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office: Odsjek za filozofiju znanosti, Ante Kovačića 5, 10000 Zagreb
Scientific adviser - Institute of History and Philosophy of Science, Department for the History of Medicine
Associate professor of humanities - Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb
Željko Dugac, PhD, scientific adviser tenure, associate professor, 229710, was born in Rijeka. He graduated in 1994 at the Medical Faculty of the University of Rijeka with a thesis in the field of the history of medicine. In 1999 he gained the academic title of Master of Science – Biology (biological anthropology), with a thesis on the history of folk medicine. In 2003 he attained the academic title of Doctor of Science in the field of biomedicine and health sciences. His doctoral thesis was about the history of public health. In 1998 he become a research assistant at the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, Division of the History of Medicine and in 2015 a scientific adviser tenure at the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, Division of the Philosophy of Science. In 2010 he was elected to a teaching position as Associate Professor at the Centre for Croatian Studies, University of Zagreb. Currently, a professor of the history of medicine and science at the doctoral studies of the 20th century history at Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb. He was also elected a member of the scientific board of the University of Jan Amos Komensky in Prague in 2012.
In 2004 he became project manager of the project “Croatian medical heritage – 13th to 20th century development and achievement determinants” supported by the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports, and from 2007 led the project “Public health and medicine in Croatia: identity and international cooperation in the twentieth century”. From 2010 he was a member of the Croatian Institute of History’s project “Formation of Croatian cultural and social identity 1900-1990” (project manager Suzana Leček, PhD). He was also a contributor to the project “Croatia in socialist Yugoslavia” (project manager Tvrtko Jakovina, PhD). He was an associate of an international project related to the history of public health in interwar period titled “Interwar Health Network”, which was led by Iris Borowy, PhD from the University of Rostock, and is currently an associate of the Working Group on the History of Race and Eugenics (HRE) at the Oxford Brookes University and consultant to the international interdisciplinary project “The History of Eugenics and East-Central Europe, 1900-1945” led by Prof. Marius Turda, PhD at the Centre for Health, Medicine and Society, also at the Oxford Brookes University. Currently, the project manager of the project of the Croatian Science Foundation "Croatian scientific and philosophical heritage: transfers and appropriation of knowledge from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century in a European context". He is also a contributor to the project of Croatian Science Foundation (project manager Iskra Iveljić PHD): "The transition of Croatian elite of the Habsburg Monarchy in the Yugoslav state."
He was awarded several scholarships and spent much time abroad doing professional development and research: Rockefeller Archive Center Grant for Research (2000), Scholarship of the Swiss National Science Foundation – research in the archives of the League of Nations in Geneva (2001), University College of London – Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, London (2001), Institut für Geschichte der Medizin and Universitäts Archive, Vienna (2003), Rockefeller Archive Center Grant for Research (2004), University College of London – Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, London (2008), etc.
His areas of research include the history of health and medicine, public health and social history, especially in the first half of the 20th century; for example, issues related to the history of health education and training, history of the public health system, international influences on public health (especially the Rockefeller Foundation and the Health Organization of the League of Nations in the interwar period), the medical history of everyday life, scientification and medicalization of society as well as social problems. He also investigated the professionalization and institutionalization processes in medicine and science as well as the main leaders in this field, such as Dr. Andrija Štampar.
He has participated at various domestic and international conferences and published numerous scientific articles and books, including a series of three books about the public health and social history during the interwar period: “Protiv bolesti i neznanja: Rockefellerova fondacija u međuratnoj Jugoslaviji” [Against disease and ignorance: The Rockefeller Foundation in interwar Yugoslavia] (2005), “Kako biti čist i zdrav: Zdravstveno prosvjećivanje u međuratnoj Hrvatskoj” [How to be clean and healthy: Health education in interwar Croatia] (2010), and “O sestrama, siromašnim i bolesnim: Slike socijalne i zdravstvene povijesti međuratnog Zagreba” [On sisters poor and sick: Images of the social and health history of interwar-era Zagreb] (2015).
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