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Current activities

Participation in a postgraduate course at the Inter-University Centre Dubrovnik

Assoc. Prof. Valerija Barada, PhD and Luka Antonina, M.A. took part in a postgraduate course at the Inter-University Centre Dubrovnik, entitled: "Platformisation of Cultural and Audio-visual Sectors in the European Union: New Policies for New Stakeholders" (9-14 May 2022). 
Valerija Barada, in addition to being the co-leader of the course, gave a presentation entitled: "Redefining Gendered Labor: Traits of Feminized Work", while Luka Antonina during a PhD session presented his PhD research design entitled: "Film and Social Development: Dynamics of Modernization, Artistic Production and Social Reception within the Field of Film Industry during the SFRY Period ". 
The course was held as part of the "European Union Policies and the Platformisation of the Cultural and Audio-visual Sectors" project in which the Department of Sociology is a partner. Lecturers and doctoral students from France, Norway, Ireland, Denmark, Canada, Sweden, Spain, Czech Republic and Croatia participated in the course. 
More information on the course and more about the project.

From 21-23 April 2022, Valerija Barada, Ph.D. and Marija Šarić, Ph.D. participated at the International Labour Process Conference: “Labour Mobility and Mobilization of Workers” with a presentation of a paper titled “Neither here nor there: experiences of discontinuity in women’s circular labour migrations“.
Valerija also presented a paper with her co-authors Jasna Račić, mag. soc., Blanka Čop, mag. soc and Sara Čović, mag. soc. titled “Labouring, caring, and family rearing: multiple burdens of employment and housework in Croatia” in which they presented preliminary results of the quantitative research collected within the scope of the project “Impact of public policies on the quality of family and working life and the demographics of Croatia - Spaces of Change”, funded by the European Social Fund.
International Labour Process Conference is organized every year and covers topics from the sociology of work, industrial relations, and labour process. The topic of this year’s conference was focused on the theoretical understanding of labour mobility, labour migrations and the mobilization of workers, as well as the meanings that migrations have for the labour process and the issues concerning work in general. This year the conference was organized for the 40th time, in Padua, Italy, and virtually.
More on this conference can be found on the following links  ILPC 2022 i  ILPC 2022 1 poveznicama

Public Sociology – From Project to Project: Work and Employment in the Cultural Sector

On Thursday, March 10, 2022, the open forum entitled “From Project to Project: Work and Employment in the Cultural Sector” took place in the Multimedia Hall of the Zadar City Library. 
The open forum included the presentation of the eponymous study by Jaka Primorac, which was followed by the public discussion on its empirical findings and main theoretical arguments. The focus of discussion was on issues related to public policies within the field of culture in Croatia, and possible guidelines for the future mitigation of the existing issues.
This recently published study by Jaka Primorac analyzes the field of culture from the perspective of work and working conditions of cultural producers. Focusing on the cultural policies framework, the employment structure and the characteristics of work in this sector, the study points to the consequences of the growing ‘projectization’ of cultural production: the growing insecurity and underpayment of a large number of cultural workers and artists economically struggling in the present Croatia. 
Consequently, one of the demands put forward in joint discussion with, among others, local cultural actors was for developmental public policies that would enable better working conditions in the field of culture; i.e. those public policies that would recognize culture as a broader social need and thus as a public good.
These issues in their different aspects were discussed by: the author of the study, Jaka Primorac (Department for Culture and Communication, IRMO - The Institute for Development and International Relations, Zagreb), and the publication co-editor (along with Dunja Kučinac), Vesna Vuković (The curatorial collective ‘BLOK’, Zagreb). The open forum presentation and discussion was moderated by the reviewer of the study and head of the Department of Sociology, University of Zadar, Valerija Barada.
The event was held as part of a series of public lectures and open forum discussions ‘Public Sociology’, organized by the Department of Sociology, University of Zadar.
 

