Dr Mirna Solic

  • Lecturer in Czech (School of Modern Languages & Cultures)

telephone: 01413305592
email: Mirna.Solic@glasgow.ac.uk

R320b, Level 3, Hetherington Building, Bute Gardens G12 8RS

ORCID iDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-5704-7091

Research interests

Aimed at international, non-Czech readers as well as Czech audience, my recently published monograph (In Search of a Shared Expression: Karel Čapek’s Travel Writing and Imaginative Geography of Europe; Prague: Faculty of Philosophy Press, 2019) examines Karel Čapek’s travel writing opus from different theoretical perspectives, and contextualises it within Czech and European interwar modernist travel writing poetics, and explores the links with visual art of the period. You can hear more about it in my interview with Radio Prague.

I am currently a co-director of Migrations and Displacement Across Arts and Humanities Lab https://www.gla.ac.uk/researchinstitutes/artslab/labsandthemes/ourlabs/migrations/#futureevents,pastevents, and a principal investigator of the project How to Talk About Migrations: Current Academic Research in Migration Studies and its Relevance for School Curriculum in Scotland and Further Afield (funded by Royal Society of Edinburgh Research Workshops Grant).

My main areas of research are travel writing, text/image interactions, and different discoursive practices of representations of memory, trauma, and history, including media representations of different cultures and crisis situations. 

My interest for migration studies is not only academic; it has been informed by knowledge exchange activities aimed at non-academic audience, such as a highly successful two-day event “Memories and Experiences of Migration: The Balkans and Beyond” (7-8 November 2018), which focused on the impact of memory and personal experience on our understanding of political and social upheavals, and linked experiences of migration and displacement resulting from two wars and two different geographical and historical periods, the Yugoslav wars of the 1990s and the on-going wars in Syria and the Middle East in general. In 2016 I received (together with Dr. Jan Culik) the University of Glasgow International Knowledge Exchange Commendation for our partnership with the Human Rights Watch.

I am also a member of the University's Centre for Russian, Central and East European Studies.

Previous research projects:

I participated in a project on the narratological construction of space at Palacký University, Olomouc, Czech Republic (September 2013 – June 2015). This research work has produced an article on representations of America in the 1950s and 1960s Czech travel writing (Journeys, 2015), an article on topographies of Prague in Jiří Weil’s work (Bohemica Olomucensia, 2015), as well as in contributions to a monograph on narratology of space (Palacký University Press, 2015).

I also completed a project on text/image interactions in contemporary Croatian women’s prose, which resulted in the article “Textuality of Maps, Photographs, and Images: Visual Identity in Slavenka Drakulić’s Frida’s Bed” (2012).

 

Publications

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2020

Culik, J. and Solic, M. (2020) Why don’t we hear about the low number of coronavirus deaths in Central Europe? Conversation, 26 Jun.

Solic, M. (2020) Traveling through and traveling within: cinematic constructions of imaginative geography of Croatia in the films of the 2000s. Sic. A Journal of Literature, Culture and Literary Translation, 10(2), LC.5. (doi: 10.15291/sic/2.10.lc.5)

2019

Solic, M. (2019) In Search of a Shared Expression: Karel Čapek’s Travels and Imaginative Geography of Europe. Charles University: Faculty of Philosophy Press. ISBN 9788073089009

2015

Solic, M. (2015) Representation of an absent space: construction of the United States and New York in 1950s and 1960s Czech travel writing. Journeys: The International Journal of Travel and Travel Writing, 16(2), pp. 60-78. (doi: 10.3167/jys.2015.160204)

Solic, M. (2015) Ernest Hemingway: Stařec u mostu. In: Šinclová, S. and Kubíček, T. (eds.) Sémantika narativního prostoru. Univerzita Palackého: Olomouc, pp. 65-68. ISBN 9788024447919

Solic, M. (2015) Jan Balabán: Emil. In: Šinclová, S. and Kubíček, T. (eds.) Sémantika Narativního Prostoru. Univerzita Palackého, pp. 157-160. ISBN 9788024447919

Solic, M. (2015) Karel Čapek: Šlepěj. In: Šinclová, S. and Kubíček, T. (eds.) Sémantika Narativního Prostoru. Univerzita Palackého: Olomouc, pp. 121-124. ISBN 9788024447919

Solic, M. (2015) Narrating and negotiating the repressed city: representations of Prague in Jiří Weil's work. Bohemica Olomucensia, 7(1), pp. 66-89.

