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National and Cultural Identity of the Slovene Emigration

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
5.11.00  Social sciences  Ethnic studies   

Code Science Field
H240  Humanities  Contemporary history (circa 1800 to 1914) 

Code Science Field
5.04  Social Sciences  Sociology 
Slovene emigrants/migration: emigration, immigration, returned emigrants/migration policy, migration culture, migration art/migration history/ Slovene emigration literature/global, ethnic, culture, sex, education and profession identity/acculturation, socialisation, resocialisation, multicultiralism, assimilation, (re)integration/emigrant communities, descedants of emigrants, life stories, e(re)migration art, literary returning and flux
Evaluation (rules)
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Researchers (11)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  04926  PhD Marjan Drnovšek  Historiography  Head  2009 - 2012  585 
2.  04637  PhD Irena Gantar Godina  Historiography  Researcher  2009 - 2012  261 
3.  20685  PhD Jure Gombač  Ethnic studies  Researcher  2009 - 2012  372 
4.  11240  PhD Marinka Lukšič-Hacin  Ethnic studies  Researcher  2009 - 2012  519 
5.  17547  Špela Marinšek    Technical associate  2009 - 2012 
6.  25643  PhD Maša Mikola  Ethnic studies  Junior researcher  2009  81 
7.  08369  PhD Mirjam Milharčič Hladnik  Culturology  Researcher  2009 - 2012  605 
8.  20379  PhD Jernej Mlekuž  Culturology  Researcher  2009 - 2012  421 
9.  28440  PhD Urška Strle  Historiography  Junior researcher  2009  208 
10.  23510  PhD Kristina Toplak  Ethnology  Researcher  2009 - 2012  208 
11.  05801  PhD Janja Žitnik Serafin  Literary sciences  Researcher  2009 - 2012  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  62,024 
Researching of Slovene emigration from the interdisciplinary aspect with consideration of theoretical starting points and cognitions of fundamental scientific disciplines (historiography, literary history, ethnology, sociology and political sciences, art history). Inclusion in international migration studies. The basis is studying Slovene ethnic identity of emigrant communities across the world, returned emigrants and immigrants to Slovenia. Stress is laid on the following themes: 1. historiographical analysis of the attitude of emigrant and immigrant environments towards Slovenes and their descendants in 19th and 20th centuries (analysis of private archival material, emigration thorugh historical optics, Slovene emigration in East and Southeast Europe. 2. Reintegration of Slovene emigrant literature into source culture, literary science and education, inclusion of immigrated writers into Slovene national literature, integration of emigrant writers in national cultures of new homelands. 3. fine arts and emigrants. 4. Individuals and development of Slovene emigrant communities. 5. Analysis of migration situations with stress on cultural, identity and social aspects, and the role of women/men in preserving cultural heritage in foreign environments. 6. Ethnic aspects of migration processes. Monographs are in plan (internationally schemed), resulta are simultaneously published in Slovene and in foreign scientific journals.Inštitut za slovensko izseljenstvo ZRC SAZU publishes an international journal Dve domovini/Two Homelands in which current studies linked to the programme are being published.Great emphasis is on following and including in up-to-date research endeavours in migration field, which we achieve by personal contacts, participations at international conferences, and publications in foreign journals. Increasing attention is given to the issue of inclusion of Slovene emigration in international researches as they despite their fewness (from global viewpoint) present a certain share in international migrations with specific phenomena in the fields of mobility, content forms and least but not last in including into new environments.
Significance for science
Migrations during the past two centuries are perceived as one of the basic social processes on the national, European and global levels. The Law on relations of the Republic of Slovenia with Slovenians abroad (Uradni list RS, no. 34/2006) states that the country will protect and promote the development of Slovenian language, culture, national heritage and national identity of Slovenians abroad (Article 9) and that research institutions in Slovenia should pay special attention to the research of past and present social reality of Slovenian communities around the world (Article 36). In Slovenia, on the other hand, interdisciplinary research field of migration studies has, despite its rich research results and wide international response, not been included in the research contents that are acknowledged as nationally important. With topical themes and pluralist research approaches, we wished to contribute vitally to the consolidation of migration studies in Slovenia as one of the most relevant fields of research that is still drawing much more academic attention abroad than in Slovenia. With quality interdisciplinary research of Slovenian emigration and immigration to Slovenia, with further theoretical-methodological and thematic research, with actualisation of research contents, the use of comparative approach and its embedment into our international projects, we managed to include Slovenian research achievements into global research results and directly contribute to the development of migration studies as an autonomous international and interdisciplinary research field. The original research findings on Slovenian emigration and immigration to Slovenia have offered new insights and thus presented an important part of the international scientific corpus. Emphasising the humanistic approaches to the research of Slovenian migration issues, which has predominantly been used in the proposed research program, we wished to strengthen the perception of migration studies and of the research field of "narodno vprašanje" (“national question”) as a research field in which social sciences and the humanities are of equal importance
Significance for the country
DIRECT RELEVANCE: 1) FOR THE STATE ADMINISTRATION, CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT AND PRESERVATION OF NATIONAL IDENTITY: The importance of the proposed program for the cultural development of Slovenia is in its vital contribution to the promotion of intercultural awareness. In contemporary globalisation processes, a strong connection of Slovenian cultural space is also a necessary prerequisite for the sovereign future Slovenian cultural development. Research of migration and the elaboration of expertise for different ministries have contributed to the development of a better Slovenian migration and integration policy, as well as to the development of social infrastructure and the strengthening of national identity. 2) FOR THE PROTECTION OF CULTURAL HERITAGE: With our professional cooperation in preserving emigrant archive materials and with analysing and evaluating the literary and other cultural-artistic production of Slovenian emigrants, finding a proper place for these achievements within the treasury of Slovenian national culture, we continued to prevent Slovenian emigrant cultural heritage from falling into oblivion. INDIRECT RELEVANCE FOR THE SOCIETY: 1) PROMOTION OF THE COUNTRY: Slovenian emigrant artists, cultural workers, economists and professionals can only promote the Slovenian state when their work is known and recognised in Slovenia. The program has strengthened the links between Slovenian emigrants and Slovenia. It has produced internationally recognised results that have increased the reputation of Slovenian migration studies in the international sphere. 2) ACCESS TO THE FOREIGN KNOW-HOW: By their study visits and participation in European and bilateral projects as well as by their active participation at international conferences, the members of the program team exchanged research experience and findings with foreign researchers. In this way, the program group was able to benefit from current international theoretical and methodological trends. 3) DEVELOPMENT OF PERSONNEL: By means of the inclusion of the program research results into the (Slovenian and international) study programs in which they are involved as teachers and mentors, the members of the program team will vitally contribute to the training of new personnel in the field of migration studies. 4) DEVELOPMENT OF HIGHER EDUCATION: The program group continued to carry out the international postgraduate study program Migration and Intercultural Relations, organised at the School of Humanities, University of Nova Gorica, in cooperation with six others universities in Europe and Africa. This study program that we are continuously upgrading and including new foreign partners represents a unique example of this kind in Slovenia. Thus it has significantly contributed to the contemporary development of Slovenian higher education.
Most important scientific results Annual report 2009, 2010, 2011, final report, complete report on dLib.si
Most important socioeconomically and culturally relevant results Annual report 2009, 2010, 2011, final report, complete report on dLib.si
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