Jaroslava Panáková, Mgr. MgA., PhD.

visual anthropology and anthropology of the senses, mobility, identity, death studies, Siberia and Arctic

ORCID ID: 0000-0002-4116-3848
e-mail: jaroslava.panakova@savba.sk
tel.: 02-5296 4707, ext. 110

Education: 2010 PhD/ Kandidat nauk  Sociology of Culture, Saint Petersburg State University, Russia
2009 MA Film, TV, Photography, and New Media – Documentary cinema, Academy of Performing Arts, Film and TV Faculty, Prague, Czech Republic
2007 BcA Film, TV, Photography, and New Media – Documentary cinema, Academy of Performing Arts, Prague, Film and TV Faculty, Prague, Czech Republic
2004 Master/ Specialist Social Anthropology, Saint Petersburg State University, Faculty of Sociology, Russia
Languages: Slovak, English, Russian, French, German
Employed at the Institute since: October 2019

Research projects

2019    Geography of Philosophy Project, John Templeton Foundation; member of the Eastern European team

2016 – 2017 Visual Culture of Russian Beringia, Comenius University in Bratislava and Slovak Arts Council; individual book project

2015 – 2019 ANEXINT: Anthropology of Exclusion and Integration: Slovakia in the Context of European Transformations, Comenius University in Bratislava and Slovak Research and Development Agency (APVV-14-0431); team member

Nov 2015 How Death Matters: The Phenomenon of “Return”, Suicide and Visual Representations of the Dead among Aboriginal Populations of Beringia, Vienna University, Austria, stipend for the young scholars; individual post-doctoral research

2014 – 2015 How Death Matters: Life-giving Circulation of Souls between the Living and the Dead. The Case of the Russian Yupiks, CNRS – EPHE, France, stipend of the Paris City Hall; individual post-doctoral research

16/1/2012 – 15/4/2012 Brainscapes: Investigating How Differences in Environmental Layout Influence the Neural Topography of Spatial Navigation, Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Social Anthropology, Halle and MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany; research assistant

2008 – 2012 CLLP: Conditions and Limitations of Lifestyle Plurality in Siberia, Siberian Studies Centre, MPI for Social Anthropology, Halle, Germany; team member, Head of the subgroup Visual Forms of Self-Presentation

2008 – 2011 Ethnotourism in the Far North of Russia: Transformation of Lifestyles on the Micro Level, Siberian Studies Centre, MPI for Social Anthropology, Halle, Germany; individual post-doctoral research  

2004 – 2009 Socio-cultural Transformation of Migrants in the Receiving Society. The Case of Siberian Youngsters in Saint Petersburg, Saint Petersburg State University, Russia, Stipend of the Russian Ministry of Education; individual doctoral research

2004 – 2005 Ethno-cultural Diversity and beyond: Life strategies and Discourse, UNESCO – Keizo Obuchi Fellowship, Saint Petersburg State University, Russia; individual research


2012 – present Institute of Social Anthropology, Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences, Comenius University in Bratislava
Bc courses:, Applied Anthropology, Social Analysis, History of Social Thought, Modern History and Ethnography, Introduction to Methodology of Social Sciences
MA course: Visual Anthropology
Supervision of Bc- and MA students 

winter semester 2013/2014 Department of Ethnology and Museology, Philosophical Faculty, Comenius University in Bratislava
Courses: Small-numbered peoples of Siberia and Far North, Soviet and Russian Ethnology

2004 – 2009 Saint Petersburg State University
PhD student lectureship; Visual Anthropology 

2009 Film and TV Faculty at the Academy of Performing Arts, Prague, Czech Republic    
Block teaching: Ethnographic Cinema: Images of Self in Other 


2017 Certificate of Participation award – film Five Lives, Taiwan International Ethnographic Film Festival

2016 The best doc on survival of indigenous peoples – Five Lives, 30th PÄRNU Film Festival, Estonia

2010  1st Prize – Being Tourist at Home, TOCOCU International conference and festival, Lisbon, Portugal    



Panáková, Jaroslava (forthcoming 2020). Something like Happiness: Home Photography in the Inquiry of Lifestyles In Habeck, J.O. (Ed.) Lifestyle in Siberia. Cambridge: Open Book Publishers.

