Research Researchers Research advisors Valentina Gulin Zrnić (en-US)


Valentina Gulin Zrnić, PhD
research advisor


PhD in ethnology and cultural anthropology, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, 2004

MA in ethnology, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, 1999

MA in history, Central European University, 1997

Research interests:

Current interests in various topics in urban anthropology and anthropology of space: urban identities, urban communities, urban gardening, sustainable city, urban governing and civil participation, art and the city, politics of space, transformation of public spaces, post-socialist cities; Zagreb, Croatian cities

Previous interests included: Mediterranean studies, historical anthropology, literary anthropology

Also interested in debates on qualitative methodology – poetics and politics of fieldwork, autoethnography, sensory ethnography, walking ethnography, ethical issues etc.

Research projects:

“City-making: space, culture and identity” 2014-2018 (HRZZ) ( (researcher)

“Aestheticization and Rehumanization of public spaces” (collaborative project with Croatian Society of Fine Artist) 2017 (project co-leader)

“Urban processes and identities: contexts of transformation” (Zagreb) (Institute’s internal research project, 2017) (project leader)

“City-making and the place of performance” (collaborative project with Croatian Society of Fine Artist) 2016 (project co-leader)

“Suvremeni kulturni tijekovi i oblikovanje zajednica i identiteta” [Contemporary culture flows and the construction of communities and identities] 2007-2013 (MZOS) (researcher)

“Etnografija suvremene svakodnevice i procesi identifikacije” [Ethnography of Contemporary Everyday Life and Processes of Identification] 2002-2006 (MZOS) (researcher)

“Triplex Confinium” 1997-2001 (researcher)

"Etnografija Hrvatske: tradicija, folklor, identitet" [Ethnography of Croatia:tradition, folklore, identity] 1996-2002 (MZOS) (researcher)

University teaching:

University of Zagreb, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology – Doctoral studies (2009 - )

University of Zagreb, Croatian Studies, Department of Sociology (2009 - )

University of Dubrovnik, Department of Restauration and Conservation (2009-2010)

University of Zagreb, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of Sociology and Department of Anthropology (2005-2013)


Kvartovska spika. Značenja grada i urbani lokalizmi u Novom Zagrebu [Talk of the Neighbourhood: Meanings of City and Urban Localisms in Novi Zagreb] (Zagreb, 2009) (awarded by the Croatian Ethnological Society for outstanding scientific and higher education teaching achievements)

Edited volumes:

Mjesto izvedbe i stvaranje grada [The Place of Performance and City-making ] (with N. Škrbić Alempijević and J. Zanki) (Zagreb, 2016)

Vrtovi našega grada: studije i zapisi o urbanom vrtlarenju [Gardens of Our City: Studies and Notes on Practices of Urban Gardening] (with T. Rubić) (Zagreb 2015 (e- book) and 2016 (print)

Hrvatska svakodnevica: etnografije vremena i prostora [Croatian everyday life: ethnographies of time and space] (with J. Čapo) (Zagreb 2013)

Mjesto, nemjesto: interdisciplinarni pristupi prostoru i kulturi [Place, non-place: interdisciplinary perspectives on space and culture] (with J. Čapo) (Zagreb-Ljubljana 2011)

Etnologija bliskoga. Poetika i politika suvremenih terenskih istraživanja [Ethnology of the Proximate: The Poetics and Politics of Contemporary Fieldwork] (with J. Čapo Žmegač and G.P. Šantek) (Zagreb 2006)

Public presentations (selection):

“Approaches to urban culture studies” (plenary lecture), Ethnology in the 3rd Millenium: Topics, Methods, Challenges, Institute of Ethnology, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Smolenice, 19-21 October 2016

“The Heterotopia of Urban Wilderness”, Reinterpreting Cities, XIII International Conference on Urban History, European Association for Urban History, Helsinki, 24-27 August 2016

Place-Identity of Novi Zagreb” (invited presentation) Oxford Brookes University, Oxford 17 March 2016

Green Spaces in Socialist and Post-socialist Zagreb” (invited presentation), University of Leicester, Center for Urban History, Leicester 10 March 2016

“The politics of public spaces: planning and decision-making in Zagreb”, Transforming Cities, Transformative Cities, European Urban Research Association, Sibiu, 17-20 September 2015

“'Praznine' Novog Zagreba: sukob modernističkog urbanističkog nasljeđa i suvremenih prostornih praksi” [The voids of Novi Zagreb: the clash of modernist planning legacy and contemporary spatial practices]

Cultural Heritage - Possibilities For Spatial And Economic Development, Heritage Urbanism, Zagreb, 22-23 October 2015.

