Žarka Vujić PhD, full professor 

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Žarka Vujić was born on 19 October 1959 in North Croatia. In 1988 she graduated from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb by defending the thesis entitled Painting as a Museum Object at the Art History Department. After completing the graduate programme of information sciences at the Faculty of Organization and Informatics in Varaždin in 1992, she obtained an MA degree in Museology (Foundation and Development of Art Museums and Galleries in Zagreb). She received a PhD degree in the same field in 1998 at the Department where she is currently employed (the thesis entitled The Concept of Museum and Forms of Collecting in 17th-century Croatia).

In 1985, Ž. Vujić was employed as a museum technician and librarian at the Strossmayer Gallery of Old Masters, which today functions within the Croatian Academy of Arts and Sciences in Zagreb. At the end of 1988 she took up a position of a head librarian and researcher at the Institute of Art History in Zagreb. In 1993 she started working as an assistant researcher at the Museology Sub-Department where she advanced to the position of full professor in 2012. She served as acting chair of the sub-department in 2002-2007, and was elected again in 2012.

She has published several book chapters and numerous scientific and professional papers. The practical work she engaged in consists of five distinct and recognized exhibition projects and two concepts of permanent exhibitions currently awaiting realization. She participated in numerous international and Croatian scientific and professional conferences. She authored two books both of which were awarded. Sources of Museums in Croatia received the Annual Award of the Croatian Museum Association in 2007, and the second book, The Ullrich Salon on its Centenary, which was based on an interdisciplinary research, received the Annual Award of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in 2011. Her editorial work includes the book In the Memory of Ivo Maroević published in 2009.

In the period from 1991 to this day, Ž. Vujić has participated in seven research projects with various degrees of involvement and assuming different roles. Taken as a whole, her interests have since the very beginning of her scientific work been focused on three research areas – historical museology (history of museums and collecting in Croatia), theoretical museology (collecting and collection formation, ascribing meaning and creating heritage) and the interdisciplinary field combining museology and art history. 

Her academic efforts have always been directed to contemporary practices which have included field classes and regular visits to museums, inviting guest lecturers and preparing students for small-scale research projects. As a results, her experience as a supervisor has grown substantially, especially with students in the graduate programme. In supervising students’ final thesis she strongly encourages interdisciplinary approach to museum related topics. She equally publishes papers with her younger colleagues and promotes students’ scientific and practical work (Rector’s Award for a Group Museological Project 2011).

Fields of interest:

So far she has been working on developing of historical museology in Croatia and illuminating historical gathering techniques, but also the notion and theory of gathering in general.


Publications listed in the Croatian Scientific Bibliography (CROSBI)



  • Museum collections
  • the Institution of the museum
  • Information technology in museums



  • Subproject: "Origins of museums in Croatia"
  • Croatian identity in location marketing and development strategy


  • ICOM (Committees: CIDOC, ICOFOM) since 1990