Department of International Studies - Croatian Studies

Croatian Studies

Support the Croatian studies program at Macquarie University by joining as a member.

Aims and Objectives...

  • To support and advance Croatian Studies program at the Faculty of Arts, Macquarie University.
  • To promote and encourage Croatian Studies at tertiary level in Australia and New Zealand.
  • To support and promote the research and publication activities of the Centre for Croatian Studies in the Department of International Studies, Faculty of Arts, Macquarie University.
  • To organise lectures, seminars and conferences in Croatian Studies, complementing the Croatian program at Macquarie University.
  • To improve the collection of Croatian books and materials at Macquarie University Library as well as other Australian libraries.
  • To participate in and promote the multicultural diversity in Australia.


The Croatian Studies Foundation was established in August 1984 with the aim of supporting the Croatian Studies program at Macquarie University.

In addition to fundraising activities, the Foundation organises cultural and scholarly events to promote knowledge and understanding of the Croatian history, language and culture.

As the Foundation was established for the charitable purposes of education, all donations to the Foundation are tax deductible.

The Croatian Studies Foundation is comprised of a large number of Croatian organisations, clubs and institutions as well as individual members right across Australia.

Highlights of CSF activities

In 1988 CSF organised an international symposium Croatia and Croatians in 20th Centurv: Perceptions and Reality as part of the festivities on the 200th anniversary of Australia's first European settlement (1 788-1988). More than 30 academics from all over the world came to hear papers from other fellow scholars on such topics as Croatian language, literature, history, folklore, sculpture, music and Croatian immigration experiences. Four of the active participants in this symposium came from Croatia: Stjepan Seselj, Pero Budak, Ante Starcevic and Vlado Gotovac. Their contribution was electrifying, not only because they delivered papers and actively contributed in the discussions, but also because they came directly from Croatia and thus were living proof that the Croatian diaspora had not cut itself off from its source.

In October 1993 CSF organised its second international conference, Croatia and Croatians: Myths and Reality on the 10th anniversary of the Croatian Studies Program at Macquarie University. The proceedings of this conference will be soon published.

CSF has been supporting Croatian Studies Program at Macquarie from its beginning; it also supports the activities of the Croatian Studies Centre and it participates in cultural manifestations of the Croatian Australian community.

Visit the Croatian Studies Foundation website.