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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. 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 Pesmen

Dale Pesmen, Ph.D

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 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.

Srdja Pavlovic

Srdja Pavlovic, Ph.D

Srdja Pavlovic teaches modern European and Balkan history at the University of Alberta (Edmonton, Canada) and is a research associate with the Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies (U of A) as well as an associate editor with the Nationality Papers. His areas of specialty are political and cultural history of the South Slavs and questions associated with spaces / places of identity, and their construction, de-construction, and re-construction in the Balkans. His current research focuses on questions of migration, refugees, political and religious violence, and shifting borders and boundaris in Europe. He authored numerous scholarly articles and several monographs, including Balkan Anschluss (Purdue University Press, 2008). He could be reached at


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.

Ariel MacDonald

Ariel MacDonald

Ariel is graduating with a degree in Human Geography (Hons) this spring. The way culture shapes cities and space is her main curiosity; causing her brain to fizz and pop. Through sensory ethnography she was able to explore the images and representation of urban revitalization and their consequences in the cultural landscape the city.

Cole Anderson

Cole Anderson

Cole is completing a Film Studies and Human Geography double major at the University of Alberta. His interests include cinematic and geographic spatiality, urbanism, and the interplay of art and the moving image with our collective and individual sense of place in reality and the physical environment. In Belgrade, sensory ethnography has been a rewarding practice in mindfully approaching the underpinnings of space and culture.

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.