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Institute: Institute of Ethnology

The application of innovative approaches in ethnology/social anthropology in Slovakia
Aplikácia inovatívnych prístupov v etnológii/sociálnej antropológii na Slovensku
Program: VEGA
Project leader: PhDr. Kiliánová Gabriela CSc.
Annotation:The project aims to follow up on the theoretical and methodological approaches in ethnology and social anthropology of the past two decades. Other project objectives are, with respect to research in Slovakia, to contribute to the current academic debates at home and abroad through research data from this territory, and to show the possibilities of practical utilisation of applied/engaged ethnological research in addressing the problems of present-day societies. The project focuses on the application of innovative research approaches in three selected topics of ethnological research: 1. The use of experiments in ethnographic research – an analysis of narration with supernatural and religious content; 2. The use of the methods of visual anthropology – an analysis of housing and ownership in the post-socialist context; 3. The use of the approaches of engaged/applied anthropology in an urban environment –research on volunteering, research of the process of social integration and inclusion of people in specific localities, and research on the functioning of organisations (businesses, schools).
Duration: 1.1.2016 - 31.12.2019

Borderless care? Care workers from Slovakia in Austria
Bezhraničná starostlivosť? Opatrovateľky zo Slovenska v Rakúsku.
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Mgr. Hlinčíková Miroslava PhD.
Duration: 1.1.2016 - 31.12.2018

Ethnology in the Regions. History of theSslovak Ethnology in the 20th Century an the Basis of the Research the Personalities from regional Institutions
Etnológia v regiónoch. Dejiny slovenskej etnológie od 20. storočia na základe výskumu vybraných osobností z regionálnych inštitúcií
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Mgr. Ratica Dušan CSc.
Annotation:Project is focused on research of ethnologists and major amateur collectors of folk culture phenomena, who made their career outside of the central ethnological institutions or they are the representatives of ethnic minorities in Slovakia and at the same time they are considered as knowledgeable experts within their region and ethnology in general. The aim of the research is to collect data about them - bibliographic, archival, and if possible also in the form of interviews, based on the analysis of the material to highlight their contribution to the regional culture as well as the entire scientific discipline.
Duration: 1.1.2017 - 31.12.2019

Intergenerational social networks in an aging city, continuity and innovation
Medzigeneračné sociálne siete v starnúcich mestách, kontinuita a inovácie
Program: SRDA
Project leader: Mgr. Voľanská Ľubica PhD.
Annotation:The process of aging is a development process at a high complexity level. It concerns all age categories in a population. in the process of aging, proportion of the elderly grows, motivating change in design of the social sphere, in formal and infromal social care. City has huge potential to reduce loneliness of the elderly, improve quality of their daily lives and thus address one of the most serious factors with far consequences.
Duration: 1.7.2016 - 30.6.2020

Label „Roma“ – emic and ethic reflections and social impact
Nálepka „Róm“ – emické a etické reflexie a ich spoločenské dopady
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Mgr. Hrustič Tomáš PhD.
Duration: 1.1.2015 - 31.12.2018

From technology to decoration: An ethnological perspective of the manufacturing and meaning of items
Od technológie k dekóru: etnologická perspektíva produkcie a významu vecí
Program: VEGA
Project leader: PhDr. Zajonc Juraj CSc.
Annotation:The project focuses on the ethnological research of three areas of life and culture of the Slovak population, designated today as elements of cultural heritage: (a) traditional textile production, (b) traditional clothes of Záhorie (western Slovakia) and Turiec (north-western Slovakia) regions, and (c) traditional ornaments. The study of each area represents a separate project segment (Textile, Clothes, Ornaments), with the study of traditional ornaments focusing on two topics – ornaments in the decorative tradition of Slovakia, and ornaments in the present-day mass visual culture. The project contents (except for the study of traditional ornaments in the present-day mass visual culture) comprise the reconstruction of complex phenomena defined as traditional culture.
Duration: 1.1.2017 - 31.12.2020

