Experts in the disciplines of ethnology, cultural anthropology, folklore research, literary studies, theatre studies, history, linguistics, ethnomusicology, ethnochoreology, ethno-theatre studies, art history, and cultural studies are engaged in qualitative (field, archive and theoretical) research of contemporary and historical phenomena and processes in traditional culture.


The Institute was founded to implement programs of scientific research, as a public service in science, to carry out scientific research and programs of public, scientific, cultural and social interest to the Republic of Croatia. Its mission is being fulfilled by continuing its fundamental activity and scientific and research projects under the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports, in international projects and other contracted scientific and research projects and programs. Public financing is a prerequisite for its implementation in the public sphere and in harmony with the public interest.