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LIMINAL SPACES: AREAS OF CULTURAL AND SOCIETAL COHABITATION IN THE AGE OF RISK AND VULNERABILITY

Periods
Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
6.10.00  Humanities  Philosophy   
5.03.00  Social sciences  Sociology   

Code Science Field
H120  Humanities  Systematic philosophy, ethics, aesthetics, metaphysics, epistemology, ideology 

Code Science Field
6.03  Humanities  Philosophy, Ethics and Religion 
5.04  Social Sciences  Sociology 
Keywords
Social philosophy, political ethics, societal challenges, risk society, vulnerable bodies and identities, ethics of migration, migration studies, dialogue of cultures and religions, social and political cohabitation, caring democracy, peace building.
Evaluation (rules)
source: COBISS
Points
9,443.84
A''
1,576.35
A'
4,468.62
A1/2
5,625.16
CI10
314
CImax
57
h10
8
A1
32.32
A3
4.54
Data for the last 5 years (citations for the last 10 years) on June 21, 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  118  250  220  1.86 
Scopus  119  281  238 
Researchers (16)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  51181  PhD Gorazd Andrejč  Philosophy  Researcher  2020 - 2021 
2.  36453  PhD Maja Bjelica  Philosophy  Researcher  2020 - 2024 
3.  53555  Lucija Dežan  Sociology  Junior researcher  2020 - 2024 
4.  06589  PhD Aleš Erjavec  Philosophy  Retired researcher  2020 - 2024 
5.  22368  PhD Nadja Furlan Štante  Theology  Researcher  2020 - 2021 
6.  30860  PhD Barbara Gornik  Anthropology  Researcher  2020 - 2024 
7.  35101  PhD Karel Peter L. Kersten  Culturology  Researcher  2020 - 2024 
8.  23936  Patricia Kompara    Technical associate  2020 - 2024 
9.  27912  PhD Blaž Lenarčič  Sociology  Researcher  2020 - 2021 
10.  27824  MSc Zorana Medarić  Sociology  Technical associate  2020 - 2024 
11.  39216  Kristjan Nemac  Sociology  Junior researcher  2020 
12.  58536  PhD Alberto Parisi  Philosophy  Researcher  2023 
13.  53415  PhD Gašper Pirc  Philosophy  Researcher  2022 - 2024 
14.  18581  PhD Mateja Sedmak  Sociology  Researcher  2020 - 2024 
15.  18054  PhD Lenart Škof  Philosophy  Head  2020 - 2024 
16.  58454  Tjaša Škorjanc  Humanities  Junior researcher  2023 - 2024 
Organisations (1)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  1510  Science and Research Centre Koper  Koper  7187416000 
Abstract
This research programme will try to study the complexity of the problems proposed by using a combined and coordinated crossdisciplinary and interdisciplinary approach of internationally recognized groups of researchers from the fields of humanities (philosophy) and social sciences (sociology), thus deepening and expanding the work that has been successfully started and conducted by now. The studies in this programme will be focussed in particular on the liminal spaces, emerging within various cultural and societal areas, with their inherent risks and vulnerabilities analysed from the philosophical and sociological, but also broadly humanistic (feminist and gender studies, religious studies and cultural studies) points of view. Within recent developments – such as migration and humanitarian crisis in Europe and especially in the Mediterranean, political processes that threaten or even block further European integration and with the demise of the multi- or intercultural values and values of interreligious dialogue in favor or a more populist scenarios, we are in a need of a response and an indepth study of contemporary phenomena, related to the risks (tat are social and political) and vulnerabilities (as related to the human body and her/his identity) as present and detected in our societies and as found within communities that we are a part of. The main topics and objectives of this project will be: investigations into liminal spaces and borders shaping our lives in the age of uncertainty; studies of the elements of risk society with migration, especially as related to vulnerable bodies and identities of children/minors, women, migrants, dispossessed persons, religious minorities etc.; studies of cultural and societal liminal and contact areas in light of intercultural and interreligous dialogue; finally, peace building and studies in ethics and politics of hospitality and social and political cohabitation, also as related to the future role of Islam in Europe. Within the programme, we will innovatively apply the concept of caring democracy to the field of vulnerability and risk and propose a new view on social and political cohabitation in Europe and in the Mediterranean.
Significance for science
This programme will have its impact on the contemporary studies in liminality, vulnerability, space and cohabitation – as elements of a new theory, based on the ethics of vulnerability and politics of cohabitation. In this contexts one of the scientific developments that this programme is aiming at, will be in introducing the concept of caring democracy into the contemporary vulnerability and migration studies within humanities. This programme will innovatively address some of the most pressing issue of contemporary time, such as vulnerable bodies, identities, minorities, cultures at risk, migration ethics, and last but not least, future intercultural and interreligious cohabitation in Europe and in the Mediterranean. Another importance of this project will be for the field of gender studies and related studies of vulnerability, and, in particular, for the emerging field of »women religious peace building« which in Slovenia still is a pioneer field that has not yet found its place in the academic and scientific circles and is a virtually unexplored and unknown area awaiting more thorough tackling and development. Also, the study programmes of Slovene universities do not include any direct contents dedicated to the question of women’s voices and thair positive contribution to interreligious dialogue and religious peacebuilding. This programme will help bringing these topics to the university curricula and further research projects. Special importance of sociology part will be in its innovative application of results to contemporary information and communication technologies (ICTs). The scientific significance of the proposed research program will be evident in publishing and disseminating at home and abroad the original research data in cultural, publishing and educational activities. The group of experienced researchers with an equally important group of junior researchers and postdocs will disseminate their results at international conferences, public events and in various public media.
Significance for the country
The research programme will strongly contribute towards further development of the Science and Research Centre of Koper as leading public research institution outside Ljubljana and strenghten its role as one of the pillars of scientific research in the broader border area outside Slovenia (with its impact and strong ties to similar research centres in Italy, Croatia, and Austria) and especially accross the Mediterranean space. All this will result in raising the quality and scope of science, the ability to learn new methodological approaches and theoretical knowledge, and taking into account the topicality of the issue of future cohabitation of Europe and future processes of migration with its ethics in the age of risk and vulnerability. Philosophical team has already organized several international conferences in cooperation with esteemed institutions from the EU and also outside Slovenia (for example by holding jointly organized conferences in Trieste, Hildesheim, Montpellier and Utrecht) and with further programm activities, the results will be disseminated widely. Sociological team is extremely succesful in EU applications for grants and as leaders of current Horizon 2020 project on migration they will further be able to importantly disseminate their results widely accross Europe and the Mediterranean. Studies in societal and political cohabitation can have a great impact on broader socioeconomic trends. The future of Europe depends on our ability to cope with the rising threat of populism which indermines our democratic institutions. The expanding role of security as related to the politics of fear undermines any serious efforts for politico-ethical cohabitation and cooperation among various social groups, such as cultural identities, various minorities and religious groups. Activities of the research group will contribute to the socioeconomic and cultural development of Slovenia also by publishing research papers and by wider disseminating of the research results through various channels, such as public and media events and presentations, round tables, presentation of new monographs and edited volumes, seminars for students and youth and similar.
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