International Scientific Conference to mark the 70th anniversary of the Institute of Ethnography SASA


Sirogojno (the Old Village Open-Air Museum), Serbia, 8 ‒ 10 September, 2017
Organizer: The Institute of Ethnography SASA

On the occasion of its 70th anniversary, the Institute of Ethnography of SASA is organizing an international scientific conference in the Old Village Open-Air Museum in Sirogojno (Serbia), and its topic embraces former and current theoretical, methodological and research courses in ethnology and anthropology, with a special focus on Southeastern Europe, as well as beyond. The objective of this conference to mark a special occasion is to bring together previous and contemporary ethno-anthropological knowledge and practices, thereby providing a view of the discipline’s developmental dynamics in the last 70 years, and its possible courses in the future.

For more information about the application process and the conference, please follow this link.


Institute of Ethnography SASA is organizing

Round table

Humanities in Time of Post-humanism
Among Relevance, Suppression and Fight for Survival


Event will take place on Thursday, December 15th


Objectives of the Round table are:

  • Opening dialogue between academics and creators of science policies related to the issue of role and position of humanities in Serbia 
  • Re-evaluating notion of „relevance“ and finding answer to the question – in which way are humanities really relevant?
  • Pointing out possible engagement of knowledge that belongs to humanities in important social processes – in the fields of social and cultural policies, political practices, in the fields of economy (e.g. tourism), food industry, health care
  • Directing attention onto preservation of academic level of research in the field of humanities as a space in which culture is being created, analysed and interpreted. Primary goal of disciplines of humanities is elevation of cultural ambiance of Republic of Serbia.
  • Highlighting significance of writing and publishing in Serbian language.
  • Opening dialogue on possible solutions of the problem of valuation of results in the field of humanities


Fiery bodies. Burning Dead in Serbia: From Pagan Ritual to Modern Cremation, Book by Aleksandra Pavićević


Plamena tela

Aleksandra Pavićević PhD, Senior Research Fellow of the Institute of Ethnography SASA published a book Fiery bodies. Burning Dead in Serbia: From Pagan Ritual to Modern Cremation.
This book represents cultural, historical, and anthropological analyses of modern development of cremation in the frames of Euro-Christian civilization, with special emphasis on Serbia.






dr Dragana Radojičić visiting institutes in Slovakia and the Czech Republic

As part of the international bilateral cooperation between Slovakia and the Czech Republic, dr Dragana Radojičić attended the celebration in honor of 70 years of the founding of the Institute for ethnology of the Slovakian Academy of Sciences in Bratislava. On this occasion she greeted the hosts with a speech.

In the Czech Republic she stayed at the Institute in Brno and took part in the international Festival of folklore in Stražinci as a guest of the festival's president Jan Kristo. She also did fieldwork in the villages of Czech Moravia.


Watch a video recorded in 2007 for the occasion of the sixtieth year of existence of the Institute of Ethnography



PhD dissertations defended


We are proud to inform you that three of our colleagues who were research assistants at the Institute of Ethnography SASA defended their PhD theses in the interval of only four workdays! Milesa Stefanović-Banović defended her thesis „Orations, Sermons and Moralities on Feast of the Annunciation, as Translated and Adapted by Gavril Stefanović Venclović“ on May 6th 2016 at the Department of Medieval Literature, Faculty of Philology, University of Belgrade. Djurdjina Šijaković acquired the PhD title at the Department of Classics, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade on May 10th 2016 with her thesis titled „Suffering of a woman in Euripides’ tragedies“. The next day, on May 11th 2016, Marta Stojić Mitrović defended the thesis „Asylum and irregular migration in Serbia at the beginning of XXI century: cultural paradigms“ at the Department of Ethnology and Anthropology, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade. Congratulations and best wishes for future academic and scientific work to our colleagues!



The Roma: A Balkan Underclass, book by Jelena Čvorović, published by Ulster Institute for Social Research, London


Feel free to check out more details on the official page of the Ulster Institute for Social Research:

the roma


Confronting with the Self and the Other. Is Reconciliation Possible in the Balkans?


The Institute of Ethnography SASA
Konrad Adenauer Stiftung
Belgrade, 30 – 31. October 2014.

