Jovana is a PhD candidate at SFU under the supervision of Dimitris Krallis. She holds a BA and an MA in history, from the University of Belgrade, with a specific focus on Medieval, Byzantine history. Parts of her MA thesis are available as publications in the Annual for Social History XXIII (Географија патње: дискурс простора у колекцији писама Јована Мавропода (The geography of grief: space discourse in John Mauropous’ letter collection), and in Brill’s edited volume Transmitting and Circulating the Late Antique and Byzantine Worlds (Mauropous as Menander’s Student of Rhetoric – An Exile Progymnasma). Jovana’s PhD thesis is exploring practices of letter collecting in the middle-Byzantine period (with a specific focus on smaller compositions) and considers their engagement with the exilic literature of ancient Greece and Rome. Through one genre-based inquiry, this work aims to discuss post-iconoclastic political culture and its relationship with concepts of free speech. Her other research interests include educational practices in formal and informal settings as well as communication of knowledge through documentary media – she has been engaged as a research assistant with the Institute for the Study of Teaching and Learning in the Disciplines, presented some of her pedagogically-based research at the 18th Vagantes Conference on Medieval Studies, and is currently the lecturer and coordinator of the social sciences and humanities program at Petnica Science Centre.