Dr Luka Šešo (Catholic University of Croatia) lectures on May 6-7, 2019
Dr Luka Šešo (Catholic University of Croatia) will deliver two lectures.
On May 6 at 14.15 will give a lecture titled „Traditional Beliefs in Supernatural Beings and Ethnological Fieldwork“ (Ülikooli 16-214).
Recent ethnological field research of traditional beliefs in supernatural beings (werewolves, fairies, witches, mòras, etc.) among the inhabitants of Dalmatian hinterland (Croatia) showed that such beliefs are still present within certain groups. This fact opens up a possibility of asking present day interlocutors different kinds of questions, not often asked in folkloristic and ethnological dealings with the topic in these regions. First and foremost these refer to the question of what the informants themselves think about believing in supernatural beings, why people believe in them and talk about them. Through interlocutors’ own interpretations and additional information on them gathered on the basis of a modified questionnaire we will be able to better understand the reality of the informant’s relationship toward believing in and narrating about supernatural beings.
On May 7 at 16.15 will give a second lecture titled „Cases of Re-mythologization in Contemporary Croatian Society“ (Ülikooli 16-214).
Today we are witnessing the abundance of open festivals and gatherings that celebrate mythical/supernatural heritage of certain places and regions in Croatia. The basis for such gatherings is some historical or ethnographical information that can connect certain places with mythical/supernatural past. Some newer festivals invent mythical heritage and offer themes related to fairies, werewolves, witches, shamans, and other creatures that allegedly lived in the region. In this paper I will argue that such gatherings, among other things, serve as a platform for constructing national and personal identities that have been diminished during the period of communist rule in Croatia and not clearly rebuild during the period of transition in 1990s.
All are very welcome!
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