Asist. dr. Primož Mlačnik


Research activity

Primož Mlačnik's research focuses on the form, content and social context of modernist and popular literature and is informed by interdisciplinary cultural studies approaches (critical theory, poststructuralism, psychoanalysis). He analyses the relationships between literary theory, literature and the politics of representation using the methods of deconstruction.

Research Areas and Keywords:

Cultural studies, discourse theory, deconstruction, critical theory, modernity, (suggestion: theories of melancholy), minor literatures, modernist literature, the detective novel, the politics of representation



  • Mlačnik, Primož, Stanković, Peter, 2020: The disappearance of political jokes in post-socialist Slovenia. Communist and post-communist studies 53/3, pp. 172–188.
  • Mlačnik, Primož, 2018: The deconstruction of Freud's theory of melancholy. Družboslovne razprave 34/88, pp. 113–131.
  • Mlačnik, Primož, 2019: Culturistix – Culturological Readings of Belles Lettres [Kulturistike – kulturološka branja beletristike]. Slavia Centralis 12/2, pp. 46–57.
  • Mlačnik, Primož, 2019: Kafka ˝Shanghai-Ed˝: Orientalist China in Kafka´s fiction and Kafkaesque phenomena in China. European journal of interdisciplinary studies 5/2. pp. 36–44.
  • Mlačnik, Primož, 2020: Minor Literature in the case of Brina Svit . Przekłady Literatur Słowiańskich 10/1. pp. 207–223.
  • Mlačnik, Primož, 2021: The influence of Franz Kafka's literature on aspects of critical cultural theory. Slavia Centralis 14/1. pp. 249–259.

Scientific Monograph:

Mlačnik, Primož, 2020: Report on Melancholy: The Case of Kafka. [Poročilo o melanholiji: primer Kafka]. Ljubljana: Faculty of Social Sciences (FDV) Press.


Mlačnik, Primož, 2021: Cultural Studies and Contemporary Slovenian Detective Novels: Existing Research and Potential Research Approaches. In: Nikolovski, Gjoko (ed.), Challenges of Slavistics in the 21st Century: 4th International Scientific Conference Slavic Scientific Reflections [Izzivi slavistike v 21. stoletju: 4. mednarodna znanstvena konferenca Slavistični znanstveni premisleki], pp. 95–96. […]. Maribor University Press.


Primož Mlačnik (1990), PhD, completed his undergraduate degree (BA thesis: Processes of Modernity in the works of Hannah Arendt and Franz Kafka: Eichmann in Jerusalem and The Trial, 2014), postgraduate degree (MA thesis: Postmodern Disenchantment: Harry Potter in the Enchanted World, 2016) and doctoral studies (dissertation: The Relation between Melancholy and Modernity in the Case of Franz Kafka's Literature, 2021) at the Department of Cultural Studies (Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana), where he was employed as a junior researcher from 2016 to 2021. He studied abroad at the University of Cantabria in Santander (2012-2013), the Catholic University of Leuven (2015) and Humboldt University in Berlin (2019). In recent years, he has presented his work at national and international scientific conferences. He has published articles in humanist, literary and sociological scientific journals. Since 2021, he has been employed at the Research Center for the Humanities of the University of Nova Gorica.


The Student Prešeren Award (BA thesis) at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana