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Slovenian Writers and Imperial Censorship in the Long Nineteenth Century

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Code Science Field Subfield
6.07.00  Humanities  Literary sciences   

Code Science Field
6.02  Humanities  Languages and Literature 
Slovenian literature; book censorship; theater censorship; censorship of periodicals; the book market; the media system; the literary system; self-censorship; gender censorship; court trials; bans and confiscations; Slovenian national movement; the long 19th century; professionalization of writers
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Data for the last 5 years (citations for the last 10 years) on October 1, 2023; A3 for period 2017-2021
Data for ARIS tenders ( 04.04.2019 – Programme tender, archive )
Database Linked records Citations Pure citations Average pure citations
WoS  128  179  147  1.15 
Scopus  157  374  319  2.03 
Researchers (12)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  29396  PhD Monika Deželak Trojar  Literary sciences  Researcher  2020 - 2023  115 
2.  39183  PhD Nina Ditmajer  Literary sciences  Junior researcher  2020  131 
3.  21450  PhD Marijan Dović  Literary sciences  Head  2020 - 2023  579 
4.  30792  PhD Jernej Habjan  Literary sciences  Researcher  2020 - 2023  191 
5.  06442  PhD Marko Juvan  Literary sciences  Researcher  2020 - 2023  722 
6.  29625  PhD Katja Mihurko Poniž  Literary sciences  Researcher  2020 - 2023  463 
7.  16207  PhD Matija Ogrin  Literary sciences  Researcher  2020 - 2023  488 
8.  32213  PhD Urška Perenič  Humanities  Researcher  2020 - 2022  424 
9.  56652  Sergej Valijev  Humanities  Researcher  2022 - 2023  41 
10.  24714  PhD Luka Vidmar  Literary sciences  Researcher  2020 - 2023  491 
11.  28250  PhD Andrejka Žejn  Humanities  Researcher  2020 - 2023  86 
12.  24920  PhD Tanja Žigon  Humanities  Researcher  2020 - 2023  434 
Organisations (3)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0581  University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts  Ljubljana  1627058  95,779 
2.  0618  Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts  Ljubljana  5105498000  61,172 
3.  1540  University of Nova Gorica  Nova Gorica  5920884000  13,703 
SLOVENIAN WRITERS AND IMPERIAL CENSORSHIP IN THE LONG NINETEENTH CENTURY (SUMMARY) The proposed three-year research project aims to examine an under-researched topic that has yet to receive systematic scholarly attention. Instead of partial descriptions, this project will offer an insight into the concealed yet constitutive nature of censorship practices by carrying out the first systematic survey of the period, which will include new primary sources, and framing the various detailed case studies with a new conceptualization of the modern institution of censorship. Rather than continue to apply the term “censorship” to highly heterogeneous practices, the project proposes a more unified concept of censorship, which then allows for insight into actual relatively specific areas of its legal regulation and implementation. In the literature of the period, these areas are 1) periodicals, 2) book publishing, and 3) theater. The spatial scope is limited to the Slovenian lands within the Habsburg monarchy (especially Carniola, but also Carinthia and Styria); this Slovenian situation is then broadened by the imperial context and the context of neighboring literary cultures (German, Czech, Croatian, Hungarian). The temporal scope is the “long nineteenth century,” the period between 1789–1914, which the revolutionary year of 1848 divides almost symmetrically into two phases: the phase dominated by preventive (or pre-publication) censorship, and the phase determined mostly by retroactive (or post-publication) censorship. The project aims to utilize the panoramic view of the “longue durée,” whose long temporal scope itself will also encourage theoretical and methodological reflection. The focus will be on censorship in the narrow sense of institutionalized forms of control over the circulation of texts, the essential dimension of which is the capacity to sanction (implemented by the repressive apparatus of the state). This will provide a firm vantage point for investigations into less institutionalized restrictions, such as self-censorship, indirect sanctions, market forces, discrimination against sexual and other minorities, and other forms of censorship in the broader sense. The project will comprise both general (synthetic) investigations and a set of carefully selected case studies covering the entire period, all literary media and genres, and all key problem areas of the proposed project. The focus will be on the implementation of censorship practices; their impact on Slovenian books, newspapers, and theater; their role in the development of the Slovenian national movement; the recorded strategies for evading censorship; the changes in censorship’s social functions; and the impact of “gender censorship,” which remains an unexplored area of Slovenian literary history. The project team consists of researchers from three institutions (ZRC SAZU, University of Ljubljana, University of Nova Gorica), most of whom have already worked on censorship, with the principal investigator having published internationally on the topic. Other Slovenian institutions (The Jožef Stefan Institute, The Institute of Contemporary History, The NUK Manuscript Collection) will participate as well as invited international experts on censorship in the Habsburg Monarchy (Vienna, Prague, Budapest, Zagreb) and on nineteenth-century national movements (SPIN). Deliverables will include an international workshop on censorship in the Habsburg Monarchy, with proceedings planned for an international research journal; an international conference whose proceedings are planned as a collective volume in Slovenian (edited by the PI); a book by the PI; digitization of unpublished censorship documents; and the project website. In addition to these scholarly results, an exhibition at the National and University Library in Ljubljana will aim to reach the general public as well.
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