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Research interests

Daša Ličen (1990) earned a bachelor degree in Cultural Studies and Anthropology at the University of Primorska. She continued her studies in Cultural Differences and Transnational Processes - CREOLE at the Department for Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Ljubljana (2013/2014) and at the Institute for Cultural and Social Anthropology at the University of Vienna (2014/2015). She graduated in 2015 under the supervision of prof. Bojan Baskar (Ljubljana) and prof. Maria Dabringer (Vienna) with a thesis on Istrian Culinary Experts: Discourses, Taste, and Market.

From October 2015, Daša Ličen is a PhD student (mentor prof. dr. Božidar Jezernik) and a researcher at the Institute of Slovenian Ethnology (Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts) (mentor prof. dr. Jurij Fikfak). Her PhD project is titled "Cultural Associations in Trieste as the Setting of the Identification Processes of the Triestine Population (1848-1914)". She considers cultural associations to be a window revealing major social changes occurring in the 19th century Trieste. Most of all, she is interested in the cohabitations of different nation-building projects within the same city and the dynamics between them.

She was granted several grants and academic awards. In 2011, she received University of Primorska's grant for talented students, several Erasmus grants (study exchange at the University of Antwerp, 2012; study exchange at the University of Vienna, 2014-2015; guest researcher at the University of Oslo, 2016). In 2016, American Folklore Society granted Daša Ličen Sue Samuelson Award's honorable mention and also the grant for the international scholars attending the yearly AFS conference in Florida. In 2017, Daša Ličen obtained also French Government's Grant (guest researcher at INALCO Paris, 2017), Austrian Government's Grant (guest researcher at the Department of Economic and Social History, University of Vienna, 2018) and Fulbright scholarship for doctoral students. In 2018, Daša was awarded also dr. Bojan Erhartič's grant, yearly awarded to younger researchers by ZRC SAZU (visiting doctoral student at EUI Florence, October 2018) and in 2019 the Ernst Mach Grant.

Since 2019 she is also co-editing the Bulletin of the Slovene Ethnological Society (Glasnik Slovenskega etnološkega društva) and leading the Historical Association of Slovenia's Cultural Heritage Section.

Research interests: historical anthropology, shaping of different identities (national, ethnic, regional), history and practices of nationalisms, voluntary associations, anthropology of food.

Geographical foci: Central Europe, Istria, Trieste.

Selected publications

2018 Reinventing Habsburg Cuisine in Twenty-First Century Triest. Folklore, Vol. 71.

2017 The Vagaries of Identification in The Società di Minerva of Trieste (1810–1916). Traditiones 46 (1–2, Supl.): 35–54.

2017 Med cesarstvom, nacijo in nostalgičnimi vizijami? : postavljanje in odstavljanje spomenikov habsburškega Trsta. Zgodovina za vse : vse za zgodovino 24 (1): 20–31.

2016 The “Authentic” Blend: Experts Weigh in on Istrian Food. Digest. A journal of foodways & culture 5 (2).

2015 The fine and the tasteless Istrian culinary experts and taste. Traditiones 44 (3): 113–130.


Selected projects

Cultural Spaces and Practices: Ethnology and Folklore Studies (research programme • 1 January 201531 December 2020)


historical anthropology • shaping of different identities (national • ethnic • regional) • history and practices of nationalisms • voluntary associations • anthropology of food • Central Europe • Istria • Trieste