstoy.  Presently, Nataša is completing translation of Muharem Bazdulj’s novel Transit, Comet, Eclipse, and is preparing an article on “Dostoevsky and the Theatrical Connection: Stavrogin’s Masks, Performances, and Spectatorship.”


Cynthia Simmons (editor): Professor of Slavic Studies at Boston College. She specializes in cultural studies, literary theory, and the literatures of Russia and the former Yugoslavia. Her publications include Women Engaged/Engaged Art in Postwar Bosnia: Reconciliation, Recovery, and Civil Society, Writing the Siege of Leningrad: Women’s Diaries, Memoirs, and Documentary Prose (with Nina Perlina), and Their Fathers’ Voice: Vassily Aksyonov, Venedikt Erofeev, Eduard Limonov, and Sasha Sokolov.


Trevor Laurence Jockims (editor): Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Literature at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His dissertation is focused on the relationship between twentieth-century poetry and the visual arts. Other areas of interest include Shakespeare, the history and theory of lyric poetry, and the relationship between poetry and philosophy. His work on film has centered on Bosnian cinema, French metafilms, as well as the relationship between Imagist poetry and filmic montage.  He currently teaches in the English department at Hunter College.


Elizabeth Alsop: Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Literature with a Certificate in Film Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center, where she is writing her dissertation, Making Conversation: The Poetics of Voice in Modernist Fiction. She currently works as an Instructional Technology Fellow at New York City College of Technology, and has previously taught film and world literature at Hunter College and Queens College.


Maša Hilčišin: Ph.D. candidate at Masaryk University in the department of Film Studies and Audio-Visual Culture. Her interests include Yugoslav and Post-Yugoslav documentary film, women documentary filmmakers, feminist theory, human rights and social activism. Hilčišin has co-directed two documentary films dealing with violation of human rights in Bosnia: Not If You Can But You Must (2006) and Queer Sarajevo Festival 2008 (2009). Currently, she is writing about genre film in Yugoslavia, and preparing a documentary film on race-based discrimination.


Maria Hristova: Graduate student at Yale University in Slavic Studies. Hristova completed her undergraduate degree in French and Russian Studies at Vassar College. Currently, she is a Teaching Fellow at Yale University. For the past three years, Maria has been presenting at multiple conferences on Russian émigré literature, turn-of-the-twentieth-century Russian literature, and Bosnian cinema. In addition, her interests include contemporary Russian literature, and Balkan languages and socio-linguistics. Her dissertation is focused on contemporary Russian non-fiction, its origins in the avant-garde literature of fact and its relation to new media genres.


Nebojša Jovanović: doctoral student at Central European University in Budapest (Department of Gender Studies), where he is writing a thesis on gender in cinema of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Yugoslav socialism. He holds degree in psychology from the University of Sarajevo and an M.A. in Gender Theory from Central European University. He works as an adjunct lecturer in psychoanalysis and film theory at the University of Sarajevo’s Centre for Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Studies.


Zdenko Mandušić: Ph.D. candidate at the University of Chicago pursing a joint-degree in Slavic and Cinema and Media Studies. Along with teaching Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian and Russian language, his research interests include Southeast European and Russian cinema, Yugoslav and Russian literature, and film theory. His Master thesis, entitled “Kusturica’s Village and the National Community after Yugoslavia” discusses the visual style of the filmmaker’s ethno-village and its correlation to the films of Emir Kusturica.


Ajla Terzić: cultural critic, contributing author to Serbian web-portal Peščanik and the author of two novels: Lottery (2009) and It Could Have Been a Simple Story (2011). Her interests include contemporary cinematography as well as representations of Balkans in literature and film. Terzić received an MA in Comparative Literature from the University of Sarajevo. Her research focuses on fiction dystopias.