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The creation of a new cultural field in the 1980s Slovenia: Civil society between nationalist policies and intercultural involvement

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
6.01.00  Humanities  Historiography   

Code Science Field
6.01  Humanities  History and Archaeology 
cultural opposition, historiography, theory, art, politics
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Data for the last 5 years (citations for the last 10 years) on April 22, 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  78  234  217  2.78 
Scopus  95  467  416  4.38 
Researchers (8)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  37694  MSc Maja Jančič  Economics  Researcher  2021 - 2024  91 
2.  24365  PhD Dejan Jontes  Social sciences  Researcher  2020 - 2024  293 
3.  07633  PhD Breda Luthar  Political science  Researcher  2020 - 2024  416 
4.  01008  PhD Oto Luthar  Historiography  Head  2020 - 2024  897 
5.  32090  PhD Jovana Mihajlović Trbovc  Culturology  Researcher  2020 - 2024  155 
6.  27738  PhD Tanja Petrović  Anthropology  Researcher  2020 - 2024  549 
7.  29978  PhD Martin Pogačar  Culturology  Researcher  2020 - 2024  190 
8.  22331  PhD Maruša Pušnik  Political science  Researcher  2020 - 2024  380 
Organisations (2)
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  62,962 
2.  0582  University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Sciences  Ljubljana  1626957  40,409 
This project will analyze and reconstruct the emergence of a new cultural field as the a result of social and political changes in 1980’s Slovenia. This is the most neglected aspect of the social and political changes in Slovenia, even though it is key to understanding the democratic transformation of the country from a federal unit of Yugoslavia to an independent country. Specifically, it will focus on the emergence of new social and cultural practices, organizational forms, and social and political ideas and imaginaries of alternative movements in the context of Slovenia, broader Yugoslavia and (Eastern) Europe. To do so, the research team will first analyze the social, cultural, and political practices of the alternative movements in Slovenia in the 1980’s with special focus on their ideas, theoretical work, and influences of the then historical and contemporary intellectual production in the world. Next, it will reconstruct the little known participation of Slovenian activists, authors, and artists in Yugoslav and international alternative and oppositional networks. This will enable the team to rethink the process of historization and de-historization of Slovenian democratization processes, a key part of which was the production of a new cultural field. This forms the basis of the central project output, the creation of a relational digital archive, an open access research and study tool. The research will address a set of theoretical and methodological, practical, and historiographical issues. Focusing on artistic and theoretical production at the interstices of dissent, activism, and state control, the team will research protagonists’ archives to obtain material related to seminal events and people. We will also study the reception of this production to reconstruct the network of relations and dependencies hidden under the veil of new ideologies and political mythologies. Thus the research will not only shed light on poorly researched topic but also contribute to a better understanding of the complexities and ambiguities of the seminal social and cultural change. This is the first project to systematically collect, analyze, categorize, classify, and digitize relevant material and present it in an open access Relational Archive. The archive will not only feature important private documents, but will also serve as a research tool for the reconstruction of protagonist networks, artistic and theoretical realization and reception that has so far been utterly neglected. The work is organized into two threads. The historiographic thread will analyze the relationship between canonical historization and nationalization of the history of “Slovenian independence” and the perception of oppositional practices, memories and life stories of the protagonists of cultural opposition. In addition, it will theorize and conceptualize dissent so as to evade political mythologization and ideological treatment of history, analyze the relationship between canonical historicization and nationalization of the history of “Slovenian independence”, and aim to incorporate the legacies of oppositional practices, memories and life stories of the protagonists of cultural opposition into contemporary (re)interpretation of the past. The related infrastructural thread will reflect on the technical and infrastructural potentials for database creation and analysis of collected resources. Specifically, it will categorize, organize, archive and visualize, private collections and make the Relational Archive database useful for future research.
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