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Marko Živković

Marko Živković, Ph.D

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.

Mirjana Uzelac

Mirjana Uzelac, MA.

A Belgrade native, Mirjana got her BA in Archaeology and MA in Anthropology from the Belgrade University. She is currently in the U of Alberta Anthropology Department PhD program where she is working on science in Socialist Yugoslavia and post-socialist Serbia.

Ildiko Erdei

Ildiko Erdei, Ph.D

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.

Preceptors 2016

Veterans from previous Fieldschools who return in the subsequent year to mentor new students. Preceptors are full members of the instructional team who will help new students find their feet in Belgrade, assist them with their readings and exercises as well as with formulating and carrying out their individual final projects.

Jillian Hunchak

Jill is finishing up her BA in Anthropology with a minor in International Studies. She is also completing a certificate in Peace and Post-Conflict Studies, as well as one in International Learning. She loves to travel and meet new people, and has been lucky enough to do lots of that in the past few years. Both at home and abroad, she has a propensity for getting lost and winding up in strange situations. When she's not writing papers she likes to cook (read: eat), and watch Leslie Nielsen movies.

Craig Farkash

Hau to begin? Craig is a longtime undergrad, studying Anthropology and Classics at the University of Alberta. During this time, he has been a part of a few study abroad programs, in Italy and Belgrade. Craig’s research interests include the relationships between a city’s soundscapes, its people, and its music.

Laura Porter

Laura Porter will graduate this summer with a BA in Art & Design and Anthropology. At the 2015 SES farewell ceremonies, she received the Soviet Award for Navigation of Time and Space. She often finds herself lost or missing. Yet in Belgrade, with the help of many bemused and neighborly strangers, she always returned to class with fruitful material for anthropological analysis. She is interested in the various ways both artists and anthropologists bring attention to the 'cultural production' in everyday life.