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Visiting Professor: Professor Miriam Mary Brgles (Catholic University of Croatia, Zagreb)

In October 2023, the Institute of Sociology was hosting Professor Miriam Mary Brgles from the Department of Sociology at Catholic University of Croatia in Zagreb.

Within the Mobility Agreement program, she gave a few lectures at the Institute of Sociology:

  • The Role of the Researcher and Reflexivity
  • Introduction to Arts-Based Research
  • Creative Methods of Research Dissemination

Miriam Mary Brgles is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Sociology at Catholic University of Croatia in Zagreb.


Before academia she was working in the Marketing Department of Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb, where she did her PhD research. In 2020 she published a book, based on her doctoral thesis, named Struggle for Power: Politics, Artists and Audience. Social Aspects of the Development of the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb (published in Croatian language). She was a visiting PhD researcher at the Department of Theatre, Film and Media Studies at the University of Vienna and did her postdoctoral research at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas-Angelicum in Rome.

She was the research director and the team member of the CRO Laudato Si' Project, and the research director of the follow-up project Creation and Care: Application of New Lifestyles and Interaction of Young People with Vulnerable Social Groups/Groups of People in Need, and a research director of the EU funded project.

These lectures are designed to help young researchers develop arts-based research projects, reflect on challenges and opportunities in a rapidly changing digital environment/society, and disseminate the research or/and research results in a creative and innovative way.

The first lecture introduces the relationship between the researcher and participants/collaborators and the practice of reflexivity.

The second one provides introduction to ABR either as a data collection technique and a dissemination technique and gives key examples to highlight the range of possibilities afforded by arts-based research in researching vulnerable social groups.

The last lecture presents that traditional avenues like academic journals and conferences are valuable, but they often don't reach a wide enough audience or allow for much interaction. That's why we're diving deep into creative methods that make research more accessible and engaging for everyone.

In a practical sense, the main goal of these lectures is to learn that art is a form of (transferable) knowledge, which can offer empowerment and change.

Open online meeting organised by CAQDAS TM Lab & JU Institute of Sociology

Date: Friday 20.10.2023
Time: 10:00 am
Where? Online on MsTeams

In practical sense, students will observe some creative ways to present a project or research results to the wider audiences and learn that art is a form of (transferable) knowledge, which can offer empowerment and change.


Traditional methods of sharing research through academic journals and conferences have their merits, but they often limit the audience and interaction. Our meeting will explore innovative ways to make research more accessible and engaging. These creative methods not only make complex findings easier to understand but also facilitate a meaningful dialogue between researchers and the broader community. Topics to be covered include Digital Storytelling, Infographics, Podcasts, Interactive Webinars, Social Media, Blog Posts, Virtual Reality, Art Installations, Gamification, Community Outreach, Interactive Dashboards, Zines/Comics, and Traditional Media.

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Visiting Professor: Professor Steven A. Tuch (George Washington University, Washington, DC)

From October till December 2023, the Institute of Sociology will be hosting Prof. Steven A. Tuch from George Washington University, Washington, DC.

Professor Tuch is going to teach a class within the framework of our newly-offered course Sociology in an International Context: Variety of Perspectives. We hope that this course becomes a series of lectures and meetings with guest scholars from abroad, introducing their academic institutions and interests – and Professor Tuch is beginning this series.

Read more about Prof. Tuch and his course.

Professor Steven A. Tuch

Steven A. Tuch is Professor of Sociology and of Public Policy and Public Administration and an affiliated faculty member in the Institute of European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies in the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University. His research and teaching interests focus on racial and ethnic inequality, public opinion in capitalist and post-communist nations, and quantitative methodology, areas in which he regularly publishes and teaches.

He is coauthor (with Paul M. Kellstedt and Guy D. Whitten) of The Fundamentals of Social Research; An SPSS Companion for The Fundamentals of Social Research; A Stata Companion for The Fundamentals of Social Research; and An R Companion for The Fundamentals of Social Research (all published by Cambridge University Press, 2022); coauthor (with William V. D'Antonio and Josiah R. Baker) of Religion, Politics and Polarization: How Religiopolitical Conflict is Changing Congress and American Democracy (Rowman & Littlefield, 2013); coauthor (with Ronald Weitzer) of Race and Policing in America: Conflict and Reform (Cambridge University Press, 2006); coeditor (with Yoku Shaw-Taylor) of The Other African Americans: Contemporary African and Caribbean Immigrants in the United States (Rowman & Littlefield, 2007); coeditor (with Jack K. Martin) of Racial Attitudes in the 1990s: Continuity and Change (Praeger, 1997); and author or coauthor of more than fifty scholarly journal articles and book chapters.

His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Institute of Justice. He has twice been a Fulbright Fellow in the Institute of Sociology at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland.

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Course Summary
Sociology in an International Context: The View from America
(15h, 3 ECTS, BA and MA level)

This course examines the academic discipline of sociology using as an exemplar the department of sociology at George Washington University (GWU) in Washington, DC. We will explore the varied theoretical and methodological approaches to the discipline employed by GWU sociologists, their range of sub-disciplinary specializations, and the department curriculum, which includes courses in sociology, criminal justice, and human services and social justice. We will also read and discuss some of Professor Tuch’s published research in the area of racial and ethnic intergroup relations. Students who are interested in studying abroad will find the course especially helpful.

Time and place: 
seven meetings plus consultations: October 25th, November 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th, December 6th, 13th 
Wednesdays, 3:40 - 5:10 pm
the Institute of Sociology
room 81, second floor.

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