Dr Nikolina Bobic
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Dr Nikolina Bobic

Lecturer in Architecture (History & Theory)

School of Art, Design and Architecture (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)

Biography

Biography

Position

Chair of the ADA Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity Committee

History, Theory and Critical Context Stream Leader

Architecture Marketing and Admissions Strategic Lead


Biography

Nikolina Bobic  is an academic and an architect. After completing her PhD in Architecture at the University of Sydney (Australia), she moved to the UK and is now based at the University of Plymouth. Apart from her extensive experience in teaching in Australia, Hong Kong and the UK, Bobic has also given lectures in the Netherlands and New Zealand. Engaging with the two disciplines in which she is trained, architecture and sociology, her research addresses the intersections of power, politics, and space in their oppressive and liberatory mechanisms. Within this domain, she investigates the ways in which urban space and architecture are oppressed by, struggle against, operate within, or are constructed by politics. Likewise, the ways through which urban space and architecture can be transformed, as well as the kinds of transformations they can enact and construct alternatives. At a more specific level she has written on balkanisation (geopolitical and urban fragmentation/decentralisation), (semi)colonialism, identity construction and urban destruction/reconstruction spurred by violence/war; how these notions manifest at the complex intersection of urbanism, architecture, media, economics, technology, literature and film.

At present, Nikolina is the co-editor of the multidisciplinaryThe Routledge Handbook of Architecture, Urban Space and Politics, Vol I: Violence, Spectacle and Data (2022); and, The Routledge Handbook of Architecture, Urban Space and Politics, Vol II: Ecology, Social Participation and Marginalities (forthcoming 2023). She is also supporting the organisation of the 2023 international and multidisciplinary Deleuze and Guattari Studies conference and camp in Belgrade (Serbia) which is focused on Space I Control I Resistance. Bobic is the co-editor of the recently published peer-reviewed Interstices: A Journal of Architecture and Related Arts thematic issue 20 'Political Matters' (December 2020). Her authored Balkanization and Global Politics: Remaking Cities and Architecture was published in 2019 by Routledge. In the same year, she co-convened the international and multidisciplinary conference Political Matters: Spatial Thinking of the Alternative in Auckland, NZ.

Nikolina has been invited to give talks nationally and internationally. She has taught at undergraduate and postgraduate level across history and theory, design, communications, and sociology, and has supervised over 80 UG dissertations, 15 PGT dissertations as well as engaged in PhD supervision. Her industry experience is in residential architecture. The predominant concentration while working as an architect in Australia was on exploring and exploiting the interface between internal and external spaces, the means by which were addressed through materiality and a close consideration of the context.


Other academic roles

: Chair of the ADA Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity Committee: 2022 - current

: Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business Academic Offence Panel Member: 2020 - current.

: BA History, Theory and Critical Context Stream Leader: 2019 - current

: Subject (Architecture) Champion of the Equality, Diversity + Inclusivity Committee: 2019 - current.

: BA (Hons) Architecture Marketing and Admissions Strategic Lead: 2018 - current.

: Member of/Reviewer for the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business Ethics Sub-committee: 2017 - current.

: Athena Swan Bronze Award - Member of School of Art, Design and Architecture Athena Swan Self-Assessment Team: 2018.

: Editor-in-chief of the School's History, Theory and Critical Context Journal: 2015 - 2020.


Additional 

Panel member interviewing prospective new staff; internal reviewer for internal / external research grants; preparation for RIBA accreditation; preparation, delivery and presentation for annual External Examiner visits; PhD supervision; PhD RDC examination; contribution to the organization of Discourses Public Lecture Series.


Education + Qualifications

: Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice / Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK (FHEA)

The University of Plymouth, UK, 2015.   

: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy (Architecture)

The University of Sydney, Australia, 2014

: Bachelor of Architecture – Honours Class 1 (Part II equivalent)

Bachelor of Arts – Major in Sociology

The University of New South Wales, Australia, 2006.           