Family histories. Inter-Generational Transfer of Representations of Political and Social Changes
Rodinné histórie. Medzigeneračný prenos reprezentácií politických a sociálnych zmien
Program: VEGA
Project leader: PhDr. Vrzgulová Monika CSc.
Annotation:The project focuses on the basic research of the inter-generational transfer of representations of the past in a family environment (at least two-generational families). The project objective is to conduct basic research (archive and field research), and capture the pictures and representations of the past and the political and social changes of predominantly the 2nd half of the 20th century, as formulated and passed down by the older generation and remembered and further communicated by the younger generation.
Duration: 1.1.2014 - 31.12.2017

The dimensions of revitalization of ethnic minority in Slovakia: Interdisciplinary salvage research of disappearing ethnic group of Huncokári
Rozmery revitalizácie etnickej minority na Slovensku: Interdisciplinárny záchranný výskum zanikajúcej etnickej skupiny Huncokárov
Program: SRDA
Project leader: Mgr. Panczová Zuzana PhD.
Annotation:The project focuses on the study of life of huncokári, a name given to an ethnic group of german woodsmen. This ethnic group has not yet been subject to any systematic scioentific interest. Mountain woodsmen came to the malé and Biele karpaty mountains mostly from lower austria and styria in the 18th century as a result of an invitation from Pálfi, the head of Bratislava county. Thanks to their isolation and specific socio-professional status they preserved unique expressions of material, spiritual and social culture up to the mid-20th century (such as endogamy, specific dialect, bilingualism, strong tehnic feeling). Huncokári formed a specific, linguistically and socially closed group which was after War War II largerly dispersed and has survived up to this day either via collective memory of a few descendants or as a part of collective memory of present-day local communities living in the vicicnity of their past settlements. Using selected ethnographic, linguistic, pedagogic and historical methodologiocal approaches we intend to completely document and analyse selected spheres of life and the formatáion of ethnic identuty of this group. We will focus on the circumstances of their arrival, specific way of life determined above all by the isolation of their settlements, as well as on theri own dialect and forced acculturation. From the ethnologic and linguistic point of viwe we will conduct a rescue research among the last living descendants of this minority. The outcomes of the project will be of material, analytic and application character.
Duration: 1.7.2016 - 30.6.2020

Holidays and rituals – Their social context and functions (Slovakia, 21st century)
Sviatky a rituály - ich spoločenské kontexty a funkcie (Slovensko, 21. storočie)
Program: VEGA
Project leader: PhDr. Popelková Katarína CSc.
Annotation:The project focuses on the ethnological study of holidays and rituals in the current context. It seeks to explore and describe the social functions fulfilled by these phenomena in Slovak society in the 21st century. The scientific project objective is to explore: a) the specific symbolic and practical elements and effects of rituals and ritual activities as strategic social practices, both within and beyond various holidays; b) the actual social functions of holidays and rituals, their significance at the individual and collective levels, the forms they acquire, and the mechanisms through which they happen.
Duration: 1.1.2017 - 31.12.2020

Wartime Slovak State and the Holocaust in the Current Social Discourse. (An Ethnological Perspective)
Vojnový slovenský štát a holokaust v aktuálnom spoločenskom diskurze. (Etnologický pohľad)
Program: VEGA
Project leader: PhDr. Salner Peter DrSc.
Annotation:The aim of the project is, on the basis of the ethnological field and archive research and analysis of internet debates and websites, to define the forms by means of which the Slovak society communicates the period of the wartime Slovak state and the Holocaust in the 21st century. The researchers will seek to explore how this historical period is reflected in the current Jewish community, how it is perceived, with hindsight, by the members of the then discriminated Czech minority, and in what manner the state´s positions are institutionally defined in commemoration policies. We will show the ways these issues are reflected by the general population, as well as the ways this period is covered by present-day film documentaries which consciously or intuitively apply anthropological and ethnological methods. Special attention will be paid to the possibilities of using the auto-ethnographic approach. We will also observe the phenomenon of anti-Semitism and the ways of dissemination of conspiracy theories.
Duration: 1.1.2017 - 31.12.2020

Základy urbánnej antropológie: mesto a jeho ľudia ako objekt antropologického výskumu
Program: Intra-constitutional
Project leader: Doc. PhDr. Bitušíková Alexandra CSc.
Duration: 1.1.2016 - 31.12.2017

The total number of projects: 11