Solic, M. (2015) Slovo a obraz: Karel Capek a zanr cestopisu. Series: Litera libera, 3. Univerzita Palackeho: Olomouc. ISBN 9788087895269

Solic, M. (2015) Why Croatia is bucking the eastern European trend on migrants. Conversation, 23 Sep.

2014

Solic, M. (2014) Textuality of maps, photographs, and images: visual identity in Slavenka Drakulić’s Frida’s Bed. In: Aiello, L., Charnley, J. and Palladino, M. (eds.) Displaced Women: Multilingual Narratives of Migration in Europe. Cambridge Scholars Publishing: Newcastle, pp. 3-26. ISBN 9781443855280

2012

Solic, M. (2012) Jak se cestuje a vypravuje o cestování: nástin mezižánrové hry mezi Čapkovými cestopisy a komerčními turistickými žánry. In: IV. Kongres Svetové Literárnevedné Bohemistiky, Prague, 28 Jun - 3 Jul 2010, ISBN 9788085778731

2011

Solic, M. (2011) Čapkova próza a drama jako zvláštní druh cestopisného psaní. Česká Literatura, 4, pp. 528-546.

2010

Solic, M. (2010) Cinema as poetry: introduction to František Vláčil season. Glasgow Film Theatre,

Solic, M. (2010) Čapkův vizuální experiment se žánrem cestopisu. Bohemica Olomucensia, 1, pp. 98-111.

2009

Solic, M. (2009) Potret Praga u romanu Jiřija Weila na krovu je Mendelssohn [A Portrait of Prague in Jiří Weil’s novel Mendelssohn is on the roof]. Knjizevna Smotra: Casopis za Svjetsku Knjizevnost, 149(3), pp. 59-68.

Solic, M. (2009) Elementi žanra putovanja u romanu Hordubal Karela Čapeka [The Elements of Travel Writing in Karel Čapek’s Novel Hordubal]. Slavistika(8), pp. 274-281.

2008

Solic, M. (2008) Strukturalistické Toronto aneb trvalé dědictví. Česká Literatura(56/3), pp. 445-449.

2007

Solic, M. (2007) Women in Ottoman Bosnia as seen through the eyes of Luka Botic, a Christian poet. In: Buturović, A. and Çemıl Schlick, I. (eds.) Women in the Ottoman Balkans: Gender, Culture, and History. Series: Library of Ottoman Studies (15). I. B. Tauris: London. ISBN 9781845115050

2006

Solic, M. (2006) The forgotten central European variation: Milan Kundera's key owners. In: Otázky českého kanónu. Sborník příspěvků z III. Kongresu literárněvědné bohemistiky. Hodnoty a hranice. Svět v české literatuře, česká literatura ve světě, Prague, Czech Republic, 28 June - 3 July 2005, pp. 493-498.

2002

Solic, M. (2002) The other Bosniaks. Bosnia Report, 32-34,

Solic, M. (2002) Reconnecting the cultural dots. Transitions Online,

2001

Solic, M. (2001) A shadow history of Balkan literature. Transitions Online,

Solic, M. (2001) Noc's Hamletom - poeticka kulminacija epske poezije Vladimíra Holana. Knjizevna Smotra(2-3), pp. 101-113.

Solic, M. (2001) Journey through cultural spaces. Transitions Online,

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Articles

Culik, J. and Solic, M. (2020) Why don’t we hear about the low number of coronavirus deaths in Central Europe? Conversation, 26 Jun.

Solic, M. (2020) Traveling through and traveling within: cinematic constructions of imaginative geography of Croatia in the films of the 2000s. Sic. A Journal of Literature, Culture and Literary Translation, 10(2), LC.5. (doi: 10.15291/sic/2.10.lc.5)

Solic, M. (2015) Representation of an absent space: construction of the United States and New York in 1950s and 1960s Czech travel writing. Journeys: The International Journal of Travel and Travel Writing, 16(2), pp. 60-78. (doi: 10.3167/jys.2015.160204)

Solic, M. (2015) Narrating and negotiating the repressed city: representations of Prague in Jiří Weil's work. Bohemica Olomucensia, 7(1), pp. 66-89.

