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:
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:
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