Igor Štiks, PhD

Dr. Igor Štiks is a professor at the Faculty of Media and Communications in Belgrade and a senior research fellow at the Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana. He previously worked and taught at universities in Edinburgh, Ljubljana, Sarajevo, and Graz.  

His novels,  A Castle in Romagna and The Judgment of Richard Richter  (originally published as Elijah’s Chair) won numerous awards and have been translated into 15 languages. His most recent novel W (Fraktura, 2019)  is dedicated to a century of revolutionary struggles in Europe. He was honored with the French distinction Chevalier des arts et des lettres for his literary and intellectual achievements. 

Courses Taught

Citizenship in Southeast Europe: Divided Societies and Unequal Cities

Select Publications

Štiks, I. and K. Stojaković. 2021. The New Balkan Left: Struggles, Successes, Failures. Belgrade: Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung Southeast Europe. 

Štiks, I. 2020. ‘Activist Aesthetics in the Post-Socialist Balkans: Resistance, Rebellion, Emancipation’, Third Text – Critical Perspectives on Contemporary Art and Culture, Vol. 34, No. 4-5, 461-479, https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09528822.2020.1834735?journalCode=ctte20 

Štiks, I. 2019. ‘Back on Tito Street: bodies and citizens’, Studies in Theatre and Performance 39(3): 256-267, available at  https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14682761.2019.1654310 

Štiks, I. 2015. Nations and Citizens in Yugoslavia and the Post-Yugoslav States: One Hundred Years of Citizenship, London: Bloomsbury Academic. http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/nations-and-citizens-in-yugoslavia-and-the-post-yugoslav-states-9781474221535/ 

Štiks, I. and S. Horvat. 2015. Welcome to the Desert of Post-socialism: Radical Politics after Yugoslavia. London: Verso. http://www.versobooks.com/books/1781-welcome-to-the-desert-of-post-socialism 

Štiks, I. and J. Shaw. 2013 (paperback 2015). Citizenship after Yugoslavia. Abingdon: Routledge. http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415523288/ 

Štiks I. and J. Shaw. 2013. Citizenship Rights. Farnham and London: Ashgate, (514 pages). http://www.ashgate.com/default.aspx?page=637&calcTitle=1&forthcoming=1&title_id=10790&edition_id=11120 

Select Presentations

‘Activist Aesthetics: Resistance and Rebellion in the Post-Socialist Balkans’, Cultures of the Left: Manifestations and Performances, School of Theatre, Performance and Cultural Policy Studies, University of Warwick , 5-6 June 2017  

‘From Official to Militant: Activist Redefinitions of Socialist Art’, Association for Art History Annual Conference, Association for Art History, Loughbourough University, 6-8 April 2017 

‘Re-appropriating the past, pre-figuring the future: Artistic Activism in the Post-Socialist Balkans’, Reimagining Civil Society in a Period of ‘Uncivil Societies’, American University of Central Asia, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, 30 March 2017 

‘Mapping the desert of post-socialism: sites of resistance’, Royal Geographical Society – IBG Annual International Conference, Royal Geographical Society, London, 30 August – 2 September 2016 

Research Interests

Citizenship studies
Social movements
Cultural studies
Political art
Southeast Europe


  • PhD, Intercultural and International Studies, Northwestern University and Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris
  • MA, Philosophy, University of Paris 8
  • BA, Philosophy and Comparative Literature, University of Zagreb
Igor Štiks, PhD