Gvozdanović Jadranka

Corresponding members V. Department of Philological Sciences
Gvozdanović Jadranka

Date of birth:

  • 1947

Place of birth:

  • Zagreb


Gvozdanović Jadranka

Corresponding members V. Department of Philological Sciences

Academic titles:

  • Doctor of Science
  • full  professor

Membership in the Academy:

  • corresponding member – Department of Philological Sciences (5/10/2018 – …)

Currriculum Vitae

Jadranka Gvozdanović, born in Zagreb in 1947, is one of the leading Croatian Slavists and linguists operating abroad. Since 2003, she has been a full professor in the Department of Slavic Studies at the University of Heidelberg, and has also been a professor at the University of Mannheim (1997-2003) and at the University of Amsterdam (1970-1997). She was dean of the New Philological Faculty of the University of Mannheim (2000-2003), and in 2008-2011 she was vice-dean of the Faculty of Contemporary Languages and Literature of the University of Heidelberg. She is currently a member of the Senate of the University of Heidelberg and commissioner for equality issues at the University. In 2017, she received the honorary title seniorprofessorin from the Rector of the University of Heidelberg, a title awarded only to exceptional professors (Professor Gvozdanović is the first holder of this title at the Faculty of Contemporary Languages and Literature of the University of Heidelberg).

Professor Gvozdanović is the editor of series Empirie und Theorie der Sprachwissenschaft with the reputable publisher Carl Winter in Heidelberg. She is a member of several international Slavic and linguistic associations, and since 2017 she is a member of the scientific committee of the International Conference on Historical Linguistics.

She received important awards for her work, among which is the award for best book in slavic linguistics of the American Association of Lecturers of Slavic and Eastern European Languages for the book Celtic and Slavic and the Great Migrations (2010).

As a scientist she is versatile, she has achieved significant results in a whole range of philological disciplines: Slavistic, Croatian, and Indo-European studies, diachronic linguistics and linguistic typology. She is also a prominent expert in Croatian and Slavic accentology and the study of language typology. She also deals with slavic aspectology and contacts of Slavic languages with other Indo-European languages. Jadranka Gvozdanović is ranked among our most versatile linguists.

So far, she has published three own scientific monographs, edited six books and published 97 scientific and professional articles in Croatian, Slovenian, Russian, German, Dutch and English. As a full professor and vice-dean at one of German most prestigious universities, with her involvement in various slavic and linguistic organizations she gained a huge international reputation and became one of the most famous names in world slavistics.

She was elected as a correspondent member of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts in 2018.