14 – 16 September 2022

Oris House of Architecture, 3 Kralja Držislava St.

10 000 Zagreb, Croatia


  • Institute for Anthropological Research (INANTRO), Zagreb
  • Project team of the Croatian Science Foundation funded project “Solidarity Economy in Croatia: Anthropological Perspective” (SOLIDARan)


  • Professor Aleksandar Lukić, PhD – Department of Geography, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb
  • Associate Professor Tomislav Oroz, PhD – Department of Ethnology and Anthropology, University of Zadar
  • Doc. RNDr. Petr Jehlička, PhD – Institute of Ethnology, Czech Academy of Science
  • Assistant Professor Danijel Baturina, PhD – Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb
  • Assistant Professor Alenka Bartulović, PhD – Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, University of Ljubljana
  • Associate Professor Nataša Bokan, PhD – Faculty of Agriculture, University of Zagreb
  • Jelena Puđak, Research Associate, PhD – Institute of Social Sciences Ivo Pilar, Zagreb
  • Branko Ančić, Senior Research Associate, PhD – Institute for Social Research in Zagreb
  • Orlanda Obad, Research Associate, PhD – lnstitute of Ethnology and Folklore Research, Zagreb
  • Natalia Mamonova, PhD, Associate Research Fellow – Swedish Institute of International Affairs, Uppsala
  • Jelena Seferović, PhD – Institute for Anthropological Research, Zagreb
  • Mirna Jernej Pulić, PhD – Institute for Anthropological Research, Zagreb
  • Anja lveković Martinis, PhD – Independent researcher, SOLIDARan project, Zagreb
  • Duga Mavrinac, M.A. – IPAK_ Research projects and authorial concepts NGO, Pula
  • Domagoj Račić, M.A. – Mreža znanja d.o.o., Zagreb; JJ Strossmayer University of Osijek
  • Ivan Šišak, mag.geogr. – Department of Geography, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb
  • Olga Orlić, Research Associate, PhD, President of the Organizing and Scientific Committee – Institute for Anthropological Research, Zagreb

WEDNESDAY, 14 September 2022

9:00 – 9:30      REGISTRATION

9:30 – 9:45      OPENING SESSION

                        Saša Missoni, Director of the Institute for Anthropological Research, Zagreb

                        Olga Orlić, Principal Investigator of the SOLIDARan Project                  

9:45 – 11:00     PLENARY LECTURE

                        Cristina Grasseni: Ambivalent Solidarities

11:00 – 11:15    COFFEE BREAK

1st SESSION – Moderator: Olga Orlić

11:15 – 11:45     Jelena Vasiljević: Reactive and Institutional Solidarity

11:45 – 12:15    Davorka Vidović: The Meaning of Being Social Entrepreneur in Multi-Transitional Society

12:15 – 12:45    Ana Tomičić, Anamaria Malešević, Anto Čartolovni: Blending the Social and Solidarity Economy with Corporate Social Responsibility? Barriers and Opportunities in Context of Digital Healthcare in Croatia

13:00 – 14:00      LUNCH

2nd SESSION – Moderator: Duga Mavrinac

14:00 – 14:30     Orlanda Obad: The Price of Doing Good: An Ethnographic Account of Solidarity Economy Organizations and Initiatives in Croatia

14:30 – 15:00     Nataša Bokan: Solidarity Economy from Rural Periphery

15:00 – 15:30    Mojca Ramšak: Volunteering in Health Care during the COVID-19 Epidemic in Slovenia

15:30 – 15:45     COFFEE BREAK

3rd SESSION – Moderator: Jelena Seferović

15:45 – 16:15    Anja Iveković Martinis: Social Support for Self-Employment: Ethnography of a Community Association

16:15 – 16:45    Mirna Jernej Pulić: Local Initiatives and Practices in Search of Sustainability and Solidarity: Case Study of the Community Centre Rojc in Pula

16:45 – 17:15    Duga Mavrinac: Building Networks and Practices of Care – Social Solidarity and Trust in the Moje mjesto pod suncem Project

THURSDAY, 15 September 2022

10:00 – 11:15     PLENARY LECTURE

                         Peter Simonič: Histories from Below

11:15 – 11:30     COFFEE BREAK

4th SESSION – Moderator: Mirna Jernej Pulić

11:30 – 12:00     Jelena Seferović: Analysis of the Solidarity Economy on the Example of the City of Dubrovnik

12:00 – 12:30     Juliana Ajdini, Rudina Rama: Coping with COVID-19 Pandemic as an Elderly: The Case of Solidarity in the Municipality of Tirana

12:30 – 13:00     Katarina Kušić: Political Ecologies of Land in South East Europe: Development, Conservation, and the Remaking of Human-Soil Relations

