Daša Ličen, Slovenia

Portrait Daša Ličen © Marko Šafarič
  • Current Position: Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts
  • Scholarship: Scholarship of the Scholarship Foundation of the Republic of Austria
  • Duration: 04/2018 – 08/2018

Curriculum Vitae

Daša Ličen (1990) earned a bachelor degree in Cultural Studies and Anthropology at the University of Primorska. She continued her studies in Cultural Differences and Transnational Processes - CREOLE at the Department for Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Ljubljana (2013/2014) and at the Institute for Cultural and Social Anthropology at the University of Vienna (2014/2015). She graduated in 2015 under the supervision of prof. Bojan Baskar (Ljubljana) and prof. Maria Dabringer (Vienna) with a thesis on Istrian Culinary Experts: Discourses, Taste, and Market. From October 2015, Daša Ličen is a PhD student and a researcher at the Institute of Slovenian Ethnology (Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts), mentored by Prof. Dr. Jurij Fikfak and Prof. Dr. Božidar Jezernik. Her PhD project is titled "Cultural Associations in Trieste as the Setting of the Identification Processes of the Triestine Population (1848-1914)". She considers cultural associations to be a window revealing major social changes occurring in the 19th century Trieste. Most of all, she is interested in the cohabitations of different nation-building projects within the same city and the dynamics between them. Since 2015 she presented her work at more than a dozen international conferences and was granted several grants and academic awards. In 2011, she received University of Primorska's grant for talented students, several Erasmus grants (study exchange at the University of Antwerp, 2012; study exchange at the University of Vienna, 2014-2015; guest researcher at the University of Oslo, 2016). In 2016, American Folklore Society granted Daša Ličen Sue Samuelson Award's honourable mention and also the grant for the international scholars attending the yearly AFS conference in Florida. In 2017, Daša Ličen obtained French Government's Grant (guest researcher at INALCO Paris, 2017), Austrian Government's Grant (guest researcher at the Department of Economic and Social History, University of Vienna, 2018) and Fulbright scholarship for doctoral students. In 2018, Daša was awarded also dr. Bojan Erhartič's grant, yearly awarded to younger researchers by ZRC SAZU.


The time I spent in Vienna has been very dynamic and academically stimulating. The Department of Economic and Social History at the University of Vienna has in the past months truly been my second home. The departmental and university library, thought-provoking debates, a big number of scholarly events, comfortable infrastructure, and kind fellow historians did not only allow me to write a chapter for my doctoral thesis but have also been encouraging me to write it in the best way possible. The dynamic everyday life of this rather small yet vibrant department that hosted me is for all these reasons not something I will easily forget, above all, the respect, helpfulness and broad knowledge of my local supervisor Prof. Annemarie Steidl, who was available to me whenever I needed her and did her best to make me feel welcome but also academically productive. My Viennese experience will remain to be an influential part on my academic path also because of many other Viennese departments, institutes, libraries, archives, museums and other scholarly institutions that have regularly been organizing interesting events where I had unique chances to encounter cream of the crop scientists from all corners of the world. Four months spent in Vienna have all in all been a wonderful experience and most surely an inspirational one too. What is more, they will leave a mark on my doctoral thesis and absolutely contribute to its overall quality.