Asst. Prof. Jernej Habjan, PhD

Research Fellow at the Institute of Slovenian Literature and Literary Studies, Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (ZRC SAZU); Assistant Professor at the Postgraduate School ZRC SAZU.



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jernej.habjan@zrc-sazu.si



In his research, Jernej Habjan focuses on the conceptions of literature in contemporary critical theory, world literature studies, and speech-act theory. In his current comparative work, he looks at global literature as an idea whose history is itself global. Additional interests include the topos of uncles and nephews in Denis Diderot, Karl Marx, Louis Althusser, Jacques-Alain Miller, and Thomas Bernhard.

Ordinary Literature Philosophy: Lacanian Literary Performatives between Austin and Rancière. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2020.

Ed. (w. Fabienne Imlinger): Globalizing Literary Genres. New York: Routledge, 2016.

Ed. (w. Suman Gupta and Hrvoje Tutek): Academic Labour, Unemployment and Global Higher Education. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

Ed.: Novel beyond Nation (= Canadian Review of Comparative Literature / Revue canadienne de littérature comparée 42.4 [2015]).

Ed. (w. Jessica Whyte): (Mis)readings of Marx in Continental Philosophy. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.

The Global Process of Thinking Global Literature: From Marx’s Weltliteratur to Sarkozy’s littérature-monde. Journal of Global History 14.3 (2019): 395–412.

The First Slovenian Novel and the Literary World-System. Journal of World Literature 3.4 (2018): 512–23.

Rancière’s Lesson: October ’17, May ’68, October ’17. CR: The New Centennial Review 18.3 (2018): 53–71.

(W. Sowon Park:) World Literature. In: Oxford Bibliographies in Literary and Critical Theory. Ed. Eugene O’Brien. New York: Oxford UP, 2017.

Ordinary Literature Philosophy: Literary Studies after Cultural Studies. South Atlantic Quarterly 115.4 (2016): 699–714.

Novel Fiction, Newspaper Reality. Neohelicon 43.2 (2016): 461–71.

From Cultural Third-Worldism to the Literary World-System. CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture 15.5 (2013): n. pag.

Canonization – Culturalization – Sanctification: Romeo and Juliet in the Western Canon, ‘French Resentment’ and Lacanian Ethics. (a): The Journal of Culture and the Unconscious 8.1 (2009–2010): 35–46.

The “Slovenian” World Literature: Locating World Literature in a National Literary System ( temeljni_raziskovalni • 01. may 2010 - 30. april 2013)
World Literature as the Conjunction of Globalization and Literature: The Case of the Parisian Topos of Uncles and Nephews ( podoktorski_raziskovalni • 01. april 2012 - 31. march 2014)
The Space of Slovenian Literary Culture: Literary History and the GIS-Based Spatial Analysis ( temeljni_raziskovalni • 01. july 2011 - 30. june 2014)
Joking Relationships in Capitals of Modernity: Uncles and Nephews in Diderot, Marx, Althusser, Miller, and Bernhard ( podoktorski_raziskovalni • 01. march 2015 - 30. june 2015)
National Poets and Cultural Saints of Europe: Commemorative Cults, Canonization, and Cultural Memory ( temeljni_raziskovalni • 01. october 2014 - 30. september 2017)
The End of History: Twenty Years After. Philosophy – Politics – Economy ( temeljni_raziskovalni • 01. july 2014 - 30. june 2017)
Slovene Literature and Social Changes: National State, Democracy and Transitional Discrepancies ( temeljni_raziskovalni • 01. may 2017 - 30. april 2020)
The Structure and Genealogy of Indifference: Logic – Epistemology – Ideology ( temeljni_raziskovalni • 01. may 2017 - 30. april 2020)
May ’68 in Literature and Theory: The Last Season of Modernism in France, Slovenia, and the World ( temeljni_raziskovalni • 01. july 2018 - 30. june 2021)
Mountaineering Literature: Slovenia and Beyond. Intertextuality, Intersubjectivity, Internationality ( temeljni_raziskovalni • 01. july 2019 - 30. june 2022)

Born in 1979 (Kranj, Yugoslavia).

Undergraduate study: Russian Studies and Comparative Literature Studies, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana (1998–2005). BA thesis: ‘Theory of Literary Discourse and Bakhtin’.

Postgraduate study: Sociology of Culture, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana (2005–2010). PhD thesis: ‘The Relation between the Dialogic Structure and the Social Effects of a Literary Work’; supervisor: Professor Rastko Močnik.

Recipient of a scholarship for translators and literary critics awarded by the Ministry of Culture, Government of the Republic of Slovenia (2007–2008).

Junior Researcher at the Institute of Slovenian Literature and Literary Studies, Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (2008–2010).

Recipient of a postgraduate visiting scholarship at the New Sorbonne University awarded by the Government of the Republic of France (2009).

Research Assistant, PhD, at the Institute of Slovenian Literature and Literary Studies, Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (2011–2014).

Postdoctoral researcher at the University of Munich (2012–2014).

Research Fellow at the Institute of Slovenian Literature and Literary Studies, Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (2014–).

Research Fellow at the IFK International Research Center for Cultural Studies in Vienna (2015).

Member of the AILC/ICLA Research Committee on Literary Theory (2015–2021).

Assistant Professor at the Postgraduate School ZRC SAZU, Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (2016–).

Fung Global Fellow at the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, Princeton University (2020–2021).

Keywords
Psychoanalysis
historical materialism
world literature
literary theory
discourse theory