Soňa G. Lutherová, Mgr., PhD.

material culture, visual anthropology, (post)socialism, family, identity and memory

ORCID ID: 0000-0003-3214-0000
tel.: 02-5296 4707, ext. 111

Education: Philosophical Faculty, Comenius University in Bratislava, Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, 2007
Qualifications, scientific and honorary titles obtained: Mgr. (2007), PhD. (2012)
Languages: English, German, Swedish (basic)
Employed at the Institute since: 2007

Research projects

APVV SUB-KIK – Suburbanizácia: Komunita, identita a každodennosť, [Suburbanization> Community, identity, everyday life] Coordinating institution: Institute of Geography SAS, 2021 - 2025

DESIRE – DESIgn for all methods to cREate age-friendly housing, Erasmus+ project, Coordinating institution: Slovak University of Technology, 2020 - 2022

Who cares in Europe? COST, 2019 - 2023

Reflexive Writing as a Method of Ethnographic Inquiry, VEGA Research project, 2019 - 2021

Intergenerational social networks in an aging city, continuity and innovation, APVV Research Project, Coordinating institution: The Comenius University in Bratislava, Faculty of Natural Sciences, 2017 - 2020 

Current Images of Socialism, APPV Research, 2017 - 2020

Wartime Slovak State and the Holocaust in the Current Social Discourse. (An Ethnological Perspective), VEGA Research project, 2017 - 2020

Aplication of innovative methods in ethnology/anthropology. VEGA Research project, 2016-2019 

Safe and inclusive school environment for transgender children and youth. In cooperation with n.g.o. TransFúzia, financed by ILGA Europe, 2015-2016

Civic activities as a determinant of the sustainable city development (ethnological view), VEGA Research Project, 2014 - 2017

Family histories. Intergenerational Transfer of Representation of Political and Social Changes. VEGA Research Project, 2014-2017

Adaptation of Urban Inhabitants in the Processes of Social Change. VEGA Research Project, 2011-2013

Folk knowledge and its social and cultural conditions, VEGA Research Project, 2011–2013

Parental Choice and Caring for Children in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague, GAČR Research Project, 2010 – 2012

Sociocultural Change and Adaptation: Transformational Processes in Slovak Society, VEGA Research Project, 2008 – 2010

Urban Environment as a Space for Diversity, VEGA Research Project, 2008-2010 


Design Anthropology, Department of Design, Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava, Slovakia, 2016/2017

Material Culture, obligatory course for the students in 2nd-3rd year, Department of Sociology, Section of Social Anthropology, Faculty of Social Sciences, Masaryk University in Brano, 2015/2016

Visual Anthropology, course for the students in the 4th year, Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava, 2011 – 2012

Material Culture, obligatory course for the students in 2nd-3rd year, Department of Sociology, Section of Social Anthropology, Faculty of Social Sciences, Masaryk University in Brano, 2010/2011

Material Culture, obligatory course for the students in 3rd year, Department of Social Anthropology, Faculty of Social and Economical Sciences, Comenius University, 2010/2011

Methodological workshop for the PhD. students, Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava, Kremnica, 11-14.1.2010

Host lectures at various universities (FIF UK in Bratislava; ZČU ZU in Pilsen; FSS MU in Brno; FSEV UK in Bratislava; FTF VŠMU in Bratislava).

Other activities

Documentary films (selection)

A Happy Man (Azyl Production, Company F, HBO Europe, in production)

Flooded (AH Production, Radio and Television of Slovakia (RTVS), Slovak Film Institute, 2017, 52 min). More information HERE.


Can superheroes wear glasses? (EJ Publishing, 2018). A children fiction book about inclusion. More information HERE.

Stays abroad

CEU Summer School Documentary and Anthropological Film-making, Central European University, Budapest, 3.-24.7.2011.

Universitaet Wien, Institut Fuer Kultur- and Sozialanthropologie, National Scholarship Programme, Vienna, april – july 2010.

Sodertorns University, Centre for Eastern European and Baltic Studies, Marie Curie Fellowship European Doctorate in Social History of Europe and Mediterranean Stockholm, october 2008 – may 2009.

Philosophical Faculty, Charles University in Prague, Department of Ethnology, CEEPUS, january – june 2006.


The Annual Prize of the journal Pamiatky a múzeá for the movie Flooded, 2017

A member of the Club of individualities, Intenda Foundation, 2010

The prize of rector of the Comenius University for the excellent thesis, 2007



G. LUTHEROVÁ, Soňa - HLINČÍKOVÁ, Miroslava (Eds.): Beyond the Borders of Anthropology? Applied Anthropology in The Society. Bratislava: Veda, 2016. 167 pp. ISBN 978-80-224-1543-9.

Chapters in monographs

G. LUTHEROVÁ, Soňa: Spraviť hrubú čiaru. [To make a thick line] In: Salner, P. Ťažké časy  [The hard times]  Bratislava: Marenčin, 2020, pp.57-75.

