Tvrtko Zebec, PhD
Tvrtko Zebec was born in 1962. He received a degree in ethnology from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Zagreb University. He went on to obtain a master’s degree from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Ljubljana (Slovenia), and a PhD from the University of Zagreb, with a thesis on Tanac dances on the island of Krk. Zebec has been employed at the Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Research since 1990, and has been a research advisor since 2010. From 2005 to 2011, he was the president of the Research Council at the Institute and, starting in 2011, he has been its director.
His bilingual book Krčki tanci: plesno-etnološka studija / Tanac Dances on the Island of Krk: Dance Ethnology Study (2005) was awarded the Milovan Gavazzi Award by the Croatian Ethnological Society for its scientific and academic contribution to the field of ethnology.
Zebec teaches as a guest lecturer at the universities in Zagreb, Zadar and Osijek, and at the Music Academy of Sarajevo University (Bosnia and Herzegovina). He teaches courses in Croatian folk dances both in Croatia and abroad. He has been an associate of the Miroslav Krleža Institute of Lexicography, the Croatian Cultural Parliament, Croatian National Radio and Television, and the web page Culturenet.
He is a member of the editorial board of the Nova etnografija editions, a member of the publication committee as well as editor of the bibliography Dance Research: Published and Publicly Presented by Members of the Study Group on Ethnochoreology of the International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM), and a member of the international editorial board of the journal Češký lid. He was the Croatian representative in the Intergovernmental Committee for UNESCO’s Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (2008-2012).
His field of interests include dance, the context and methodology of performance research, past and contemporary dance events, the history and development of ethnochoreology, the anthropologies of structural movement, dance ethnology and ethnography, and intangible cultural heritage within the framework of UNESCO’s Convention (2003).