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Ivana Perica

Dr. Ivana Perica

Literary World Politics: Indexes of Historicization 1928 – 1968 – 2018

Abstract of the Research Project

The project’s joint theoretical enterprise assesses three historical nodal points – 1928, 1968, and 2018 – in which world politics and world literature exchanged their properties. With the focus on these nodal points, the project selects historical scenes of literary globalization and relates them to the prevalent political, cultural, and economic paradigms. Whereas the first two nodal points – the literature from the aftermath of the October revolution and the literature written in the context of the 1968 social movements – will be studied as world literature negotiating the idea of global change, the last nodal point, our present, i.e., our immediate past, will be primarily assessed with a view to its theoretical properties, that is, as a historical-theoretical milestone in which the former nodal points reverberate and are reissued anew.
The theoretical framework correlates the historically diverging designs of the political idea of global change with the contemporary discussions on world literature, itself encompassing (and meandering between) two dimensions: the capacity of literary texts to generate worlds as well as their status as consumable goods in the world marketplace of ideas. Drawing attention to selected facets of the hitherto occluded cross-disciplinary coalescence of political theory and aesthetics on the one side and world literature studies on the other, the project correlates the two fields of study that are concurrently engaged in the nexus of ‘the literary’ and ‘the political,’ however, without significant intersections and mutual exchange.

Short CV

Since March 2019 Postdoc at the Research Training Group

2019 Lecturer at the University of Applied Arts Vienna

2017–2018 Lecturer at the Department of Political Science, University of Vienna

2016-2017 JESH Scholarship of the Austrian Academy of Sciences

Since 2015 Editorial assistant, the journal “arcadia” (De Gruyter)

2013 Dissertation, thesis Die privat-öffentliche Achse des Politischen: Das Unvernehmen zwischen Hannah Arendt und Jacques Rancière (The private-public axis of the political: the disagreement between Hannah Arendt and Jacques Rancière)

2009–2013 Predoc-Assistant at the Institute for Slavic Studies, University of Vienna

2008-2009 Predoc-Assistant at the Department for German Studies, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb

2002-2007 German and Croatian studies, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb, with study visits in Leipzig (2004, DAAD), Konstanz (2005, Altana), Graz (2005, ÖAD), and Berlin (2007, DAAD)
Diploma thesis: “Von Fremdreferenz zur Selbstreferenz. Niklas Luhmann über die Ausdifferenzierung des Kunstsystems”

Selected publications


Die privat-öffentliche Achse des Politischen: Das Unvernehmen zwischen Hannah Arendt und Jacques Rancière. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann (Epistemata Philosophie), 2016.


“Anarchismus als Fluchtpunkt der Kulturrevolution.” Kulturrebellen. Theorie und Praxis des Anarchismus in Politik, Kunst und Lebensformen. Eds. Christine Magerski and David Roberts. Wiesbaden: Springer VS, 2019 (forthcoming).

“Politische Literatur und Politik der Literatur, Revolution und Evolution: Schnittstellen von politischer Theorie und Literaturwissenschaft.” Politische Literatur: Debatten, Begriffe, Aktualität. Eds. Christine Lubkoll, Manuel Illi and Anna Hampel. Stuttgart: Metzler-Verlag, 2019. 93–107.

“ʻSocial Literature Swindlersʼ: The r/evolutionary controversy in interwar Yugoslav literature.” Neohelicon 45 (2018): 249–280, https://doi.org/10.1007/s11059-017-0418-5.

“Hybridity: Discussing Rancière with Austro-Marxism.“ Maska 32.185-186 (2017): 122-133 (Special issue Aesthetic Revolution. Ed. Amelia Kraigher).

“Das Politische der Literatur. Im Spannungsfeld von Privatheit und Öffentlichkeit.” Weimarer Beiträge 62.1/2016: 113–130.