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Institute of Ethnology and Social Anthropology

International Projects

Analysis of the second regional cycle of Periodic Reports under the 2003 Convention by States Parties in Europe

Analýza druhého regionálneho cyklu periodických správ podľa dohovoru z roku 2003 zmluvnými štátmi v Európe

Duration: 9. 9. 2022 - 31. 12. 2023
Program: UNESCO
Project leader: Mgr. Voľanská Ľubica PhD.

DecolDEV - COST Action CA19129 - Decolonising Development: Research, Teaching and Practice

COST Action CA19129 - Dekolonizačný vývoj: Výskum, výučba a prax

Duration: 9. 9. 2020 - 8. 9. 2024
Program: COST
Project leader: Mgr. Belák Andrej PhD.
Annotation:The Action DecolDEV takes on the challenge to reconstruct the concept and practice of development after its deconstruction. It aims for a resetting and diversification of the actors, structures, institutions and spaces in which knowledge about and for development is produced, shared, contested and put into practice. The Action will progress beyond the state-of-the-art through exploring and formulating alternatives in three areas: Research, Teaching and Practice.
Project web page:https://www.cost.eu/cost-action/decolonising-development-research-teaching-and-practice/#tabs+Name:Description

COST Action CA20105 - Slow Memory: Transformative Practices for Times of Uneven and Accelerating Change

COST Action CA20105 - Pomalá pamäť: Transformačné praktiky v časoch nerovnomerných a zrýchľujúcich sa zmien

Duration: 14. 10. 2021 - 13. 10. 2025
Program: COST
Project leader: PhDr. Vrzgulová Monika CSc.
Annotation:We are living in times of deep contradictions. While our world accelerates and grows smaller through superfast digital networks, it is also marked by widening socio-economic disparities. We face viral pandemics, rapid species extinction, increased automation of work, quick fixes for mental health, political upheavals and displacements of old certainties. Adaptation and resilience to these challenges must draw on past experiences and cultural resources – this can only happen if we slow down and take time to remember well. This Action addresses the need for increased interdisciplinarity in our understanding of how societies confront their past to contend with environmental, economic and social changes brought on by sudden events and by slow and creeping transformations. The future of peace, prosperity, politics, work and climate will depend upon how we remember socio-cultural and political changes. Transformative practices of remembrance – as objects of study and as critical interventions – will be shared collaboratively across Arts and Sciences in order to reveal the ways in which humans confront large-scale processes of change. This Action will uniquely focus the attention of scholars, policymakers and cultural professionals on alternative paths to build resilience in the face of contemporary rapid-response culture. Through transnational and interdisciplinary discussions, we will address urgency, emergency, crisis and acceleration by drawing together the ‘multi-sited’, ‘eventless’ and slow-moving phenomena that can best be studied by ‘slowing down’ our research methods, to afford capacity building, knowledge generation and impact activities. Inspired by ‘slow science’ (Stengers 2018), we seek an alternative kind of social remembering.
Project web page:https://www.cost.eu/actions/CA20105/#tabs+Name:Description

COST Action CA20107 - Connecting Theory and Practical Issues of Migration and Religious Diversity

COST Action CA20107 - Teória prepojenia a praktické otázky migrácie a náboženskej diverzity

Duration: 21. 10. 2021 - 20. 10. 2025
Program: COST
Project leader: Mgr. Škobla Daniel PhD.
Annotation:“Connecting Theory and Practical Issues of Migration and Religious Diversity” (COREnet) is an interdisciplinary network that aims at knowledge production, knowledge exchange and capacity building across Europe in the intersection of migration and religious diversity with a particular emphasis on bottom-up research. The background of the network is the pressing social situation that is characterised by the fact that migrants and Syrian war refugees coming to Europe, have become one of the major political issues and social challenges during the past years. Research, capacity building and exchange are important tools to analyse what lies behind these challenges and possible solutions. The network aims thus to contribute to overcoming divisions within and across European countries with the help of innovative approach that would add to existing social scientific knowledge on migration and religious diversity the study of religions and theological insights explaining the narratives of migrants and refugees. Drawing in researchers from all stages of their careers, and across different European countries, training a new generation of interdisciplinary action researchers capable of connecting study of religions and theology and the social sciences, and working that into action through processes of co-production. This network brings the bridging of knowledge with stakeholders – governmental, non-governmental and media organizations working in the field of diversity management on the local and national levels.
Project web page:https://www.cost.eu/actions/CA20107/#tabs+Name:Description

Community-based needs identification living heritage among displaced communities from Ukraine: Hungary, Moldova, Poland, Romania and Slovakia

Identifikácia potrieb v oblasti živého dedičstva v komunitách vysídlencov z Ukrajiny

Duration: 21. 4. 2022 - 31. 12. 2023
Program: UNESCO
Project leader: Mgr. Voľanská Ľubica PhD.
Annotation:As a direct response to the war in Ukraine, the Institute of Ethnology and Social Anthropology of the Slovak Academy of Sciences is coordinating an international project initiated by UNESCO, Living Heritage Entity. In cooperation with partners, the project aims to identify needs related to living heritage among displaced communities, groups and individuals from Ukraine who live in five neighbouring countries: Hungary, Moldova, Poland, Romania and Slovakia. The identification of needs was highlighted as a priority area for action during a coordination meeting organized by UNESCO to promote the protection of Ukraine's living heritage on 18 March 2022.

