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Dr Nela Milic

Contextual & Theoretical Studies Coordinator
London College of Communication
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Nela  Milic


Dr. Nela Milic is an artist and an academic working in media and arts, Senior Lecturer and Year 2 Contextual and Theoretical Studies Coordinator in the Design School at London College of Communication.

Throughout her career, Nela has delivered creative projects for organisations including the Royal Opera House, Barbican, Arts Council England, John Lewis, Al Jazeera, Oxo Tower, London International Theatre Festival (LIFT)... She is interested in intersection of time and space, which has brought her to many multi-media and mapping projects where she’s dealt with memory, narrative, digital archives, city and participation. She is a recipient of the European Cultural Foundation Artistic Grant for the project Wedding Bellas after years of engagement with the work of refugees and asylum seekers.

Nela developed the project ‘Balkanising Taxonomy’ for her PhD where she researched the city as a site of spectacle and the culture of protest. She continues working on art and public space in Belgrade through Kulturklammer, centre for cultural interactions. She won Southwark community arts award for her project Here Comes Everybody in 2015, which she wrote about in the book Art and the City: Worlding the Discussion through a Critical Artscape (2017).

She conducted research for Gulbenkian Foundation and worked on the project TimeCase: Memory in Action with a Grundtvig grant. She is a reviewer of the Journal for Art, Design & Communication in Higher Education as well as Memory Studies Journal and co-chair of Art and Memory Working Group of Memory Studies Association (MSA). She evaluates EU COST network applications in humanities and is a consultant for the Science Fund of Republic of Serbia. Nela is part of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded Arts and Reconciliation research project for which she has created an installation Text Illuminations. She is a member of Space and Place and Design Activism research hubs. Nela is co-editor of a Special Issue of the Journal of Organisational Aesthetics about London Design Festival at LCC.

Nela is a Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy and her PhD students are: Saioa Olmo, Miriam Sorrentino and Ewelina Warner.

Grants and awards

(Figures indicate amount awarded to UAL)

  • British Society of Aesthetics, Small Grant, £3,200.00, (2020-2021)
  • Association of Arts History, Scholarly Research Grant, £500.00, (2020-2020)
  • AHRC, Language Acts and Worldmaking, £1,000.00, (2019-2019)

Research Outputs

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Current research students

  • Mireia Ludevid Llop, Memory as “First Breath”. A speculative practice-focused enquiry on the language of memory (Lead supervisor)
  • Miriam Sorrentino, Is it possible to adapt social semiotic practice to communicate audience responses to an ambient work through visual and tactile modes? (Lead supervisor)
  • Miriam Alessandra Sorrentino, Can experience of ambient advertising in public spaces be captured and communicated so it resonates with the work of creatives in this field? (Advisor)
  • Ewelina Warner, Humorous Hoaxes and National identity: Understanding Czech Ideas of Authenticity in a Postcolonial and Postsocialist Context

Past research students

  • Saioa Olmo, "TRANSART. Collaborative art practices, relational technologies and social performativity» (Advisor)