Research Advisor
Ph.D., M.A. (musicology and ethnomusicology), University of Zagreb


Naila Ceribašić is Research Advisor in tenure appointment at the Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Research, Zagreb, to which she has been affiliated since 1990.

She finished her Bachelor’s degree in musicology and Master’s degree in ethnomusicology at the Department of Musicology (1990, 1993); doctoral degree in the humanities, the field of ethnology and cultural anthropology at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Zagreb (1998).

Her academic positions in the humanities, particularly the field of ethnology and anthropology include: assistant (1995), senior assistant (1998), research associate (1999), senior research associate (2004), research advisor (2008), research advisor in tenure appointment (2013) and her academic positions in the humanities, particularly the field of science on arts include: titular assistant professor (2001), titular associate professor (2008), research advisor (2014), titular full professor (2015).
Her scholarly research encompasses (in chronological order): traditional music in eastern Croatia, ethnomusicological analysis, folklore festivals and festivalization, music in the context of war and political changes on the territory of the former Yugoslavia, gender aspects of music-making, musical expressions of ethnic minorities in Croatia, theories and methods in ethnomusicology, intangible cultural heritage in Southeastern Europe and worldwide.

She has participated in around sixty international conferences and symposia of professional organizations, and around fifteen domestic ones, including approx. ten keynote speeches and plenary sessions.
Naila Ceribašić has also served as a member and chair of program committees (ICTM world conference in St. John’s 2011, symposia of ICTM study groups in Toronto 2000, Prague 2008, Zefat 2012, Petnica 2014) and organization committees (symposia of ICTM study groups in Punat 1995, Korčula 2000; SIEF congress in Zagreb 2015; Istarski etnomuzikološki susreti in Roč 2000-2001, 2003).

She is a member of the International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM), the European Seminar in Ethnomusicology, the Croatian Ethnological Society, the Croatian Musicological Society, and the Croatian Composers Society, and served as Croatian liaison officer of the ICTM (1998–2007), chair of the Croatian National Committee of the ICTM (2007–2010), member of the ICTM Executive Board (2011–), and representative of the ICTM at UNESCO (2012–).

Naila Ceribašić is a co-editor of Narodna umjetnost: Croatian Journal of Ethnology and Folklore Research (1999–2011), member of the editorial boards of Ethnomusicology (2009–2010) and Translingual Discourse in Ethnomusicology (2014–), member of the advisory board of Ethnomusicology Forum (2013–2016), The International Journal of Traditional Arts (2016–) and Muzika (2018–).

Her teaching responsibilities include courses in graduate studies at the Department of Musicology, Music Academy, University of Zagreb: “Ethnomusicology”, “Ethnomusicological research”, “Traditional music”, “Traditional music in contemporary times”, and “Croatian traditional music” (1999–). Participation in courses in doctoral studies (2001–2007, 2018–
2019), and invited lectures in courses offered by other professors. She also holds courses in doctoral studies at the Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Zagreb: “Festivalization of traditional music”, and “Music and social identity” (2008–).

Naila Ceribašić has supervised at least fifteen BA and MA theses and one PhD thesis at the University of Zagreb, four PhD theses in progress at the Universities in Zagreb and Graz and one MA thesis at the University of Sarajevo. She has also held invited lectures at universities in Aveiro, Dubrovnik, Edmonton, Graz, Lisbon, Ljubljana, Padova, Venice, Vienna and Zagreb.

As an expert, she is the representative of the ICTM in the Evaluation Body (and former Consultative Body) of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, UNESCO (2013–2015); facilitator of capacity-building workshops organized by the Intangible Heritage Section of UNESCO (2016–), and member of the Steering Committee of the ICH NGO Forum (2018–). She is also a member of expert committees for cultural-artistic amateurism and for intangible cultural heritage at the Ministry of Culture; a member of the committee for the traditional culture of the Roma at the Government Office for Human Rights and Rights of National Minorities; a member of the committee for the cultural programs of national minorities at the Council for National Minorities; a member of the steering committee of the National Folk Dance Ensemble of Croatia “Lado”; member of the program team of the International Folklore Festival, Zagreb (1992–2016), and expert collaborator of the event “Cultural Activities of National Minorities in the Republic of Croatia” (2001–2008).

Naila Ceribašić is an expert collaborator in the preparation of several TV programmes.

She was awarded the Milovan Gavazzi Award from the Croatian Ethnological Society in 2003 for the book Hrvatsko, seljačko, starinsko i domaće: Povijest i etnografija javne prakse narodne glazbe u Hrvatskoj (Croatian, peasant, old and local: History and ethnography of the public practice of folk music in Croatia) and the Josip Andreis Award from the Croatian Composers Society in 2000 for Hrvatska tradicijska glazba – Croatian Traditional Music (as editor of the double CD, together with Joško Ćaleta, and the author of accompanying book).