Marijana Vukovic

Postdoctoral fellow (SDU)

Postdoctoral fellow

Retracing connections: Byzantine Storyworlds in Greek, Arabic, Georgian, and Old Slavonic (c. 950 – c. 1100)


Research and projects

Marijana Vukovic is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Southern Denmark and a visiting researcher at the Centre for Medieval Literature (Odense). She studied Classical Philology at the University of Belgrade (2001) and held an MA degree in Medieval Studies from the Central European University, Budapest (2007). She obtained two Ph.D. degrees, one in Medieval Studies from the Central European University in Budapest (2015), and another in Religious and Literary History of the Middle Ages from the Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas of the University of Oslo (2018). Her previous post-doctoral positions include the University of Warsaw (2018), where she worked within the ERC Project “The Cult of Saints,” based at the University of Oxford. The joint work resulted in the production of "The Oxford Cult of Saints in Late AnMquity Database" ( She held fellowships and research positions at several other universities and research centers, including Cornell University (2010-2011), American Research Center in Sofia (2011-2012), University of Vienna (2012), and Freie Universität Berlin (2015). At the University of Southern Denmark, she works within the Retracing Connections-project.

Marijana works on medieval religious literature from a comparative perspective. Thus far, her research focused on the transmission of hagiography and Apocrypha in medieval Western Europe,Byzantium, Balkans, and the eastern Mediterranean. While copying medieval manuscripts, sometimes accidentally and at times purposefully, scribes introduced changes in texts. She pursued these changes, which had specific new meanings in the contexts in which they were read. She implemented the theoretical frameworks of narratology, intertextuality, new philology, and memory studies in her work. Her revised dissertation from the Central European University, entitled "Remembering a Lesser Saint: Irenaeus of Sirmium and his Story in the Medieval East and West," is planned for publication with Routledge. Marijana wrote several articles about saints, hagiography, and the transmission of ancient literature in the Middle Ages, the latest one in the Bulletin for the Study of Religion (2019). At the University of Southern Denmark, she studies the transmission of the massive corpus of Byzantine metaphrastic texts among the South Slavs in the 13th-14th century.