: Registered Architect, New South Wales, Australia - since 2008 (NSWARB 8077).


Primary Research

: Politics, power, and space.

: Balkanism, balkanisation (decentralisation), borders.

: Urbicide, violence, war, humanitarianism.

: (Post)conflict.

: Urban and architectural re-construction.

: Alternatives practices and systems.


Invited Talks / Lectures / Interviews

: ‘Violent Siege of Urban Space,’ School of Society and Culture (Department of Criminology), University of Plymouth_lecture (forthcoming, 2023).

: ‘The hypnosis of Belgrade’s waterfront: Becoming abnormal,’ Space I Control I Resistance, 15th International Deleuze and Guattari Studies conference and camp in Belgrade (Serbia), 3-12th July 2023_conference presentation (forthcoming, 2023).

: ‘Wounded Spaces,’ Calling Places Series_interview/talk (forthcoming, 2023).

: (Trans)forming Belgrade’s Waterfront: Normalization of Rhetoric, The City in Transition: Transformation Processes in Southeastern Europe since the 1980s, The Institute for Danube Swabian History and Regional Studies Tübingen, Germany, 2022

Moving borders: [Un]settling Knowledge, Decolonising research – Research Festival, University of Plymouth, UK, 2021

Balkanization and Global Politics: Remaking cities and Architecture, School of Politics, Philosophy and Religion, Lancaster University, UK, 2021

Ruins, Identity and Nation Building, Positions in Practice: Towards Inclusive Built Environments, Faculty of Architecture and Built Environment, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, 2020.

Power, Violence and the Urban, School of Architecture and Planning, The University of Auckland, NZ, 2019.

Gentrification and Marginalities: The Romani in Belgrade, School of Law, Criminology and Government (Department of Sociology), University of Plymouth, UK, 2018.


Roles on External Bodies: Reviewer

: Conferences / Symposiums

Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ).

Architectural Humanities Research Association (AHRA).

Deleuze and Guattari Conference.

Temporal Formal as part of the ‘Expanded Architecture’ in Sydney, Australia.

Architecture and Film Symposium, Toronto Metropolitan University, Canada.

: Journals

Architecture and Culture.

Architecture Philosophy.

Cubic Journal.

Cultural Dynamics Journal.

Fabrications.

Journal of Material Culture.

Open House International.

: Books

Architecture on the Borderline: Boundary Politics and Built Space (Routlegde).

Architecture in a time of Borders and Division (Anthem Press).

Perception in Architecture. Here and Now (ANCB, the Metropolitan Laboratory).

: Research Grants / Fellowships

Research Fellowship, Christ’s College, University of Cambridge, UK.

Research Grant, National Science Center, Krakow, Poland.

PhD Applications - Doctoral Fellowship Programme, The Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, Austria.

ADA Teaching and Learning Grants, University of Plymouth, UK.


Awards & Funding  

Internal

: Conferences and Field Trip Research, School of Art, Design and Architecture, University of Plymouth, 2015-current. [£9,000]

: Partial Teaching relief for completion of The Routledge Handbook of Architecture, Urban Space and Politics, Vol II: Ecology, Social Participation and Marginalities, 2022. [£1,350]

: AHRC IAA Impact Initiation Fund, 2022 - The Divisive Urban and Ecologies legacies along Belgrade’s Waterfront [£5,010]

: UKRI ESRC Festival of Social Science, 2022 - From Field to Plate – Where does my Dinner come From? [£980]

: Political Matters International Conference Co-convenor, School of Art, Design and Architecture, University of Plymouth, 2019. [£1,200]

: Women in Education + Employment: Westminster Forum Project, London - ADA Teaching and Learning Research Grant - School of Art, Design and Architecture, University of Plymouth, 2018. [£615]

: Partial Teaching Relief for completion of Balkanization and Global Politics, School of Art, Design and Architecture, University of Plymouth, 2017. [£1,975]

