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Slovenian Intellectual History in the Light of Contemporary Theories of Religion: From Separation of Spirists and Culture War to Communist Revolution

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
6.11.00  Humanities  Theology   

Code Science Field
6.03  Humanities  Philosophy, Ethics and Religion 
Slovenia, intellectual history, religion, culture, ideological conflict, contemporary theories of religion, interpretation, catholicity, freedom of thought, communism, nation, nation, violence, modernization, secularization, separation of spirits, nihilism, truth, authority, Church
Evaluation (rules)
source: COBISS
Data for the last 5 years (citations for the last 10 years) on February 20, 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  134  497  422  3.15 
Scopus  187  832  677  3.62 
Researchers (9)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  19609  PhD Irena Avsenik Nabergoj  Literary sciences  Researcher  2021 - 2024  598 
2.  22368  PhD Nadja Furlan Štante  Theology  Researcher  2021 - 2024  243 
3.  18358  PhD Branko Klun  Philosophy  Researcher  2021 - 2024  383 
4.  39082  PhD Simon Malmenvall  Theology  Researcher  2021 - 2024  280 
5.  33696  PhD Aleš Maver  Historiography  Researcher  2021 - 2024  481 
6.  18872  PhD Robert Petkovšek  Philosophy  Researcher  2021 - 2024  505 
7.  51876  PhD Stjepan Štivić  Theology  Researcher  2021 - 2023  42 
8.  29337  PhD Polona Tratnik  Philosophy  Researcher  2021 - 2024  371 
9.  15057  PhD Bojan Žalec  Philosophy  Head  2021 - 2024  705 
Organisations (6)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0170  University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Theology  Ljubljana  1627112  11,925 
2.  0618  Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts  Ljubljana  5105498000  62,715 
3.  1510  Science and Research Centre Koper  Koper  7187416000  13,877 
4.  2565  University of Maribor Faculty of Arts  Maribor  5089638050  33,148 
5.  3046  Faculty of Law and Economics  Ljubljana  3619567  110 
6.  3270  New University, Faculty of Slovenian and International Studies  Ljubljana  6383629  735 
Regarding the period covered by the project, the focus will be on the period from the second half of the 19th century or “Mahnič's” separation of spirits until the beginning of the communist revolution during World War II. This does not mean that we will not go beyond this timeframe, both in the direction of the preceding time and the period after that. This is not even possible. However, the main focus is on this period. The project will apply contemporary theories of religion, especially those that are useful in terms of secularization, modernization, violence, understanding of culture, culture war (Ger. Kulturkampf), and ideological conflict. It is worth mentioning, among other authors of such theories, Charles Taylor, René Girard, Jan Assmann, as well as the Russian philosophical and theological thinkers. An important segment of our research will touch the violence and culture war. The next inevitable topic is the question of truth and authority (revelation and the Church), including their phenomenological, hermeneutical, and ideological or social aspects (application of the first two to the last two). This problem is closely related to the problem of nihilism brought to the Slovene space by freethought, which penetrated into it from abroad. From the point of view of nihilism, we will shed light on the spiritual crisis of the Slovene freethought, communism, as well as the crisis of traditional Catholicism, from which the situation increasingly required new answers in line with the signs of the times. An important part of our project will be exploring the collision between freethought and the traditional (conservative) or radical Catholicism. The next line of research will be to shed light on the dynamics of building of the Slovene nation schematically captured by the “people-nationstate-nation” triad. We will highlight the tension caused by the formation of the Slovene nation on one hand and the ideology of populism (Ger. Volktümlichkeit) used by both the Catholic and Communist sides on the other. In this way, we will try to shed light on the ideological conflict introduced into Slovene space by freethought, modernization and secularization. These factors resulted in the separation of spirits (declared by the Catholic priest and leading ideologist of Slovene radical Catholicism Anton Mahnič (1850-1920)). The ideological clash culminated in the course of World War II with the communist revolution and the clash between Catholics and Communists. The project will thus have two levels, which we will try to connect as organically as possible: a more general theoretical level, and a specific Slovene "story" which research will give the project empirical content. In this way, we will achieve two things: on the one hand, the project will test with an application the general established theories of religion and culture, and on the other, we will shed light on the Slovenian intellectual history in a way that has not been systematically done so far in an interdisciplinary and harmonized research project. We will also explore the subject in a comparative way (Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Poland, Austria …). Therefore, we will attract competent researchers from these countries. The project is a novelty on the global scale, as no one has systematically done anything similar in a systematic way. The project is important from the point of view of national and European interest, since understanding of ideological conflicts in the past is also crucial for understanding such frictions and conflicts in the present, and last but not least for resolving them. The project is not only relevant to the area of theology, religion, history and cultural studies, but also to other fields of humanities and social sciences. The call emphasizes cultural heritage and European importance: the project undoubtedly has both dimensions.
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