The founding of the International Institute of Sociology in 1888 laid the foundation for the development of sociology. At the beginning of the 20th century, sociology in Croatia had just begun its journey. The first president of CSA, Adolf Mihalić, together with Juraj Andrassy and Albert Bazal, founded the Sociological Association in Zagreb in 1918. The goal of the Association was to nurture social sciences and study social and economic changess in the country.
Pioneers of Croatian Sociology
In 1906, Ernest Miler became the first professor of sociology at the Faculty of Law of the University of Zagreb and founded the first department of the sociology in then Austria-Hungary. Miler opened the door to sociological studies and research in Croatia. The translated "Sociology" by Rudolf Eisler became the first translated sociology textbook in Croatia.
First Scientific Papers
During the 1940s and 1950s, sociology became a compulsory subject at the Faculty of Law and Economics of the University of Zagreb. This is the period when sociology established its roots in the educational system. The first bibliography of sociological works published in Croatia dates back to 1960, and the first sociology textbook in the Croatian language, written by Juraj Tomičić, was published in 1910 under the title Beginning of Sociology .
Challenges Throughout History
During different historical periods, the Croatian Sociological Association faced numerous challenges. After the death of Ivo Pilar in 1932, the activity of the Sociological Association was terminated. According to Dinko Tomašić, the activity stops due to political animosities and ideological disagreements among its members. After the Second World War, sociology returned to institutional action. The Sociological Association of Croatia was founded in 1959, and in 1963, Rudi Supek founded the Department of Sociology for the first time in Croatia. Despite the difficulties, the Institute for Social Research was founded in 1964, which played an important role in the research of society and sociology in Croatia.
Growth and Development
During the 20th century, CSA evolved. The establishment of sections for different areas of sociology was a sign of growing interest in sociological research in Croatia. The Sociological Association of Croatia changed its name to the Croatian Sociological Association (CSA) in 1992, and shortly thereafter, became a member of the International Sociological Association (ISA).
The company became a member of the European Sociological Association (ESA) in 2008. With the launch in 2012 of the International Joint Graduate Study of Cultural Sociology in cooperation with European universities, CSA provided students with the opportunity of mobility and gaining international experience.