Research interests

Iva Kosmos works in cultural studies. The core of her interest lays at the intersection of cultural production, art and society; she studies the relationship between the cultural and literary field and social system(s), such as politics, ideology, memory, history. She is interested in post-Yugoslav literature, art and everyday culture – whether they appear in “original” context or are appropriated for international market.  She graduated with a thesis on contemporary post-Yugoslav writers on international literary market. Recently, her work is focused on cultural memory and remembering Yugoslavia in post-Yugoslav literature and theatre.

Iva Kosmos has also worked as a journalist, literary critic and columnist.

Selected publications

2019. "Staging the lived experience and socialist everyday life in post-Yugoslav theater." East European politics and societies.

2017. „David Albahari – apolitični autor o političkim pitanjima i kolektivnoj odgovornosti”. Tranzicija i kulturno pamćenje. Zbornik radova sa simpozija Tranzicija i kulturno pamćenje. D. Marinković (ed.). Zagreb: Filozofski fakultet Sveučilišta u Zagrebu

2013. “Tamni turizam i traganje za pravom Bosnom”, Književna smotra, 169-170 (XLV), 88-90. [COBISS.SI-ID 39759149]

2013. “Tigrova žena: stvaranje uspješnice i njeno čitanje u zapadnom i postjugoslavenskom kontekstu”, 15 dana, (5-6), 42-50.  [COBISS.SI-ID 39688493]

2013. “Dragulji i bičevi u zagrljaju patriarhata: o fenomenu 50 nijansi sive”, Treća: časopis centra za ženske studije, 1-2(XV), 31-42. [COBISS.SI-ID 39759149]

2011. “"Go West!" ali Vračanje pogleda nazaj”, Literatura, 23 (245), 100-127. [COBISS.SI-ID 270482944]

Selected projects

Cultural memory in post-Yugoslav theatre (postdoctoral research project • 1 May 201730 April 2019)

Curriculum Vitae


2009 – 2015 Doctoral Study of Literature, Performing Arts, Film and Culture, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb

Dissertation title: Mapping of Exile in Works of post-Yugoslav Authors

2002 – 2009 University Graduate Program in Cultural Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana

Thesis title: Occidentalism and Imagery of the West in Literature from the Former Yugoslavia


Honors and awards

2016/2017, spring semester – Go Styria Grant for Postdocs, awarded by University of Graz. Visiting Fellow at the Center for Southeast Europe, University of Graz

2016/2017, winter semester – Ernst Mach Grant, awarded by Austrian Agency for International cooperation in Education and Research (OeAD). Visiting Fellow at the Center for Southeast Europe, University of Graz

2014 – Fulbright scholarship for pre-doctoral research at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, USA

2009 and 2011 – Scholarship for postgraduate doctoral studies in humanities, Ministry of Culture, Slovenia

2009 – Prešeren Student Award for academic excellence in thesis, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana



Croatian, Slovenian, English, German


Non-academic experience

2009-2012 print journalist, Slovenian daily Dnevnik

2005-2009 radio journalist, Radio Študent

2011-2015 monthly columns on Slovenian writers in Slovenian daily Dnevnik

2014-2015 monthly columns on cultural experiences in USA in Slovenian daily Dnevnik

Essays and literary criticism for literary journal Literatura, web portal, web edition of Massachusetts Review, 3rd Program of Croatian National Radio, etc.

Moderator of literary events and debates at international literary festival Vilenica, Slovenian Book Fair, LUD Literatura, etc.


Research interests:

Post-Yugoslav fiction on international literary market, cultural memory in post-Yugoslav literature and theatre, social representations in literature, literature and art in relation to social system(s).