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University of Ljubljana
Faculty of Arts
Department of Ethnology
and Cultural Anthropology
Aškerčeva 2
SI-1000 Ljubljana
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Lectures for Foreign Students in 2018/19


Foreign students are welcome to attend lectures at our department. Generally, there are two options to combine:

1. Attending regular lectures (in Slovene) combined with individual consultations.
2. Attending additional lectures, organized in English. As these lectures are additional and part of the Creole program, there may be some limitations in available places.


Lectures in English, first semester:


Epistemology of Everyday Life, prof. Rajko Muršič / 3 ECTS

Course description:
The course deepens achieved knowledge of the ways of life and strengthens use of methods in research and analytic work. It introduces and explains central notions of theory and philosophy of science, together with the most important theoretical models for explanation and explication of empirically collected material. Students achieve tools for critical understanding and analysis of cultural phenomena in various domestic and foreign settings. It offers acknowledgment and encounter with dilemmas and most current theoretical achievements in the discipline.
Exam: written essay in English.
Limitation: 30 foreign students.


Anthropology of Complex Systems, assist. prof. Dan Podjed / 3 ECTS

Course description:
In the last decade networks and complexity became “buzzwords” not only in natural sciences but also in social sciences – including anthropology. The course presents these terms through an analysis of contemporary social phenomena, established also by means of information and communications technology. Lectures and individual work of students is focused on anthropological aspects of social networking sites (e.g. Facebook, Twitter), virtual worlds (e.g. Second Life, World of Warcraft) and other similar complex “on-line” and “off-line” social systems – traffic, organisations, stock market, etc. The seminar attempts to explain why do people actually participate and cooperate in such systems and what is a foundation of their mutual trust and cooperation.
Exam: written essay in English, oral presentation in English
Limitation: 20 foreign students.


Anthropology of Violence, assoc. prof. Jaka Repič / 5 ECTS

Course description:
The course offers an introduction to various anthropological perspectives on approaching conflicts and violence. The topics covered are among those, which are most difficult to study ethnographically. We will discuss conflict and violence as fields of research in history of anthropology and social sciences, theoretical approaches used in study of violence, socio-biological interpretations and their criticisms, main concepts such as structural violence, symbolic and ritual violence, etc., war, genocide, diaspora, refugee and repatriation studies, as well as studies of reconciliation processes.
 written essay in English.
: 10 foreign students.


Bartulović: Ethnology of the Balkans, assist. prof. Alenka Bartulović / 3 ECTS

Creole only: lectures and practical classes / 6 ECTS

Course Description:
This course concentrates on the socio-cultural dynamics in the Balkans in a global context of political and economic changes. It provides the historical overview of the studies of the culture and the way of living in South-Eastern Europe and deals with the epistemological changes in the studies of the Balkans. Through rich ethnographies of contemporary Balkans the students will explore current issues such as gender relations, post-socialist transformation of the Balkan societies, persistence of the balkanistic discourses and local responses, migration processes, nation-building, memory and remembering process in post-conflict societies, and more. It should be noted that this course is designed as a reading seminar, therefore the bulk of the class will be devoted to class discussion, not lectures.
Exam: written essay in English
Limitation: max10 students (including Creole)


Practical course – Ethnology of the Balkans (IN SECOND SEMESTER)

Practical course intends to prepare students for independent fieldwork research. The course is divided in two parts; it encompasses the preparation for research that usually follows the actual topics and weeklong ethnographic fieldwork in one of the chosen location in the South-Eastern Europe. Students gain new experiences and competences in skilled application of their knowledge, gained through reading and the lectures, but also improve their skills in conducting the fieldwork research.
Exam: written essay in English, oral presentation
Limitation: max6 students (including Creole)


Material Culture, assoc. prof. Jože Hudales / 3ECTS

Course Description: 
The course describes history of material culture studies from first attempts in Great Britain in 19th century and especially the development of material culture studies and critical theories since the last decades of the 20th centuries. Some of the topics include: relations between research work and museums as space for anthropological presentation to the public, collecting, tesauration, as material practice and epistemological model of accumulation and organizing of knowledge, critique of consumptions and consumer society, tangible and intangible cultural heritage etc.
Exam: written essay in English.
Limitation: 10 foreign students.


Lectures in English, Second semester:


Anthropology of Popular Music, Prof. Rajko Muršič / 5 ECTS

Course description:
The course introduces popular music as one of the most exciting areas of current anthropological research. It presents the history of popular music and its basic concepts, beginning with its relationship to traditional or folk music. It gives a special accent to ethnographic studies of popular music since the late forties and to crossroads between traditional and modern popular music. It discusses similarities and differences in popular music around the globe through genre, social meaning and functioning, production and reproduction, mass media, celebrities and cults, fandom and censorship, conservation and avant-garde.
Exam: written essay in English.
Limitation: 30 foreign students.


Anthropology of Food and Nutrition, Prof. Bojan Baskar/3ECTS

Course Description: The course offers a brief overview of this field of anthropology, including its relevant theories, problematics, concepts and research techniques, all embedded in their ethnographic and historical contexts. The topics include cultural variability and technologies of processing and cooking food; distribution,  circulation and consumption of food; commensality; food and globalization (creolization and fusion of cuisines); food preferences and avoidances/taboos; food and religion; food and ethnicity; food and nutrition in class societies (food as a scarce resource – hunger and malnutrition as against current trends in the nutrition of affluent societies such as food-related obsessions, the rise of dietetics, searching for safe and authentic food…), etc.

The course then moves to selected topics and issues pertaining to the Mediterranean region. In the AY 2018/19, special focus will be put on the analysis of the notion/myth of the Mediterranean diet.
Exam: written
Limitation: 20


Lectures of Teachers from Partner Universities, two guest lecturers / 5 ECTS

Course Description
Two block's of lectures of two guest lecturers on two topics decided by exchange lecturers. The classes are organised in two blocks of 8-12 hours. The lectures reflect teacher’s recent research work. The visiting teachers also provide reading list and materials. After each block of lectures, a written essay is submitted to the visiting teacher for comments and marking.
Exam: two written essays
Limitation: 10 foreign students


NOTE: All lectures take place at the Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, Zavetiška 5 in Ljubljana. All queries to be directed to dept. coordinator Assit. Prof. Sarah Lunaček by e-mail (sarah.lunacek@ff.uni-lj.s) or preferably during her contact hours or to course lecturer. Some of the courses will use e-learning system (https://e-ucenje.ff.uni-lj.si/login/).


List of the lectures in English at the Faculty of Arts: http://www.ff.uni-lj.si/an/internationalOffice/courses_english


Ljubljana, 24. 7. 2018


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