Contributors' Details


Maria Hristova (editor): Ph.D. candidate in the Slavic Studies Department at Yale University. She completed her undergraduate degree in French and Russian Studies at Vassar College. Currently, she is finishing her dissertation, “Postmodern Pilgrimage: In Search of Spirituality and National Identity in Contemporary Russian Travel Literature and Film.” She is the author of “Imagining My Country: Religion and Nature in Contemporary Russian Domestic Travel Writing” (State, Religion, and Church, forthcoming 2015) and “Reading the Russian Subtext in the Works in French of Elsa Triolet and Irene Nemirovsky” (Symposion: A Journal of Russian Thought 15), as well as the co-author of “Language and Conflict: Minority Rights in Contemporary Serbia, Croatia, and Macedonia” (Balkanistica 28). Her interests include contemporary Russian and Balkan culture, travel literature and film, nonfiction, new media, and Eurasian cultural and socio-economic ties.


Gordana P. Crnković: Professor of Slavic and Comparative Literature, a member of Cinema Studies Program, and an Affiliate Faculty of Ellison Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies at the University of Washington, Seattle.  Crnković is the author of Imagined Dialogues: East European Literature in Conversation with American and English Literature (2000), of Post-Yugoslav Literature and Film:  Fires, Foundations, Flourishes (2012), and of over thirty book chapters and articles. She also co-edited, with Sabrina P. Ramet, Kazaaam! Splat! Ploof! American Influence on European Popular Culture, 1945 to Present (2003), and, with Aida Vidan, In Contrast: Croatian Film Today (2012), a special issue of KinoKultura on Croatian film that was also published as a book. Crnković wrote and read texts of various genres for an experimental video and an unorthodox lecture on the city of Zagreb, Zagreb Everywhere, a collaboration with a video artist Victor Ingrassia and a musician David Hahn. Zagreb Everywhere premiered at the University of Washington in 2001 and has had multiple public projections in the US and abroad.


Dijana Jelača: Researcher in Critical Cultural Studies and Cinema Studies. She holds a PhD in Communication from the University of Massachusetts. Areas of specialty include critical ethnic studies, trauma and memory studies, transnational feminist theories, and studies of post-Socialism and affect. Her forthcoming book focuses on trauma narratives as cultural memory in post-Yugoslav cinema. She currently teaches in the Department of Rhetoric, Communication and Theatre at St. John’s University.


Meta Mazaj: Senior Lecturer in Cinema Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Her writings on critical theory, new European cinema, Balkan cinema, and contemporary world cinema, have appeared in edited volumes and journals such as Cineaste, Studies in Eastern European Cinema, and Situations. She is the author of National and Cynicism in the Post 1990s Balkan Cinema (2008) and Critical Visions in Film Theory: Classic and Contemporary Readings (with Timothy Corrigan and Patricia White, 2010). Her book on contemporary world cinema, World Cinema: A Critical Introduction (with Shekhar Deshpande) is forthcoming.


Hristo Petreski: Associate Professor at the University of Audiovisual Arts, European Film Academy, ESRA Paris–Skopje–New York and director of the University’s Stage Arts Institute. Petreski was born in Krushevo, the Republic of Macedonia. He received his Ph.D. in didactic and methodical studies and an M.A. from the Institute for Macedonian Literature at the University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Skopje. Petreski is also a journalist and writer. He has been a reporter and editor at Student Word, Young Fighter, Radio Skopje, and New Macedonia. In 1982 he founded, and is currently the director of, the Skopje publishing house “Phoenix” and the Foundation for Scientific and Cultural Promotion and Presentation “Macedonia Present.” He has been a member of the Macedonian Writers’ Association since 1985 and is also an honorary member of the Serbian Writers' Union. In addition, Petreski is one of the founders of the magazine Pivotal and the international “Linden Celebrations” poetry event, sponsored by the Writers’ Association. He is currently the editor-in-chief of the journals Trend and Literary Academy.


Biljana Belamarić-Wilsey: founder and executive director of the Macedonian Language E-Learning Center, a non-profit organization that provides free pedagogically-based technologically-relevant and culturally-grounded online resources for learning Macedonian. She is a native of Skopje, Macedonia, and holds a Ph.D. in Instructional Technology from North Carolina State University, as well as Master’s degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Slavic linguistics) and the University of Memphis (English as a Second Language). Her research interests include online teaching and learning of less commonly taught languages, adult computer-assisted language learning, instructional multimedia design, and Balkan sociolinguistics.