Head of Centre: Dr. Marija Girevska, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University: Literary translator. She received her PhD from the University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Skopje, Macedonia (2015). In 2018 she completed her second MA in Theology (Old Testament in Joyce’s ‘Ulysses’) from the Faculty of Orthodox Theology in Skopje where she teaches Theology in English (Bible and Literature). She has published a study on English Surrealism in literature and painting, entitled Guardians of the Unconscious: English Surrealism (2015), and another book exploring Gothic fiction in Irish, British and American literature, The Will-o’-the-Wisp: Gothic and Fantastic Short Stories (2017). Her most recent publication is The Creator and the Writer: Old Testament in Joyce’s ‘Ulysses’ (Skopje: Kultura, 2019). She was awarded Golden Pen Award for her translation of James Joyce’s Ulysses in 2013. Her other notable literary translations include Lolita by V. Nabokov (in collaboration with J. Ilievska, 2004, 2006, 2012), and a selection of poetry by British Surrealists, R. Penrose, T. Bruinja, W. Burroughs, E.E. Cummings, M. Holub, B. Brecht, I. Bachmann, S. Heaney. Since 2014 she has been organizing the Bloomsday celebration in Skopje, and since 2003 she has been collaborating with Struga Poetry Evenings Festival. She is a member of the Macedonian Writers’ Association, International James Joyce Foundation, James Joyce Italian Foundation, and International Vladimir Nabokov Society. As a Joyce scholar she has read at James Joyce symposia and at the Trieste Joyce school. Her research interests also include Anglo-Irish Modernism, Dada and Surrealism, and Gothic fiction.
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Dr. Lidija Kapusevska-Drakulevska, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University: Professor of Comparative Poetics at Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje (Department of General and Comparative Literature, Blaže Koneski Faculty of Philology), where she teaches Literary criticism and European Romantic, Symbolist and Modernist poetry (including O. Wilde and W. B. Yeats), as well as the Avant-garde movements and Postmodernism (including Samuel Beckett). She has mainly published on Gothic literature and the fantastic, Dada and Surrealism, interpretation of poetic texts and comparative studies of literary phenomena (imagology, intercultural relations, memory and identity). She is a member of Macedonian P.E.N. Centre, Macedonian Writers’ Association, Macedonian Association of Comparatives, REELC/ENCLS, and AILC/ICLA. Her Mosaic of Voices won the Dimitar Mitrev Award for literary criticism in 2018.
Dr. Ana Stojanoska, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University: Writer and Theatrologist, Full time professor at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts for the courses Macedonian Drama and Theatre, History of World Drama and Theatre and Comparative literature. Received her M.A. in Theatrology from the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in 2003 with her M.A. thesis Macedonian Postmodern Theatre, and she received her Ph.D. dissertation Realistic Poetics and Aesthetics at Dimitar Kjoistarov`s Directing (2007).
Aleksandar Prokopiev (Macedonian: Александар Прокопиев) (24 February, 1953) is a Macedonian short story writer, essayist and former member of the eminent Yugoslav rock band Idoli. He graduated in 1977 at the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Philology, General and Comparative Literature Department, and completed his postgraduate studies in Belgrade and Sorbonne in 1982. He teaches Cultural Studies at the Institute of Macedonian Literature (Ss. Cyril and Methodius University) in Skopje. He has written for several Macedonian and foreign magazines and has been an editorial-board member of Orient Express Magazine (Oxford, UK), World Haiku (Kyoto, Japan) and a number of Macedonian magazines. He has also been working as a screenwriter for film, theatre, TV shows, radio dramas and comic books. His works have been translated into English, French, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Polish, Hungarian, Czech, Slovak and other South Slavic languages.
His novel The Peeper (2007) was shortlisted for the international literary award Balkanika.
Prokopiev is the Artistic Director of the Pro-Za Balkan International Festival of Literature, Skopje, Macedonia.
Ivana Trajanoska is Assistant Professor at University American College Skopje. She holds a PhD Degree in Anglophone studies from University Paul Valery in Montpellier, France. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in English Literature, Academic Writing, and Intercultural Communication. Her research is mainly focused on interdisciplinary studies, mainly early twentieth-century English literature and music. She is a Dorothy Richardson scholar and member of the International Association of Word and Music Studies (WMA). She is also a literary translator from English and French to Macedonian and a writer.
Dr. Sonja Stojmenska-Elzeser, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University
Dr. Tatjana Srceva-Pavlovska, FON University
Dr. Merisha Ismajloska, St. Paul the Apostle University of Science and Technology