Research Centre for Humanities

About us

The Research Center for Humanities provides an umbrella unit for the work of the Centre’s full-time researchers. The researchers teach at the School of Humanities.

Research Centre for Humanities

Research Centre for Humanities operates in the fields of literary studies, cultural history and digital humanities. The approaches are mutually connected. Comparative literary studies enable reflecting the complexity of human communication and forms of coexistence. Cultural history is expanding historical research on the level of cultural practices. We understand digital humanities as critical thinking methods of the humanities in the context of the progressive digitalization of culture and communicational media. Topics: the role of writers in the literary culture; literature at the junctures; questions of humanities in the context of digitization; historical transformation of scientific institutions, environmental perception in Slovenia.

Women Writers Research

COST Action “Distant Reading for European Literary History”

Research grants

P6-0347 (ARRS programme), Collective Memory and Cultural Dynamics, from 2017, Historical interpretations of the 20th century (Scientific Research Centre of Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, University of Nova Gorica).

In their work, the programme group focuses on processes of shaping collective memory after 1989 in Slovenia and other Southeast European countries. Particularly, they focus on analysing the formation and change of contemporary memorial practices and the dynamics of cultural processes decidedly marked by these practices.;=10427

J6-7069 (ARRS), Social and identity mobility in the Slovenian territory between the late Middle Ages and the disintegration of the Habsburg Monarchy (Scientific Research Centre of Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, University of Nova Gorica, and University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts).

“Social and identity mobility” roughly encompasses three basic elements: 1) social mobility of individuals, communities, and groups over relatively short and long periods of time; 2) changes in their identity that are directly or indirectly related to social mobility, and 3) the mobility of collective identities as determinable over longer periods of time. All three of the listed elements are also included within so-called confessional mobility (changes in confessional affiliation).;=9964

Research activity

Aleš Vaupotič, Assist. Prof., PhD. is Head of the Research Centre for Humanities. In the field of literary studies work is organized in three research areas. Research is also oriented to the field of cultural history operated by Željko Oset, Assist. Prof., PhD.

In 2016 we concluded a European project (HERA CRP) Travelling Texts 1790-1914: The Transnational Reception of Women’s Writing at the Fringes of Europe (TTT). It is a broad European cooperation, which is most clearly represented a new online virtual research environment Women Writers VRE, which integrates the existing database of cultural and literary history, and allows for a wide – and multistage – cooperation in research of literary authors in Europe and also beyond its borders. The project was exploring women’s participation in transnational exchanges of literary texts from historical and geographical perspective, the role of women as authors, translators and cultural mediators. The framework of this research set to use the latest techniques of digital humanities, such as interactive data visualization, which is further developing in collaboration with the Computer Vision Laboratory of the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science, University of Ljubljana. This is the first field, led by Katja Mihurko Poniž, Assoc. Prof., PhD.

In the research group special attention is dedicated to the geographic and cultural space in which we work – the junctures of Slavic and Romanic cultures. In this context we are dealing with literature at the junctures such as: literary images of foreignness, literary reception, contacts and translations, interculturalism, migration, etc. Ana Toroš, Assist. Prof., PhD, research work is oriented to the studies of poetic and translation opus by Alojz Gradnik. At the same time she continued to do research work in the area of literature of Trieste with emphasis on the period of the First World War.

Young researcher Megi Rožič, PhD, has connected the first two fields of the research centre. In 2016 she completed her doctoral dissertation on how the experience of migration reflected in the autobiographical works of selected contemporary literary creators Slovenian literary polysystem and how this experience affects their perceptions of nationality, culture, language, borders and builds their identity. The third field represents exploring the relationship between literature and new media in the perspective of the macro changes in world history.

In this context, attention is devoted to the rapidly evolving field of digital humanities and review of new media writers from Slovenia and the world, particularly their attitude towards new media art at the edge of language. Aleš Vaupotič, Assist. Prof., PhD, expanded his research including issues of research organization of interdisciplinary cooperation. Within his doctoral research young researcher Rok Andres has associated literature with plural media language of theatre.

Željko Oset, Assist. Prof., PhD, in the field of cultural history has studied two sets of issues of contemporary cultural history: the history of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts and the social image Teharje kosezi community from the Middle Ages to the First World War. He began to explore the presence and development of ecological perception in Slovenia during the communist period. In the centre there are employed young researchers Rok Andres and Mateja Eniko. Mateja Eniko focuses on the study of Slovenian and foreign contemporary poetry, especially the image of the artist and self-reflection in poetry.

Head of the Centre
Dr. Aleš Vaupotič, Assoc. Prof.

Irena Lipičar Komel
University of Nova Gorica
Research Centre for Humanities
Vipavska 13
SI-5000 Nova Gorica
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