Asst. Prof. Maja Petrović Šteger, Ph. D.

Maja Petrović Šteger

Research Fellow, Institute of Anthropological and Spatial Studies, Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts

Office: ZRC SAZU, Novi trg 2/II, No. 303
Tel.: 01 4706 537
Office hours: Tuesdays 10 – 12


B.A. Cultural Studies (University of Ljubljana, 1999)

M.Phil. Social Anthropology (University of Cambridge, 2001)

Ph.D. Social Anthropology (University of Cambridge, 2006)



  • Slovenia (1998; 2001)
  • Tasmania, Australia (2003-2004; 2006; 2009)
  • Switzerland (9 field visits between 2007 – 2010)
  • Serbia (2002 -2004; 2005; 2007; 2008; 2010; 2012-2015; 2016)


Research interests:

  • Anthropology of death and dying;
  • Anthropology of consciousness;
  • Anthropology of the self;
  • Anthropology of body;
  • Medical anthropology;
  • Anthropology of the postconflict;
  • History of anthropological thought and theoretical approaches;
  • Neuroanthropology;
  • Bioart;
  • Mental health;
  • Water, River, Paths;
  • The meaning and the value of human remains in translocal and technoscientifically oriented societies;
  • Serbia, Tasmania, Switzerland;

  • JRF Fellow, Peterhouse, University of Cambridge, UK (2006–2010);
  • Director of Studies in Archaeology and Anthropology at Peterhouse, University of Cambridge, UK  (2008–2010);
  • Independent Scholar and a Research Associate, at the Department of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge, UK (2011-2013);
  • Research Fellow, Independent Social Research Foundation, London (2014);
  • Research Fellow and Associate Professor at the Scientific Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Art, Ljubljana (2014 – Present);
  • Visiting Professor of Anthropology, Centre for Tibetan and Anthropological studies, Chengdu University, China (March through May 2015);
  • Research Fellow, Morphomata, Univesity of Köln, Centre for the Advanced Studies and Humanities (September 2015 through February 2016).

Teaching Experience:

  • I have taught and lectured both undergraduate and graduate students on various subjects (e.g. Anthropology of Death; Symbolic Anthropology; Anthropology of Law; Anthropology of Noneuropean societies; Medical anthropology; etc.) at the University of Ljubljana, University of Cambridge, University of Maribor, Chengdu University (China).
  • I have organised, delivered, chaired and acted as discussant for a number of conference papers, including invited papers at the Universities of Hobart (Tasmania), Turku (Finland), Edinburgh (UK), Yale (USA), Osaka (Japan), København (Denmark), Manchester (UK), Oslo (Norway), Bilbao (Spain) and elsewhere. 
  • I have advised more than fifteen students and colleagues (in Social Anthropology, Archaeology, History, Social and Political Studies, International Relations, etc.) on their research theses and applications in the areas of Central and SouthEastern Europe and Australia. 


Selected Awards/Individual Research Grants:

  • Chevening Cambridge Scholarship, University of Cambridge for the work on “The use of new reproductive technologies in Slovenia” (2001);
  • Ad Futura, Scientific educational foundation of the RS scholarship for academic excellence (2002-2004) and Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research Individual Grant for the comparative work on bioscientifically mediated ways of recovering bodies lost in the Yugoslav wars of 1990s with ancestral practices of repatriating the remains of aboriginal Tasmanians;
  • Peterhouse Research Fund Grant for the work on the British legal frameworks constituting the arena of accountability in relation to the body and body parts (2007-2010);   
  • Independent Social Research Foundation Grant for the project “Coming to Terms: Mental Hygiene in Contemporary Serbia” (2013/2014);
  • The Morphomata Research Fellowship, University of Köln (2015);
  • ARRS (J6-7480) for the project “Seizing the Future: A Comparative Anthropological Study of Expectations of the Future in Southeast Europe” (2016 through 2019).

