Jana (Miroljub) Aleksić (1984, Kragujevac) graduated from the University of Belgrade – Faculty of Philology, Department of Serbian Literature and Language with Comparative Literature, after defending the thesis “Pripovedački postupci u romanima Gorana Petrovića” (Narrative Techniques in the Novels of Goran Petrović). She received the “Radmila Popović” Foundation’s prize for best thesis in the subject Serbian Literature of the Twentieth Century, defended in 2009 at the Faculty of Philology in Belgrade. In 2010, she completed the master’s program Serbian Literature and Language with Comparative Literature (thesis: “Legitimizacija postmodernizma u savremenoj srpskoj prozi” [Legitimization of Postmodernism in Contemporary Serbian Prose], Radoman Kordić, Postmodernističko pripovedanje, Prosveta, Beograd, 1998; mentor professor Mihajlo Pantić, Ph.D.). On May 30, 2016, she successfully defended the doctoral thesis “Milan Kašanin kao tumač nove srpske književnosti” (Milan Kašanin as an Interpreter of New Serbian Literature) in front of a commission comprised of professor Radivoje Mikić, Ph.D. (mentor), Milan Radulović, Ph.D. (president), and associate professor Milan Aleksić, Ph.D., at the University of Belgrade – Faculty of Philology.
Thanks to a scholarship from the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia, Jana Aleksić, Ph.D., attended postdoctoral studies at the University of Venice, the Department for Linguistics and Comparative Cultural Studies (Dipartimento di Studi Linguistici e Culturali Comparati, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia) for three months in 2017, under the mentorship of professor Aleksandar Naumov.
She has been working on the project Culturological Literary Theories and Serbian Literary Criticism at the Institute for Literature and Art in Belgrade since March 2011. In January 2020, she became the associate and secretary of the Scientific Department Serbian Literature and Cultural Self-Awareness. She has been a member of the Institute for Literature and Art’s Scientific Council since June 2017.
Jana Aleksić has published five scientific monographs: Opsednuta priča: Poetika romana Gorana Petrovića (Haunted Story: The Poetics of Goran Petrović’s Novels, 2013), Žudnja za lepotom i savršenstvom: Teurgijska dimenzija književnoumetničkog stvaralaštva (The Yearn for Beauty and Perfection: Theurgic Dimension of Literary and Artistic Creations, 2014), Kulturna ideologija Milana Kašanina (The Cultural Ideology of Milan Kašanin, 2019), Književna misao Milana Kašanina (The Literary Thought of Milan Kašanin, 2020), Metapoetičnost: Prilozi Proučavanju Pesničke Samosvesti (Metapoetics: Towards a Study of Poetic Self-Awareness, 2021), as well as forty studies and articles in scientific volumes, journals, and literary periodicals. She has edited three scientific publications: Priče, sećanje, svedočastva, “Antologijska edicija Prvi svetski rat u srpskoj književnost”; tom 2 (Stories, Memories, Testimonies, “Anthological Edition – First World War in Serbian Literature”; volume 2, 2018), Ivo Andrić, Ex Ponto, “Kritičko izdanje dela Ive Andrića,” knj. 13 (Critical Edition of Ivo Andrić’s Works, volume 13, 2019), Milan Kašanin, Zaveštanje srpskog Atinjanina (The Bequest of a Serbian Athenianin, 2020). She attended many scientific conferences. With Đorđe Nešić she edited the scientific edited volume Književni i kritičarski opus Milana Kašanina (The Literary and Critical Works of Milan Kašanin, 2018); with Dragan Hamović the edited volume Srpska književnost početkom 20. veka: modernost i stari zadaci (Serbian Literature at the Beginning of the 20th Century: Modernity and Old Tasks, 2020); and with Žarko Milenković the edited volume Ivan Negrišorac: pesničke i kulturološke dominante (Ivan Negrišorac: The Dominants Poetical and Culturological Elements, 2020). She edited the thematic pages “Milan Kašanin: književnik, istoričar književnosti i umetnosti ” (Milan Kašanin: Author, Art and Literary Historian) for the journal Književna Istorija, as well as the thematic pages “Dozivanja – srednjovekovno književno nasleđe u modernom srpskom pesništvu” (“Evocation—Medieval Literary Heritage in Modern Serbian Poetics”) for the journal Ljubostinjska Prinošenja (2019).
Since 2018, she has been collaborating with the Ivo Andrić Foundation on the project of editing the critical edition of Ivo Andrić’s works. She participated in editing scientific journals Lipar and Kultura, the national scientific journal Književni Magazin, as well as the magazine for culture Srpska Misao.