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Marko is an associate professor in the Anthropology Department, and an adjunct professor in the Art & Design Department at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. Marko grew up in Belgrade where he studied clinical psychology, and received his doctorate in anthropology at The University of Chicago. He has written on Balkan political rhetorics (Serbian Dreambook: National Imaginary in the Time of Milošević, Indiana University Press, 2011), on Serbian places of power, Yugoslav car culture, performance art, and popular neuroscience. In research and teaching he is interested in the intersections of art and science, in cross-cultural study of dreams, in anthropology of time and space, and film as an ethnographic resource. Marko’s recent collaborations with visual and theatre artists now lead him to explore the convergence between ethnographic and artistic perception. He is an avid photographer and sound recordist as well as a long-time practitioner of Aikido.
A Belgrade native, Mirjana got her BA in Archaeology and MA in Anthropology from the Belgrade University. Her Master’s thesis examined museum practices and politics of representation in the Nikola Tesla Museum in Belgrade. She is currently in the U of Alberta Anthropology Department PhD program where she focuses on anthropology of science and post-socialism. Her research examines physics and astrophysics in post-Yugoslav, post-socialist Serbia. Through her conversations with Serbian scientists she seeks to learn what makes them tick, what makes them angry, and is there such a thing as a Serbian national scientific tradition.
Dale (PhD Cultural Anthropology, University of Chicago) is a working artist, writer and educator. A book based on her ethnographic research in urban Siberia, Russia and Soul: An Exploration, was published by Cornell University Press; she has numerous published articles on anthropology, art, and the imagination as well as translations of fiction and nonfiction. Making art can be a particular kind of thinking. Using art in this way requires exploring smarter and kinder ways of using our own resources as observers, explorers and creators. In this spirit, Dale has run a range of workshops in creative and academic writing, art and arts integration, cultural awareness, and other fields; she also provides accent coaching.
Ildiko is an associate professor at the Department of Ethnology and Anthropology at Belgrade University, Serbia. She holds PhD from anthropological studies of consumption, and her teaching experience includes Anthropology of Material Culture, Consumption Studies and Anthropology of Socialism/Post-socialism. Ildiko’s research interests are diverse, ranging from politics of time and space in contemporary political rituals, to problems related to childhood and growing up during socialism. During the last decade her research focuses on cultural and symbolic aspects of economy, with a particular interest in post-socialist transformation in Central and Eastern Europe and in the global-local nexus of that process. Ildiko is theoretically and methodologically committed to ethnographic research and related qualitative fieldwork methods. She also studied solo singing and has rich experience in performing as a soloist and a singer in a capella choir.
Andrea is an associate professor at the Faculty of Interdisciplinary, Italian and Cultural Studies and a researcher at the Centre for Cultural and Historical Research of Socialism, Juraj Dobrila University of Pula. He graduated in Ethno-anthropology and Italian Literature at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Padua, earned his MA degree in Intercultural Studies from the same faculty and his PhD in Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb. His fields of research are industrial anthropology, anthropology of socialism, history of ethnology/anthropology, oral history, popular culture, theories of multiculturalism and philosophy. He is the author of the volumes (in Croatian): Underground. Anthropology of Mining in Labin Area in 20th Century and Socialism with a Shock-work Face. Ethnography of Working Zeal, as well as the co-author of the book (in Croatian) Bastards of Long Duration. Balkanist Discourses (with Tea Škokić). Currently he is very interested in theories and multiple potentials of boredom.