The Department of Ethnology and Anthropology was established in 2003. It concentrates on cultural anthropology, but it offers courses in other subfields as well. Faculty research interests span a wide range of topics including the questions of the everyday and affective spaces, language and identity, heritage sites and cultural landscapes, cultural memory, pilgrimage and tourism, popular culture and visual culture, performance and performativity, migrant community formations, race and ethnicity and public health issues.
The Departments promotes inter-departmental collaboration, as well as multiple and interdisciplinary approaches. It has established partnership with various universities around the world including Karl-Franzens University in Graz (Austria), University Ca’Foscari from Venice and University of Padua (Italy), University of Cork (Ireland), Universities of Ioannina and Thessalonica (Greece), University of Bratislava (Slovakia), University of Istanbul (Turkey) and Florida Gulf Coast University (USA). Our faculty has spent time visiting and doing research at universities in Ljubljana, Graz, Padua, Venice, Jerusalem, Malta, Benares (India), Philadelphia, Cork, Ioannina, Auckland and Melbourne. We have hosted international faculty and students from various parts of the world. In short, our Department is a vibrant and diverse community of scholars and students.
The programme in Ethnology and Anthropology offers students study of the human culture and society through theoretical concepts of cultural anthropology and ethnographic methods. Fieldwork is one of the major components of our programme, and our students are encouraged to present the results at students’ and faculty symposia that may result in the publication or visual screenings of students’ ethnographies. Upon completion of studies, students are able to critically reflect on the cultural diversity of our globalized world, as well as on complexities of local cultural issues. While offered topics cover the range of the area’s most critical to contemporary anthropology, special focus is given to the anthropology of Southern Europe and Mediterranean.
Our graduates are found in various fields, including museums, educational institutions, government and non-government organizations.