Board & Officers / Odbori

Managing board / Upravni odbor:

Stipe Grgas, President
Sanja Runtić, Vice President
Jelena Šesnić, Secretary
Marko Lukić
Sven Cvek

Supervisory board / Nadzorni odbor:

Lovorka Gruić-Grmuša
Nikica Gilić
Gordan Matas

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Stipe Grgas (1951) is Full Professor and acting chair of the American Studies program at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb. Before 2005 he taught at the Faculty of Philosophy in Zadar but was also a guest lecturer at various departments of other Croatian universities (Split, Rijeka). He has published three books, edited a collection of papers and written some hundred articles on American, Irish and British literature and culture as well as on topics having to do with the interdisciplinary field of human spatiality. He was guest lecturer at a number of European universities (Odense, Aarhus, Leipzig, Genoa) and has presented his work at numerous international conferences. He spent the academic year 1994-1995 as a Fulbright scholar at Yale University and was again awarded a Fulbright scholarship for the 2011 summer semester which he spent at Cornell University.




Sanja Runtić is Assistant Professor of English, Chair of English Literature and Director of the Undergraduate Program in English Language and Literature at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Osijek. She teaches surveys of early and nineteenth century American Literature and specialized courses in American Realism/ Naturalism, Contemporary American Women Writers, Native American Literature and Multicultural Literature in English. Her recent scholarly work focuses on the field of American Indian Studies with special emphasis on American Indian Literature, Art and Independent Cinema. Her research interests also include Postcolonial Literature and Theory, Theories of Globalization, Postmodernism, Women’s Studies, and American Realism and Naturalism.

Jelena Šesnić is an assistant professor in the Department of English, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb, Croatia. She teaches courses in American literature and culture, with special emphasis on nineteenth-century and US ethnic literatures. She has been awarded several grants (Fulbright, European Association for American Studies, JF Kennedy Institute library grant), and has contributed to Croatian and English-language literary journals. In 2008 she participated in Dartmouth Institute “Futures of American Studies.” Her research interests focus on recent methodologies in American studies, feminist and gender theory, and psychoanalytic and postcolonial approaches. She is a co-founder of the Croatian Association for American Studies, and is on editorial board of two journals of literary criticism and theory.

Marko Lukić, PhD is a teaching assistant in the Department of English at the University of Zadar, Croatia. He is the acting Chair of the American Studies program and teaches various courses in American literature and culture. His research interests include violence and trauma in contemporary American fiction, human spatiality and space in literature, and the contemporary horror genre. He is the Editor in Chief of [sic] – A Journal of Literature, Culture and Literary Translation, director/organizer of the international conference Re-Thinking Humanities and Social Sciences, and the co-founder of the Centre for Research in Social Sciences and Humanities.

Sven Cvek works as assistant professor in the American Studies program of the English Department at the University of Zagreb. His primary field of study is contemporary US literature and popular culture. He has published one book, Towering Figures: Reading the 9/11 Archive (Rodopi, 2011), and several articles in reviewed journals or collections.

Lovorka Gruić-Grmuša is an assistant professor at the English Department, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Rijeka, Croatia. She teaches courses in American literature and culture, with special emphasis on contemporary literature. She has been awarded several grants (Fulbright: UCLA; Program in Literature Grant: DUKE; Grad Rijeka library grant: Institut für Amerikanistik, Graz), co-edited a collection of papers: Space and Time in Language and Literature, and has contributed to Croatian and English language literary journals. Her research interests focus on interdisciplinary approach to temporality and space-time (literature, science and technology), postmodernism, and media studies.

Nikica Gilić (1973), graduated in Comparative literature and English language and literature in Zagreb, and presently works as Assistant Professor, Chair, Film Studies at the Department of Comparative literature, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (University of Zagreb). He is a member of the Council of Animafest, world festival of animated film (Zagreb) and artistic advisor for documentary film in Croatian Audio-Visual Centre (HAVC). He often teaches courses on American cinema on postgraduate and graduate level. He was the supervisor for Rajko Petković’s doctoral thesis on the American independent cinema of the 1980s, and currently he is supervising a doctoral thesis on the cinema of Clint Eastwood. He is the editor-in-chief of Hrvatski filmski ljetopis (Croatian Cinema Chronicles), a Croatian journal for cinema studies. He won the award of the Faculty of humanities and social sciences for his two books published in 2007, as well as the film critics’ award „Vladimir Vuković“ for his book on Croatian cinema first published in 2010. He is a huge jazz fan and occasionally writes short essays on the subject.

Gordan Matas is an assistant professor in the Department of English, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Split, Croatia. He teaches courses in American literature and culture, with special emphasis on African American as well as US and Canadian ethnic literatures. He has received several grants for research in the United States (Fulbright award), Canada, Norway and Sweden. His research interests include American and Canadian ethnic literature, multiculturalism, hybridity, postcolonial and gender studies. He has edited two books and published articles in reviewed journals.

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