Senka Božić-Vrbančić is employed as a Professor in Anthropology at the University of Zadar, Croatia. She holds a PhD in Anthropology  from the University of Auckland, New Zealand.  She has worked at the University of Melbourne, Australia (McArthur Research Fellowship 2007-2010), Center for Sociology and Cultural Studies in Lviv, Ukraine and Institute for Anthropological Research, Zagreb, Croatia. Her work spans the fields of anthropology, cultural and visual studies with an emphasis on the politics of culture and affective components of belonging  (class/ gender/ ethnicity/ race).  She is the author of two books Tarara: Croatians and Maori in New  Zealand – memory, belonging, identity (2008, 2018) and Hitchcockian gaze: a paranoid reading of contemporary culture (2017). She is currently finishing a book on the precariousness as a social condition based on an ethnographic research of everyday and the structures of feeling associated with precarious lifeworlds in Croatia. The title of her lecture at IUAES2020 is Domestication in the Ruins of Anthropocene (abstract of the lecture will be available soon).


Empowering Anthropology in the Face of Crises – sponsored by World Anthropological Union (WAU)

(organizers: Junji Koizumi, Japan, and Carmen Rial, Brasil)

The news that anthropology is facing crisis is on the rise. A similar process seems to be underway also in some disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. Changes in classification of science, weakened position in the academic system and student enrollment, dominance by neoliberalism and instrumentalism, decreasing institutional and financial support, difficulties in field research and cases of arrests of researchers, targeted attacks on certain research areas, loss of unretrievable materials due to fire and other destruction, to name a few. On the other hand, there are cases in which anthropology goes strong and expectations are high that anthropology among human and social sciences can make valuable contributions in the contemporary globalized and globalizing world. This panel sponsored by WAU, the World Anthropological Union, asks: What exactly is the nature of these crises and what are the real threats we are facing; If we can theorize the general contexts in which they arise, or we should understand each and specific situation in order to cope with them better; What WAU can do as a newly established global organization based on the integration of IUAES and WCAA, and what are the new resources we obtained through this integration; How, after all, we can effectively empower anthropology in general and anthropologies in specific as WAU, IUAES and WCAA, and what are anthropology’s unique strengths in contributing to a global public good. These are among the central questions this panel will address.

List of participants will be available soon.


Final program will be available in February 2021

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