13:00 – 14:00     LUNCH

5th SESSION – Moderator: Anja Iveković Martinis

14:00 – 14:30     Alex Gavranich:  Smallholder Food Sovereignty in Post-Socialist Croatia

14:30 – 15:00   Veronika Gamulin: Beginnings of Cooperatives on the Island of Hvar – Maintaining the Identity of the Collective in the Village of Velo Grablje

15:00 – 15:30    Domagoj Račić, Paula Damaška: Negotiating Multiple Territories to Achieve Viability and Impact: The Case of Green Energy Cooperative

15:30 – 16:00     Marijana Bokun, Danijel Baturina: Fostering Solidarity through Education: Social Entrepreneurship Education in Europe and Croatia

16:00 – 16:15      COFFEE BREAK

16:15 – 16:45      Ivan Šišak, Aleksandar Lukić: Cartographic Visualization of Solidarity Economy Practices in Croatia Using GIS 



FRIDAY, 16 September 2022

6th SESSION – Moderator: Orlanda Obad

10:00 – 10:30    Olga Orlić: Exercising Solidarity at Contemporary Common-Pool Resource: The Case of the Gajna Pastoral Community

10:30 – 11:00    Lana Peternel, Dan Podjed: Solidarity or Isolation: A Comparative Perspective on Marginal Spaces of Croatia and Slovenia

11:00 – 11:30    Natalia Mamonova: Solidarity in Times of War: Food, Shelter and Everyday Bravery in Rural Ukraine

About “Practicing Solidarity for the Future” Conference

The solidarity economy comprises an array of very diverse initiatives and movements focused on creating and practicing alternative ways of living, producing and consuming and thus also on transforming the dominant economic system. This includes practices such as communal living, communal kitchens, workers’ co-operatives, urban gardening, community-assisted agriculture, eco villages, ethical financing, alternative currencies, LETS, fair-trade initiatives and others. Research on the solidarity economy is important not only in the Croatian context, but on a global level as well, particularly because this subject brings together a complex field of scholarly research and the social and economic influence of the researched phenomenon itself. By including an anthropological perspective and a diachronic view of the conceptualization of solidarity in the presocialist, socialist and postsocialist period, the project “Solidarity Economy in Croatia: Anthropological Perspective (2020-2024; Croatian Science Foundation) wishes to contribute to understanding solidarity economy practices in the specific Croatian context. The central research questions regard the different and often mutually exclusive conceptualizations of solidarity in the contemporary moment, new forms of communities of practice and new ways of imagining communities, as well as perceptions of the solidarity economy as a way of creating a utopia of reconstruction. The project outcomes will hopefully contribute to understanding the processual nature and the multiple intra- and intergroup dynamics among the actors of the solidarity economy, as well as to the theoretical consideration of the important anthropological concepts of solidarity, reciprocity and communities. The project conference, “Practicing Solidarity for the Future” is not only important milestone of the project but also a meeting point for scholars from diverse disciplines to engage in discussion and collaboration on the topic.

Interest in SSE practices and initiatives has significantly increased following the economic crisis in 2008, when many people personally experienced inequality and injustice, generated by the contemporary capitalist system. While certain similar practices had already been established and known to researchers (Laville 2010), during and after the crisis there was a proliferation of new initiatives “from below”, aimed at achieving sustainability and fairness. Their goal was not only to alleviate the negative effects of capitalist structures and practices, but also to create and sustain economic alternatives to capitalism (Kawano et al 2009). However, recent times brought some new and a lot of old problems on the agenda. Climate change, conflicts, poverty, food insecurity and other negative influences (like the Covid pandemic) 6 continued affecting humans and all other living beings, as well as our planet, forcing people to continue developing various strategies for coping with these challenges and uncertainties.

The main generator of global inequalities and environmental and societal damage has been recognised as profit-oriented capitalist entrepreneurship with almost no civic regulation. Therefore, it is opposed by diverse approaches aiming at fostering changes in the present, in order to pave the way toward a more just and sustainable future. These efforts include numerous alterglobalisation movements, degrowth and yet another quite broad umbrella term – social and solidarity economy (SSE).

Scholars from various disciplines, but especially in the social sciences and humanities, have been engaging in theoretical and applied research resonating with the above mentioned agenda of fighting global inequality and developing economic activities in a way that has benefited both people and the planet. The broad, heterogeneous and growing body of research on the social and solidarity economy has built important links between the complex field of academia and the social and economic influence that the researched phenomenon itself have effectuated.

We hope that the Croatian Science Foundation project “Solidarity economy in Croatia: Anthropological Perspective” and this conference will not only contribute significantly to this growing body of research but to better implementation of solidarity economy practices in everyday lives.

Organizing team of Practicing Solidarity for the Future Conference