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Maja Pasaric

Marie Curie Research Fellow

School Of Archaeology

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Email: maja.pasaric@ucd.ie

Biography

I am currently a Marie Sklodowska Curie postdoctoral fellow at the UCD School of Archaeology. My research project titled "HARA: Human-animal relationships in archaeology - World views of hunter-gatherers in Northern Europe" is mentored by Graeme Warren.

I received my BA degree in archaeology and ethnology at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb. At the same Faculty I completed a MS degree in archaeology in 2008. I also hold a MA degree in Gender studies acquired at the Central European University in Budapest (2003). My PhD thesis in prehistoric archaeology titled "Ritual animal burials and idol sculptures in the prehistory of Continental Croatia" was defended in 2012 at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb.

My academic path started at the Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Research in Zagreb. My position as a research fellow at the scientific project "Cultural Animal Studies: Contributions from Literary Studies, Folklore Research, Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology" allowed me to manifest my interests in human-animal relations from both archaeological and ethnological perspectives. My research interests cover themes related to my PhD thesis such as ritual, prehistoric animal burials and animal representations in Croatia and Central Europe as well as Croatian and European folk beliefs about animals in relation with death and the afterlife, the role of animals in folk mortuary practices and notions about post-mortal human-animal transformations. Some of my scientific interests include cultural animal studies, zoofolkloristics, social zooarchaeology, social meanings of material culture and similar. 
 
In the Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Research I was involved in scientific research, teaching and public outreach of scientific work. From 2015 to 2016 I was a member of the editorial board of Nova etnografija, book series published by the Institute.

Since 2010 I have been one of the lecturers at the graduate module "Cultural Animal Studies" held at the Centre for Croatian Studies, University of Zagreb and also contributed to the postgraduate (Phd) module at the same University. I was also a guest lecturer at the Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana, the Department for Celtic and Scottish Studies, University of Edinburgh and the School of Irish, Celtic Studies, Irish Folklore and Linguistics, University College Dublin.

My articles have been published in scientific and professional journals and books as well as in popular journals, and my scholarly work has been promoted through active participation at international conferences in Croatia and abroad. 

I fluently speak English and Russian.

 

 

 

 
 

Professional

Honours and Awards

Year: 2002.
Title: Fellowship in MA Gender studies programme
Year: 2016.
Title: Horizon 2020-Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions-Individual Fellowship
       

Conference Contributions

Maja Pasaric (2017) Childhood charms. Animal remains and representations from Mesolithic child burials in Northern Europe. [Oral Presentation], Death and Children from Prehistory to the Middle Ages. International Symposium on Funerary Anthropology. Homines Funera Astra 6th Edition, Alba Iulia, Romania , 15-OCT-17 - 18-OCT-17.
Maja Pasaric (2017) Animals in Mesolithic and Neolithic Worldviews. Possible Challenges to the Dichotomies. [Oral Presentation], 23rd Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists, Maastricht, Netherlands , 31-AUG-17 - 03-SEP-17.
Pasaric Maja (2016) Govedo, ovca, pas -ukopi zivotinja u lasinjskoj kulturi. [Oral Presentation], Arheoloska istrazivanja Bjelovarsko-bilogorske zupanije i okolnih krajeva. Okrugli stol Lasinjska kultura- 55 godina poslije, Bjelovar, Croatia , 03-OCT-16 - 07-OCT-16.
Pasaric Maja, Balen Jacqueline (2015) Burying the Pigs: Pigs in Eneolithic Burial Practices. [Oral Presentation], International Symposium on Funerary Anthropology Homines, Funera, Astra Death and Animals from Prehistory to Middle Ages, Alba Iulia, Romania , 18-OCT-15 - 21-OCT-15.
Pasaric Maja (2015) An Eneolithic Perspective: Dogs in Burials - Rituals in Settlements. [Oral Presentation], 21th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists, Glasgow, United Kingdom , 02-SEP-15 - 05-SEP-15.
Pasaric Maja (2015) For the Love of Antlers: Deer and humans, cultural practices and identities. [Oral Presentation], 12th Congress of the International Society of Ethnology and Folklore, Zagreb, Croatia , 21-JUN-15 - 25-JUN-15.
Pasaric Maja (2015) Jelen, čovjek i rogate kulturne prakse. [Oral Presentation], SIEF u IEF-u, Institut za etnologiju i folkloristiku, Zagreb , 08-DEC-15 - 10-DEC-15.
Pasaric Maja (2013) Bird Tales: Narratives about the Vučedol Dove in Archaeology and Beyond. [Oral Presentation], About Stories and Storytelling Today, Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Research, Zagreb, Croatia , 14-NOV-15 - 16-NOV-15.
Pasaric Maja (2013) Ritual Cows: Eneolithic Cattle Burials from Continental Croatia. [Oral Presentation], 19th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists, Pilsen, Czech Republic , 04-SEP-13 - 08-SEP-13.
Pasaric Maja (2012) The Body, the Soul and the Animal Other. [Oral Presentation], Body, Soul, Spirits and Supernatural Communication, Pecs, Hungary , 18-MAY-12 - 20-MAY-12.
Pasaric Maja (2011) Buried alone or in Man's Company - Reflections upon several Animal Burials from the Prehistory of Continental Croatia. [Oral Presentation], Animals in Art and Archaeology, and in Myths, Tales and Legends, Edinburgh, United Kingdom , 08-APR-11 - 10-APR-11.
Pasaric Maja (2009) The Role of Animals in Notions about Death and the Afterlife in Croatian Ethnographic Material. [Oral Presentation], What to do with Folklore? International interdisciplinary Symposium, Ljubljana, Slovenia , 24-SEP-09 - 29-SEP-09.
Pasaric Maja (2009) Apsystides i njihovo runo. [Oral Presentation], International Scholarly Seminar on the Life and Work of Academician Branko Fučić (1920-1999), Krk, Croatia , 30-JAN-09 - 01-FEB-09.
   

