PhD in ethnic studies, Research Fellow

Research interests

Martina Bofulin received her BA in geography and sinology from Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana. In 2011 she completed PhD in ethnic studies at the Faculty of social studies, University of Ljubljana. The topic of her dissertation was the migration process from PR China to Slovenia. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Anthropology and Ethnology of Faculty of Arts, University of Belgrade (project: Together Apart: Qingtianese transnational community in Belgrade) and at Global Collaboration Center, Osaka University (Project: Families at work: Chinese migrants’ family practices in Japan). Since 2014 she has been a research assistant at Slovenian migration Institute working on topics of Chinese mobility (migration, tourism) and immigration to Slovenia.

Fields of interest: Chinese migration, immigration to Slovenia, Chinese tourists, migration studies, ethnic studies, migrants and health care, transnational families.


Current projects:

  • DRIM – Danube Region Information platform for economic integration of Migrants (project director, Danube Territorial Cooperation, 2018 – 2019).
  • Chinese Foreign Direct Investment in the Balkan Corridor: Labour and Environmental Perspectives (King's College London Seed Fund, external partner, March-September 2018)
  • Migration in Southeast Europe and East Asia: A perspective based on ethnographic case studies (project group member, ARRS Slovenia – JSPS Japan bilateral cooperation, 2017 – 2019).
  • Trans-making: Art / culture / economy to democratize society. Research in placemaking for alternative narratives (research staff exchange scheme, H2020-MSCA-RISE-2016, 2017 – 2020).
  • Beyond ‘Ni hao’: how the state and tourism industry in Slovenia perceive and construct the 'Chinese tourist' (postdoctoral project, 2014 – 2017).
Selected publications

BOFULIN, Martina. Building memorials for a friend or a foe? Mobility and heritage dissonance amid China-Japan conflict. Anthropological notebooks, 2017 (forthcoming).

BOFULIN, Martina. Family-Making in the Transnational Social Field: The Child-Raising Practices of Chinese Migrants in Slovenia (在跨国移民社会空间中的家庭构建: 以中国移民在斯洛文尼亚的子女抚养为例). Journal of Chinese Overseas, 2017, 13, 1, pp. 94/118.

BOFULIN, Martina, COATES Jamie. Bakugai! Explosive Shopping and Entangled Sino-Japanese Mobilities. AAA Anthropology news, January 24, 2017. Accessible at: (12.4.2017).

BOFULIN, Martina.  Daleč doma: Migracije iz Ljudske republike Kitajske v Slovenijo [Home away from home: migration from PR China to Slovenia]. Ljubljana: Založba ZRC, ZRC SAZU 2016.

BOFULIN, Martina. Od domoljubov do izdajalcev: migracije, razvoj in izgradnja »okrajev izseljencev« v Ljudski republiki Kitajski [From patriots to traitors: migration, development and the construction of »hometowns of Overseas Chinese« in PR China]. Glasnik Slovenskega etnološkega društva, 2015, 55, 3/4, pp. 78/87.

BOFULIN, Martina. Sodobni migracijski procesi v Ljudski republiki Kitajski [Contemporary migration processes in PR China]. Časopis za kritiko znanosti, 2014, 17, 258, pp. 125/137.

BOFULIN, Martina, ROGELJA Nataša. Smerokaz: Kataloga izobraževalnih in drugih storitev za migrante in njihove družinske člane [Signpost: the catalogue of educational and other services for migrants and their family members] (commissioned by Slovenian Unemployment Office), 2011.

BOFULIN, Martina, JOSIPOVIČ, Damir. Analiza potreb po izobraževanju, poklicnem svetovanju in drugih storitev za državljane tretjih držav in njihovih družinskih članov [Analysis of educational needs, vocational guidance necessities and other services for third country citizens and their family members residing in Slovenia] (commissioned by Slovenian Unemployment Office), 2011.

BOFULIN, Martina, BEŠTER, Romana. Enako zdravstvo za vse? Imigranti v slovenskem zdravstvenem sistemu [Equal health care for everyone? Immigrants in Slovenian health care system] In: MEDVEŠEK, Mojca and BEŠTER, Romana (ed.). Državljani tretjih držav ali tretjerazredni državljani? : integracija državljanov tretjih držav v Sloveniji [The third county citizens or third rate citizens?: Integration of third country citizens in Slovenia]. Ljubljana: Insitute for Ethnic Studies, 2010, pp. 270–311.


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