Roundtable “Digital Cultural Politics: From Policy to Practice and Back”

On Friday, March 4, 2022, Department of Sociology, University of Zadar and Croatian Sociological Association Zadar hosted the roundtable discussion entitled 'Digital Cultural Politics: From Policy to Practice and Back'. 
Due to their ubiquity, online platforms are increasingly influencing our daily lives. Some theorists thus speak of the rise of ‘the platform society’. Are existing cultural policies able to influence the processes of social and cultural 'digitization' to advance their democratization? 
On this subject, as well as on other current issues in the context of growing economic and cultural importance of new digital platforms spoke: Bjarki Valtysson (University of Copenhagen), Aleksandar Brkić (Goldsmiths, University of London), Krešimir Krolo (Department of Sociology, University of Zadar), and Paško Bilić (Department for Culture and Communication, IRMO - The Institute for Development and International Relations, Zagreb).
The roundtable was moderated by Jaka Primorac (IRMO, Zagreb), with an introductory speech on behalf of the Department of Sociology given by Valerija Barada, head of the department and Marija Šarić, president of the Croatian Sociological Association Zadar.
The event was held as part of the project: European Union Policies and the Platformisation of Cultural and Audio-visual Sectors – platEU, within the framework of the Erasmus+ program under the auspices of the European Union.
 

 

Published article in Philosophy and Society
Mirko Petrić (Department of Sociology, University of Zadar), in coautorship with Inga Tomić-Koludrović (Institute of social sciences Ivo Pilar - Split), published the article "Bourdieu’s Theorization of Social Capital in the Analysis of South-East European Societies" in the December issue (vol. 32, no. 4, 2021) of the journal Philosophy and Society/Filozofija i društvo. The article is part of the thematic bloc entitled "Pierre Bourdieu: Theory and Public Engagement". It discusses different operationalizations of social capital in Bourdieu-inspired analyses of South-East European societies.
The article can be accessed here
 

Published article in the British Journal of Sociology
Mirko Petrić and Željka Zdravković (both from Department of Sociology, University of Zadar), in coautorship with Predrag Cvetičanin (University of Niš), Inga Tomić-Koludrović (Institute of social sciences Ivo Pilar - Split) and Adrian Leguina (Loughborough University) published the article "From occupational to existential class: How to analyze class structure in hybrid societies (The case of Serbia)" in the September 2021 issue of the British Journal of Sociology.
The article proposes a model to analyze the class structure of hybrid post-socialist societies in South-East Europe (SEE), using the case of Serbia. It is argued that, in such hybrid societies, social inequalities are generated by several mechanisms of similar strength: exploitative market mechanisms (based on economic capital) and different types of social closure mechanisms (based on political and social capital). Their influences are intertwined and cannot be analytically isolated or reduced to a common foundation. Therefore, occupational class analysis in these societies can have only limited explanatory power. 
In an attempt to overcome these challenges, the authors modify the instruments of several established approaches to class analysis. These modifications include: (1) a reconceptualization of Bourdieusian notions of political, social, and cultural capital, (2) a different operationalization of social space, (3) identification of specific mechanisms of generating social inequalities, (4) paying attention to both practical and discursive classifications of lifestyles in the establishment of symbolic boundaries, and (5) relying on differential association analysis for identifying class boundaries. The result of the analysis is a model that enables studying general social inequality, that is, generalized social advantage/disadvantage, in post-socialist societies in South-East Europe.
The article can be accessed here. 
 

 

Published article in the Cultural sociology journal
Doc.dr.sc. Sven Marcelić, izv.prof.dr.sc. Željka Tonković, and doc.dr.sc. Krešimir Krolo published the article “Banal Cosmopolitanism? Values and Cultural Repertoires of Youth in Adriatic Croatia” in the Cultural Sociology journal of the British Sociological Association. The topic of the article is the relationship between values and cultural taste and practice, and three types of value-cultural orientations are presented: modern, transitional and traditional. It is shown that modern values are better connected with foreign cultural contents and legitimized culture, while traditional values are connected with domestic culture and traditional cultural contents.