G. LUTHEROVÁ, Soňa - HLINČÍKOVÁ, M.: Introduction. In: G. LUTHEROVÁ, S. - HLINČÍKOVÁ, M. (Eds.): Za hranicami vedy? Aplikovaná antropológia v spoločnosti. [Beyond the Borders of Anthropology? Applied Anthropology in The Society] Bratislava: Veda, 2016, pp. 9 - 17, ISBN 978-80-224-1543-9.

G. LUTHEROVÁ, Soňa 2016: Aplikovaná antropológia medzi vedou a umením. [Applied Anthropology Between Science and Art]. In GYÁRFÁŠ LUTHEROVÁ, S. – HLINČÍKOVÁ, M. (eds.). Za hranicami vedy? Aplikovaná antropológia v spoločnosti [Beyond the Borders of Anthropology? Applied Anthropology in The Society]. Bratislava: Veda; Ústav etnológie SAV, 2016, pp.131-156.

LUTHEROVÁ G., Soňa 2013: Transformation of Micro- and Macro-Worlds in Postsocialism. In Biťušíková, A. - Luther, D. Cultural and social diversity in Slovakia. Social change and adaptation.  Banská Bystrica: Institute of social and cultural studies FHV UMB; Bratislava: Institute of Ethnology SAS, 2013, pp. 8-19.

LUTHEROVÁ, Soňa; ZEMANOVÁ, Lenka, 2008: Vznik a vývin vajnorského JRD. [The Origins and Development of The Agricultural Cooperative] In: Červenka, J. et al. Naše Vajnory. Bratislava: Mestská časť Vajnory, pp.134-145.

Academic papers

G. LUTHEROVÁ, Soňa 2021: "Do not use the word anthropology!": On the struggle of artistic and scientific selves in anthropological film-making. In: Human Affairs, roč. 31, č.3, str. 276-289.

G. LUTHEROVÁ, Soňa – VRGZULOVÁ, Monika 2021: Introduction: Remembering the Socialist Past. In: Journal of Nationalism Memory and Language Politics, roč. 15, č.1, s.1-15.

G. LUTHEROVÁ, Soňa - MAŘÍKOVÁ, Hana - VÁLKOVÁ, Jana 2017: Childcare Preferences of Parents in the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic. In: Sociology, Vol. 49, Issue 3, pp. 285 - 308.

G. LUTHEROVÁ, Soňa 2016: (Ne)viditeľní: transrodové deti na základných a stredných školách [(In)visible: Transgender Children in Primary and Secondary Schools]. In: Slovak Ethnology, Vol. 64, Issue 3, pp.280-294. 

G. LUTHEROVÁ, Soňa 2014: Sweet Property O Mine. In Home Cultures, vol.11,
no.1., pp.79-102.

MAŘÍKOVÁ, Hana – G. LUTHEROVÁ, Soňa 2013: Předškolní péče o děti z pohledu rodičů:
srovnání České a Slovenské republiky. [Pre-primary school childcare from the
perspective of Parents: Czech and Slovak republic comparation] In Fórum sociální politiky, vol.7,no.4., pp.9-15. 

G. LUTHEROVÁ, Soňa 2010: Investigating the visual dimension of material culture research on the home. In Slovak Ethnology, vol. 58, n.5, pp.614-627.

G. LUTHEROVÁ, Soňa 2010: Before and After: The Phenomenon of Czechoslovakia’s “Velvet” Revolution in Narratives by its “Youngest Witnesses”. In Sociology, vol.42, no.6, pp.671-691.

LUTHEROVÁ, Soňa 2009: Konštruovanie vlastníctva a domova.[Property and Home construction] In. Slovak Ethnology, vol.57, no.3, pp.367-385.

LUTHEROVÁ, Soňa 2008: The notions of young people about their housing and the strategies of its acquisition. In. Rochovská, A., Kovalčik, J., Muránsky, M. (eds.). „New“ Europe and Challenges of Sustainable Development. Bratislava: Friedrich Ebert Stiftung e. V., pp.137-145.

LUTHEROVÁ, Soňa 2008: Rodové stereotypy v reklamách pre deti.[Gender Stereotypes in Advertisements for Children] In ASPEKTin - feministický webzin. ISSN 1225-8982. Published on the May 15th 2008. Online here.

Academic articles

G. LUTHEROVÁ, Soňa 2012: Dizajn pre ľudí. Antropologická perspektíva.[Design for people: Anthropological perspective] In: Designum, vol.18, no.6, pp.70-72.

LUTHEROVÁ, Soňa 2008: Na hranici.[On the Edge] In: Etnologické rozpravy, vol.16, no.2, pp.142-147.

LUTHEROVÁ, Soňa 2008: Identita, rod...a dizajn. [Identity, gender]In: Designum, vol.13, no.2, pp.35-37.

LUTHEROVÁ, Soňa 2007: Maurice Bloch: Na ceste. [Maurice Bloch: On the road] In: Anthropos. Bratislava: Kalligram, no.13, pp.55-56.