Projects / Programmes source: ARIS

National and Cultural Identity of the Slovene Emigration in the Context of Migration Studies

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
5.11.00  Social sciences  Ethnic studies   

Code Science Field
H000  Humanities   

Code Science Field
5.04  Social Sciences  Sociology 
migration studies, ethnic studies, Slovenian emigration, national identity, cultural identity, Slovenian diaspora, emigrant communities, emigrants' cultural heritage, immigration to Slovenia, integration of immigrants, refugees, migrant workers, migrant children, women's studies
Evaluation (rules)
source: COBISS
Data for the last 5 years (citations for the last 10 years) on July 18, 2024; A3 for period 2018-2022
Data for ARIS tenders ( 04.04.2019 – Programme tender , archive )
Database Linked records Citations Pure citations Average pure citations
WoS  77  68  60  0.78 
Scopus  125  300  250 
Researchers (20)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  26502  PhD Martina Bofulin  Anthropology  Researcher  2017 - 2018  164 
2.  37540  Jerneja Brumen  Administrative and organisational sciences  Junior researcher  2017 - 2019  31 
3.  54665  Deja Gliha    Technical associate  2022 - 2024 
4.  32773  Mateja Gliha  Humanities  Technical associate  2017 - 2024 
5.  20685  PhD Jure Gombač  Ethnic studies  Researcher  2017 - 2024  380 
6.  50581  PhD Maja Gostič  Psychology  Researcher  2017 - 2024  87 
7.  17057  PhD Aleksej Kalc  Historiography  Head  2017 - 2024  411 
8.  53498  Lucija Klun  Educational studies  Researcher  2019 - 2024  23 
9.  56875  Manca Koren  Ethnic studies  Junior researcher  2022 - 2024  15 
10.  50998  PhD Klara Kožar Rosulnik  Educational studies  Researcher  2022 - 2024  117 
11.  11240  PhD Marinka Lukšič-Hacin  Ethnic studies  Researcher  2017 - 2024  530 
12.  17547  Špela Marinšek    Technical associate  2017 - 2018 
13.  08369  PhD Mirjam Milharčič Hladnik  Culturology  Researcher  2017 - 2024  619 
14.  20379  PhD Jernej Mlekuž  Culturology  Researcher  2017 - 2024  423 
15.  19251  PhD Nataša Rogelja Caf  Anthropology  Researcher  2017 - 2018  210 
16.  23510  PhD Kristina Toplak  Ethnology  Researcher  2017 - 2024  213 
17.  29360  PhD Mojca Vah Jevšnik  Ethnic studies  Researcher  2018 - 2024  177 
18.  32551  PhD Marijanca Ajša Vižintin  Linguistics  Researcher  2017 - 2024  665 
19.  34476  PhD Miha Zobec  Historiography  Researcher  2022 - 2024  67 
20.  05801  PhD Janja Žitnik Serafin  Literary sciences  Researcher  2017 - 2018  374 
Organisations (1)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0618  Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts  Ljubljana  5105498000  63,143 
In the face of the increased immigration from the so-called third countries to EU, migration has become the most topical theme of the 21st century. For this reason, comparative studies into Slovenian migration within a wider (European and global) migration contexts are even more urgent. A complex research into Slovenian emigration – with special emphasis on the questions of migrants’ national and cultural identity – will thus proceed at three levels: the national, the European and the global. The comparative perspective will enable, among other things, the dialogue between the past and the present as well as between the experiences of Slovenian emigrants and immigrants to Slovenia. On the one hand, the programme will continue its long-term research orientations while on the other hand it will upgrade them by introducing new topics and new interdisciplinary approaches. The common thread of the programme continues to be the study of migration processes from and to Slovenian ethnic territories and the cultural, political and socio-economic situation of Slovenian emigrants and immigrants to Slovenia in the past and present, a situation that is reflected in their chances to participate actively in intercultural dialogue and maintain their original ethnic and cultural identity in the emigration context. The research objectives will for the most part remain the same as in the previous period of financing: By shedding light upon under-researched basic themes, the programme aims at continuing that part of the nationally most relevant long-term research in the field of migrations that is not covered by the project funding. With the inclusion of topical themes the programme wishes to contribute to the understanding of current challenges of modern society and help find adequate solutions for them. With its involvement in international research trends, the programme team aims at updating its long-term theoretical, methodological, epistemological and terminological contribution to migration studies. With the help of case studies, it aims at contributing to the critical evaluation of established migration and integration theories, policies and practices from the point of view of the welfare state, social stability, and social and human rights. Through further elaboration of expert reports and recommendations for various Slovenian ministries and government offices and through further collaboration with NGO’s, schools, migrants' associations and other interested parties, the programme group will continue to ensure regular implementation of its research findings. With the inclusion of themes which have attracted insufficient research attention in Slovenia so far, and with innovative research approaches the programme team wishes to contribute vitally to the consolidation of migration studies in Slovenia as one of the most relevant research fields that is still drawing much more academic attention abroad than in Slovenia.
