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Institute of Ethnology

Klemensova 19
813 64 Bratislava
Slovak Republic
Director: Mgr. Tatiana Podolinská, PhD.
Phone: +421-2 52964707 ext. 104
Fax: +421-2 52964707-116
Secretariat: Mgr. Katarína Paduchová
The institute has been established as the Institute of Ethnography SAS in 1946, and it carries its actual name since 1992. No longer exclusively focused on tradition or remote rural communities, the institute has become one of the foremost Slovak locations for theoretically advanced field-based research on long-term effects of modernisation on a mundane life in both rural and urban areas. Focusing mainly on Slovakia and Central Europe, the institute‘s disciplinary commitment to comparative social analysis makes it particularly well-placed to understand the interaction between local cultural systems and the wider world. Research at the institute includes the following areas:
– social and cultural aspects of economic and political transformations Slovakia has been going through since 1989 with a special interest in long-term effects of modernisation on a mundane life in both rural and urban areas; ethnicity, collective identities and minorities’ issues
– the role of cultural heritage in European context;
expanding resources and developing sensitivity to regional, national and European values
– ethnic, cultural and historic development in Central Europe
– History of the discipline
The Institute’s library and the department of documentation and of archives provide a wide selection of specialised literature, texts, drawings, and photographs. The journals of Slovenský národopis (Slovak Ethnology) and of Etnologické rozpravy (Ethnological Debates), Institute of Ethnology SAS houses redactions of the journals of Slovenský národopis (Slovak Ethnology) and Etnologické rozpravy (Ethnological Debates). The Slovak Ethnological Society and the Society’s scientific archive also reside at the Institute.