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Dr Biljana Zrnić

Dr Biljana Zrnić


PhD in early modern Hindi literature (University of Lausanne, 2016). MA in Indology (University of Zagreb, 2007), MA in French Language and Literature (University of Zagreb, 2007). Professional experience: Assistant Professor (Postdoctoral Researcher) at Jagiellonian University (2021-present), Postdoctoral Researcher (Research Associate) at Charles University (2019-2021), External Research Associate at the University of Lausanne (2016-2018), Senior Lecturer at the University of Lausanne (2016), Research Assistant at the University of Zagreb (2008-2014)

Research interests

  • Early modern Hindi / Braj Bhasha literature,
  • Modern Hindi language and literature,
  • North Indian manuscript culture,
  • Translation studies,
  • Interface between Indian literature, miniatures, and visual studies.

Selected publications

  • 2022. “Language Hybridity in Midnight’s Children: A Comparative Study of the Croatian and Czech Versions of the Text”. In: Significant Others - Significant Encounters: Microhistories between India and Europe. (in print)
  • 2018. “Intertekstni elementi u hrvatskom prijevodu romana Djeca ponoći” [Intertextual Elements in the Croatian Version of the Novel Midnight’s Children]. Hieronymus (5): 124-148.
  • 2012. “Tračak Sūrdāsove bhakti iz traduktološke perspektive” [A Glint of Sūrdās’ Bhakti from a Traductological Perspective]. Književna smotra (44), 4 (166): 41-49.
  • 2012. “Sūrsāgar u kontekstu pjesništva bhakti” [The Sūrsāgar in the Context of Bhakti Poetry]. In: Hrvatske Indije 3. Edited by Zdravka Matišić. Zagreb: Department of Oriental Studies of the Croatian Philological Society, 463-487.
  • 2012. “Croatia meṃ hindī adhyayan-adhyāpan: vartamān pariprekśya” [Teaching Hindi in Croatia: Present Perspectives]. Videśi bhāṣā ke rūp meṃ hindī śikṣaṇ [Teaching Hindi as a Foreign Language]. Edited by Shrish Chandra Jaswal. Valladolid: University of Valladolid, 55-60.

Research projects

  • Cultures of Patronage: script, print and performance in the making of regional and imperial spaces of communication and knowledge circulation across India 1674-1890 (Jagiellonian University, 2021-present).
  • Visuality in Early Sūrdās’ tradition (Charles University, Prague, 2019-2021).
  • Textual and visual encounters in early modern Indian literature (University of Lausanne /Visva-Bharati University, India, 2016-2018).
  • The Upaniṣads in a Comparative Perspective (University of Zagreb, 2008-2012).

Other achievements

  • Faculty Prize for Doctoral Dissertation (University of Lausanne, 2017).
  • Visiting Scholar (Visva-Bharati University, India, 2016-2018).
  • Swiss Government Scholarship (Switzerland, 2009-2010).
  • Visiting Scholar (University of Lausanne, 2009-2010).
  • Top Scholarship for Top Students (Zagreb, 2005).
  • Hindi Language Competition Award (India, 2004).