Solic, M. (2015) Why Croatia is bucking the eastern European trend on migrants. Conversation, 23 Sep.

Solic, M. (2011) Čapkova próza a drama jako zvláštní druh cestopisného psaní. Česká Literatura, 4, pp. 528-546.

Solic, M. (2010) Cinema as poetry: introduction to František Vláčil season. Glasgow Film Theatre,

Solic, M. (2010) Čapkův vizuální experiment se žánrem cestopisu. Bohemica Olomucensia, 1, pp. 98-111.

Solic, M. (2009) Potret Praga u romanu Jiřija Weila na krovu je Mendelssohn [A Portrait of Prague in Jiří Weil’s novel Mendelssohn is on the roof]. Knjizevna Smotra: Casopis za Svjetsku Knjizevnost, 149(3), pp. 59-68.

Solic, M. (2009) Elementi žanra putovanja u romanu Hordubal Karela Čapeka [The Elements of Travel Writing in Karel Čapek’s Novel Hordubal]. Slavistika(8), pp. 274-281.

Solic, M. (2008) Strukturalistické Toronto aneb trvalé dědictví. Česká Literatura(56/3), pp. 445-449.

Solic, M. (2002) The other Bosniaks. Bosnia Report, 32-34,

Solic, M. (2002) Reconnecting the cultural dots. Transitions Online,

Solic, M. (2001) A shadow history of Balkan literature. Transitions Online,

Solic, M. (2001) Noc's Hamletom - poeticka kulminacija epske poezije Vladimíra Holana. Knjizevna Smotra(2-3), pp. 101-113.

Solic, M. (2001) Journey through cultural spaces. Transitions Online,

Books

Solic, M. (2019) In Search of a Shared Expression: Karel Čapek’s Travels and Imaginative Geography of Europe. Charles University: Faculty of Philosophy Press. ISBN 9788073089009

Solic, M. (2015) Slovo a obraz: Karel Capek a zanr cestopisu. Series: Litera libera, 3. Univerzita Palackeho: Olomouc. ISBN 9788087895269

Book Sections

Solic, M. (2015) Ernest Hemingway: Stařec u mostu. In: Šinclová, S. and Kubíček, T. (eds.) Sémantika narativního prostoru. Univerzita Palackého: Olomouc, pp. 65-68. ISBN 9788024447919

Solic, M. (2015) Jan Balabán: Emil. In: Šinclová, S. and Kubíček, T. (eds.) Sémantika Narativního Prostoru. Univerzita Palackého, pp. 157-160. ISBN 9788024447919

Solic, M. (2015) Karel Čapek: Šlepěj. In: Šinclová, S. and Kubíček, T. (eds.) Sémantika Narativního Prostoru. Univerzita Palackého: Olomouc, pp. 121-124. ISBN 9788024447919

Solic, M. (2014) Textuality of maps, photographs, and images: visual identity in Slavenka Drakulić’s Frida’s Bed. In: Aiello, L., Charnley, J. and Palladino, M. (eds.) Displaced Women: Multilingual Narratives of Migration in Europe. Cambridge Scholars Publishing: Newcastle, pp. 3-26. ISBN 9781443855280

Solic, M. (2007) Women in Ottoman Bosnia as seen through the eyes of Luka Botic, a Christian poet. In: Buturović, A. and Çemıl Schlick, I. (eds.) Women in the Ottoman Balkans: Gender, Culture, and History. Series: Library of Ottoman Studies (15). I. B. Tauris: London. ISBN 9781845115050

Conference Proceedings

Solic, M. (2012) Jak se cestuje a vypravuje o cestování: nástin mezižánrové hry mezi Čapkovými cestopisy a komerčními turistickými žánry. In: IV. Kongres Svetové Literárnevedné Bohemistiky, Prague, 28 Jun - 3 Jul 2010, ISBN 9788085778731

Solic, M. (2006) The forgotten central European variation: Milan Kundera's key owners. In: Otázky českého kanónu. Sborník příspěvků z III. Kongresu literárněvědné bohemistiky. Hodnoty a hranice. Svět v české literatuře, česká literatura ve světě, Prague, Czech Republic, 28 June - 3 July 2005, pp. 493-498.

