Kristijan Obšust is a social anthropologist and an archaeologist (MSc). He studied and graduated at the Department of Archaeology and the Department of Ethnology and Anthropology at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade. He is an independent researcher, the founder of the Centre for Collective Identity and Political Mythology Research, expert associate of several cultural and scientific institutions, non-governmental organizations, international and national expert teams, scientific journals and web portals in the Republic of Serbia and abroad. He is the author of the scientific studies (Scientific Monographs) Construction of Slavdom in Politics and Science: Creating (All)Slavic Traditions, Ideological Conceptions of Slavic Unity and Reflections Thereof (Belgrade 2013) and Essays on Greek Classical Antiquity and Slavdom: The Impact of Perceptions about Greek Classical Antiquity on the Formation of European Nations and the Construction of Slavdom (Novi Sad 2019). In addition to all the above, so far he has written five pop-science and scholarly books related to various topics in the fields of anthropology and archaeology. He is also the author of several papers published in scientific journals, as well as several dozen pop-science works, scholarly articles, critiques, reviews and newspaper articles. He was an editor and reviewer of several monographic studies, collections of papers and books, as well as pop-science and scholarly thematic internet platforms and web portals. He coordinated and participated in the realization of several scientific, educational, cultural, and pop-science projects at home and abroad (Czech Republic and Slovak Republic). He also participated, as an expert adviser and associate, in the coordination for the implementation of several international research projects from various fields, the so-called applied anthropology.
He lives and works in Belgrade and Novi Sad. He is employed at the Archives of Vojvodina and, since July 2020, he has been working as an assistant director of a provincial institution – the Archives of Vojvodina.
Fields of academic research: collective identities (ethnic, national, pan-national, regional, religious); political mythology; studies of nationalism; invented traditions; construction of Slavdom and Slavic nationalisms; ethnic, national and pan-national identities of Slavophonic communities; collective memory, remembrance culture, the anthropology of death and thanatology.
Other fields of academic interest: political anthropology; Slavic and Balkan studies; Orientalism; nationalism in archaeology and the political aspects of archaeological interpretation; ethnogenesis of Slavs and Early Slavic archaeology; cultural history and archaeology of the Ancient Near East; Symbolism, religion, and cults in prehistory; the material legacy of socialism; protection and presentation of cultural heritage.
The full bibliography of the author is available at: http://www.cikipm.org/obsust