Jasna Poljak Rehlicki
Jasna Poljak Rehlicki is Assistant Professor at the Department of English at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, J.J. Strossmayer University of Osijek, Croatia. She teaches undergraduate courses in twentieth-century American literature, American war literature, and academic writing. Her research interests focus mainly on contemporary American literature and war literature. She is the co-editor of the book Facing the Crises: Anglophone Literature in the Postmodern World (2014, with Ljubica Matek), a collection of student essays I, Too, Sing America: Students’ Essays on Twentieth Century American Literature, and the first issue of the student journal Kick. She has spent a year in the United States as a Fulbright visiting researcher at Portland State University in Oregon and participated in the 2012–2014 Erasmus LLP Intensive Program summer school Cultural Landscapes: Negotiation Cultural Encounters with the English-Speaking World.
Jadranka Zlomislić is Assistant Professor of English at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Osijek, Croatia. She grew up in the United States where she received her elementary and high school education. After returning to Croatia, she earned her BA in English and German Language and Literature at the University of Osijek, her MA in English literature from the University of Zagreb, and her PhD in English literature from the University of Osijek. She teaches British and American Culture and Civilization courses at the undergraduate level. Her research interests include American and British cultural studies, American academic fiction, cultural studies in language teaching, and the role of culture in translation. As a native speaker of English, she is also experienced in translating, language editing, and proofreading across a wide range of scientific fields. She has actively participated in local and international conferences and workshops and is a member of the Croatian Association for American Studies (HUAmS).
Research Group Members
Ljubica Matek is Associate Professor of English in the Sub-department of English Literature Studies at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Osijek, Croatia. She teaches courses in literature at undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate levels. She is the author of the university textbook English Literature in Context (FFOS, 2020) and a number of scholarly articles and has co-edited a few books. She was a Fulbright Fellow at Study of the U.S. Institute (SUSI) in Contemporary American Literature at the University of Louisville, Kentucky in 2008 and participated in the research project Transcultural/Transmedial: British / American, German, and Croatian Film Adaptations of Literature in the Period 1990–2015 (INGI- 2015). From 2009 to 2014 she served as a member of the Editorial Board of [sic] – a journal of literature, culture and literary translation. She has also served on the Scientific Board of Messengers from the Stars journal, University of Lisbon, Portugal (since 2015) and the Editorial Board of the English Students’ Association “Glotta” journal Kick (since 2019). Her research interests include fantastic and Gothic literature, adaptation studies (literature and film), and family in contemporary Anglophone literature. She is a member of the Croatian Philological Society, Croatian Association for the Study of English, European Society for the Study of English (ESSE), and Croatian Association for American Studies.
Biljana Oklopčić is a Professor (of American literature) at the Department of English of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Osijek, Croatia. She specializes in literature of the American South, American modernism, popular culture, popular fiction, and stereotypes in literature and culture. She is the author of Faulkner and the Native Keystone: Reading (Beyond) the American South (2014), Myth and Stereotype in William Faulkner’s Works (2021), and Memory and Identity in Modern and Postmodern American Literature (coauthored with Lovorka Gruic Grmusa, 2022). She was awarded Fulbright Grant (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2008/2009), Otto Bennemann Grant (Georg Eckert Institute in Braunschweig, 2012), John F. Kennedy Library Grant (John F. Kennedy Institute in Berlin, 2014), and Erasmus+ grants (Benjamin Franklin Institute in Alcala de Henares, 2018, 2019).
Jelena Pataki Šumiga
Jelena Pataki Šumiga holds a degree in English and Croatian language and literature as well as in translation. A PhD candidate in Literature and Cultural Identity Studies at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Osijek, she is writing a doctoral dissertation titled “The (Ab)Use of the Body in Contemporary Anglophone Dystopian Novel.” As a TA at the same institution, she teaches seminars in “Survey of English Literature I” and “Contemporary British Literature.” As a member of the Croatian Association for the Study of English, Croatian Association for American Studies, member of the Centre for Popular Culture, and co-editor of Fractals (popular and scientific blog), her field of study are Anglophone literature and culture, with an emphasis on dystopia, fantasy, YA literature, and adaptation studies. She is also a member of the Croatian Literary Translators Association and has translated more than fifty novels from English to Croatian.
Luka Pejić is Senior Teaching Assistant at the Department of History, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Osijek, Croatia. He received his BA and MA degrees in History and English Language and Literature from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Osijek and his PhD in Modern History from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb (2019). He has authored a number of scholarly articles and the book Historija klasičnog anarhizma u Hrvatskoj – fragmenti subverzije [History of Classical Anarchism in Croatia: Fragments of Subversion] (2016) and is the co-editor of Michel Foucault: moć ideja [Michel Foucault: Power of Ideas] (2014), Reformacija u Europi i njezini odjeci: povodom 500. obljetnice Lutherovih teza [Reformation in Europe and Its Echoes: The 500th Anniversary of Luther’s Theses] (2019), and Mikrohistorija: Pola stoljeća inovacija [Microhistory: Half a Century of Innovations] (2021). His research focuses on the history of marginal social groups, crime, and the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century European working-class movement. He received his professional training at the Karl Franzens University in Graz (2011) and the International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam (2021) within the Erasmus exchange program.
Sanja Runtić is Professor of English Literature and head of the English Literature Subdepartment at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Osijek, Croatia. She is the current president of the Croatian Association for American Studies (HUAmS). Her teaching and research interests are in the areas of American and Canadian studies, Native American literature (the topic of her PhD dissertation and major publications), Indigenous studies, postcolonial literature and theory, postmodernism, and women’s studies. Her books include Suvremena književnost američkih starosjedilaca [Contemporary Native American Literature] (2013, co-authored with Marija Knežević) and Vrijeme buđenja: (De)konstrukcija ženskog subjektiviteta u američkoj fikcionalnoj prozi na prijelazu iz 19. u 20. stoljeće [The Awakening: The (De)Construction of the Female Self in Turn-of-the-Twentieth-Century American Fiction] (2019). She has been awarded several grants, including the John F. Kennedy Institute research grant (Berlin, 2002), Fulbright fellowship (University of Arizona, 2003–2004 academic year), and Erasmus+ fellowships (University of Central Oklahoma, 2017 and Roosevelt Institute for American Studies, 2023).