Conceptualizing and mapping exposure of vulnerable Roma communities to natural hazards

Konceptualizácia a mapovanie vystavenia zraniteľných rómskych komunít prírodným rizikám

Duration: 7. 10. 2022 - 31. 12. 2023
Program: Iné
Project leader: Mgr. Škobla Daniel PhD.

Cultural Identities in Slovakia and Serbia. Do we still live in post-socialism?

Kultúrne identity na Slovensku a v Srbsku. Žijeme stále v postsocializme?

Duration: 1. 2. 2020 - 31. 1. 2026
Program: Bilaterálne - iné
Project leader: Mgr. Wiesner Adam PhD.

Exploring the Past in Peace

Spoznávanie minulosti v mieri

Duration: 1. 9. 2022 - 31. 8. 2024
Program: Erasmus+
Project leader: Mgr. Voľanská Ľubica PhD.
Annotation: The project will concentrate on developing a digital tool in the form of a gamified application focusinf on the cultural heritage present in the partner countries. In terms of content, the application will cover parts of the elementary and high school curricula in the project partner countries. More specifically, however, it will tackle this curriculum from the perspective of cultural heritage listed in the tools of the UNESCO Conventions 1972 and 2003. The project will strongly build on the global peaceful narrative of UNESCO and on the narrative of the European Union, especially its common values. Project follows the research line within the Research conception of IESA SAS (2021-2025) focused on current forms of cultural heritage.

Transgeneration transfer of holocaust trauma - prevention and care

Transgeneračný prenos traumy holokaustu – prevencia a starostlivosť

Duration: 1. 1. 2022 - 31. 3. 2024
Program: International Visegrad Fund (IVF)
Project leader: PhDr. Vrzgulová Monika CSc.
Annotation:The project focuses on connecting multidisciplinary specialists interested in research and healing of the transgenerational transmission of Holocaust trauma. A lot of untreated traumas from the collective catastrophe have been passed to the next generations. The aim is to exchange information and experience about this issue within the V4 countries and to bring new insights about healing of trauma for Jewish communities and for the specialists who work with this issue.
Project web page:https://www.transgenerationtransfer.eu/

National Projects

KONHOSLOV - „This is not true, but it could be“: Conspiracy theories and hoaxes the modern development of Slovakia in the European context

„Nie je to pravda, ale mohla by byť“: Konšpiračné teórie a hoaxy v modernom vývoji Slovenska v európskom kontexte

Duration: 1. 7. 2021 - 30. 6. 2025
Program: APVV
Project leader: Mgr. Panczová Zuzana PhD.
Project web page:https://www.fpvmv.umb.sk/nie-je-to-pravda-ale-mohla-by-byt-konspiracne-teorie-a-hoaxy-v-modernom-vyvoji-slovenska-v-europskom-kontexte

People in Non-Democratic Regimes. 1938-1989 in the memory of the Slovak majority and the Jewish community. An ethnological perspective

Človek v nedemokratických režimoch. Roky 1938-1989 v pamäti slovenskej majority a židovskej komunity. Etnologický pohľad

Duration: 1. 1. 2021 - 31. 12. 2024
Program: VEGA
Project leader: PhDr. Salner Peter DrSc.
Annotation:This is a primary research project and its results will summarise as well as expand (in book form) selected aspects of the issue, which proponents have studied for a long time. Building on a critical analysis of the current state of the knowledge, combined with their own recent investigations, they study the images of non-democratic regimes – the Ľudák one (1938-1945) and the Communist one (1948-1989) – which persist in the memories ofthe people who lived through them, as well as the content of what these people have passed on to the subsequent generations. The proponents plan to compare, contrast deepen the knowledge of two distinct groups of the population: the Slovak majority and the Jewish minority. Utilizing the concepts of individual, social, collective memory, as defined by A. Assmann 2016, and in the intentions of the concept of divided memory (Herf 1997), data acquired by qualitative ethnological research methods will be analyzed with a focus on the chosen groups of Slovak society.

MEADOW - Species-rich Carpathian Grasslands: Mapping, History, Drivers of Change and Conservation

Druhovo bohaté lúky a pasienky Karpát: mapovanie, história, príčiny zmien a ochrana

Duration: 1. 7. 2022 - 30. 6. 2026
Program: APVV
Project leader: Mgr. Belák Andrej PhD.

