Milica Prokic is an environmental historian with a background in visual arts and public engagement.
She obtained her PhD at the University of Bristol Department of History (2017). Her thesis, ‘Barren Island (Goli otok): A Trans-Corporeal History of the Former Yugoslav Political Prison Camp and its Inmates’ won the ASEH Rachel Carson Award for Best Dissertation (2018). The thesis is a case study of Goli otok ̶ the main political prison of former SFR Yugoslavia ̶ a small stony island in the Croatian Adriatic . It examines the relationship between the island, its male and female inmates and the Yugoslav mainland in the context of environmental history, history of the body, labour history, prison studies, island studies, gender and memory studies.
Her previous research and experience is in the visual arts. She holds degrees from Central Saint Martins College (University of the Arts London) and the Faculty of Visual Arts (University of the Arts Belgrade).
She is currently working on the second volume of the graphic novel ‘Light Keys’ at the University of Bristol Centre for Quantum Engineering Technology Labs. The project is part of the Centre’s engagement initiative, and has won several funding awards (EPSRC 2018).
During the Max Weber Fellowship Milica will explore the stories of South-Western Balkan women combatants and their international peers in the period covering the two World Wars, focusing on their embodied and environmental experiences.
At the University of Bristol’s Department of History she taught the module ‘Approaching the Past’and organised Humanities Postgraduate Research Seminars.