contemporary holidays, feasting culture, history of ethnology, wine town
Katarína Popelková is a senior research fellow at the Institute of Ethnology and Social Anthropology SAS. She has led three interrelated projects on contemporary holidays and rituals in Slovakia. In her research, she has dealt with the processes of drafting and development of legislation on holidays in the Slovak Republic after 1989. Urban feasts – the Small-Carpathian grape harvest festivals and the Salamander Days in Banská Štiavnica – represent a special focus of her research topic. She edited a collective monograph on present-day Slovak holidays and made a theoretical compilation of the so-far gathered ethnological findings on Slovakia’s society as it appears in the mirror of holidays. Her current focus is on changes in Christian holidays. Her other specialisations include urban ethnology (she is the author of a monograph on a wine-growing town in Slovakia from an ethnological perspective) and the history of scientific thought in ethnology in Slovakia.