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Literary and cultural image of immigrants in slovenia

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
6.07.00  Humanities  Literary sciences   

Code Science Field
H390  Humanities  General and comparative literature, literary criticism, literary theory 
contemporary literature, Slavic literatures, immigrants in Slovenia, interculturalism, cultural integration
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Researchers (3)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  17547  Špela Marinšek    Technical associate  2004 - 2007 
2.  20379  PhD Jernej Mlekuž  Culturology  Researcher  2004 - 2007  421 
3.  05801  PhD Janja Žitnik Serafin  Literary sciences  Head  2004 - 2007  373 
Organisations (1)
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  62,020 
The incorporation of the immigrants' literary production into the research, educational and cultural-informative contents in Slovenia is even more deficient than the inclusion of other (e.g. social or legal) aspects of immigration problems. Save for a handful of renowned immigrant authors, Slovenian reading public is hardly aware of the existence of any other immigrant writers. Considering the share of the immigrant population in Slovenia - the first two generations constitute at least 15 % of the resident population - and with respect to the meager share of the state subsidies for their cultural activities compared to those for the autochthonous groups, we assume that each immigrant culture (and literary production) is characterized by a distinct division into the elite and the "marginal" culture/literature; that the immigrant societies' cultural activities cannot be representative of respective immigrant cultures; and that the majority of immigrants have poor chances either to maintain (actively) their original cultures in their new homeland or to become acquainted with top achievements of the majority culture or with those of other co-cultures in Slovenia. We aim at examining the causes for the existent level of their knowledge of literary native language and literary Slovenian, their reading habits and cultural accomplishments, and first and foremost, the causes for their attitude towards literature. The literary activity of immigrants in Slovenia, its position in a broader scope of immigrant cultures and its place in Slovenian cultural consciousness and policy are themes which have not been systematically researched so far. The project results may be applied in the process of designing an immigration/integration policy of the Republic of Slovenia, particularly in the sphere of the immigrants' cultural integration (e.g. the incorporation of their literary production into central cultural offer, general Slovenian literary overviews and lexicons, and educational contents at all stages of schooling.
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