: Conferences and Field Trip Research - Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning. The University of Sydney, Australia, 2009-2013. [AU$2,500]

: The University of Sydney Top-up Grant - Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning. The University of Sydney, Australia, 2009-2013. [AU$20,000]

: Green Desires: Rethinking Sustainability Research Project - Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning. The University of Sydney, led by Dr Glen Hill, 2010. [AU$2,000]

: The University of New South Wales U/G Entry Scholarship - Faculty of the Built Environment, The University of New South Wales, 1999. [AU$1,000]

External

: ‘(Trans)forming Belgrade’s Waterfront: Normalization of Rhetoric’, The City in Transition: Transformation Processes in Southeastern Europe since the 1980s, The Institute for Danube Swabian   History and Regional Studies, October 2022, Tübingen (Germany) [£1,000]

: Remembering Differently: The Youth Opening Up History through Architecture and Film - Arts & Humanities Research Council “Changing the Story ECR Project Development Workshop Equal 

Opportunities,” 2019. [£1,000]

: Political Matters: Spatial Thinking of the Alternative International Conference Co-convenor - School of Architecture and Planning, The University of Auckland, NZ, 2019. [NZ$1,100]

: Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) - Australian Federal Government - Support for PhD studies at the University of Sydney, 2009-2013 [AU$78,000].

 

Professional Experience    

: Virginia Kerridge Architect (VKA), Sydney: 2004-2008

Project Architect:      

New 3 storey House in Bondi (2004 – 08); Alteration/Addition to a Heritage Terrace in Elizabeth Bay (2006 – 08); Alteration/Addition to a House in Bronte Beach (06 – 08).

Assistant Architect:      

Alteration/ Addition to a House in Bronte (2005 – 08); New House in Kingscliff (2006 – 08); New Cottage and Farmhouse in Hunter Valley (2007 – 08); Alteration / Addition to a House in Coogee (2006 – 07); New House in Bronte (2005 – 06); Alteration /Addition to Kerridge House + Apartment (2004).


Membership

: European Architectural History Network (EAHN).

: Architectural Humanities Research Association (AHRA).

: Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ).

: New South Wales Architects Registration Board (NSWARB).

: Architecture and Film Symposium_Toronto Metropolitan University, Canada_editorial board member.


PhD Supervision

Marjan Saberi - Behind Closed Doors: A Practice-led Inquiry into Women's Domesticity in Mashad.

Julia Heurling – Repetition and Difference in Photography (practice-based dissertation).


PhD RDC Examinations:

Justin Chung - Learning from Counter-Hegemonic Urban Practise: constructing a ‘socio-cultural and spatial framework’ inspired by the ephemeral night markets in Taiwan.

Ruth Potts - Activism as prefigurative politics: implications for cultivating experiences of political agency in everyday life.

Professional membership



Publications

Publications

Journals

Edited Journals

Haghighi, F. and Bobic, N. eds (Dec, 2020), 'Political Matters (thematic issue),' Interstices: A Journal of Architecture and Related Arts 20. 

Bobic, N. ed. Transformations - History, Theory and Critical Context Journal, University of Plymouth: Plymouth, 2020.

Bobic, N. ed. Intersections - History, Theory and Critical Context Journal, University of Plymouth: Plymouth, 2019.

Bobic, N. ed. Transitions - History, Theory and Critical Context Journal, University of Plymouth: Plymouth, 2018.

Bobic, N. ed. Projections - History, Theory and Critical Context Journal, University of Plymouth: Plymouth, 2017.

Bobic, N. ed. Outlines - History, Theory and Critical Context Journal, University of Plymouth: Plymouth, 2016.

Journal Articles

Haghighi, F. and Bobic, N. eds (2020), Introduction to Political Matters in 'Political Matters (thematic issue),' Interstices: A Journal of Architecture and Related Arts 20: 2-10.

