A great man is one who collects knowledge the way a bee collects honey and uses it to help people overcome the difficulties they endure - hunger, ignorance and disease!
- Nikola Tesla

Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.
- Franklin Roosevelt

While their territory has been devastated and their homes despoiled, the spirit of the Serbian people has not been broken.
- Woodrow Wilson

Milica Bakić-Hayden

Lecturer
PhD, University of Chicago, 1997

2612 Cathedral of Learning
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Fields
Religion and society in the Balkans and South Asia, topics in comparative religion

Teaching
Eastern Orthodoxy, Mysticism East and East, Saints East and West, Religions of India I, Religions of India II: Storytelling as a Religious Form, Christian-Muslim Relations

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Selected Publications

  • "Empires are Us: Identifying with Differences," in Images of Imperial Legacy: Modern Discourses on the Social and Cultural Impact of Ottoman and Habsburg Rule in Southeast Europe, edited by Tea Sindbaek and Maximilian Hartmuth, Berlin: LIT Verlag, 2011.
  • “St. Sava and the Power(s) of Spiritual Authority,” Serbian Studies 24.1-2 (2010): 49-62.
  • “Teoloska antropologija zene: pravoslavna perspektiva” (“Theological Anthropology of Woman: An Orthodox Perspective”) in I vjernice i gradjanke (Women as Believers and Citizens), edited by Zilka Spahic-Siljak and Rebeka Anic, Sarajevo: TPO Foundation, 2009
  • "Two Methods of Contemplation: Yoga and Hesychast Prayer," Glasnik Etnografskog Instituta SANU (Herald of the Ethnographic Institute of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts) LV/2 (2008)
  • Varijacije na temu 'Balkan' [Variations on the Theme 'Balkans'], Belgrade: Filip Višnjić, 2006
  • "Kosovo: Reality of a Myth and Myth of Many Realities," in Serbien und Montenegro, Vienna: Österreichische Osthefte, 2006
  • "The Aesthetics of Theosis: Uncovering the Beauty of Image," in Aesthetics as a Religious Factor in Eastern and Western Christianity, edited by W. van den Bercken and J. Sutton, Leuven: Peeters Publishers, 2006
  • "National Memory as Narrative Memory: The Case of Kosovo" in National Memory in Southeastern Europe, edited by Maria Todorova, London: Hurst & Co., 2004
  • "What's so Byzantine about the Balkans?" in Balkan as Metaphor, edited by D. Bijelić and O. Savić, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press, 2002
  • "Nesting Orientalisms: The Case of Former Yugoslavia," Slavic Review 54 (1995)
  • The World on the Turtle's Back: Myths, Legends and Stories of the Iroquois, 1991 [translator]
  • The Painter of Signs by R.K. Narayan, 1986 [translator]

Honors and Awards

  • Executive Board member, North American Society for Serbian Studies, 2010 to date
  • Elected, President of the North American Association of Serbian Studies, 2008
  • Elected, Vice President of the North American Association of Serbian Studies, 2006
  • United States Institute of Peace Fellowship for the project "On Common Ground: Christianity and Islam in the Balkans," 2005-2006
  • National Council for Eurasian and East European Research, Policy Research Fellowship, 2001-2002

Current Projects

  • A member of international and multidisciplinary project on "Antagonistic Tolerance: Competitive Sharing of Religious Sites" [in Turkey, Bulgaria, Portugal, Peru and Mexico; 2009-2012]. Project Director: Robert M. Hayden, Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh.
  • “Contemporary Culture and New Religiosity: Strategies of Individual and Collective Identities” (in Serbia), with Dr. Aleksandra Pavičević, Ethnographic Institute of Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Belgrade. A three-year collaborative research project culminating in an edited volume.
  • A collection of essays on Indological themes (book ms)

University Affiliations
Core faculty member of the Indo-Pacific Studies Program, Asian Studies Center and Center for Russian and East European Studies of the University Center for International Studies

Interview
Magazine Vreme (Serbian)

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Knowing the Purpose of Creation through the Resurrection

Proceedings of the Symposium on St. Maximus the Confessor

The present volume is a collection of presentations delivered at the St Maximus the Confessor International Symposium held in Belgrade at the University of Belgrade from 18 to 21 October 2012. The Belgrade Symposium brought together the following speakers: Demetrios Bathrellos, Grigory Benevitch, Calinic Berger, Paul Blowers, David Bradshaw, Adam Cooper, Brian Daley, Paul Gavrilyuk, Atanasije Jevtić, Joshua Lollar, Andrew Louth, John Panteleimon Manoussakis, Maximos of Simonopetra, Ignatije Midić, Pascal Mueller-Jourdan, Alexei Nesteruk, Aristotle Papanikolaou, George Parsenios, Philipp Gabriel Renczes, Nino Sakvarelidze, Torstein Tollefsen, George Varvatsoulias, Maxim Vasiljević, Christos Yannaras, and John Zizioulas. The papers and discussions in this volume of the proceedings of the Belgrade Symposium amply attest to the reputation of Saint Maximus the Confessor as the most universal spirit of the seventh century, and perhaps the greatest thinker of the Church. Twenty eight studies have been gathered in the present volume, which is organized into eight chapters, each of them corresponding to the proceedings of the Symposium, all of which are of intense interest and importance. Chapter One brings to light new evidence regarding the sources, influences, and appropriations of St Maximus’ teaching. His mediatorial role as one of the few genuinely ecumenical theologians of the patristic era is acknowledged and affirmed. Chapter Two offers some crucial clarifications on the relationship between person, nature, and freedom. In Chapter Three we find substantial discussion on body, pathos, love, eros, etc. New interpretive paradigms and insights are proposed in Chapter Four, while the next chapter presents the Confessor’s cosmological perspective in light of modern scientific discoveries. Some important ontological and ecclesiological issues are discussed in Chapter Six, while in Chapter Seven we are able to see what contemporary synthesis is possible through St Maximus’ thought. Chapter Eight offers further readings by engaging younger scholars who did not present their papers at the conference but whose studies were accepted by the organizers. In the final paper we find an important overview of the Symposium with a description of the conference’s flow. In an age of plurality and division, it is particularly important to know what our Tradition—shaped by the Fathers—can teach us. In any such endeavor, Saint Maximus the Confessor stands out as the most important theologian of the so-called Byzantine period. Yet his theology, assimilated and incorporated by Tradition, has relevance beyond any single historical period; in fact, the Confessor’s efforts to mediate between East and West distinguish his work as vital for contemporary theological discourse.