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Stipe Odak

Visiting Scholar


Stipe Odak joins the Woolf Institute as a Visiting Scholar. He is a research fellow of the Belgian Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique (F.R.S.-FNRS). He has recently obtained a PhD in Theology from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and a PhD in Political and Social Sciences from the Université catholique de Louvain. He graduated with Master's degrees in Sociology, Comparative Literature and Theology from the University of Zagreb (Croatia). He later earned MA, Advanced MA and the licentiate in theology (STL) from KU Leuven (Belgium).

His doctoral thesis, based on a large set of in-depth interviews with Christian and Muslim religious leaders in Bosnia and Herzegovina, focuses on three major issues: 1) the main challenges to peacebuilding in post-conflict settings, 2) the concrete modes and strategies through which religious leaders act as peacebuilding agents, and 3) religious symbols, narratives and elements that can serve as a theological basis for peacebuilding and conflict resolution. He also works as an external researcher of Jasenovac Memorial Site (Croatia), where he explores the topics of musicological representation of trauma and controversies related to the former Jasenovac Concentration Camp.  

He is a laureate of several poetry awards in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina and a member of the Bosnian-Herzegovinian branch of the PEN International writer's association.

Recent Publications

Odak, Stipe (2018) "Mixed Blessings: US Foreign Policy and Engagement with Religious Leaders, the case of Bosnia and Herzegovina" (A chapter in: Struye, Tanguy, de Wilde d'Estmael, Tanguy, Rosoux, Valérie (eds.) Politique étrangère. Brussels: Peter Lang.

Benčić, Andrijana, Odak, Stipe and Danijela Lucić (eds.) (2018), Jasenovac – manipulacije, kontroverze i povijesni revizionizam. Jasenovac: JUSP Jasenovac. (forthcoming)

Odak, Stipe and Benčić, Andrijana (2016). "Jasenovac – A Past that does not Pass: The Presence of Jasenovac in Croatian and Serbian Collective Memory of Conflict". East European Politics & Societies and Cultures, 30 (4), 805-829.  

Vukoja, Mario, Stipe Odak, Agnieszka Ukleja, Klara Csiszar, and Branislav Kuljovsky (eds.) (2016). Is there a Place for Me in the Church?: Interviews and Essays. Vienna: Echoes Network.

Odak, Stipe. "The Crucified God in a Crucified Region" Concilium: International Review of Theology, 2015, 1, 143–147. Published also in Spanish under the title: "El Dios crucificado en una región crucificada", and in German as "Der gekreuzigte Gott in einer gekreuzigten Region."

Odak, Stipe. (2014) "A Wounded Body that Seeks Redemption: Towards a Theological Metaphor for Understanding Collective Memory of Conflict." Louvain Studies, 38, 307-333.

TED-talk (2017) Hidden Lives of Big Ideas: Untold Stories of Scientific Discoveries, (TEDx UCLouvain) (2017)

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