The article is available here

 

Mr. sc. Mirko Petrić elected as a board member of ESA Sociology of Culture research network 
Mr. sc. Mirko Petrić has been elected as a board member of the European Sociological Association's Research Network for Sociology of Culture (ESA RN07), for the period 2021-2023. The elections were held on September 2nd, 2021, during the 15th European Sociological Association’s conference, entitled Sociological Knowledge for Alternative Futures.
Within ESA RN07 sessions, mr. sc. Mirko Petrić has held a conference presentation on “Exploratory research and cultural policy: Towards a Bottom-up understanding of culture in Croatia”, co-authored by Augustin Derado, mag. soc. The presentation, delivered on September 1st, was based on the results of empirical research carried out within the Horizon 2020 project European Inventory of Societal Values of Culture as a Basis for Inclusive Cultural Policies – INVENT (Grant ID: 870691).
Within ESA RN13 sessions, devoted to sociology of family and intimate lives, Mr. sc. Mirko Petrić co-authored (with Augustin Derado, mag. soc., and Prof. dr. sc. Inga Tomić-Koludrović) a presentation entitled “Gender inequality and social inequality: The class dimension of division of housework in Croatia”. This presentation, delivered on September 3rd, was based on mixed methods research carried out within the research project Relational Gender Identities in Croatia: Modernization and Development Perspectives – GENMOD (HRZZ-IP-2016-06-6010), funded by the Croatian Science Foundation

Presentation at the European Sociological Association Conference

Marija Šarić, MA and Valerija Barada, PhD presented a paper titled “Bi-local labouring of women: low-skilled circular labour migration as employment strategy” at the 15th European Sociological Association Conference „Sociological Knowledges for Alternative Futures“. The presentation was held within the Labour mobility session of the ESA's Work, Employment and Industrial Relations research network. The conference was organized in Barcelona and online due to the COVID pandemic in the period from 31 Aug – 3 Sept 2021.
 

 

International conference: 90s Scars
On July 10 2021, Dr Željka Tonković in coauthorship with Sanja Sekelj (Institute of Art History, Zagreb) presented a paper entitled “From Cultural Narratives to Social Structure: A Qualitative Structural Analysis of the Soros Network in Croatia” at the international conference “Scars: Reflections on Art and Society in Central-East Europe in the 1990s”. The conference was organized by the Institute of Art History, Zagreb and the Institute for Contemporary Art, Zagreb. It was meant to take place in Rijeka in 2020 as a part of Rijeka 2020 – European Capital of Culture but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was realized online in July 2021. You can read more about this conference here.

Independent Cultural Scene as an Actor of Urban Changes 
On July 9 2021 Dr Željka Tonković in coauthorship with Hrvoje Pašalić presented a paper entitled “Independent Cultural Scene as an Actor of Changes in the Urban Space: The Example of Zadar” at the international conference “KISMIF 2021. Keep It Simple, Make it Fast! DIY Cultures and Global Challenges” (Porto, 7-10 July 2021). The conference was organized by the University of Porto. More information available here.

Historical Network Analysis
On July 2 2021 Dr Željka Tonković in coauthorship with Sanja Sekelj (Institute of Art History, Zagreb) presented a paper entitled “Structure, culture and agency – the position of Soros’ organizations in the Croatian institutional landscape” at the international conference “Historical Networks – Réseaux Historiques – Historische Netzwerke” (June 30 – July 2 2021). The conference was organized by the Historical Network Research group and Réseaux et Histoire. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was organized online. You can read more about this conference here
 

 

Dr Karin Doolan has edited the publication "(In)equalities in Croatia. Insights into inequalities in Croatian society to mark 25 years of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation Zagreb" and in co-authorship with Dr Željka Tonković has contributed a chapter entitled "What class analysis tells us about inequalities in Croatian society?". A discussion on issues raised in the publication was organized in Zagreb on June 17 2021. For more information please see: https://croatia.fes.de/25-godina-fes-hrvatska 


