MENCEJ, Mirjam

Titulus / Title
(PhD, scientific senior research fellow/tudományos főmunkatárs)
Introduction / Bemutatkozás
Mirjam Mencej is Professor of Folkloristics. She teaches at the Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Her main research areas are belief narratives, witchcraft, vernacular religion and she has published numerous articles and seven monographs on folklore. Since 2016 she has been a member of the Executive Committee of the International Society for Folk Narrative Research, since 2013 she has been a president of the Committee of Belief Narrative Network (BNN) at the International Society for Folk Narrative Research (ISFNR) and since 2007 she has been a member of the Committee of Traditional Cosmology Society. She has been a member of the Editorial board of the journals Fabula, Berlin, Ethnoanthropozoom, Skopye, Macedonia, Cosmos, Edinburgh, Ethnologia Slovaca et Slavica, Bratislava, and Studia mythologica Slavica, Ljubljana. 

2018- Member of the Scientific board of the Center for the Study of Modernity and the Rural World, Telciu, Romania. 

2016-2020 Member of the Executive Committee of the International Society for Folk Narrative Research (ISFNR).
Research field / Kutatási terület
Mirjam Mencej's work in the ERC project encompasses two main topics: belief narratives and practices about the dead and witchcraft and is based on the field research in Bosnia and Herzegovina and in Eastern Slovenia. She is particularly interested in how belief narratives and practices relate to ethnic and religious identity of the narrators and how underlying concepts inform the narrators' perception of the members of other ethnic communities and reinforce their own identity.
Fontosabb publikációk / Selected publications
2015: Security Guards as Participants in and Mediators of Ghost Tradition. Fabula 56 (1/2): 40–66.
2015: Unwitching. The Social and Magical Practice in Traditional European Communities. Western Folklore 74.2 (Spring 2015): 115–159.
2013: Sem vso noč lutal v krogu. Simbolika krožnega gibanja v evropski tradicijski kulturi [I was wandering in circles the whole night long. The symbolism of circular movement in European traditional culture]. Ljubljana: ZRC SAZU.
2012: Envie et sorcellerie dans la Slovénie rurale. Ethnologie française 42 (2): 313–323.
2011: Connecting Threads, Folklore (Tartu, Online) 48: 55–84.
2009: Wolf holidays among Southern Slavs in the Balkans. Acta Ethnographica Hungarica 54: 337–358.
2006: Coprnice so me nosile. Raziskava vaškega čarovništva na podeželju vzhodne Slovenije ob prelomu tisočletja [Witches led me astray: Witchcraft in the rural environment of eastern Slovenia at the turn of the Millennium]. Ljubljana: University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts.
2001: Gospodar volkov v slovanski mitologiji [The Master of the Wolves in Slavic Folklore]. Ljubljana: University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts.
Az ERC projekt keretében megjelent publikációk / Works published in the project
2020: Bosnian shehidi: Traditional Narratives and Their Contemporary Uses. In: Present and Past in The Study of Religion and Magic. Edited by Ágnes Hesz and Éva Pócs. Religious Anthropological Studies in Central Eastern Europe 7. Series editor Éva Pócs. Balassi Kiadó. Budapest, 269-296.
2018: Magic and counter-magic in the 21th-century Bosnia. In Jonathan Berry – Owen Davies – Cornelie Usborne (eds): Cultures of Witchcraft in Europe: Middle Ages to the Present. London: Palgrave Macmillan / Springer, 249–268.
2018: Something Came Over Him. Narratives on Being “Carried by Witches” and Altered States of Consciousness. Preternature 7 (1): 50–87.
2017: How and Why to Talk about Witchcraft? Discourses on Witchcraft and Uses of Bewitchment Narratives in 21st Century Rural Eastern Slovenia. Temenos 53 (1): 143–179.
2017: Kísértetek az egyetemen.[Ghosts at the University.] Ethnographia 128:455–474.
2017: Styrian Witches in European Perspective. Ethnographic Fieldwork. London – New York: Palgrave Macmillan / Springer.
2017: „Verovanje” v zgodovini folkloristike. Konceptualizacija in terminologija. Traditiones 46 (1–2): 55–68.
2016: Discourses on witchcraft and uses of witchcraft discourse. Fabula 57 (3–4): 248–262.