On Friday, 14th June, 2019 in the Mimara Museum the Institute’s UKF project “Anthropological research of minority religions in historical archives in Croatia. Neglected archives“ was presented. Project leader Lana Peternel, Ph.D. presented to the audience this interdisciplinary project in which historical archives of minority religious communities in Croatia will be explored. For the first time the most cutting-edge technological equipment will be used for this purpose, i.e. the Projectina Docucenter 4500 device which applies INFRARED technology for digitalization of archive materials, but also other types of documents. The access to the device was provided by the partner institution University of Applied Sciences in Zagreb, i.e. the project collaborator prof. Jana Žiljak Gršić, Ph.D. During the project presentation, the Institute’s director Dinka Marinović Jerolimov, Ph.D. pointed out that this project was in line with the Institute’s mission and vision. Prof. Ankica Marinović, Ph.D. emphasised the importance of presenting this topic to the broader public and thus contributing to the minority religious communities’ visibility and reducing prejudices and discrimination towards them, with the overall aim of promoting religious tolerance. Project collaborator Filip Škiljan, Ph.D. (Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies) presented the field research previously carried out in minority religious communities’ archives in Croatia and provided a glance into the obstacles he was facing during the process and the often poor conditions in which the archive materials were found.

The project is financed by the Unity Through Knowledge Fund – UKF, and the research approach is developed through collaboration with the Principal Investigator of the ERC project “Hidden Galleries“, James Kapalo, Ph.D. from the Study of Religions Department, University College Cork. Dr. Kapalo is a specialist in the field of ethno-religious minorities and minority religions in Central and Eastern Europe. He has substantial professional experience in both archival and ethnographic research and will be able to provide his expertise that will be invaluable for the development of the field of anthropology of religion, which is less developed in Croatia, despite its relevance for contemporary society.

More about the project: https://www.idi.hr/zanemareniarhivi/index_en.html.