The past century had been an era of crushing wars and sufferings, intensive political quakes and changes, amazing scientific and technological achievements, stormy cultural revolutions… At the beginning of new millennium, the world can still find itself amidst invincible whirlpool of new political, demographic, technological, economical, cultural and social challenges, and also in front of serious and urgent issues of future and fate of human civilization. Inner contradictions of current, post-modern systems of values, as well as self-evident examples of their global mercantilization, make contemporary man often feel weakness, fear and uncertainty. Such conditions provoke and intensify questions of affiliation, of personal and collective identities, as well as questions of discovering and creating a model of social and political system which would be optimal by providing an equal protection to all society members.
The end of second millennium was, however, also marked by a global phenomenon of reactualization of folk traditions, as well as  traditional and institutional religions. Increased interest for revitalization and conservation of traditional knowledge which was endangered to disappear in the sea of post-modern heritage, attests that the crucial concern of humanity is not the issue of “ideal” socio-political structure of different parts of the world, but the issue of spiritual values and ideas that will govern the planet. Thus,threatening pictures of anti-utopian societies from the famous futuristic novels of XX century find their counterbalance in the need for RECONCILIATION, where reconciliation is the essential matter of human existence. In this context, reconciliation seizes to be a notion of political communication, or a notion which describes the post-war efforts of belligerent parties to establish new rules of co-existence. It also seizes to be a way of continuing life after defeat or victory. Further and deeper than that, reconciliation starts to pertain to the matters of elementary functioning of a social system, a system that must reckon on justice and equality, and also on nurturing empathy which enables all remaining reconciliations with all kinds of others and diverse ones. Nevertheless, the basic precondition of realization of reconciliation is the inner reconciliation of man with the self, through the process of quest and recognition of distinctive and universal characteristics of human and humanity.
Reconciliation is furthermore a psychological, philosophical, theological, anthropological, sociological and historical category, which we would like to present at the conference, by getting out of a narrow political discourse on it. This discourse we shall replace by a discourse on different aspects and possibilities of observation and effectuation of reconciliation: from cultural and historical aspects of this problem, through issues of ethnicity and ethic boarders, issues of religious identities to, ultimately, overviews of anthropology and political sciences.
It is planned to have invited speakers and we invite all colleges to join us for fruitful and interesting discussion. Site and detailed program of the conference will be announced in the timely manner.

Organizational team:

Jelena Jablanov Maksimović, MA
Milesa Stefanović-Banović, MA
Đurđina Šijaković, MA
Aleksandra Pavićević, PhD



8th Russian Festival of Anthropological Film


In the section “SCHOOL OF ETHNO FILM” at the 8TH RUSSIAN FESTIVAL OF ANTHROPOLOGICAL FILM in Yekaterinburg, Professor Drаgаna Rаdojičić, a head of the Ethnographic Institute of the Serbian Academy of Science and Arts had a public lecture titled “ETHNOLOGICAL FILMS IN SERBIA TODAY”. (April 18th 2013, Conference Hall, UrFU)
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Our researchers at international conferences: LAND USE IN TRANSITION: POTENTIALS AND SOLUTIONS BETWEEN ABANDONMENT AND LAND GRABBING, IAMO Forum 2012, 20-22 June 2012, Halle (Saale), Germany


The main object of the conference was to improve and enrich scholar understanding of land use change in transition economies such as economies of Eastern Europe, the Former Soviet Union, and East Asia, and to stimulate debates and discussions. The conference provided a rare platform for building networks among scholars with similar geographic and thematic foci, as well as for introducing innovative approaches in land change science, including methodological innovations, new empirical applications, and cross-cutting themes.

Jovana Dikovic research assistant at the Institute of Ethnography SASA participated at the conference and presented the paper together with Larissa Vetters, research assistant at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology. The title of this joint presentation was “The Shifting Nature of Land and Houses as Resources for Social Security: Exploring Social Security Strategies in the Post-Yugoslav Space”. The main analytical focus of the paper was on agricultural land as a resource for social security. This micro-level comparative study showed how two main resources, namely land and house, can be differently evaluated, adapted, or neglected due to requirements of particular state regulatory frameworks. The authors adopted an actor-oriented approach, and provided a conceptual space for understanding land use beyond the rigid dichotomy of ‘land grabbing’ (i.e. profit-oriented agricultural production) and ‘land abandonment’ (i.e. unprofitable or non-existent agricultural production).


Book exhibition in the hall of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts; October 3rd 2012


The books displayed are part of the rich fund of old and rare books owned by the Institute of Ethnography SASA. These books have been restored by the Department for protection, conservation and restoration of the National Library of Serbia. We are grateful to the Ministry of Culture, Information and Information Society of the Republic of Serbia for funding the project Protection, Safeguarding and Presentation of Old and Rare Library Materials as Cultural Heritage in 2011.

books displayed


Certificate of gratitude for cooperation

On 5th October 2012 the Institute of Ethnography SASA received the certificate for the continued support and excellent cooperation in the development of the science of language, literature and culture.


Citizens Association "Heritage and Future - Aranđelovac 1859" awarded Aleksandra Pavićević, Senior Research Associate of the Institute of Ethnography SASA, by the Charter "Mile Nedeljkovic".

zahvalnica diploma

Open-Air Museum "Staro selo" expressed its gratitude to the Institute of Ethnography SASA for successful cooperation.


zahvalnica sirogojno


Brno workshop

brno workshop

Masaryk University from Brno has organized an international workshop where director of the Ethnographic Institute SASA Dragana Radojičić and Aleksandar Krel also from the Ethnographic Institute SASA represented Serbia. In addition to our colleagues from Serbia and the organizers from the Czech Republic, colleagues from Poland and Slovakia were also involved in the workshop. The aim was to familiarize with existing interdisciplinary research, study perspectives and results.



New design covers for Bulletin of the Institute of Ethnography SASA

novi glasnik

Dear colleagues and friends, we present you new design for Bulletin of the Ethnographic Institut SASA covers.


Visit to the Moscow national university Lomonsov


predavanje u moskvi

Professor Dragana Radojičić, PhD, has been invited to give several lectures at the Department of Ethnology of the Moscow State University M. V. Lomonosov, the largest and oldest university in Russia.

For more details see here

The Institute of Ethnography SASA promoting Serbian culture abroad

novinski clanak

Politikа, 7.4.2012.