Director

Tihana Kraš
 Dr Tihana Kraš
She is Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Rijeka. She obtained her BA and MA at the University of Zagreb, and her MPhil and PhD at the University of Cambridge. She did her postdoc at the University of Edinburgh. Her research is in language acquisition, bilingualism and psycholinguistics. She is involved in the EU-funded “Advancing the European Multilingual Experience (AThEME)” project as a lead person, and is also running the University-funded “Pronoun Processing in Italian” project.

Team Members

Ana Bratulić
 Ana Bratulić
She is Research Assistant on the EU-funded “Advancing the European Multilingual Experience (AThEME)” project in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Rijeka. She obtained her BA and MA in English Language and Literature and History at the University of Rijeka and is currently a PhD student in Foreign Language Education at the University of Zagreb. Her professional interests include language attitudes, second language acquisition and English language teaching methodology.
Branka Drljača Margić
 Dr Branka Drljača Margić
She is Assistant Professor and Head of the English and Applied Linguistics Section of the Department of English at the University of Rijeka. She obtained her PhD from the University of Zagreb. Her research interests include language contact, language attitudes and the presence of English in academic and research settings. She is currently running the “Internationalisation of Study Programmes at the University of Rijeka (UNIRI)” project, and is involved in the EU-funded “Advancing the European Multilingual Experience” project.
Maja Đurđulov
 Maja Đurđulov
She is Teaching Assistant in the Department of Italian at the University of Rijeka and teacher of Latin at Rijeka's Italian Secondary School. She obtained her MA from the University of Trieste (Italy), and is currently a PhD student at the University of Padua (Italy). Her research interests include the history of Italian language in the Rijeka region, Italian language literature and literary and historic aspects of 20th century Rijeka. She is on the Board of the Dante Alighieri Society in
Rijeka.
Franco Finco
 Dr Franco Finco
He is Research Fellow in the CIRF (Interdepartmental Research Centre for Languages and Culture in Friuli) at the University of Udine (Italy), as well as Visiting Professor in the Department of Italian at the University of Rijeka. He obtained his MA and PhD from the University of Udine. His research interests include Italian linguistics, sociolinguistics, language contact and minority languages.
Corinna Gerbaz-Giuliano
 Dr Corinna Gerbaz-Giuliano
She is Assistant Professor in the Department of Italian at the University of Rijeka. She holds a BA in Philosophy from the University of Trieste and a PhD in Italian Literature from the University of Zagreb. She has authored one book and edited another one, and is Editor-in-Chief of the “La Battana” journal. She is a collaborator in the University-funded “Hrvatska pisana baština od 17. do 19. stoljeća” project. She is actively involved in the work of Italian ethnic minority’s associations and institutions in Rijeka.
Ivana Lalli Paćelat
 Dr Ivana Lalli Paćelat
She is a postdoc at the “Juraj Dobrila” University of Pula. She obtained her BA and MA in German and Italian Language and Literature and her PhD in Linguistics from the University of Zagreb. She is part of the working group Osservatorio dellʼitaliano istituzionale fuori dʼItalia (OIIFI) of the REI – “Rete per l’eccellenza dell’italiano istituzionale” at the European Commission. Her research interests include contrastive linguistics, corpus linguistics, translation studies, bilingualism/multilingualism and language for specific purposes.
Željka Macan
 Dr Željka Macan
She is Senior Lector in the Department of Croatian at the University of Rijeka and in the Department’s Rijeka School of Croatian Studies, a centre for teaching Croatian as a second and foreign language. She has a BA in Croatian and German and a PhD from the University of Zagreb. Her research interests include phraseology, contact linguistics, and Croatian as a second and foreign language.
Antonela Marjanušić
 Antonela Marjanušić
She is a second-year MA student of English and Croatian Language and Literature at the University of Rijeka, where she also obtained her BA in English and Croatian Language and Literature. She is interested in first and second language acquisition, cognitive linguistics, and translation.
Gianna Mazzieri-Sanković
 Dr Gianna Mazzieri-Sanković
