Prof. Dr. Sofija Stefanovic
- European Research Council (ERC)
- AcademiaNet member since 05.12.2015
- AcademiaNet- Selection Criteria
- Arts and Humanities/ Social sciences/ Cultural studies
- Natural sciences/ Engineering/ Agricultural sciences
Area of specialisation
Physical Anthropology, Bioarchaeology, Human Osteology, European Prehistory
Prehistoric Balkans, Neolithisation, Fertility, Paleoobsteric, Paleopediatry, Prehistoric Cooperative Breeding, Ancient births, mothers and babies.
My research in the field of prehistoric bioarchaeology combines standard anthropological methods and the application of state-of-the art techniques through the wide network of scientific collaboration. Bioarchaeology investigates human past, however I am motivated to transform it as a discipline which will employ the huge potential of ancient skeletal heritage in the study of biological phenomena relevant to modern people – e.g. the study of fertility and foetal development. Ancient skeletal remains await on this new horizon as a vast unread library and as valuable biological heritage of ancient humans. If we change the way we perceive and study our biological heritage, and shift the focus of study from reconstructing the past to resolving current biological issues, our research may lead to new knowledge of utmost significance for present humanity.
Distinctions and Awards
Postdoctoral Fellow at the St John's College, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge (Ministry of Science and Environmental Protection, Serbia, postdoctoral fellowship), 2006
Alexander von Humboldt Foundation PhD fellowship, Institute for Prehistory and Early History, University of Heidelberg. 2001 – 2002
Ministry of Science and Environmental Protection, Serbia, MA Scholarship, 1995 – 1997
- Lectures, Membership in scientific bodies
2006: Social status and physical activities during the Bronze Age Maros Culture (2500-1500 BC)