Bobic, N. (2017), Belgrade (de)Void of Identity: Politics of Time, Politics of Control, Politics of Difference’Cultural Dynamics, 29 (1-2), 3 – 22. 

Bobic, N. (2015), 'War Machine: Media and Technology during Operation Allied Force,' Fabrications, 25(3), 398 – 416.

Bobic, N. (2015), 'New Belgrade After 1999: Spatial Violence as De-socialisation, De-Romanisation, and De-historisation,' Architectural Theory Review, 19(3), 355 – 375.

Bobic, N. (2012), Belgrade in Formation(s): Dobrovic’s Generalstab Complex,Fabrications, 21(1), 6 – 27.

Books

Bobic, N. and Haghighi, F. eds (contracted, forthcoming 2023), The Routledge Handbook of Architecture, Urban Space and Politics, Vol II: Ecology, Social Participation and Marginalities, New York: Routledge. 

Bobic, N. and Haghighi, F. eds. (2022), The Routledge Handbook of Architecture, Urban Space and Politics, Vol I: Violence, Spectacle and Data, New York: Routledge. 

Bobic, N(2019), Balkanization and Global Politics: Remaking Cities and Architecture, London: Routledge. 

Chapters

Bobic, N. (contracted and submitted, forthcoming 2023), ‘The Museum of Contemporary Art, New Belgrade: Aesthetics and Cultural Technology.’ In The Visibility of Modernization in Architecture: A Debate, ed. Gevork Hartoonian, London: Routledge.

Bobic, N. (contracted, forthcoming 2023) ‘Along the Waterfront: Agency in Belgrade.’ In The Routledge Handbook of Architecture, Urban Space and Politics, Vol II: Ecology, Social Participation and Marginalities, eds. Nikolina Bobic and Farzaneh Haghighi, New York: Routledge.

Bobic, N. and Haghighi, F. (contracted, forthcoming 2023) ‘Encountering Dissent: Ecologies of Postcolonialism.’ In The Routledge Handbook of Architecture, Urban Space and Politics: Ecology, Social Participation and Marginalities, eds. Nikolina Bobic and Farzaneh Haghighi, New York: Routledge. 

Bobic, N. 'Abjection of Trauma: Identity and Reconstruction.’ In City and Trauma, eds. Sonja Lakic and Jelena Prokopljevic, Barcelona: dpr. (contracted, forthcoming 2023).

Bobic, N. and Haghighi, F (2022). ‘Spatialization of Oppression: Contemporary Politics of Architecture and the Urban.’ In The Routledge Handbook of Architecture, Urban Space and Politics, Vol I: Violence, Spectacle and Data, New York: Routledge, eds. Nikolina Bobic and Farzaneh Haghighi, New York: Routledge, 3-25.

Bobic, N. (2017), 'New Belgrade After 1999: Spatial Violence as De-socialisation, De-Romanisation, and De-historisation.' In Spatial Violence: Studies in Architecture, eds. Andrew Herscher and Anooradha Iyer Siddiqi, 87 – 108. London: Routledge.

Bobic, N. (2013), ‘New Belgrade and the Park of Friendship: Politicisation of Landscape and History.’ In Architecture, Politics, Art. Dakam Press: Turkey, 62 – 77.

Bobic, N. and Hill, G. (2011), ‘Songs Sustained Us: Theorizing NATO’s ‘Humanitarian’ Targeting of Belgrade,’ in Theory of Architecture, Dakam Press: Turkey, 345 – 361.

Conference Papers

Bobic, N. (forthcoming, 2023) ‘The hypnosis of Belgrade’s waterfront: Becoming abnormal,’ Space I Control I Resistance, 15th International Deleuze and Guattari Studies conference and camp in Belgrade (Serbia), 3-12th July 2023.

Bobic, N. (2022) ‘(Trans)forming Belgrade’s Waterfront: Normalization of Rhetoric,’ The City in Transition: Transformation Processes in Southeastern Europe since the 1980s, The Institute for Danube Swabian History and Regional Studies, 6-8 October 2022, Tübingen (Germany).

