Maruška Svašek

Senior Lecturer
School of History and Anthropology, Queens University Belfast
14 University Square, BT71NN Belfast, UK
+44 (0)2890973879

Maruška Svašek is Senior Lecturer in Anthropology at the School of History and Anthropology, Queens University Belfast. She has published widely on the topics of art and material culture, migration, emotional dynamics and belonging. In 2006 and 2007, Svašek organized three AHRC-funded international interdisciplinary conferences at Queens University Belfast on migration and emotion that resulted in two special issues of the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies and the Journal of Intercultural Studies. She is currently finalizing an edited volume for Berghahn, entitled Moving Subjects, Moving Objects. Transnationalism, Cultural Production and Emotions. In 2007, Svašek established the Cultural Dynamics and Emotions Network (CDEN) with Dr. Kala Shreen (MOP Vaishnay College for Women, Chennai, India). CDEN stimulates international and interdisciplinary research on cultural dynamics and emotional processes, and facilitates transnational teaching and research on emotions.


Research Interests: 

Emotions, migration, art, material culture, identity formation



Forthcoming ‘Narrating (Migrant) Belonging: Emotions and Performative Practice’. Being Human, Being Migrant. (ed. Anne Sigfrid Gronseth) Oxford: Berghahn.

 2009 ‘Improvising in a World of Movement: Transit, Transition and Transformation’ in: Cultural Expression, Creativity and Innovation (volume in The Cultures and Globalization Series, Helmut K. Anheier and Yudhishthir Raj Isar (eds.), Sage.

 Svašek, M. 2008 (ed.) 2008  Special Issue ‘Transnational Families: Emotions and Belonging‘, Journal of Intercultural Studies 29(3).

 Svašek, M. and Skrbiš, Z. 2007 (eds.) Special Issue: ‘Emotions and Globalisation’, Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power 14(4).

Svašek, M. 2007 'Moving Corpses: Emotions and Subject-Object Ambiguity', in: The Emotions: A Cultural Reader (ed Helena Wulff ), Oxford: Berg.

 Svašek, M. 2007  Anthropology, Art and Cultural Production. London: Pluto

 Svašek, M. (ed)  2006 Postsocialism: Politics and Emotions in Central and Eastern Europe. Oxford: Berghahn.

 Svašek, M 2005 ‘Emotions in Anthropology’ in Mixed Emotion Anthropological Studies of Feeling (eds. K. Milton and M. Svašek). Oxford: Berg. 


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