“Global crisis and new transition: community gardens and civic engagement” (with T. Rubić) Cultures of Crisis: Experiencing and Coping With Upheavals and Disasters in Southeast Europe, InASEA, Istanbul, 18-21 September 2014

Articles (selection):

(in print) New transition: community gardens and civic engagement in the city of Zagreb (with T. Rubić), in: Solidarity and Reciprocity, P. Simonič ed., Ljubljana - Župančičeva biblioteka

(in print) Public events in Croatian ethnology: From folk customs to urban manifestations (with J. Čapo), in: L'inventaire des fêtes en Europe, comparaisons et nouvelles méthodes d'étude, L.S. Fournier, ed.

2017. Green space in socialist and post-socialist Zagreb, in: Green Landscapes in the European City 1650-2010, P. Clark, M. Niemi, C. Nolin eds., London – New York: Routledge, pp. 105-119.

2017. Ethnological and cultural anthropological approaches to the city: framework of the Zagreb city-making project, Slovak Ethnology vol. 2, pp. 203-221.

2016. City-making and Performance: Artistic Interventions in Zagreb Public Spaces (with N. Škrbić Alempijević), in: Mjesto izvedbe i stvaranje grada, V. Gulin Zrnić, N. Škrbić Alempijević and J. Zanki eds., Zagreb: Hrvatsko društvo likovnih umjetnika – Institut za etnologiju i folkloristiku, pp. 185-200

2014. Croatian Ethnology as Cultural Anthropology at Home (with J. Čapo), Ethnologia Balkanica no.17, pp. 49-62.

2013. 'Il n'y a pas d'alternative '. Zagreb et les changements urbains au tournant du siècle, Ethnologie française vol. 43/2, pp. 201-215.

Full Bibliography

Grants and fellowships:

Central European University 1996-97 (CEU Budapest)

Oxford Colleges Hospitality Scheme 2007 (Oxford University, Keble College, research)

Croatian Science Foundation 2016 (University of Leicester, Center for Urban History, research)

Croatian Science Foundation 2016 (Oxford Brookes University, research)

Editorial boards/journals/editions:

Etnološka tribina, journal, editor-in-chief 2008-2011; member of the Editorial board (2012 – 2017)

Jesenski & Turk Publishers, Anthropology and Ethnology Series editor (2000-2010)

Narodna umjetnost, journal, editorial secretary (1997-1999)

Ethnologie française – thematic issue: Croatie, Hybridations et résistances, Vol. 43, 2013/2 (with J. Čapo)

Etnološka tribina – thematic issue: Ethnographies of Urban Public Spaces, br 39/2016 (with T. Rubić)

Low, S. (ed.) Promišljanje grada: studije iz nove urbane antropologije [Theorizing the City: The New Urban Anthropology Reader] Zagreb, 2006 (Croatian translation and edition editor)

Membership in professional organizations: Hrvatsko etnološko drutšvo, Société Internationale d´Ethnologie et de Folklore, International Association for Southeast European Anthropology, European Association for Urban History

Professional service: member of Research Council of the Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Research; member of working group for Code of Ethics of Croatian Ethnological Society (2012-2013); member of Governing board of Croatian Ethnological Society (from 2015 -); member of working group on professional standards in ethnology and cultural anthropology education in Croatia (2015-2016); numerous research supervisions at BA-MA levels and 2 PhD candidates

Collaboration with civil associations, schools, artistic projects: research-artistic projects with Croatian Society of Fine Artists - “City-making and the place of performance” (2016) and “Aesthetization and rehumanization of public space” (2017); “Urban Wilderness” collaborative research-artistic project with artist Tonka Maleković (2014-2015); “Eurokaz” Festival production (2013-2014); “Garden Circles” – cooperation with visual artist Tonka Maleković (2013); “Neighbourhood Museum”, collaboration with Kontraakcija, Association of young museologists (2009-2010); Association for interdisciplinary and intercultural research (2010); “My neighbourhood”, collaboration in an education project of secondary school XV gimnazija, etc.