Education

Year 2012 Institution: Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Zagreb
Qualification: PhD Subject: Archaeology
Year 2008 Institution: Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Zagreb
Qualification: MSc Subject: Archaeology
Year 2003 Institution: Central European University, Budapest
Qualification: MA Subject: Gender studies
Year 2001 Institution: Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Zagreb
Qualification: BA Subject: Archaeology and Ethnology
         

Publications

 

Book Chapters

Pasaric Maja (2017) 'Role of Animals in Conceptions of Death and the Afterlife in Croatian Ethnographic Data' In: Marjetka Golez Kaučić (eds). What to Do with Folklore? New Perspectives on Folklore Research. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag. [Details]
Pasaric Maja (2015) 'Dead Bodies and Transformations - Werewolves in Some South Slavic Folk Traditions' In: Willem de Blécourt (eds). Werewolf Histories. Basingstoke: Palgrave Historical Studies in Witchcraft and Magic Series, Palgrave Macmillan. [Details]
Pasaric Maja (2015) 'A test, a lélek és az ember állatalakja' In: Éva Pócs (eds). Test, lélek, szellemek és természetfeletti kommunikáció. Vallásetnológiai fogalmak tudományközi megközelítésben. (Tanulmányok a transzcendensről VIII.). Budapest: Balassi Kiadó. , pp.69-83 [Details]
Pasaric Maja (2014) 'From Zoomorphic Ornaments to Sacrificial Animals - Animals in Neolithic Cult Practices' In: Jacqueline Balen et al (eds). Gifts from the Earth.The Neolithic between the Sava, Drava and Danube. Zagreb: Archaeological Museum Zagreb. [Details]
Pasaric Maja (2012) 'Veni vidi scripsi - Tragom ovce u putopisu Branka Fučića Apsyrtides. Veni vidi scripsi- Following the Sheep in Branko Fučić's Travelogue Apsyrtides' In: Suzana Marjanic, Antonija Zaradija Kis (eds). Knjizevna zivotinja. Kulturni bestijarij II. Zagreb: Hrvatska sveucilisna naklada, Institut za etnologiju i folkloristiku. [Details]
Pasaric Maja (2010) 'Viseslojna kulturoloska predodzba ovce u Fucicevom putopisu Apsyrtides' In: Tomislav Galović (eds). Az grisni diak Branko pridivkom Fučić. Radovi međunarodnoga skupa o zivotu i djelu akademika Branka Fučića (1920.-1999.). Zagreb: Denona. [Details]
 

Peer Reviewed Journals

Pasaric Maja, Trbojevic Vukicevic Tajana (2016) 'Eneolithic cattle burials from Aljmas-Podunavlje and Osijek-Retfala, Croatia'. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology, 26 (5):842-852. [DOI] [Details]
Pasaric Maja (2014) 'The Body, the Soul and the Animal Other'. Narodna Umjetnost, . [Details]
Pasaric Maja (2010) 'Uloga zivotinja u predodzbama o smrti i zagrobnom zivotu u hrvatskoj etnografskoj gradi'. Kroatologija, I (1):213-227. [Details]
Novak Mario,Slaus Mario,Pasaric Maja (2009) 'Subadult Stress in the Medieval and Early Modern Populations of Continental Croatia'. Prilozi Instituta za Arheologiju, . [Details]
Novak Mario, Slaus Mario, Pasaric Maja (2007) 'Bioarchaeological characteristics of the Early Modern population from the Koprivno - Kod kri¿a site near Klis'. Opuscula Archaeologica: Papers of the Department of Archaeology, (31):303-346. [Details]
   

Published Reports

Pasaric Maja, Warren Graeme (2016) Human-animal Relationships in Archaeology: Worldviews of Hunter-gatherers in Northern Europe. Introductory Report. HARA Newsletter 1. UCD School of Archaeology, Dublin. Link to full text [Details]
                                               