She is Assistant Professor and Head of the Department of Italian at the University of Rijeka, and teaches Italian at Rijeka’s Italian Secondary School. She holds a BA from the University of Trieste and a PhD from the Sapienza University of Rome. She has authored two books, is on the editorial board of La Battana journal, and leads the international “Osvaldo Ramous: Tempi senza misura” research project. She is actively involved in the work of Rijeka’s Italian ethnic minority’s associations and institutions.
Irena Meštrović Štajduhar
 Irena Meštrović Štajduhar
She is Research and Teaching Assistant in the Department of English at the University of Rijeka and a PhD student at Karl-Franzens-Universitaet Graz. Her main research interests are language testing and assessment, willingness to communicate, language anxiety, learning materials design, and curriculum and material development.
Nadja Mifka-Profozić
 Dr Nadja Mifka-Profozić
She is Lecturer in Language Education at the University of York (UK), where she works in the Centre for Research in Language Learning and Use, of the Education Department. She previously taught at the University of Zadar and at the University of Auckland (NZ), where she completed her Masters in TESOL and her PhD in Applied Linguistics. Her research interests are in the area of second language acquisition, classroom interaction, and the role of cognitive individual difference factors in language learning.
Iva Peršić
 Iva Peršić
She is Teaching Assistant in the Department of Italian at the University of Rijeka. She obtained her MA in Italian Language and Literature from the University of Pula, and is currently a PhD student at the University of Zadar. She is actively engaged in translation and participates in the work of the European Institute for Literary Translation in Pula. Her research interests include translation studies, literary criticism, foreign language teaching, as well as contrastive and comparative analysis in the context of Italian-Croatian language contacts.
Nada Poropat Jeletić
 Dr Nada Poropat Jeletić
She is a postdoc in the Department for Interdisciplinary, Italian and Cultural Studies at the “Juraj Dobrila” University of Pula and she also teaches in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Faculty of Educational Sciences at the University of Pula. She obtained her PhD from the University of Zadar. She is a researcher of the Rete REI – “Rete per l’eccellenza dell’italiano istituzionale” at the European Commission. Her research is in sociolinguistic features of bilingualism/multilingualism and language policy and planning.
Diana Predrag
 Diana Predrag
She is Public Relations Associate at Rijeka’s Energo utility company. She holds an MA in Art History and English Language and Literature from the University of Rijeka, and has acquired experience in writing project proposals, in project management, and in event organisation and promotion, through working in the non-profit sector. Her interests include learning foreign languages and writing and researching in the field of art history. She is involved in several projects related to Rijeka’s cultural heritage and its public promotion.
Siniša Smiljanić
 Siniša Smiljanić
He is Research Assistant on the EU “Advancing the European Multilingual Experience (AThEME)” project in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Rijeka. He obtained his BA and MA in Croatian and English Language and Literature at the University of Rijeka. Currently, he is a PhD student in Foreign Language Education at the University of Zagreb. His research interests include second language acquisition and multilingualism.
Aneta Stojić
 Dr Aneta Stojić
She is Associate Professor in the Department of German at the University of Rijeka, where she teaches linguistic courses. She was trained at renowned German studies institutes in Vienna, Hamburg and Berlin. Her research is on languages in contact and intercultural communication. She is involved in several research projects. She has authored three books and around twenty papers. She is Programme Leader for the University’s post-master’s specialist degree programme in Translation, and Head of the Austrian Library in Rijeka.
Zvjezdana Vrzić
 Dr Zvjezdana Vrzić
She is Assistant Professor in the Department of Cultural Studies at the University of Rijeka. She received her PhD in Linguistics from New York University. She does research on endangered languages in Croatia and on mechanisms of contact interference. Her current projects are “Preservation of the Vlashki/Zheyanski Language”, “Documentation of the Vlashki/Zheyanski Language” and “Documentation and Revitalisation of the Six Istriot Varieties” ("Documentazione e rivitalizzazione dei sei idiomi istrioti").