Study Programme

Master in Intercultural Business Communication


Cultural Anthropology

Area of Habilitation

Cultural Anthropology

Research Area

Sport, Religion, Identity, Social integration, Tradition

Short Bio

Dr. Šantek acquired both his Master of Science in 2000 and PhD in Cultural Anthropology in 2004 from the University of Zagreb. He has held numerous academic positions, starting in 1996 as Research Assistant at the Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Research in Zagreb until 2006, before joining the University of Zadar in 2006 as Head of Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, as well as Assistant Professor, holding both positions until 2008 and 2009 respectively. From 2007 to 2008, Dr. Šantek was also a member of the University Senate. Thereafter, he joined the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Zagreb in 2009, from when he was Head of the Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology until 2011, and a Member of the Council of the Faculty until 2012. He has been the Head of Chair of General Ethnology at the same faculty since 2009.

Since 2006, Dr. Šantek has been teaching at undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate levels at various universities, including on the following courses:

Cultural Anthropology, Anthropology of Sport, History of Anthropology, Applied Anthropology, Economic Anthropology, Traditional Stock Breeding, Comparative Mythology, Comparative Slavic Ethnography, Religion, Identity, Organization, Croatian Ethnography, Anthropology of Religion, and Ethnographic Techniques.

 In 2005, Dr. Šantek received the Chevening Fellowship from the University of Oxford.

His organisational responsibilities have included being a Member of the Faculty Committee for students with disabilities from 2010-2011, while he is currently a Member of the Faculty Committe for International Cooperation.


Dr. Šantek has been principal investigator or coordinator in many international or national projects, including the Erasmus + Project Uniculture in 2019, on the ”Development of innovative approach for training for university professors to work in the modern diverse and intercultural environment” at the University of Zagreb. Dr. Šantek was also part of the 2019 project for the Croatian Science Foundation ”Sport, integration and discrimination.”


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