Head of the sub-department:

Ivica Kelam, Associate Professor, Ph.D.

Name and Surname

Ivica Kelam, Ph.D.


Associate professor



Office number




Bioethics, ethics, philosophy


Associate Professor Ivica Kelam, Head of the Department of Philosophy and History at the Faculty of Education, where he teaches the philosophy of education and bioethics. Since October 21, he is Head of Osijek Unit of UNESCO Chair in Bioethics (Haifa). In 2014 he successfully defended his doctoral thesis entitled Genetically modified crops as a bioethical problem. Since 2016 he has been Head of the Center for Integrative Bioethics at J.J. Strossamyer University of Osijek.  He is the president of the Organization Committee of the Osijek Days of Bioethics, an international bioethical conference held in Osijek.

List of publications (link to CROSBI)

CROSBI Ivica Kelam

Members of the sub-department:

Damir Matanović, Full Professor, Ph.D.

Name and surname

Damir Matanović, Ph.D.

Title / Position

Full professor




Dean's office

Research interests

National history


Damir Matanović was born on 25 July 1970 in Vinkovci.

He attended primary school in Bošnjaci, and finished mathematical and IT grammar school in Županja.

In 1996 he completed two-subject studies in comparative literature and history at the Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb with graduation thesis Everyday life in Slavonia in the 18th century.

In 2000 he completed postgraduate studies of history at the Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb with master's thesis Companies of Brod regiment.

He defended his doctoral thesis at the same Faculty in 2003, mentored by Dr Filip Potrebica, full professor, titled Military community Brod at Sava. Social and economic structure of a military border city 1753-1848).

Damir Matanović has been working for nineteen years in the system of science and higher education at the Croatian Institute of History, Faculty of Education of the Josip Juraj Strossmayer University in Osijek.

He taught history courses as an external associate at the Faculty of Pedagogy of Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek, Centre for Croatian Studies in Zagreb, Department of Cultural Studies of Josip Juraj Strossmayer University in Osijek and Etvos Jozsef Foiskoli in Baja, Hungary.

He also worked for the publishing houses Fraktura and Hena-com Zagreb as an external associate.

From 1997 to 2008 he worked at the Croatian Institute of History as a postdoctoral researcher and research associate. He acquired the title of teaching assistant in 2000 at the Croatian Institute of History.

At the same institution he was elected senior assistant, and in 2004 by decision of Scientific field committee for humanities – scientific field history he was elected scientific associate.

By decision of Scientific field committee for humanities – scientific field history- he was elected senior research associate, and by decision of the Faculty council of the Faculty of education in Osijek he was elected the scientific teaching grade associate professor and the corresponding position for humanities, scientific field history, scientific discipline national history.

He has been employed at the Faculty of teacher education, the legal predecessor of the Faculty of Education of Josip Juraj Strossmayer University in Osijek, since 15 April 2008.

Since academic year 2013/14 he has held the function of acting dean and since academic year 2014/15 of the dean of the Faculty of education.

List of publications (CROSBI link)

CROSBI Damir Matanović

Pavao Nujić, Assistant, Senior Assistant, Ph.D