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Grants

 

2020- Royal Society of Edinburgh Workshops Grant for the project "How to Talk About Migrations: Current Academic Research in Migration Studies and its Relevance for School Curriculum in Scotland and Further Afield" (1 March 2020-1 March 2021). Grant value £9,928.70

2018 (September) University of Glasgow Knowledge Exchange Grant for the event "Memories and Experiences of Migration: The Balkans and Beyond" (7-8 November 2018) 

2018 (August) Columbia University Council for European Studies Small Grant for the event "Memories and Experiences of Migration: The Balkans and Beyond" (7-8 November 2018)

2018 (June) BEMIS Scotland Small Grant for the event "Memories and Experiences of Migration: The Balkans and Beyond" (7-8 November 2018)

2015 (July) – 2016 (June) OPVK POST-UP POST-UP II research grant; Palacký University, Olomouc

Project description: completion of the monograph on Karel Čapek’s travel writing and an article on references to visual means in Milan Kundera’s novels. Grant value £ 15,397 

2013 (April) – 2015 (June) Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Czech Language and Literature, Palacký University, Olomouc (European Social Fund/Czech Ministry of Education grant - CZ 1.07/2.3.00/30.000)

Project: “Narratological Analysis of Space in Literature.” Grant value: £ 76,897.

2014 (1 January – 31 December) Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland

Project: "Representation of an Absent Space: Construction of the North America and New York in the 1950s and the 1960s Czech Travel Writing" (Project Number 31726). Grant value: £ 2,500.

2012 (1 April – 31 August) Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland

Project: “Textuality of Maps, Photographs, and Images: Visual Identity in Slavenka Drakulić’sFrida’s Bed” (Project Number 66254). Grant value: £ 1,000.

Supervision

I welcome postgraduate (MPhil/PhD) supervision in the fields of comparative literature, cinema studies, migration studies, travel writing studies and text/image studies. When it comes to area studies, I'll be happy to supervise projects in Central European and Balkan studies. Interdisciplinary supervision is highly encouraged. Please do contact me to discuss your ideas and projects.

On-going PhD supervision:

Cameron, Ross. Between Balkanism and Orientalism: British Imaginative Geographies of Islam in the Balkans, 1821-2016

Ward, Kenneth. Before and After the New Wave: Subversion and Poetics in Five Decades of Karel Kachyňa's Films (in progress)

Michalovska, Beatrice. Refugees, Migrants, Vagabonds. East German Fleeing to the Federal Republic of Germany in Russian, Czech, Polish and English Language Press (1989) (in progress)

Storrie, Gareth. The Black Experience in Czechoslovak Cinema (in progress)

 

 

 

  • Cameron Ross
    Between Balkanism and Orientalism: British Imaginative
  • Michalovska Beatrice
    Refugees, migrants, vagabonds: representations of East Germans escaping to the Federal Republic of Germany in the Cold War Russian, Polish, Czech and English language press, 1989
  • Storrie Gareth
    .The Black Experience in 1960s Czechoslovak Cinema
  • Ward Kenneth
    THE NEW WAVE, NORMALIZATION AND THE VELVET GENERATION: THREE WAVES OF CZECHOSLOVAK AND CZECH CINEMA

Beaton, Sam. Chronicling Private Lives: The Narratives of Fulfilment in Helena Třeštíková's Longitudinal Documentary Films (PhD, 2018)

Michalovska, Beatrice. The Prague Exit: Representations of East German Migration in the Official Press of the Czechoslovak Communist Party in 1989 (MPhil, 2018)

Ward, Kenneth. Taking the New Wave Out of Isolation: Humor and the Tragedy of the Czechoslovak New Wave and Post-Communist Czech Cinema (MPhil, 2017)

 

Teaching

I teach and convene courses on undergraduate and postgraduate level in Comparative Literature and History. I am also a Comparative Literature Honours convener.

