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Mojca Ramšak

Mojca Ramšak, PhD 
Full Professor and Senior Research Fellow
E: mojca.ramsak@guest.arnes.si



Mojca Ramšak (1969, Maribor, Slovenia), PhD in ethnology from University of Ljubljana, Slovenia; Full Professor and Senior Research Fellow. She is a researcher, postgraduate professor and writer in the field of ethnology, cultural/social anthropology and folklore, which go beyond the current disciplinary practice, with the focus on applied research and the use of critical, experimental and traditional forms of qualitative inquiry in the interests of social justice, dignity and human rights.


University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Slovenia: 1993 (BA in Ethnology and Professor of Philosophy), 1997 (M.A. in Ethnology) and 2000 (PhD in Ethnology).


Full Professor of Anthropology (2014), Associate Professor (2009–2014) and Assistant Professor (2004–2009) at ISH, Ljubljana (today AMEU–ISH, Ljubljana). She was awarded scientific and research titles by SRC SASA and again the University of Ljubljana.

Employment History

University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts 1993–2000, 2009-; Institute of Slovene Ethnology SRC SASA 2001–2005; Istitutum Studiorum Humanitatis, Ljubljana Graduate School for the Humanities (today's name AMEU – ISH, Faculty for Postgraduate Studies) 2005–2010; IEDC – Bled School of Management 2013–2014; University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Medicine, Institute for History of Medicine 2019-. She co-founded the Centre for Biographical Research in Ljubljana (2001).

She is the chair of Ethical Committee at The Slovene Ethnological Society (2007-) and a member of scientific evaluation committees in Slovenia and Europe (2007-). From 2006 to 2012 she was the chair of the postgraduate study programme of Anthropology of everyday life at ISH, Ljubljana Graduate School for the Humanities.


Pedagogical work

University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts 1993–2000; Istitutum Studiorum Humanitatis, Ljubljana Graduate School for the Humanities (From 2006 to 2012 she was the chair of the postgraduate study programme of Anthropology of everyday life); IEDC – Bled School of Management 2013–2014 (cooperation in doctoral study programme of leadership); AMEU – ISH, Faculty for Postgraduate Studies 2016- professor of Humanities 1, Applied Medical Anthropology and Ethics in science and research integrity.


She was invited lecturer at universities in Vienna (1995), Łodž, Poland (1995), Zagreb, Croatia (1996), Klagenfurt, Austria (1998), St. Petersburg, Russia (2000), Bratislava, Slovakia (2003, 2011, 2013, 2019), Salzburg, Austria (2009).


Field of Research

Main research interests: ethnology, cultural/social anthropology, folklore, oral history, lexicography, ethics, qualitative inquiry, medical anthropology, medical humanities, history of medicine, anthropology of everyday life, anthropology of gender, business anthropology, honour and good name, culture/heritage of wine. Topics of her research were dedicated to the Slovene minority in Austria, liminal identities, honour and good name, shame, psycho-terror at work, social and cultural perceptions of breast cancer, ethnological lexicology, qualitative methodology, especially mixed methods, research ethics, applied anthropology, cultural brand management, rituals in marketing, history of medicine and medical humanities.

She was a project leader and contributor of 378 entries on Slovene ethnology, methodology and history in Leksikon etnologije Slovencev/Lexicon of Slovene Ethnology (Ljubljana 2004, second edition 2007, third edition 2011); she had published in English language encyclopedias: The Greenwood Encyclopedia of World Folklore and Folklife (2006), The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Folktales and Fairy tales (2008); The Sage Encyclopedia of Play (2009); she published at Lit Verlag, Cambridge Scholars, Springer, etc.

She had conference lectures in Europe and the USA. She was an editor or co-editor of several publications, series or journals, published in Slovenia, Austria, Italy and Slovakia: Bulletin and book series of Slovene Ethnological Society [Glasnik Slovenskega etnološkega društva in Knjižnica Glasnika Slovenskega etnološkega društva] (Ljubljana, 1994–1998, five books); Bulletin of Slovene Ethnological Society [Glasnik Slovenskega etnološkega društva] (Ljubljana, 1994–1998, fourteen numbers of the journal); Unterwegs ins Dorf (Klagenfurt, Austria, 1993–1994, two books); Mediterranean Ethnological Summer School (Piran, Slovenia, 1994–1995); Studi Slavi (Pisa, Italy, Klagenfurt, Austria, 1997); Slovene Ethnological Lexicon (Ljubljana, 2004, 2007, 2011); Življenjske pripovedi iz Ribniške doline [Life-stories from Ribnica Valley], (Ribnica, 2003), Emzin (Ljubljana, 2009).

She was a member of the editorial board of the scientific journal Etnolog (2003–2009, Ljubljana, Slovenia). Currently, she is a member of the editorial board of International Review of Qualitative Research (Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, 2008-) and Etnologia Slovaca et Slavica (Bratislava, 2018-).



Dr. Ramšak published seven scientific monographs and one scientific corpus in Slovene, English or the Slovak language.

- Tako smo živeli: življenjepisi koroških Slovencev 1–10: stvarno, krajevno, osebno kazalo ter kazalo hišnih imen. Celovec 2002 [That's how we lived: Life stories of Carinthian Slovenes 1–10: subject index, index of local names, index of personal names and index of house names, Klagenfurt 2002]

- Portret glasov. Raziskave življenjskih zgodb v etnologiji – na primeru koroških Slovencev. Ljubljana 2003 [The Portrait of the Voices: The Research of Life-stories in Ethnology: The Case of Carinthian Slovenes]

- Žrtvovanje resnice. Opoj zmuzljivih diskretnih nediskretnosti. Maribor 2006 [Sacrifice of the Truth: The Spell of Slippery Discreet Indiscretions]

- Družbeno-kulturne podobe raka dojk v Sloveniji = Social and cultural imagery of breast cancer in Slovenia.Ljubljana 2007 (Slovene and English bilingual book); Spoločensko-kultúrne reflexie rakoviny prsníika v Slovinsku. Bratislava 2013 (updated translation in Slovak language)

- Čast ni balast. Maribor 2011 [Honour is not a burden]

- Wine Queens: Understanding the Role of Women in Wine Marketing. Springer International Publishing 2015

- Zdravje in bolezen na Pohorju. Maribor, 2017 [Health and disease in Pohorje]

Some of her scientific and professional full-text articles in Slovene are available at the Digital Library of Slovenia; Etnolog; Seminar of Slovene Language, Literature and Culture; LeXonomica, Portal of Croatian scientific and professional journals.

(Full bibliography online)

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