dr. Sanja Lončar, Assistant Professor


PHONE: +385 1 4092 129
E-MAIL: sloncar@ffzg.hr
OFFICE HOURS: Mondays 14:15-15:15

Anthropology of place and space (lecturer)
Ethnography of South-East Europe (lecturer)
Ethnological and cultural anthropological approaches to protection and preservation of heritage (lecturer)


Sanja Lončar (researcher registry number: 311461) was born in 1980 in Sisak, Croatia, where she completed primary and secondary school. She has an MA in art history and ethnology, which she obtained in 2007 at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Zagreb. Her master’s thesis, guided by mentor Prof Zlatko Jurić, is entitled Architectural and urbanistic overview of the grammar school building in Sisak. She obtained her PhD in ethnology and cultural anthropology in 2014, and her dissertation, under the mentorship of Prof Tihana Petrović Leš and Prof Zlatko Jurić, is entitled Ethnology and architecture in Croatia from 1870s to 1970s – Research, collaboration and interrelationships.

She has pursued a number of professional development opportunities in Germany and the UK. In 2013, as part of her PhD studies, she spent three months at the Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology at the Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg in Halle, Germany. In 2016 she completed an MA programme in International Architectural Regeneration and Development (with Distinction) at the Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment at Oxford Brookes University in Oxford, UK. Her thesis, entitled Abandonment as an opportunity for regeneration and development in local communities: Example of Kent County Council’s ‘No Use Empty’ initiative (England, UK), was written under the mentorship of Prof Marcel Vellinga. In addition to her formal educational achievements, she has attended a number of summer schools, workshops and seminars in Croatia and abroad, dealing with the areas of architecture, urbanism, (cultural and rural) tourism, cultural heritage protection, sustainable development, sustainable construction, and housing. Her professional and research interests lie in interdisciplinary research and regeneration of the built environment, particularly in the areas of history and anthropology of architecture and housing (19th-21st century) and anthropology of space and place, vernacular and traditional architecture, heritage protection and regeneration in rural and urban contexts, as well as local and regional development and sustainability.

She worked at the Striegl City Gallery in Sisak from 2006 to 2007, and from 2007 to 2008 she was employed as a conservator (Heritage officer) at the Conservation Department in Sisak, within the Directorate for the Protection of Cultural Heritage at the Ministry of Culture. She joined the Department for Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in November 2008 as a junior researcher-assistant. She became a postdoctoral junior researcher in October 2014 and Assistant Professor in July 2017. She began teaching in the academic year 2008/09, and has taught a number of courses at her department, both at the undergraduate and the graduate level. She currently teaches the following courses: “Anthropology of Space and Place”, “Ethnological and Cultural Anthropological Approaches to Heritage Protection and Preservation”, and “Ethnography of Southeastern Europe”. She has also taught the course “Croatian Ethnological Heritage” offered by Croaticum – the Centre for Croatian as a Second and Foreign Language at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Zagreb.

She has taken part in field research activities since 2002, in a range of locations which include Croatia (Lonjsko polje, Krivi Put, Ravni kotari, Bukovica, Banija/Banovina, Sisak, Vinodol, Crikvenica), Germany (Munich), Montenegro (Boka kotorska) and England (Oxford). She has collaborated on six research projects, and in the last five years these have been: Croatian ethnographic heritage in the context of cultural policies (2008-2014), led by Prof Tihana Petrović Leš; Janković Castle: Historic site, generating sustainable development of the Ravni Kotari region (2011-2014), led by Prof Drago Roksandić; and Culture of living in Croatia from the end of the 19th century to the 1960s (2015-2016), led by Prof Jasna Galjer. Along with Ivana Miletić Čakširan (Conservation Department in Sisak), Sanja Lončar was also co-leader on the project entitled Dvor, a historic landscape. A conservator’s study (2012-2015). Since 2008 she has been collaborating with the Conservation Department in Sisak on researching and documenting the ethnological heritage of Sisak Moslavina County, predominantly its architecture and village settlements. She has authored around twenty scientific and professional papers, published in both Croatian and international journals and conference proceedings, as well as presented at sixteen scientific and professional conferences, held in Croatia and abroad. Her contribution to various research projects was recognised when she received the Rector’s Award in 2006, and a year later the Franjo Marković Award, conferred by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Since the time of her studies and particularly since joining the Department for Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, Sanja Lončar has been actively contributing to the work of professional associations and regularly collaborates with a number of institutions and associations, as well as local governments and local communities. She has contributed to the popularisation of scientific research by organising scientific and professional meetings, exhibitions, round-table discussions, and lectures in local communities. She is a member of HED (the Croatian Ethnological Society), SIEF (Société internationale d’ethnologie et de folklore), ECOVAST (European Council for the Village and Small Town) and the Terra Banalis Society (a society for the research, valorisation, preservation, and presentation of the cultural heritage of the Banovina region). She is one of the coordinators of the Platform for the mobility and international cooperation of ethnologists and cultural anthropologists (mobilnaEKA) at the Department for Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. She has a good command of both spoken and written English and German.