I am also actively working on incorporation of Croatian literature, film, and culture components within the existing Comparative Literature and History teaching provision. The teaching of Croatian Studies in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures (SMLC) of Glasgow University is generously supported by the Croatian Ministry of Science, Education and Sport, and SMLC is listed by the Ministry as one of the Centres of Croatian Studies abroad. We seek to develop this cooperation further. For more information on Croatian component, as well as possibilities of collaboration please contact me by e-mail: mirna.solic@glasgow.ac.uk.

I currently teach the following courses:

Level 1 and 2:

  • Comparative Literature 2B (Exploring Identity)
  • Comparative Literature 2C (Displacement and Migration on Screen)
  • Comparative Literature 1C (Heroes: Heroic Women)

Honours teaching:

  • Censorship in Western Cultures
  • Text/Image Cultures: Theories and Practice
  • Holocaust in Literature and Film
  • Classic European Cinema
  • Czechoslovakia, Poland, Yugoslavia, Croatia: 20th Century History Through Literature
  • Myths and Modern Imagination
  • Narrating the City: Representations of City Space in Literature and on Film
  • Poland and Its Neighbours
  • The Medievalists: The Middle Ages in 20th Century Eastern and Central Europe

PG Teaching:

  • Transnational Constructions of Gender
  • MSc in Translation Studies: Literary Translations

Additional information

Conference Presentations

2019 "Rehumanisation of suffering: parallel histories in Igor Coko's photoessay Trapped: Hell is Around the Corner (2017)." Narratives of Forced Migration in the 20th and the 21st Century. University of Stirling, 16-18 September.

2018  "Travelling through and travelling within: Cinemtic constructions of imaginative geography of Croatia in the films of the 2000s." Borders and Crossings. International Conference on Travel Writing. Brijuni, Croatia, 13-16 September. 

2015    “Arriving Into Normality: Representations of Disability in post-1989 Czech Films.” Rethinking Disabilities on Screen. University of York, 14 May 2015.

2014   "Representation of an Absent Space: Construction of the North America and New York in the 1950s and the 1960s Czech Travel Writing." Fenomén cestopisu v literaturách Střední Evropy, Palacký University, Olomouc, 25-26 March 2014

2012    “Textuality of Maps, Photographs and Images: Visual Articulation of Identity in Contemporary Croatian Women’s Writing.”Displaced Women: Multilingual Narratives of Migration in Europe, Glasgow Women’s Library, Glasgow, 28-30 March 2012

2010    “Jak se cestuje a vypravuje o cestování: nástin mezižánrové hry mezi Čapkovými cestopisy a komerčními turistickými žánry.“ 4th Congress of World Czech Literary Studies. Institute of Czech Literature, Prague, 28 June – 3 July 2010

2009    “’Young Croatian Prose’ After the War.” 3rd Annual CRCEES Research Forum. University of Glasgow, 14-15 May 2009

2007    “Karel Čapek: “Simple Forms” as the Art of Story-Telling.” Midwest Slavic Conference. Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. April 12-14, 2007

2005    „Zapomenutá středoevropská variace: ‚Majitelé klíčů’ Milana Kundery” [The Forgotten Central European Variation: Milan Kundera’s Key Owners] 3. Kongres světové literárněvědné bohemistiky. 28 June – 3 July 2005, Institute for Czech Literature, Prague, Czech Republic

2005    "Women in Ottoman Bosnia as Seen Through the Eyes of Luka Botić, a Christian Poet" (revised version of "The Influence of Bosnian Sevdah and Dalmatian Ballas in the work of Croatian 19th century writer Luka Botić.") 10th Annual Association for the Studies of Nationalism (ASN) World Convention 2005. Columbia University, 14-16 April, 2005

2004    "The Influence of Bosnian Sevdah and Dalmatian Ballas in the work of Croatian 19th century writer Luka Botić." 14th Biennal Conference on Balkan and South Slavic Linguistics, Literature and Folklore. 15-17 April 2004, The University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi

2003    "The City as Prison - 'Urbicide' as the Articulation of Memory, Trauma, and History in the Contemporary Literature of Bosnia." Convention of American Association of the Advancement of Slavic Studies (AAASS) 20-23 November 2003, Toronto, Canad