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Dr Marko Ilic

Associate Lecturer

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Marko Ilić received a BA in History of Art from the University of Cambridge (2011) and a MA (2012) and PhD (2016) from The Courtauld Institute of Art. His doctoral thesis represented the first comprehensive survey of Yugoslavia’s Students’ Cultural Centres, and examined how these institutions played host to the ‘New Art Practice’ under the political programme of self-managing socialism. It further traced how these institutions foreshadowed later subcultural developments in Ljubljana and Sarajevo during the 1980s. In April 2013, he participated in Tate Modern’s Global Pop Symposium, and has since given papers at UCL, The Courtauld, and abroad. For the past two years, he worked as a teaching assistant at The Courtauld, and he will be teaching at both graduate and undergraduate levels this year.


  • The Courtauld Institute of Art
    PhD candidate, 2012 – present
    MA History of Art, 2011-2012 (Distinction) Global Conceptualism: The Last Avant-Garde or a New Beginning? Dissertation: ‘Stepping Out: Expanded Encounters in Belgrade’s Student Cultural Centre, 1973-75’
  • Cambridge University
    BA (Hons.) History of Art, 2008-2011


  • Courtauld Institute of Art London, UK; Academic year 2016/7
    MA History of Art Special Option: Alternative Art in Eastern Europe and Latin America 1959-1989
    BA2 Constellations Lecture Course: Cold War Cultures. Art in a Divided World 1945-1991
  • Courtauld Institute of Art London, UK; Oct. 13 – Dec. 14
    MA ‘Core Methodology’ teaching assistant and course coordinator, leading text-based classes on art historical methodology to MA students.

Research interests

  • Institutional critique and its legacies
  • Collectivity in art since the 1960s
  • Intersections between art and activism
  • Art and politics in the former Yugoslavia
  • Contemporary art in the post-Yugoslav space

Recent publications

  • Ilić & S. Gotti, ‘“Points of Origin”: From a History of Alternative Art to a History of Alternative Institutions’, in M. Brown & M. Fisher (eds.), Collaboration and its Discontents, Courtauld Books Online Project, e-book, August 2016.

Conference papers and lectures

  • Courtauld Institute of Art, Research Forum, 28.4.14 Belgrade’s SKC Gallery and the ‘International Artists’ Strike’
  • UCL SSEES, International Postgraduate Symposium, 20.2.14 From Institutional Autocracy to an Invisible Art: The Case of Novi Sad’s Youth Tribune
  • Tate Modern, Global Pop Symposium, 14.3.13 ‘Made in Yugoslavia’: Negotiations of Socialist-Consumerism in the ‘New Art Practice’

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