Dr Željka Tonković and Dr Karin Doolan have published their article "Convergences and divergences of a Bourdieusian and occupation-based approach to social class: evidence from Croatia" in the journal of the European sociological association European Societies. The article is a contribution to thinking through different approaches to class analysis and class stratification in Croatian society and is based on data collected as part of the project Social stratification in Croatia: structural and subjective aspects co-funded by the Croatian Science Foundation. For more information please see:
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14616696.2021.1922929?src=&journalCode=reus20
 

 

Sociological Forum: Methodology workshop
Sociological Forum: Methodology workshop - research intersection of work and gender was held at Department of sociology on 24. 6. 2021. and 25. 6. 2021. in Zadar. Introductury lectures were held by dr. sc. Teo Matković i Katarina Jaklin, mag. soc. from Institute of social research in Zagreb, while academic staff and PhD candidates from The International joint degree doctoral programme in the Sociology of regional and local development participated in the discussion. The workshop concentrated on data obtained from two recent surveys: "Work Fit for People" and "The social resilience of Croatian society in the midst and aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic (SOCRES)".
 

 

Saša Božić, PhD along with Simona Kuti, PhD participated on VIII National Congress of the Croatian Sociological Association, Hrvatsko društvo i COVID-19 pandemija: kriza kao prilika? /Croatian Society and COVID-19 Pandemic: Crisis as an Opportunity/ 20-21 May 2021, online conference "Rekonfiguracija društvenog prostora nakon pandemije bolesti COVID-19: globalizacija-deglobalizacija ili višerazinska kompleksnost?"/Reconfiguration of Societal Space after COVID-19 pandemic: Globalisation-Deglobalisation or Multilevel Complexity?. 

 

The project "Social stratification in Croatia: structural and subjective aspects" has finished

The project "Social stratification in Croatia: structural and subjective aspects" was a three-year project co-funded by the Croatian Science Foundation and the University of Zadar which formally ended in December 2020. The general objective of the project was to contribute to reviving class analysis in Croatia, both theoretically and empirically, since there had been a gap in this research field in Croatia since the late 1980s.

The approach to social class analysis advanced in the project was inspired by Bourdieu’s work on social inequalities, particularly in “La Distinction” (1979) and “Weight of the World: Social Suffering in Contemporary Society” (1993). It is argued that his approach, which maps and explores class divisions based on the distribution of economic, cultural and social capital, gives a more multi-dimensional understanding of social hierarchy than studies which focus only on the occupational and property dimensions of class. However, as part of the project a bourdieusian approach was compared and contrasted with other traditions of class analysis, acknowledging the richness of contemporary approaches to class including neo-Marxist and neo-Weberian approaches, as well as more micro approaches in class analysis including, for example, research on the “psychic economy of class” (Reay, 2005).

A mixed methods study was conducted as part of the project including questionnaire data on people’s economic, cultural and social capital, as well as occupation and labour conditions, which was collected from a nationally representative sample of people living in Croatia. In addition, over 70 interviews were conducted with a purposive sample of women and men living in different regions of Croatia and occupying different class locations. The purpose of the interviews was to explore how class works biographically, both in terms of self-identification, everyday practices and at times of crisis since a particular objective of the project was to identify the ways in which people occupying different class locations deal with disasters such as floods. Two ethnographic studies, one in a soup kitchen and another in a charity organization, were also conducted in order to explore the class dimension of charitable giving and receiving.

The results of the project have been of interest to scholars engaged in class analysis, policy makers and civil society organisations engaging in social justice agendas.

