Odjel za etnologiju i antropologiju

Anatomy of Islands

For several years now, the Department of Ethnology and Anthropology has co-organized several international symposiums titled "Anatomy of Islands" in partnership with the NGO Anatomy of Islands and the Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Research from Zagreb. Our undergraduate and graduate study programs place great emphasis on the Mediterranean orientation and stress the importance of immediate ethnographic research experience, both for our academic staff and students.

As a result, we were eager to actively participate in the organization of the Anatomy of Islands conferences by sharing our research findings within the committed academic community of nisologists. This engagement strengthens our commitment to promoting interdisciplinary and collaborative research, international cooperation, and scientific excellence. Through exploring diverse cultural phenomena in island communities, we aim to broaden our understanding of islands and provide valuable findings that enhance our students' learning outcomes. So far, we have successfully co-organized several symposiums, with each one focusing on the different island-related topic that call for an interdisciplinary approach.

2019. 8th Anatomy of islands Symposium Islands in Focus: From Narrations of Vulnerability to Empowerment, 29th of September – 1st of October – Island of Lastovo, Croatia

2019. L.A. {AGRI}CULTURE interdisciplinary workshop in collaboration with Dobre Dobričević NGO  for students of urban planning and/or architecture, agronomy, law, geography and ethnology.

2021. 9th Anatomy of islands Symposium Islands and Crises: Resilience and Sustainability of Island Communities, 27th – 29th of September 2021. – Island of Lastovo, Croatia.

2022. 10th Anatomy of islands Symposium Climate Change and Environmental Futures of Islands, 26th – 28th of September 2022. – Island of Lastovo, Croatia.

2023. 11th Anatomy of islands Symposium Islands at the Table: Mediterranean Diet between Global Processes and Island Knowledge, 28th – 30th of September 2022. – Island of Hvar, Croatia.


InASEA: Emotions, Senses and Affect in the Context of Southeast Europe | University of Zadar, 2018

Feelings and emotions are essential parts of the human condition, shaping our interpersonal relations and connections as well as our world view. In our world that has, for the last decades, been dominated by the impact of rationality and technical progress, of transformation and economic efficiency, of globalization and migration, the role of emotions in all spheres of life has all too often been neglected. There is a renewed anthropological interest in the study of emotions, affects and feelings that bind individuals and groups in various ways, addressing their economic and political uncertainty and directing attention to people’s arts of existence. As stated in our call the aim of this conference is to extend the exploration of the ‘everyday’ and ‘ordinary’ by focusing on the role of emotions and the varieties of senses in relation to the entire sphere of individual and social life, to social belonging and affect-saturated spaces and institutions such as nation or home region, neighbourhood or friends, family or relatives, strangers or intimates, religious or ethnic groups.

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Movements, Narratives and Landscapes

International interdisciplinary conference organized by the the University of Zadar, Centar for scientific research Slovenian academy of science and arts, University of Roehampton in London and Maine University.


Antropop - Employment of ethnologists and anthropologists within the profession 

In November 2013, the University of Zadar hosted a conference Anthropop - Employment of ethnologists and anthropologists within the profession. The conference was organized by former and current students of ethnology and cultural anthropology in cooperation with the Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, University of Zadar. It was attended by employees of the Department of Tourism and Communication Sciences, the Employment Service, Museum, CISOK, Center for Social Humanities Research, and students of the University of Zadar and the Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb. The aim of the conference was to present some of the key problems of employment of ethnologists and anthropologists after their studies, and to present positive examples of (self) employment in the profession. The goal was to create a space for development of new ideas and possible projects through which ethnologists and anthropologists could create their own workplace. 


Body and Awareness: The Discourse between Anthropology, Literature and the Arts

International conference organized by the Department of Ethnology and Anthropology, University of Zadar, and University of Cork, Ireland. Because of its multidisciplinary approach, the conference has gathered experts from different disciplines with a purpose to rethink concepts of body, awareness and embodiment making specific discursive formations trough the interaction of social sciences and humanities and different forms of artistic expression.


Displaced Tibet

International conference organized by the Department of Ethnology and Anthropology, University of Zadar. The conference was focused on the Tibetan Diaspora in Indian state Himachal Pradesh, problems of Tibetan government in exile, and problems of Tibetan culture caused by its displacement.


History as a Foreign Country: Historical Imagery in South-Eastern Europe

International conference organized by the Department of Ethnology and Anthropology, University of Zadar, Department of Croatian studies, University of Zagreb and the “Alexander von Humboldt“ Foundation.


Pilgrimage and Sacred Places in Eastern Europe: Place, Politics and Religious Tourism

International conference organized by the Department of Ethnology and Anthropology, University of Zadar, University of Klagenfurt, University of Kent, University of London, University of Zagreb, and University of Split.