Valentina Gulin Zrnić sudjelovala je na konferenciji “Ethnology in the 3rd Millenium: Topics, Methods, Challenges” koji je povodom 70-te obljetnice Instituta za etnologiju Slovačke akademije znanosti održan 19.-21. listopada 2016. godine u Smolenicama (Slovačka).
Valentina Gulin Zrnić održala je plenarno izlaganje “Approaches to urban culture studies”, u kojemu se osvrnula na teorijske, metodološke i istraživačke izazove s kojima se susreću suradnici projekta “Stvaranje grada: prostor, kultura i identitet”.
Ethnology and cultural anthropology have been involved in urban research for decades: anthropology in the city has evolved to anthropology of the city and new emergent topics and paradigms have been continually incorporated into the field of urban anthropology. One of them refers to „spatial turn“ which has affirmed space and place as important factors of urban life and they have become – together with culture and identity – the third pillar of ethnological and cultural anthropological research into the city. Building on our research on city-making in Zagreb we will discuss theoretical and methodological challenges of space/place in urban anthropology. Namely we will discuss 1) the politics of space as an analytical agenda (production and construction of space, contested spaces), 2) the relationship between performance studies and urban anthropology (embodiment and sensorial turn, art in public spaces), and 3) potential of various forms of urban mapping (walking ethnography, narrative urbanism, interactive urban maps).