More information about the project including publications is available at:

https://sites.google.com/view/socstrathr/publikacije

 

Valerija Barada, Ph.D. and Marija Šarić, mag. soc. participated in the 39th International Labour Process Conference “Security in Work? The workplace after COVID-19”

Together they presented a paper titled “Olders caring for the elderly: circular migration of older women as an alternative strategy to unemployment or retirement“.

With co-atuhors Ivana Jugović, Ph.D. from the Institute of social research in Zagreb and Jaka Primorac, Ph.D. from The Institute for Development and International Relations, Valerija presented another paper titles „Employment and class do not matter. Gender Differences in Housework and Care Work in Croatia“.

International Labour Process Conference is organized every year and covers topics from the sociology of work, industrial relations and labour process. This year it was organized at the University of Greenwich, London, from 12.-14. April 2021., but was organized virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

More on this conference can be found on the link: https://www.ilpc.org.uk/ILPC-2021/Overview

 

Presentations at the 8th mid-term conference of the ESA Sociology of Culture research network (RN7)

Krešimir Krolo, Sven Marcelić, Željka Tonković and Mirko Petrić presented at the 8th mid-term conference "En-Compass-ing Culture(s): Beyond East/West and South/North" of the European Sociological Association's Sociology of Culture research network (RN7) (10-12 March 2021, Helsinki, Finland).

Doc. dr. sc. Krešimir Krolo, doc. dr. sc. Sven Marcelić and doc. dr. sc. Željka Tonković presented three papers in co-autorship: Value orientations of Croatian youth as a predictor in taste of television genres; Banal cosmopolitanism? What values have to do with cultural practices and taste; Between global and local: Cultural map of Croatian urban youth. Their presentations resulted from the empirical research on cultural consumption and values of youth in major cities of Adriatic Croatia. Findings from this research have been recently published in a book Classical music, punk and "cajke": Cultural capital and youth values in cities on the Adriatic coast (in Croatian) and The great divide? Cultural capital as a predictor of television preferences among Croatian youth (Poetics, 2020, doi:10.1016/j.poetic.2019.101400.

Mr. sc. Mirko Petrić, in coauthorship with prof. dr. sc. Inga Tomić Koludrović and Filip Užarević, Ph.D., presented a papet entitled "Gender and Modernity: Cultural Consumption of Men and Women in Croatia". The presentation was based on the results of empirical research carried out within the Croatian Science Foundation funded project Relational Gender Identities in Croatia: Modernization and Development Perspectives" (GENMOD, HRZZ-IP-2016-06-6010).

Conference programme is available here. https://www2.helsinki.fi/en/conferences/encompassing-cultures

Mirko Petrić's presentation at the 11th International Conference on Cultural Policy Research

On March 25th, 2021, Mirko Petrić presented a paper entitled “Decoding culture: creating inclusive cultural policies” at the 11th International Conference on Cultural Policy Research – ICCPR. The conference was organized by Doshisha University, in association with the Japan Association for Cultural Policy Research. It was meant to take place in Kyoto in 2020 but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was realized online in March 2021.

Mirko Petrić’s presentation was a part of a peer-reviewed panel in which the research priorities and initial findings of the Horizon 2020 project European Inventory of Societal Values of Culture as a Basis for Inclusive Cultural Policies in the Globalizing World – INVENT were explained and discussed.

You can read more about ICCPR Kyoto 2021 here. Information on Horizon 2020 project INVENT can be found here and here.

 

Department of Sociology is co-organizing interdisciplinary symposium

Department of Sociology is co-organizing interdisciplinary symposium "Gender in Transformation Processes: Central and Southeast European Perspectives", coordinated by the Department of Sociology and the Center for Inter-American Studies, both University of Graz, Austria and in collaboration with the Institute of Social Sciences Ivo Pilar, Split, Croatia.

More on the symposium can be found here: https://fellowship-geschlechterforschung.uni-graz.at/en/news/detail/article/call-for-papers-1/

Call for papers can be found here: https://sociologija.unizd.hr/Portals/13/Gender%20in%20Transformation%20CfP.pdf