Dr Vedrana Velickovic leads the Academic Programme in Literature and Media at the University of Brighton.
Her principal interests are in contemporary literature, specifically Black British and post-communist literature.
Dr Velickovic's research interests are in twentieth and twenty-first century literature, particularly Black British and post-communist writing. She is a member of the Black British Women's Writing Network and has co-organized its inaugural conference in July 2014 at the University of Brighton. Dr Velickovic is currently completing a monograph titled Eastern Europeans in Contemporary Literature and Culture: Imagining New Europe (forthcoming, Palgrave Macmillan).
She joined the University of Brighton in 2012, having worked previously as a graduate teaching assistant (2006-2009) and a visiting lecturer (2009-2012) at Kingston University, where she completed her doctorate in 2010. Her doctoral research was fully funded by Kingston University’s English Literature Graduate Teaching Assistantship and an ORSAS grant.
Dr Velickovic's current research interests include: contemporary Black British writing (in particular the work of Bernardine Evaristo, Zadie Smith, Jackie Kay, Fred D’Aguiar, Andrea Levy, Kwame Kwei-Armah); representations of 'New' European migration and post-communist transitions; postcolonialism and postcommunism.
She welcomes enquiries from potential PhD students who are interested in the following areas:
Dr Velickovic teaches (at postgraduate level) Narratives of (Un)Belonging: Writing Black British Culture, C21st Literature, (at undergraduate level) Literature and Theory, Writing the Contemporary, European Literatures and Film, Drama in Society, Queer Writing and has designed and contributed to various other modules including Romanticisms, New English Writings and Voices, Postcolonial Literature and Narrative and Narratives.
Dr Velickovic is also Course Leader for the BA (Hons) English Language and English Literature.
Velickovic, Vedrana (2015) 'Justabit fascist': Dubravka Ugrešić, cosmopolitanism and the post-Yugoslav condition In: Platt, Len and Upstone, Sara, eds. Postmodern literature and race. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 145-159. ISBN 9781107042483
Velickovic, Vedrana (2014) ‘Europe in Sepia: An Interview with Dubravka Ugresic’, Special Issue: Writing from the Balkans Wasafiri, 29 (2). pp. 13-17. ISSN 0269-0055
Habib, M.A.R., Birchwood, Matthew, Velickovic, Vedrana, Dines, Martin and Fiske, Shanyn (2013) Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory, J.A. Cuddon, 5th Edition [Edited Collections]
Velickovic, Vedrana (2012) Belated alliances? Tracing the intersections between postcolonialism and postcommunism Journal of Postcolonial Writing, 48 (2). pp. 164-175. ISSN 1744-9855
Velickovic, Vedrana (2011) Melancholic travellers and the idea of (un)belonging in Bernardine Evaristo’s Lara and Soul Tourists Journal of Postcolonial Writing, 48 (1). pp. 65-78. ISSN 1744-9855
Velickovic, Vedrana (2010) Balkanisms Old and New: The Discourse of Balkanism and Self-Othering in Vesna Goldsworthy’s Chernobyl Strawberries and Inventing Ruritania In: Korte, Barbara, Pirker, Eva Ulrike and Helff, Sissy, eds. Facing the East in the West: images of Eastern Europe in British literature, film and culture. Rodopi, Amsterdam, pp. 185-203. ISBN 9042030496
Velickovic, Vedrana (2010) Against Balkanism: women’s academic life writing and personal and collective history in Vesna Goldsworthy’s Chernobyl Strawberries Women: A Cultural Review, 21 (2). pp. 172-188. ISSN 0957-4042
Velickovic, Vedrana (2009) Open Wounds, the Phenomenology of Exile and the Management of Pain: Dubravka Ugresic’s The Ministry of Pain In: Gutthy, Agnieszka, ed. Literature in Exile of East and Central Europe. Middlebury studies in Russian language and literature . Peter Lang, New York, pp. 139-154. ISBN 1433104903