IESA SAV has entered the DOAB database! (Directory of Open Access Books)
IESA SAS has been registered with DOAB from 1st March 2023 as a publisher of open-access books. Open Access publications published by the institute can now be added to the international DOAB database.
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The new documentary film A Happy Man, directed by Soňa G. Lutherová
The new documentary film A Happy Man directed by Soňa G. Lutherová will have a pre-premiere screening in the Czech documentaries competition at the international documentary film festival One World 22.3. – 2.4. 2023 in Prague, Czech Republic.
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Call for the special issue of Slovak Ethnology 3/2023
Call for the special issue of Slovak Ethnology/Slovenský národopis, volume 71, number 3/2023, on the topic The design theory and practice from the perspective of humanities and social sciences: Interdisciplinary approaches  Guest editors: Veronika...

Our Mission

The Institute was founded in 1946 as the Ethnographic Institute of the Slovak Academy of Sciences and Arts. In 1994 it was renamed to the Institute of Ethnology of the Slovak Academy of Sciences and later in 2018 to the Institute of Ethnology and Social Anthropology the Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAS), and, today, it is one of the leading institutions in the field of ethnological and anthropological research in Slovakia.

Our mission

Our research focus is distributed between basic, problem-oriented and applied research. We contribute to the search for scientific answers to current as well as historical social issues and challenges. We conduct the field research in Slovakia and abroad – in Central Europe and elsewhere in the world.


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The 16th congress of the International Society for Ethnology and Folklore (SIEF2023)
The 16th congress of the International Society for Ethnology and Folklore (SIEF2023) with the theme Living Uncertainty will take place in Brno from 7th to 10th June 2023.   Our colleagues from the IESA SAS will convene three panels at the conference: ...
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Expert Seminar Dust or Ash?
We are inviting you to an expert seminar of our institute with a title Dust or Ash? led by our colleague PhDr. Peter Salner, DrSc. which will take place on Tuesday, 7th March 2023, from 1:00 p.m.
The Khanty Bear Ceremony between Perspectivism, Extractivism, and Paternalism. Transdisciplinary research on Indigenous cultural heritage in Western Siberia
We invite you to a professional seminar of our institute with a foreign guest (in English), which will take place on Tuesday, February 7, 2023, from 1:00 p.m. in the ÚESA premises at Klemensová 19 in Bratislava. Our guest dr. Stephan DUDECK z Institute...


Civil ceremonies in socialist Czechoslovakia and post-socialist Slovakia
Ethnography in Slovakia in the service of the Third Reich
Marian Devotion Among the Roma in Slovakia: Post-Modern Religious Response to Marginality
Crossroads of Jewish Bratislava: An Ethnological Examination of the Jewish Community Between the 19th and 21st Centuries