Keynote speakers


04208Associate Professor Vanessa Joosen, PhD

University of Antwerp, Belgium

Vanessa Joosen specializes in English literature and children’s literature studies. Her research interests include the construction of childhood, adulthood and old age in literature, postmodern fairy-tale rewritings, the international reception of fairy tales, genetic criticism of children’s books and digital approaches to children’s literature studies. She also co-supervises a doctoral project on STEM representations in children’s books, a doctoral project on hypermedia fiction for adolescents and one on Aidan Chambers’ writing process. Professor Joosen teaches courses on literature in English and Children’s Literature. Since 2018 she has organized the Children’s Literature Summer School at the University of Antwerp: In 2019, Vanessa Joosen set up the project “Constructing Age for Young Readers,” for which she received an ERC Starting Grant.

Keynote Title: Connecting Childhood Studies, Children’s Literature Studies and Age studies

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Senior Research Associate Jelena Marković, PhD

Institute of Ethnology and Folklore, Croatia


Jelena Marković (Senior Research Associate) works at the Institute of Ethnology and Folklore and is a Collaborating Associate Professor at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Zagreb. She obtained her doctorate in 2010 at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb. She taught at the University of Dubrovnik, and she is an independent contractor of the Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. She managed the project Oral Tradition and Childhood (2013 – 2014). She collaborated on numerous scientific research projects and is currently an associate of the Croatian Science Foundation’s project Fear Narration: From Old Records to New Orality. She received the Croatian Ethnological Society’s annual award “Milovan Gavazzi” twice for her scientific and teaching efforts (in 2010 for being a co-author of the ZBNŽO, No. 55; In 2012 for the monograph Childhood Stories: Narrating in Everyday Communication). She is the editor (along with Ljiljana Marks) of the publication Of Stories and Storytelling Today, the publication Humor in Everyday Communication (2018; along with Renata Jambrešić Kirin, Ljiljana Marks and Nataša Polgar) and the publication Narrating Fear (along with Natko Badurina and Una Bauer). She is the co-organiser of numerous folklore and ethnological assemblies (since 2013) and teaches the course Anthropology of Childhood at the Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb. Her areas of interest include: narration in everyday life, politics and ethics of narration, narration of fear, anthropology of childhood, anthropology of affects and emotions, methodology and ethics of ethnological and folkloric research.

Keynote Title: Fear and Childhood: Folkloric and Cultural Anthropological Perspective


Full Professor Mira Klarin, PhD

Department of Teacher and Preschool Teacher Education Studies at the University of Zadar, Croatia


Mira Klarin is a full professor at the Department of Teacher and Preschool Teacher Education Studies at the University of Zadar where she teaches courses on developmental psychology, psychology of communication, family and parenthood. She participated in several professional and scientific projects, both national and international level. Her scientific focus is on the research area of socializing factors in the context of development. Lately, she is engaged in the research of interpersonal relationships, their development and possible changes. She is educated to work as Gestalt psychotherapist and participates in the work of the Student Counseling Center at the University. She has authored and co-authored approximately fifty scientific articles, professional papers and book chapters. The Croatian Psychological Society awarded her for her scientific monograph “The Development of Children in a Social Context — Parents, Peers, Teachers, the Context of Child Development” in 2006. She is a member of the Croatian Psychological Chamber, the Croatian Chamber of Psychotherapists, the International Society for Interpersonal Acceptance and Rejection and the European Association for Gestalt Therapy.

Keynote Title: The role of the social relations in the brain architecture