Journal articles (selection)

Panáková, Jaroslava (2020). The Fragrance of Belonging. Études mongoles et sibériennes, centrasiatiques et tibétaines.

Panáková, Jaroslava (2018). Fotografia kak sredstvo prozhivania skorbi (Providenski rayon, Chukotka) [RUS]. (Dealing with grief through photography, Providensky District, Chukotka). Kunstkamera, 2: 201-208.

Panáková, Jaroslava (2014). The Grave Portraits and the Ancestralization of the Dead (Chukchi and Yupik Eskimo Case). Special issue on Visual Anthropology, Slovenský Národopis, 62(4), 505-521.

Istomin, Kirill; Panáková, Jaroslava & Heady, Patrick (2014). Culture, Perception, and Artistic Visualization: A Comparative Study of Children’s Drawings in Three Siberian Cultural Groups. In Cognitive Science, 38:76–100.

Panáková, Jaroslava (2014). Fotografia a socializmus: Príbeh koberca [SK] (Photography and Socialism: the Story of a Carpet). In Národopisná revue, 1:46-59.

Panáková, Jaroslava; Mentel, Andrej & Stoláriková, Zuzana (2013). Moja iná Rodina. Katalóg výstavy. Bratislava: Slovenská asociácia sociálnej antropológie.

Panáková, Jaroslava (2013). Verschiedene Arten weiss. Exhibition catalogue. Halle (Saale): Max-Planck-Institut für ethnologische Forschung.

Panáková, Jaroslava (2012). Hĺbkový rozhovor pomocou fotografií: Experimentovanie s pohľadmi na Ja [SK] (Photo Elicitation Interview: Experimenting with the Self-Representations), 53-66. In Bužeková T. & Jerotijevic D. (Eds.) Metodologické problémy etnologického výskumu [SK] (Methodological Problems of Ethnological Research). Ústav etnológie, Slovenská akadémia vied, Brno: Tribun.

Bagdasarova, Jaroslava (2012). Sense of Distant Hereness: Making and Unmaking Oneself at Home (Case of Chukchi and Yupik), 185-197. In Filippova, E. (Ed.). Twenty years later 1991-2011. The Reshaping of Space and Identity. Moscow: Russian State University for the Humanities.

Bagdasarova, Jaroslava & Istomin, Kirill (2011). Cultural Influences and Visualization: What Can We Tell from Drawings? Working Paper No. 131. Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle.

Audiovisual projects (selection)

2018 Video for Martina (1’), in memoriam Ján Kuciak and Martina Kušnírová; Gallery Ateliér XIII Bratislava.

2017 Show on the web Visual impressions from the tundra and the sea – Chukotka: Tundra (4‘43“), Whaling (4‘45“); Kulturstiftung Sibirien – Foundation for Siberian Culture

2016 Film Five Lives / Päť životov (65’); Community PAMODAJ

2013 My Other Family, curator; Intenda Foundation and Slovak National Library in Martin 2013 exhibition Different Colours of White, curator;  gallery Hellrot and Kunststiftung des Landes Sachsen-Anhalt

2013 The WHALE dance (left screen) + The Whale DANCE (right screen); double video projection for the exhibition Different Colours of White

2009 Film Being Tourist at Home / Turistou ve vlastním domě (38’); FAMU

2008 faux pas . fopíčko (30’); FAMU

2007 Immigration Office Prague 2007 / OCP Praha 2007  (25’) ; FAMU

2005 Film The Seagull Flying Against the Wind / Let čajky proti větru (15’); FAMU