Prof. dr. sc. Jasna Čapo Žmegač
tel: +385 1 45-96-720
1990 PhD in Demography
University of California, Berkeley, USA
PhD Thesis: Economic and Demographic History of Peasant Households on a Croatian Estate, 1756-1848
1986 MA in Anthropology
University of California, Berkeley, USA
MA Thesis: Annual fluctuations in Births, Marriages and Deaths in Cernik, Slavonia from 1755 to 1855
1984 BA in Ethnology and French Language & Literature
University of Zagreb, Croatia
BA Thesis: Claude Lévi-Strauss and historical approach in ethnology
Since 1986 employed at the Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Research in Zagreb; since 2001 as scientific advisor at the same Institute and since 2007 Titular University Professor (anthropology) at the University of Zagreb.
Selected research projects
2014-2018 Team leader of the project City-making: space, culture and identity (competitive grant, Croatian Science Foundation, with six researchers)
2013-2014 Team leader of the project Croatian diaspora: possibilities and forms of return to the homeland (funded by State Office for Croatians outside of Croatia)
2010-2011 Bilateral German-Croatian project “Return Migration from Germany to Croatia. Historical and current aspects“ led by J. Čapo Žmegač and U. Brunnbauer, University of Regensburg (National competitive grant funded by the Croatian Ministry of science and the German DAAD).
2007-2013 Team leader of the project “Contemporary Cultural Flows and the Formation of Communities and Identities” (Ministry of Science national competitive grant, with ten researchers)
2007-2012 Director of the research programme “Traditional and Contemporary Culture and Processes of Identification” (Ministry of Science national competitive
grant, with thirty researchers)
2004-2007 Research consultant for the project “Kinship and Social Security”, European Union Special targeted research or innovation project- Sixth Framework
Programme Priority 7
2004-2005 Researcher on the bilateral Slovene-Croatian project “Population dynamics at the Croato-Slovenian border” (National competitive grant funded by
the Croatian and Slovenian Ministries of science).
1996-2001 Director of the Research Program of the Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Research in Zagreb (with thirty researchers).
Grants and fellowships
2008 one-month research grant awarded by Alexander-von-Humboldt Stiftung in Bonn, affiliation with Institut für Slawistik, Humboldt-Universität in Berlin.
2005 grant for the research “The return of Croatian emigrants to the homeland: wishes and reality”, awarded by INA (Industrija nafte d.d., Zagreb) in public competition.
2001-2003 15-month research grant (including language learning fellowship) awarded by Alexander-von-Humboldt Stiftung in Bonn, for the research into “ (Trans)Cultural Aspects of the Everyday Life of Croatian Labour Migrants in Munich”, affiliation with the Institut für Volkskunde/Europäische Ethnologie,
1998-1999 grant by Open Society Institute in Zagreb for the research into integration of refugees in Croatian society.
1996 two-month research grant awarded by the Austrian Ministry for Science and Research (Stipendium des Österreichischen Ministeriums für Wissenschaft und Forschung), topic of research: family history in Central Europe, affiliation with the Institut für Wirtschafts- und Sozialgeschichte der Universität Wien, Vienna.
1995 four-month research grant awarded by the French government for library research into theories of national identity-formation, affiliation with Faculté des Sciences Sociales, Université des Sciences Humaines, Strasbourg, France.
1986-87 Allan Sharlin Memorial Award for comparative research into socioeconomic and cultural development in the 18th century Slavonia.
2008 Annual award of the Croatian Ethnological Society for outstanding scientific and higher education teaching achievements for the book Strangers Either Way. The Life of Croatian Refugees in Their New Home (New York & Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2007).
1998 Annual State Award for the scientific book of the year: J. Čapo Žmegač et al. Etnografija: svagdan i blagdan hrvatskoga puka (Zagreb: Matica hrvatska, 1998).
Courses and curricula development
2014 course “Cultural-anthropological Studies of Croatian Culture and Identity”, taught as part of Post-Graduate Program in Croatian Culture at the Department of Croatian Language and Culture, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb (developed in 2006, restructured in 2007, 2009 and 2012).
2008 course “Anthropology of contemporary migrations”, taught as part of Post-Graduate Programme in ethnology and cultural anthropology at the Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb (developed in 2008, restructured in 2010 and 2012)
2007 with V. Gulin Zrnić developed a BA and MA Curriculum in ethnology and cultural anthropology (availabe at: http://www.ief.hr/page.php?id=360)
2006 course “Family Models”, taught as part of Post-Graduate Programme“The History of Population” at the University of Dubrovnik (developed in 2006, restructured in 2010 and 2014)
2004 course “Family and community", taught as part of Post-Graduate Programme at the Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, (developed 1997 and restructured in 2001 and 2004)
2003 course “Anthropology of migrations and transnationalism”, taught as part of Post-Graduate Programme of Social Anthropology at Institutum studiorum
humanitatis in Ljubljana (Slovenia)
2002 course “Anthropology of transnationalism”, taught as part of Undergraduate programme at the Institut für Europäische Ethnologie der
Universität Wien in Vienna (Austria)
1998-2008 course "Introduction into cultural anthropology", taught as part of Undergraduate programme at the Department of Sociology, Croatian Studies in Zagreb
1997-1999 course “The Croats - ethnosocial structure and development", taught as part of Undergraduate programme at the Department of Journalism, Croatian Studies in Zagreb
Since 1996 I supervised eight doctoral theses (in urban anthropology, anthropology of media, migration studies, minority and regional studies, family studies, economic anthropology, anthropology of rituals and festivals); and five master theses (in historical anthropology, anthropology of media, economic anthropology, visual anthropology, history of ethnology); and about 60 honours theses.
