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Carnival Culture in the Podravje region within the Slovenian Carnival Tradition

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
6.04.00  Humanities  Ethnology   

Code Science Field
H400  Humanities  Folklore 
ethnology, heritage, regional cultures, regional studies, regional development, rituals, masks, culture of masks and masquerading, carnivals, collections, exhibitions, museums
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Researchers (4)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  23136  Rosvita Bedrač    Technical associate  2004 - 2007 
2.  19178  PhD Aleš Gačnik  Ethnology  Head  2004 - 2007  745 
3.  22759  Matjaž Gerl  Political science  Researcher  2004 
4.  14304  PhD Dušan Mlacović  Historiography  Researcher  2004 - 2005  210 
Organisations (1)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  1421  Scientific research Centre Bistra Ptuj  Ptuj  5844975000  444 
In the cultural heritage of the Podravje region clearly stands out the culture of masks and masquerading especially the one linked to the masquerade tradition of the rural origin. Therefore, this applicative research project on regional ethnology tends to thoroughly examine the carnival culture of the Podravje region from the beginning of the 20th century until nowadays. Special attention will be given to the gathering and analysis of all existing resources (written, visual), and to conclusions, which will be enriched with new field findings. The carnival culture of the Podravje region will be compared to carnival traditions in other Slovenian regions after individual types of masked figures (zoomorphic, anthropomorphic, phytomorphic, fantasist). Reciprocal comparisons of genesis of individual types of masked figures will bring forward new conclusions on masquerade traditions in Slovenia. Special attention will be given to the carnival culture in the last two decades, which had a strong impact on the structure of the traditional carnival culture not only in the Podravje region and in Slovenia, but also on the entire traditional European culture. It is therefore our wish to study individual types of masked figures from the aspect of changes and novelties occurred in the traditional carnival culture (modifications, metamorphoses, inventions and innovations). Such methodological approach tends to thoroughly examine former and contemporary forms of appearance of traditional carnival figures and groups. The research aims at finding conclusions on how the masquerade tradition of rural origin appeared in the urban environment, especially in the context of organised carnival shows in Ptuj, Ormož and Maribor. It is also necessary to find out how the urban environment has affected the transformation of carnival traditions in the rural environment, especially from 1960 on.The research should be considered as a result of a synthesis of the existing data basis and of new field findings from the aspect of a detailed examination of carnival traditions and their modifications in the Podravje region, and of possible comparisons with neighbouring and other Slovenian regions. The research"s results could be usefully included in different forms of regional development, especially in terms of interconnecting the cultural heritage, economy and tourism. The research"s results could represent an expert basis for inclusion of towns and shows in the Podravje region in the European Federation of Carnival Cities (FECC).
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