Cambi Nenad, F.C.A.
Date of birth:
Place of birth:
- Department of Archaeology, University of Zadar, Obala Kralja Petra Krešimira IV, 2, 23000 Zadar
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Cambi Nenad, F.C.A.
- fellow of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts (05/16/2002 – …)
- doctor of Science (1975 – …)
- Professor (retired) – Faculty of Philosophy in Zadar, Department of Archaeology (2008. – …)
Functions in Academy:
- head of – Institute for Historical Sciences in Zadar (11/05/2020 – …)
- head of – Institute for Historical Sciences in Zadar (12/01/2016 – 11/05/2020)
Membership in Academy:
- full member – Department of Social Sciences (05/16/2002 – …)
- associate member – Department of Social Sciences (12/03/1992 – 05/16/2002)
Nenad Cambi was born on 21st February 1937 in Split. He completed his primary education and grammar school in Split. Graduated (1962), received his master’s degree (1973) and doctorate (1975) from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Studies in Zagreb. He worked as curator and senior curator at the Archaeological Museum in Split. In 1976, he became part-time assistant professor, and in 1981, part-time associate professor at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Studies in Zadar. From 1980 to 1982, he was Director of the Archaeological Museum in Split. On 1st December 1982, he was elected permanent associate professor at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Studies in Zadar. He was promoted to full professor in 1986, and re-elected in 1990. He became tenured full professor in 1997. At the University of Zadar (ex-Faculty of Humanities and Social Studies in Zadar), he taught the following courses: Classical Archaeology; Early Christian Archaeology. He retired on 1st October 2007. He was subsequently elected professor emeritus. After retiring from the University of Zadar, he led the postgraduate doctoral study entitled Archaeology of the Eastern Adriatic Coast. He taught the following elective courses within the study programme of history at the Department of the Humanities of the University of Split: Paganism and Christianity at the End of Antiquity and Republic and Empire. He teaches the courses Ancient City on the Adriatic and Roman Emperors and the Imperial Cult within the reformed study programme of history at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Studies in Split. He furthermore taught at various postgraduate study programmes at home and abroad (Dubrovnik, Zagreb – Archaeology and Art History, Zagreb – Croatian Studies, Zadar – Archaeology, Split – Protection of Cultural Monuments, Ljubljana, Macerata, Rome II /Torr Vergata/, Bordeaux, Marburg/Lahn). Taught different courses. He received the City of Split Annual Award for culture in 1980, and the annual award of the City of Split Annual Award for science in 1994. He was furthermore awarded the Annual Science Awards of the Slobodna Dalmacija newspaper for 1988 and 2002 (the Kruno Prijatelj Award), and the annual Science Award of the Matica hrvatska (the Oton Kučera Award) for 2002. In the same year, he received the Annual Award of the Croatian Archaeological Society in Zagreb (the Josip Brunšmid Award), which he earlier received in 2018 as well. He was furthermore awarded the 2005 J. J. Strossmayer Prize for the Humanities. In 2008, with a group of authors (M. Dizdar, R. Matijašić, B. Kuntić Makvić, M. Zaninović, M. Miličević, M. Sanader and N. Cambi; ed. by M. Sanader), he received the INA Award for the book Kroatien in der Antike, Mainz 2007. He also received the Frane Bulić Lifetime Achievement Award of the Croatian Archaeological Society in 2009, and the Lifetime Achievement Award of the City of Split in 2010.
He is member of the Croatian Archaeological Society, the Centre for Balkan Examinations of the Academy of Sciences and Arts of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina (Sarajevo), corresponding member of the German Archaeological Institute (Berlin), corresponding member of the Pontificia Commissione di Archeologia Sacra (Vatican City), full member of Centro di studio per l’ archeologia dell’ Adriatico (Ravenna-Italy). Corresponding member of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts (Zagreb) since 1992; elected full member of the Department of Social Sciences on 16 May 2002. He was Chair of the National Committee of the 13th International Congress for Early Christian Archaeology (Split–Poreč) in 1994. Since then, member of the Vatican-based Commitato promotere dei Congressi internazionali di archeologia Cristiana, which organises congresses on Early Christian archaeology.
He was member of the National Science Council of the Ministry of Science of the Republic of Croatia. He was furthermore member of the National Council for Cultural Goods of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia. Until 1st January 2009, he was member of the National Council for Academic Education of the Republic of Croatia (in the process of the implementation of the so-called “Bologna Process”).
He is associate of the oldest project of the German Archaeological Institute in Berlin – Corpus der antiken Sarkophagreliefs. He participated in numerous international meetings organised by the German Archaeological Institute in Berlin.
He took part in over a hundred national and international scientific meetings with papers, most of which were printed. He personally organised several scientific conferences, and edited the proceedings thereof.
Participated as associate and leader in numerous field (land and submarine) surveys. The most important field research locations: Salona, Narona, Asseria, Burnum, Zmijavci near Imotski. He is one of the pioneers of submarine archaeology in Croatia. The most important undersea investigations of protective character: Vela Svitnja and Špinut in Split, and other recognitions of protective and scientific character.
He was actively involved in the work of the Committee for monitoring conservation work on the bronze statue of the Strigilis Cleaner (the Croatian Apoxiomenos), found in the waters of Mali Lošinj. He is consultant in the conservation treatment of marble sarcophagi found in Salona in the course of the construction of the foundations for the Franjo Tuđman Bridge.
He is leader of the archaeological research and conservation of the amphitheatre and the accompanying surrounding buildings of military character, as well as Head of the permanent display of the Museum and Research Centre at the National Park in Puljani near Burnum. He is co-leader of the non-destructive archaeology research project conducted in Burnum in cooperation with the University of Bologna.
Fields of scientific activity: classical archaeology (ancient sculpture, religion and architecture) and Early Christian archaeology (architecture, sculpture and miniature art). Recently, he has been intensively engaged in the history of Late Antiquity, especially the period of tetrarchy (Diocletian and his fellow comrades).
He wrote 18 monographs and about 400 scientific and professional papers. Additionally, he produced numerous reviews and encyclopaedic units in domestic and world encyclopaedias, and newspaper articles. He published in the editions of the Croatian Academy of Sciences (several issues of the journal Archaeological Works and Discussions, and RAD of the Department of Social Sciences). In the booklet of lectures held at the Croatian Academy of Sciences, he printed a monograph entitled Should Have Diocletian, Founder of Split, Done Better in the Project of Building the Split Waterfront, Zagreb 2009.
He edited a Memorial dedicated to the late Mate Suić, F.C.A., Zagreb 2004, as well as the Memorial dedicated to the late Ivo Petrinović, F.C.A., Zagreb 2014.
He was Head of the scientific project conducted by the Ministry of Science and Technology, entitled Research of Ancient Construction and Art in Dalmatia (code 269-269868-0919). He mentors numerous master’s and doctoral candidates. So far, he has been mentor for 20 doctoral and 14 master’s dissertations. He has been president of the Literary Circle of Split since 1992. Engaged in cultural and scientific and publishing work (numerous scientific books have been published in the fields of literature, comparative literature, history, art history and archaeology). He has been awarded the Order of the Croatian Star with the Effigy of Marko Marulić.