Book Reviews

Pasaric, Maja (2016) Luka Seso, Zivjeti s nadnaravnim bicima. Vukodlaci, vile i vjestice hrvatskih tradicijskih vjerovanja, Naklada Jesenski i Turk, Zagreb, 2016., 295 str. Book Reviews [Details]
Pasaric Maja (2015) Zemlja iza sume. Vampirski mit u knjizevnosti i na filmu. 2015. Peric, B. i Pletenac, Tim press, Zagreb. Etnoloska tribina 45/38: 186. Book Reviews [Details]
Pasaric Maja (2012) Misionarskim putovima. Damir Zorić. 2011. Etnografije hvatskih misionara. Zagreb: Matica hrvatska. 182 str.. // Kroatologija. 3 (2012.) , 1; 178-181. Book Reviews [Details]
Pasaric Maja (2012) Aleksandr Viktorovič Gura, Brak i svadba v slavjanskoj narodnoj kulture. Semantika i simvolika, Indrik, Moskva 2012., 935 str.. // Narodna umjetnost: hrvatski casopis za etnologiju i folkloristiku. 49 (2012) , 2; 210-212. Book Reviews [Details]
Pasaric Maja (2011) Mirila: kulturni fenomen. 2010. Mythologica Slavica. Supplementa, suppl. 3. Pleterski A., Santek G. P. (eds.) Ljubljana, Institut za arheologijo, Znanstveni raziskovalni center SAZU. Vjesnik Arheoloskog muzeja u Zagrebu 44: 342-344. Book Reviews [Details]
Pasaric Maja (2011) Mitski zbornik. 2010. Marjanić S., Prica I. (eds.). Zagreb, Institut za etnologiju i folkloristiku, Hrvatsko etnolosko drustvo. Narodna umjetnost, 48/2: 195. Book Reviews [Details]
Pasaric Maja (2010) Glasom do feministickih promjena/Voicing feminist concerns. 2009. Jambresic Kirin R., Prlenda S. (eds.). Zagreb, Institut za etnologiju i folkloristiku, Centar za zenske studije. Narodna umjetnost, 47/2: 265-267. Book Reviews [Details]
Pasaric Maja (2008) Treća: časopis Centra za zenske studije, broj 10. Govedic N. (ed.). Narodna umjetnost, 45/2: 211-212. Book Reviews [Details]
Pasaric Maja (2006) Ivanecka skrinjica, broj 1. Krznar S. (ed.). Podravina: casopis za multidisciplinarna istrazivanja, 10: 183-184. Book Reviews [Details]
                                               

Articles

Pasaric Maja (2011) Sveta mjesta na granici svjetova. Zarez: dvotjednik za kulturna i drustvena zbivanja: Articles [Details]
Pasaric Maja (2009) O mackama i ljudima. Zarez: dvotjednik za kulturna i drustvena zbivanja: Articles [Details]
Pasaric Maja (2009) O psima i ljudima. Zarez: dvotjednik za kulturna i drustvena zbivanja: Articles [Details]
Pasaric Maja (2009) Zivotinja, smrt i dusa. Zarez: dvotjednika za kuturna i drustvena zbivanja: Articles [Details]
Pasaric Maja (2008) Zivotinjsko pitanje kao feministicko pitanje. Zarez: dvotjednika za kulturna i drustvena zbivanja: Articles [Details]
                                 

Research

Research Interests

My research focuses on human-animal relationships. I have been approaching this subject from both archaeological and ethnological perspectives. My studies have been related to prehistoric animal burials and animal representations in Croatia and Central Europe as well as to Croatian and European animalistic notions in folk cultures's beliefs and customary practices particularly those related with death, afterlife and post-mortal human-animal transformations.

My PhD research "Ritual animal burials and idol sculptures in the prehistory of Continental Croatia" focused on animal burials and zoomorphic imagery from the Eneolithic period (4500-2500 BC) in the region of Continental Croatia and the wider Central European context. I joined together archaeology, ethnology and cultural animal studies in a framework for studying prehistoric animal burials and representations by exploring human-animal relationships, ritual, material culture and agency.

My current Marie-Sklodowska-Curie funded postdoctoral research project proposes an interdisciplinary approach by combining contextual archaeological analyses, ethnographic research and experimental archaeology. The project titled "HARA: Human-animal relationships in archaeology: World-views of hunter-gatherers in Northern Europe" aims to provide new perspectives on human-animal relationships among hunter-gatherers in Northern Europe.
 
The research has received funding from the [European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme] [Euratom research and training programme 2014-2018]under grant agreement No 70163 
 
For more information please visit the website www.harahuntergatherers.wordpress.com

and the  facebook page 

https://www.facebook.com/Human-Animal-Relationships-in-Archaeology-HARA-101528057094613/

 

     

Teaching

 

Modules Coordinated

201700   ARCH30630     Archaeology: Human-Animal Relationships