Ethnology in the 3rd Millennium: Topics, Methods, Challenges

International Conference was organised on the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the Institute of Ethnology SAS under the auspices of the European Commission Representation to the Slovak Republic (19–21 October 2016, SAS Congress Centre, Smolenice Castle, Slovakia).
Ethnology, just like other social sciences and humanities, faces a wide range of new challenges at the beginning of the 3rd millennium. In the 2nd half of the last century, the European ethnology coped, on one hand, with the legacy of “domestic” or even national lines in ethnographic research which implicitly preferred the study of traditional rural culture or, what is usually called (with different meanings), “folklore” and “national cultural heritage”, and, on the other hand, with its relationship to social and cultural anthropology of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century which implicitly preferred the study of exotic cultures “outside”, using mainly traditional stationary research methods.
What are the challenges faced by Slovak ethnology in the 3rd millennium? What are and what can be the forms of its research programme in the post-transformation and post-industrial era of the contemporary ultra-modern European society?

What innovations can be used in the study of “old topics”? And what are our “new topics”? What new research methodologies do such new topics require? How should we respond to the increasing public pressure to address the topics applied and to bring answers to current social problems? The thematic panels of the international conference have seeked to respond to these questions. Besides experts from the Institute of Ethnology SAS and registered domestic and foreign participants, the conference was also attended by invited foreign experts. Thus, the conference aimed at putting the current research of the Institute of Ethnology SAS in the international context of the today´s current theoretical discourse in modern European ethnology and social and cultural anthropology.

You may look at the photographs from the conference in the gallery at the bottom of this page.