Croatia has a new Minister of Culture

place: Zagreb, Croatia
organiser: Government of the Republic Croatia
After recently held parliament elections in Croatia, the Government has confirmed that a new Minister of Culture of the Republic Croatia is Professor Andrea Zlatar Violić.

Andrea Zlatar Violić was born on 13 April 1961 in Zagreb. She studied humanities at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University in Zagreb, more precisely Comparative Literature, Philosophy and Classical Philology. Zlatar Violic received her PhD in 1992 thematizing ‘Models of medieval autobiography: confession and biography’.

She works at the Department of Comparative Literature, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb since 1986, now as a full professor, involved equally in teaching and research activities (research projects on contemporary Croatian literature in the European context).

She participates and contributes regularly at scientific conferences on the history and theory of literature. In parallel with scientific activities, from the beginning of the eighties, she was actively engaged as editor of literature magazines such as Vijenac, Zarez and Gordogan, as well as editor of many bibliophile editions, most notably literature edition for Algoritam publisher, among many.

Andrea Zlatar Violic is also well known for her own books and studies: Istinito, lažno, izmišljeno. Ogledi o fikcionalnosti (True, false, fictitious. Reflections on fictionality), Marulićeva "Davidijada" ('Marulić'c Davidiad'), Autobiografija u Hrvatskoj ('Autobiography in Croatia'), Ispovijest i životopis ('Confession and Autobiography'), Tijelo, tekst, trauma ('Body, Text, Trauma'), Prostor grada, prostor culture ('The City Space, The Space of Culture') and Rječnik tijela ('Dictionary of the Body').

From 2001-2005 she was a member of the City Government of Zagreb, in charge of culture.

Her political carrier is emerged from her professional carrier as editor and university professor with a focus on cultural policy, indepedent culture and creative industries, ephasizing the importances of contemporary practices, media issues, audio-visual production and book market in the context of legislation.

Since 2005 Member of Croatian People’s Party (HNS) and the Vice-President of the City Council of HNS, Chairperson of the HNS Interest Council for Culture.

Andrea Zlatar Violić was officially confirmed on December 23, 2011 as the Minister of Culture of Republic Croatia.

(D.H., 29.12.2011)