Ćosić Stjepan, F.C.A.
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Place of birth
Ćosić Stjepan, F.C.A.
Membership in Academy:
- full member – Department of Social Sciences (5/19/2022 – …)
- associate member – Department of Social Sciences (05/10/2018 – …)
Stjepan Ćosić was born in Makarska in 1964. He graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy in Zadar in 1987 with a degree in history and sociology and in 1991 completed his postgraduate studies of Cultural History of the East Adriatic Coast at the University of Zagreb. He received his master’s degree (1994) and his doctorate from the Department of History of the Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb on the topic of the Dubrovnik Area from the Fall of the Republic to 1848 (1997).
From 1988 to 1992, he taught in primary and secondary schools in Dubrovnik, and from 1992 to 1995 he worked as an archivist at the State Archives in Dubrovnik. From 1995 to 2003, he was research fellow at the Institute of Historical Sciences of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts (HAZU) in Dubrovnik, first with the title of assistant, and from 1998 with scientific titles.
In the period from 2003 to 2012, he was the director of the Croatian State Archives in Zagreb for three terms. In 2011, he was elected a scientific advisor, and since 2012, he has been a professor at the Department of History of the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Split. He was elected a full professor at that faculty in 2013. As a head of the Department of Early Modern and Contemporary History, he taught the following courses: Croatian History in the Early Modern Age, History of Historiography, Methodology of Scientific Work, Contemporary Historiography: Theories and Methods, History of Dubrovnik and History of Croatian Government Institutions. Since 2017, he has been a professor at the Department of History of the Faculty of Croatian Studies, University of Zagreb, where he teaches several courses in undergraduate, graduate and doctoral studies in history and croatology. From 2019 to 2021, he was the Vice-Dean for Business of the Faculty of Croatian Studies, and during 2021 and 2022 he was also the Dean of the Faculty.
In 2018, he was elected an associate member of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts (Department of Social Sciences) and a permanent title of full professor at the University of Zagreb.
Working in the archives, he acquired the expert titles of archivist and senior archivist and became acquainted with the material of domestic archival institutions. He worked as a researcher in a number of foreign archives (Bari, the Vatican, Venice, Belgrade, Budapest, Vienna, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Sarajevo). His research interest focuses on a wide range of topics from the political, cultural, intellectual and demographic history of the Republic of Dubrovnik, Dalmatia, Croatia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina from the 17th to the 20th century. He deals with archival topics, heraldry and the history of cartography. He is the author and co-author of nine books and about sixty scientific and professional articles and studies.
As an external associate since 2000, he has taught numerous courses at the Faculties of Philosophy in Zadar and Zagreb and at the University of Dubrovnik – in graduate and postgraduate studies in history, historical demography and archival science. He has edited several volumes of journals, books and monographs published by the Institute of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts in Dubrovnik, the Croatian State Archives in Zagreb, Matica hrvatska and other publishers. He has been a longtime member of editorial boards and editor of journals published by the Institute of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, the Croatian State Archives and other publishers (Anali Zavoda za povijesne znanosti HAZU u Dubrovniku and Dubrovnik Annals, Arhivski vjesnik and Fontes – izvori za hrvatsku povijest). From 2007 to 2013, he was the head of the project “Sources for Croatian History in Foreign Archives“ within the scientific program “Sources for Croatian Heritage and Croatian European Identity“, and from 1997 he was an associate on the project “History of Dubrovnik and the Republic of Ragusa“, led by Nenad Vekarić. He has participated in numerous domestic and international scientific conferences.
For his historiographical work Stjepan Ćosić received the City of Dubrovnik Award, for the book Dubrovnik After the Fall of the Republic (2000), and the Award for Science of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts for the book Ragusan Patriciate Between Kinship and State: The Salamancanist and the Sorbonnists (2006).
Stjepan Ćosić has been an associate member of the Croatian Academy of Sciences since 2018, and was elected as a regular member in 2022.