  • Petrović-Šteger, M. 2016. Understanding Self-care: Passing and Healing in Contemporary Serbia’. In Materiality of Death and Time. Eds. A. E. Rassmusen, T. F. Sørensen and P. Bjerregaard, pp. 113–129. London: Routledge.
  • Petrović-Šteger, M. 2013. Claiming the Aboriginal Body in Tasmania. An Anthropological Study of Repatriation and Redress. Ljubljana: ZRC.
  • Petrović-Šteger, M. 2013. ‘Marilyn Strathern’. In SAGE Encyclopeadia, Theory in Social and Cultural Anthropology. Eds. R. Jon McGee in Richard L. Warms, pp. 816–819. 

Los Angeles: Sage Reference.

  • Petrović-Šteger, M. 2013. ‘Parasecurity and Paratime in Serbia: Neocortical Defence and National Consciousness’. In Times of Security: Ethnographies of Fear, Protest and the Future. Eds. Pedersen Morten Axel and Martin Holbraad, pp. 141–162. London, Routledge.
  • Petrović-Šteger, M. 2012. ‘Mobile Sepulchre and Interactive Formats of Memorialisation: On Funeral and Mourning Practices in Digital Art’. Journeys, 13(2): 71–89. 
  • Petrović-Šteger, M. and J. Edwards (eds). 2011. Recasting Anthropological Knowledge: Inspiration and Social Science. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Petrović-Šteger, M. 2011. ‘Spools, loops and traces: on etoy encapsulation and three portraits of Marilyn Strathern’. In Recasting Anthropological Knowledge: Inspiration   and Social Science. Eds. Edwards Jeanette and Maja Petrović-Šteger, pp. 145–164. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Petrović-Šteger, M. 2009. ‘Anatomising Conflict – Accommodating Human Remains’. In Social Bodies. Eds. Maryon McDonald and Lambert Helen, 47-76. London: Berghahn.
  • Petrović-Šteger, M. 2008. ‘Anatomizacija konflikta i telesnih ostataka kao strategija izmirenja?’. Reč, 76(22): 119153.
  • Petrović-Šteger, M. 2008. Afterword: ‘O odnosnostih v antropološki vednosti’, In Pisanje  Antropologije, [Slovenian edition of ‘Partial Connections’ by M. Strathern], pp. 245–271. Ljubljana: Koda, Študentska založba.
  • Petrović-Šteger, M. 2005. Afterword: ‘Srebreniška morišča in metini travniki: Vloga znanja in dokazov v rekonstrukciji preteklosti’, V Srebrenica: dokumenti-pričevanja-haaški proces, pp. 321–333. Ljubljana: Koda.
  • Petrović-Šteger, M. 2005. ‘Producing Bodies – Reproducing Persons: Thinking Human Remains in Postconflict Serbia’. Cambridge Anthropology 2005/2006, XXV(3): 61–71.
  • Petrović-Šteger, M. 2003. ‘The Practices of Justice and Understandings of Truth: Truth and Reconciliation Commissions’. Eurozine.
  • Petrović-Šteger, M. 2003. New Reproductive Technologies and the Ideology of the Body in Slovenia’. Časopis za Kritiko Znanosti, Ljubljana, XXXI(211): 272–297.
  • Petrović-Šteger, M. 2002. ‘The Body between Life and Death’ [Telo med življenjem in smrtjo]. Poligrafi, 7(27/28): 157–180. 


Anthropology of consciousness and practices of awareness

Asst. Prof. Maja Petrović Šteger, Ph. D.,


Anthropology of Fertility

Assoc. Prof. Duška Kneževič Hočevar, Ph.D.,


Cosmology of Mesoamerican Societies

Prof. Ivan Šprajc, Ph.D.,


Epistemological pluralism and “decolonizing” methods in ethnographic research

Assoc. Prof. Pirjo Kristiina Virtanen, Ph.D.,


Laughing politically: toward the anthropology of humor

Prof. Tanja Petrović, Ph.D.,


Public anthropology, social engagement and activism

Assoc. Prof. Ana Hofman, Ph.D.,


Research Methodology in Anthropological Linguistics

Prof. Borut Telban, Ph.D.,

Karmen Kenda-Jež, Ph.D.,


Space and movement: towards anthropology of locations and migrations

Asst. Prof. Nataša Gregorič Bon, Ph.D.,