Significance for science
The Law on relations of the Republic of Slovenia with Slovenians abroad (Uradni list RS, no. 34/2006) states that Slovenia will protect and promote the development of Slovenian language, culture, national heritage and national identity of Slovenians abroad (Article 9) and that research institutions in Slovenia should pay special attention to the research of past and present social reality of Slovenian communities around the world (Article 36). With topical themes and pluralist research approaches, the programme team wishes to contribute vitally to the consolidation of migration studies in Slovenia as one of the most relevant fields of research that is still drawing much more academic attention abroad than in Slovenia. Migrations of Slovenians and members of other ethnic groups during the past two centuries are one of the basic social processes on the national, European and global levels. With quality interdisciplinary research of Slovenian emigration and immigration to Slovenia, with further theoretical-methodological and thematic research, with actualisation of research contents, the use of comparative approach and its embedment into various international projects, the programme group hopes to rank Slovenian research achievements side by side with globally relevant research results and thus directly contribute to further development of migration studies as an autonomous international and interdisciplinary research field. The original research findings on Slovenian emigration and immigration to Slovenia will offer new insights and thus present an important part of the international scientific corpus. Emphasising the humanistic approaches to the research of Slovenian migration issues, which will predominantly be used in the proposed research programme, the programme team would like to strengthen the perception of migration studies and of the research field of “Ethnic Studies” (“Nationality Question”) as a research field in which social sciences and the humanities are of equal importance. Thanks to the highly diverse composition of the programme team, with members drawn from a broad range of the humanities and social sciences, the interdisciplinary research methods employed by the group are frequently new. The programme team will continue to introduce its methodological innovations and original findings to the international academic audiences through the international publication of results and participation in international projects, conferences and academic associations.
Significance for the country
The importance of the proposed programme for the cultural development of Slovenia is in its vital contribution to the promotion of intercultural awareness. In contemporary globalisation processes, strong interconnections of Slovenian cultural space are also a necessary prerequisite for sovereign Slovenian cultural development in the future. Research of migration and the elaboration of expertise for different ministries and government offices help improve the relationship of the Republic of Slovenia towards Slovenian emigrants, and contribute to the development of more successful Slovenian migration and integration policies, as well as to the development of social infrastructure and the strengthening of national identity. With professional cooperation in the preservation of emigrant archive materials and with analysing and evaluating the literary and other cultural-artistic production of Slovenian emigrants, finding a proper place for these achievements within the treasury of Slovenian culture, the programme team will continue to prevent Slovenian emigrant cultural heritage from falling into oblivion. Slovenian emigrant artists, cultural workers, managers and professionals can only promote the Slovenian state when their work is known and recognised in Slovenia. The research programme contributes to the strengthening of the links between Slovenian emigrants and Slovenia. Furthermore, it produces internationally recognised results that continue to increase the reputation of Slovenian migration studies in the international academic sphere. By their study visits and participation in European and bilateral projects as well as by their active participation at international conferences, the members of the programme team exchange research experience and findings with foreign researchers. In this way, the programme group is able to benefit from current international theoretical and methodological trends. By means of the inclusion of the programme research results into the (Slovenian and international) graduate and postgraduate study programmes in which they are involved as teachers and mentors, the members of the programme team vitally contribute to the training of new personnel in the field of migration studies. The programme group is included in the international postgraduate study programme EMMIR – European Master in Migration and Intercultural Relations, organised at the School of Humanities, University of Nova Gorica, in cooperation with six other universities in Europe and Africa. The study programme that the programme team and its partners are continuously upgrading and including new foreign partners represents a unique example of this kind in Slovenia. Thus it significantly contributes to the contemporary development of Slovenian higher education.
Most important scientific results Interim report
Most important socioeconomically and culturally relevant results Interim report
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