Bobic, N(2021),Balkanization and Borders,’ Territorialities, Exterritorialities, Non-Territorialities – International Deleuze Conference, 5 July to 7 July 2021 (Virtual).

Bobic, N. (2019), 'Transition and Control: Urban Development Along Belgrade’s Waterfront. International Conference on Cities and Change,' - Three Decades of Post-Socialist Transition, May 17-18, Darmstadt [Germany]. 

Bobic, N. (2018), 'Belgrade: Reconstructing Balkanism, Reconstructing Rights,' - 8th International Conference on Building Resilience, 14-16 November, Lisbon [Portugal]. 

Bobic, N. (2017), '(De)stabilising History: Event as an Operative Tool of Power in Belgrade' / Chaired a session at: 14th AHRA International Conference: Architecture, Festival and the City, 16-18 November, Birmingham [UK]. 

Bobic, N. (2015), Belgrade (De)void of Idnetity: Politics of Times, Politics of Control, Politics of Difference,' EAGN 2015 - Entangled Histories, Multiple Geographies, Oct 14-17, Belgrade [Serbia].

Bobic, N. (2014), ‘Re-negotiating Balkanism: Body De-stabilised in Belgrade’s Republic Square,’ Translation – Proceedings from the 31st Annual Sahanz Conference, Auckland [New Zealand], 213 – 223.

Bobic, N. (2013), ‘Balkanising Myths: Historical (Re)formations of New Belgrade,’ Open – Proceedings from the 30th Annual Sahanz Conference, Gold Coast (Australia), 299 – 312. 

Bobic, N. (2012), ‘New Belgrade’s Park of Friendship: Mobilizing Leisure,’ Fabulation: Myth, Nature, Heritage – Proceedings from the 29th Annual Sahanz Conference, Launceston [Australia], 111 – 123.

Bobic, N. (2010),  ‘Multipetal Difference of Balkan(ization): Weizman’s Boundaries,’ Inclusion and the Space of Difference - International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments [Beirut, Lebanon], 1 – 16.

Bobic, N. (2010), ‘Kristeva’s Abject(ions): the Generalstab and Chaotic Becomings of Belgrade,’ Imagining...– Proceedings from the 27th Annual Sahanz Conference, Newcastle [Australia], 46 – 61.  


Exhibitions

Bobic, N. (2013) 'Political Aesthetics: Forming Fact and Fiction', 2013 Postgraduate Research Visions Exhibition [solo piece as part of a group exhibition], The University of Sydney, Australia.

Bobic, N. (2007) 'Bondi House,’ 2007 Biennale in Venice - Australian Abundant Pavilion [made a model that was exhibited for Virginia Kerridge Architect stand - VKA, Sydney].


Other Publications

Conferences + PhD Workshops Organised

Madjanovic, M., Hristov, Dj., Bobic, N. et al. (forthcoming, 2023) Space I Control I Resistance, 15th International and multidisciplinary Deleuze and Guattari Studies conference and camp, Belgrade, Serbia, July 2023.

Haghighi, F., Bobic, N., Douglas, A. and Hedges, S. (2019), Political Matters: Spatial Thinking of the AlternativeAuckland, NZ.

Haghighi, F., and Bobic, N. (2019) PhD Workshop Symposium (supported by Felicity D. Scott), School of Architecture and Planning, The University of Auckland, NZ.


Consultancy

Forthcoming in 2023_Pearson – Higher Education Advisory Panel Member.

Book Reviews

Bobic, N. (contracted, forthcoming 2023) ‘Nonaligned Modernism: Socialist Postcolonial Aesthetics in Yugoslavia, 1945-1985’ by Bojana Videkanic, Slavic Review.

Bobic, N.
(2018), Architecture: Politics of Time, Politics of Control, Politics of Difference’ by Daniel Grinceri. Fabrications, 28:3, 433 – 435.