Veronica Aplenc has been a Program Manager and member of the associated faculty in Teaching, Learning, and Leadership since 2011. Her research interests center on Yugoslavia, its everyday environment, and modernity, and her work has had both an archival and an ethnographic focus. Aplenc research projects have focused on the historic built environment, vernacular architecture and landscapes, and folklore (ethnology) in the former Yugoslavia. She has additional interests in the history of museums, museum education, and folklore education. She has been active in the study of heritage management, as well as in its practice. Before coming to Penn GSE, Aplenc’s professional work included site management, exhibit coordination, historical research, and archives consulting. Her research work has been supported an IREX Public Policy grant and a Fulbright grant.
Aplenc has published on folk arts, industrial design, and urban planning in Yugoslavia, as well as historic preservation in Czechoslovakia. She has participated in international collaborative research and publication projects, including a 2012-2013 project on socialist-era heritage with the Slovenian Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a 2015-2016 educational exchange with the University of Ljubljana.
Aplenc has developed and taught courses on museum education, qualitative modes of inquiry, the historic built environment, the politics of culture, folklore, and the history of socialism. Her research work has been supported an IREX Public Policy grant, and a Fulbright grant, and a Kress Foundation grant. At Penn, Aplenc is a member of Penn REEES (http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/reees/).
Office hours in Fall 2017 and Spring 2018: Thursday, 9-11.
Research Interests and Current Projects
Dr. Aplenc’s current research projects fall at the intersection of architectural history and folklore concerns, with a particular focus on the negotiation of modernity under socialism. Her current main research project traces the development of a modern neighborhood in the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana under Yugoslav state socialism. This interdisciplinary monography outlines the interplay of multiple interpretations of a modern built environment that ultimately led to the successful physical and symbolic transformation of an iconic, village-like gardening neighborhood into a socialist district dominated by high-rises and single-family homes.
Ph.D. (Folklore and Folklife) University of Pennsylvania, 2005.
M.S. (Historic Preservation) University of Pennsylvania, 1997.
B.A. (Russian, Soviet & East European Studies) Williams College, 1990.
Areas of Expertise
Everyday built environment, 20th-century Yugoslavia, ethnology/folklore, museum education.