External PhD examiner
University of Zagreb, Croatia (in various years);
Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris, France (2002);
Faculty of Social Sciences, Ljubljana, Slovenia (2007);
University of Melbourne (2010);
Faculty of Social Sciences, Koper, Slovenia (2011);
University of Nova Gorica, Slovenia (2012 and 2014).
Guest lectures abroad
2014 Professeur invité at Université de Toulouse Le Mirail (one month)
2014 Faculté d'anthropologie sociale – ethnologie, Université de Bordeaux
2013 Historisches Museum, Frankfurt, Germany
2012 Université de Nanterre, Paris, France
2011 Master programme, IMER at Malmoe University, Sweden;
2010 Migration and Mobility Research Network at the RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia;
2009 and 2002 Institut für empirische Kulturwissenschaften (Ludwig-Uhland-Institut), Universität Tübingen, Germany;
2008 Sommerakademie der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Portorož, Slovenia;
2008 Institut für Slawistik, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany;
2005 Institut für Volkskunde/Europäische Ethnologie, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich, Germany;
2005 Institut für Südosteuropäische Geschichte, Universität Graz, Austria;
2003 Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Ljubljana, Slovenia;
2000 Université de Sorbonne X- Nanterre, Paris, France;
2000 Professeur invité at Université de Provence Aix-Marseille I, Aixen-Provence (one month).
2009 ‘Return Migration: The Changing Faces of a Field of Study’. Plenary presentation at the 5th Conference of the International Association of South-east European Anthropology (InASEA) held in Ankara, 22 – 24 May, 2009.
2005 ‘Koethnische Immigranten, Transmigranten und die “Wir”-Gruppe. Migration als Mittel zur Grenzziehung innerhalb von Gruppen’. Plenary
presentation at the 35th Congress of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Volkskunde (DGV) held in Dresden in September 2005.
2004 ‘La sixième personne de Kafka: rencontre et conflit entre anciens et nouveaux habitants’. Plenary presentation at the 8th Congress of Société Internationale d’Ethnologie et de Folklore (SIEF) held in Marseilles 26-30 april 2004.
Invited speaker at conferences
As invited speaker I participated at about forty conferences and workshops in Croatia and abroad.
2015 12th Congress of SIEF (International Society for Ethnology and Folklore), June 2015 (President of the Scientific and Local Organising Committee)
2012 International conference “Imagining and Doing Diaspora: Southeast European Perspectives”, Zagreb, 16th-18th April 2012 (org. with U. Brunnbauer).
2009 International Conference “From Place to Non-Place: Reconceptualizing Spaces and Cultures in Interdisciplinary Perspective”, Zagreb, 24 -25th September
2009 (org. with V. Gulin Zrnić and I. Pleše).
2009 International Conference “Incorporating Coethnic Migrants – a Comparative Perspective”, Munich, 11-13th June 2009 (org. with Christian Voß and Klaus Roth).
2004 Organisation of the session “Challenging the nation-state: migration, multiculturalism and transnationalism” at the 8e Conférence de la Société Internationale d’Ethnologie et de Folklore (SIEF) in Marseilles (org. with Joao Leal).
1998 International Conference on the Occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Research “Where does the Mediterranean
begin?”, Zagreb, October 1998.
Membership in Professional Organisations
Croatian Ethnological Society (HED) (member of the executive board at various periods);
Société internationale d'ethnologie et de folklore (SIEF), member of the Executive board since 2011;
Association d'anthropologie méditerranéenne (ADAM) (member of the executive board 2002-2004);
European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA);
International Association for Southeast European Anthropology (InASEA),
member of the Executive Board since 2014;
International Association for the Study of Forced Migration (IASFM);
American Anthropological Association (AAA).
Member of international editorial boards of the journals Traditiones (Ljubljana, Slovenia), Etnologia Balkanica (Munich, Germany), Anthropology and
Academica Balkanica (Sofia, Bulgaria); member of the consulting editors of the Journal of Immigration and Refugee Studies: international, national, and
regional theory, research, and practice (USA);
2004-2007 Member of the editorial board of the Progress in European Ethnology Series, at Ashgate, Aldershot (Great Britain);
2001-2006 Member of the editorial board of the series Ethnology and Anthropology, at Jesenski & Turk, Zagreb (Croatia);
1999-2011 co-editor of Narodna umjetnost: Croatian Journal of Ethnology and Folklore Research (Zagreb, Croatia);
1990-1997 Editor of the journal of the Croatian Ethnological Society Etnološka tribina;
1992-2001 Croatian representative in Demos, international reference journal for ethnology and folklore studies.
Reviewer for refereed journals
Papers reviewed for the journals: Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (former Man), Ethnologia Balkanica, Traditiones, Current Anthropology,
Anthropological Notebooks, Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies, The History of the Family, Dve domovine, Migracijske i etničke teme, Revija za
sociologiju, Narodna umjetnost, Etnološka tribina, Studia ethnologica croatica, Društvena istraživanja, Historijski zbornik, Collegium anthropologicum,
Kroatologija, Historijski zbornik.
Reviewer for research granting bodies and university curricula
Reviewer of projects, papers and university curricula for Slovenian, Croatian and Canadian Research Agencies and Icelandic Research Fund for Graduate Students,
UNESCO, Unity for Knowledge Fund (Zagreb), Regional Research Promotion Programme Western Balkans (RRPP) Switzerland, Erste Foundation Austria,
Austrian and Swiss Scientific Foundation.
Publications in Croatian, English, French, German, Spanish, Bulgarian and Russian; bibliography includes five books, seven co-edited volumes, about 80
articles in peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes.
Croatian, English (excellent), French (excellent), German (intermediate)
Strangers Either Way - American Paperback Edition (June 2011)