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Dr Vesna Drapac
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Vesna Drapac was born in Adelaide and holds degrees from the Universities of Adelaide (BA and BA Hons) and Oxford (D.Phil). On her return from Oxford, where she studied at New College as a Rhodes Scholar, she was Tutor in History at the Flinders University of South Australia. She has been teaching at the University of Adelaide since 1992.
Vesna was awarded the Executive Dean’s Prize for Excellence in Teaching in 2006. Her undergraduate teaching is largely in the area of modern European history and she convenes the following upper level courses:
Vesna teaches an Honours course on resistance and collaboration in Hitler's Europe and she supervises students at honours and postgraduate levels writing theses on a wide range of topics. PhD completions under her supervision include:
Vesna’s research interests are primarily in the area of modern European history, with particular focus on the social and cultural impact of war in the twentieth century; the historiography of resistance and collaboration in Hitler’s Europe; representations of women at war; film and history; and Catholic devotional life and practice. Several of these interests converge in her recent book, Constructing Yugoslavia: A Transnational History, which was published in 2010. The book broadly covers the period from the late 1850s to the death of Tito in 1980 and provides a novel perspective on the idea of Yugoslavia through its various permutations. She is currently working on a number of projects: the early films of Robert Bresson; the Yugoslav Partisans in history and memory; the historiography of the Second World War in Europe in a comparative context; and the international appeal of Therese of Lisieux in the mid-twentieth century.
Constructing Yugoslavia: a Transnational History (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010).
Volume 2 of the e-journal French History and Civilization Vol. 2 (2009) with André Lambelet. This journal is published by H-France and Volume 2 brings together articles based on papers presented at the 15th George Rudé Seminar in French History and Civilisation held at the University of Adelaide in July 2006.
‘Thérèse of Lisieux: the appeal of a French Saint at a time of international crisis’, French History and Civilisation. Papers from the George Rudé Seminar, Vol. 4 (2011), pp. 118-132.
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