Intergenerational relationships in families and communities: an ethnological perspective

Medzigeneračné vzťahy v rodine a v komunite: etnologická perspektíva

Duration: 1. 1. 2022 - 31. 12. 2025
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Mgr. Voľanská Ľubica PhD.
Annotation:The project will focus on the ethnological / socio-anthropological investigation of the issue of intergenerational relations in the environment of families and wider communities. In the center of interest of the research team is the provision of education in the family or the preparation of the following generations for the future life, as well as the life situation of senior citizens in relations with younger generations. The common denominator of the research project is the functioning of care, communication and two-way assistance within the family, relatives, but also in the neighborhood or in a wider community context. The project examines intergenerational relations in various forms in the current pandemic (or post-pandemic) context, as their fragility is usually manifested in critical situations. The research team uses qualitative ethnographic research methods (participant observation, semi-structured interviews, collection of biographical narratives, etc.), which deepen the existing knowledge about the investigated issue in Slovakia.

The Process of Eventisation in the Festive Culture of Slovakia in the 21st Century

Proces eventizácie vo sviatkovej kultúre Slovenska v 21. storočí

Duration: 1. 1. 2021 - 31. 12. 2024
Program: VEGA
Project leader: PhDr. Popelková Katarína CSc.
Annotation:In the late modernity period, an increasing number of areas of our social contacts are penetrated by some type ofa cultural offer of experiences. The entire festive culture is affected by the dynamic process of changes. In thisprocess, the common forms of holidays, feasts, social occasions and cultural events are enriched with newelements of entertainment and with an offer of consumption. Along with this, specific forms of gathering,occasions and new artistic formations called events) are on the rise (Gebhardt 2000:18). Events as strategicallyconceived social gatherings produced for a certain purpose and aimed at providing an unusual experience andcollective entertainment, attract big amounts of people. These changes of global nature, which can be called theprocess of ‘eventisation’ (Hitzler 2011: 19), are covered by ethnology also in the framework of the study of thecurrent forms and contents of holidays and festivities. The proposed project aims to map the expressions of theprocess of eventisation.

Revitalization of cultural heritage in public space as a reflection of global influences on rural and urban communities

Revitalizácia kultúrneho dedičstva vo verejnom priestore ako reflexia globálnych vplyvov na vidiecke a mestské komunity

Duration: 1. 1. 2022 - 31. 12. 2025
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Prof. PhDr. Beňušková Zuzana CSc.
Annotation:The aim of the project is to clarify the mechanisms of creation and functioning of selected forms of cultural heritage. Cultural heritage, within it elements of traditional folk culture, but also historical values ​​of the urban environment, often becomes a tool and inspiration for part of the development activities of the regions and municipalities of Slovakia. Various forms of support schemes are used, from national to global, which create specific conditions for selected elements of cultural heritage. With the use of the economic potential of cultural heritage, i.e. with the commodification of its components, threats arise that are brought about by the cultural industry and to which ethnological and anthropological researches respond. The inspiration for the direction of the research is the model of protection and research of tangible and intangible cultural heritage developed within the framework of UNESCO, which has provoked a scientific discourse, stimulating also for the investigation of other forms of protection and sustainability of elements of cultural heritage in Slovakia.

SUB-KIK - Suburbanization: Community, identity and everydayness

Suburbanizácia: Komunita, identita a každodennosť

Duration: 1. 8. 2021 - 31. 7. 2025
Program: APVV
Project leader: Mgr. Voľanská Ľubica PhD.
Project web page:http://www.geography.sav.sk/veda-a-vyskum/projekty/narodne-projekty/

Technological and sociocultural contexts of material culture innovations: an ethnological perspective

Technologické a sociokultúrne kontexty inovácií materiálnej kultúry: etnologický pohľad

Duration: 1. 1. 2022 - 31. 12. 2025
Program: VEGA
Project leader: PhDr. Zajonc Juraj CSc.
Annotation:Even in the postmodern globalized society of Slovakia, innovation is one of the key factors of economic development. At the same time, individuals and groups are defined here through their own traditions. They consider their immutability important and protect some as cultural heritage (Representative List). In this context, they also perceive innovation as an undesirable process. Ethnology reflects the transformations of the material and social sphere of everyday life in their concrete manifestations and looks for possibilities of their study. The project here proposes to use the concept of innovation. He understands it as a constant process of entering and applying new things and knowledge in the material world associated with everyday life. Through this oriented research of processes in the technological and sociocultural level, we want to get closer to a more complex understanding of the dynamics of cultural phenomena and their connections with the functioning of communities in the contemporary world. The project will also serve to verify the procedures of digital processing of text documents in the Scientific Collections at the IESA SAS.

Projects total: 17