Topics of the project “Citymaking” in the study programme of ethnology and cultural anthropology: Iva Grubiša’s graduate thesis

The topics researched on the project “Citymaking” are also dealt with within the university study programmes. The example of such research interest is the M. A. thesis of Iva Grubiša, which bears the title „Integration of migrants in the city – a case study on culinary-cultural collective Taste of home“, written under the supervision of Nevena Škrbić Alempijević and Jana Šarinić.


Summary: By analyzing a collective called Taste of home, paper provides ethnological and cultural anthropological, as well as sociological, insight into the possibilities for migrant integration in Zagreb. Relying on qualitative research methods – participant observation and in-depth interviews, the author starts by questioning if Taste of home can (and in what ways), help the process of migrant integration, through activities it organizes, while taking the city of Zagreb as an example. Migrants are approached as active social actors who participate in the process of continuous making of the city. That being said, via food and gastronomy, they inscribe elements of their cultural identities into the city. The paper is organized around two main parts; the first part questions in which ways Taste of home members inscribe their experiences into the city, as well as what is the relationship between engagement in the Collective on the one side, and experiences of the city on the other; while in the second part, the author analyzes what is the role of food for Taste of home, and its members.

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  • Project is supported by Croatian Science Foundation
  • Project leading institution: Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Research, Zagreb
  • Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology
  • Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, Department of Geography