Research Work

This course is part of the programme
Master's Degree Programme Humanities Studies

Objectives and competences

Ability to think critically about a given topic in humanities and to search for relevant data;
ability to solve problems specific to the humanities through research;
team work.


No prerequisites.


The course is divided into three parts. In the first, introductory part, all students attend common introductory lectures covering each of the three fields (or tracks) of study. The introductory lectures will present select and foundational methodologies of research in each of the three fields and thereby constitute departure points for group research in the course. In the second part, students will be divided into groups irrespectively of the track in which they are enrolled. In this part, each group will carry out a research project on a pre-defined topic. The research work is carried out under the supervision of mentors with whom the students have regular contact. The supervisor, in his/her role as mentor, guides, advises and supervises the students in their research. In the third part of the course, students present the results of their research in a plenary seminar. The presentation can be joint or individual, depending on how the research work has been carried out.

Intended learning outcomes

ability to generate an original research topic in a particular subfield of the humanities on the basis of previous academic experience
understanding of the specifics of doing research in a group
ability to search for literature and relevant data for one’s own research
ability to present the results of one’s own research to both specialized and general audiences, with a focus on the connection between science, civil society and other sectors


Readings defined and agreed by the professors in charge of the course.


Final report with oral presentation 100 %.

Lecturer's references

Prof. dr. Franc Marušič teaches linguistics at the School of Humanities and the Graduate School of the University of Nova Gorica. His primary area of interest is syntax, mostly explored on Slovenian data. He is also involved in studies exploring the relations between language and other cognitive functions, sociolinguistics and language consultancy.

Selection of articles:
MARUŠIČ, Franc, ŽAUCER, Rok, SAKSIDA, Amanda, SULLIVAN, Jessica, SKORDOS, Dimitrios, WANG, Yiqiao, BARNER, David. 2021. Do children derive exact meanings pragmatically? : evidence from a dual morphology language. Cognition 207, [COBISS.SI-ID 42393347],
MARUŠIČ, Franc, ŽAUCER, Rok. 2021 Investigation of Slovenian copular agreement. V: FRANKS, Steven, TIMBERLAKE, Alan, WIETECKA, Anna W (ur.) Selected proceedings of the 14th meeting of the Slavic linguistics society : in honor of Peter Kosta. Berlin [etc.]: Peter Lang. Str. 141-170. [COBISS.SI-ID 95704579].
MARUŠIČ, Franc, ŽAUCER, Rok. 2021. Dual in Slovenian. V: HOFFHER, Patricia Cabredo (ur.). The Oxford handbook of grammatical number. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Str. 428-444. [COBISS.SI-ID 72925187]
MARUŠIČ, Franc, SHEN, Zheng. 2021. Gender Agreement with Exclusive Disjunction in Slovenian
Acta Linguistica Academica 68(4): 516-535. [COBISS.SI-ID 84895491]
SCHNEIDER, Rose M., SULLIVAN, Jessica, MARUŠIČ, Franc, ŽAUCER, Rok, BISWAS, Priyanka, MIŠMAŠ, Petra, PLESNIČAR, Vesna, BARNER, David. 2020. Do children use language structure to discover the recursive rules of counting?. Cognitive psychology, 117. [COBISS.SI-ID 5520635]
MARUŠIČ, Franc, MIŠMAŠ, Petra, ŽAUCER, Rok. 2020. Zakaj velika okrogla rdeča čestitka in ne rdeča velika okrogla čestitka? : poskus razlage nezaznamovane stave pridevnikov. V: KRAJNC IVIČ, Mira (ur.), ŽELE, Andreja (ur.). Pogled v jezik in iz jezika : Adi Vidovič Muha ob jubileju. Maribor: Univerzitetna založba, 2020. Str. 103-115. [COBISS.SI-ID 21145603]

Assoc. Prof. Kristina Pranjić, PhD graduated in comparative literature, and Russian language and literature at the University of Ljubljana. She defended her doctoral thesis entitled Non-objective Sound and Image: Bely, Kruchenykh, Malevich at the same institution in 2018. She led the research project Yugoslav Avantgardes and Metropolitan Dada (1916–1927): A Multidirectional and Transnational Genealogy, financed by the Slovenian Research Agency (2019–2021). Currently she is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Humanities and the Academy of Arts of the University of Nova Gorica, where she leads the modules Theory and History of Art and Media, and Discourses in Practice. At the Faculty of Media in Ljubljana she lectures on Media Art and Graphic Design, and the semiotics of media and communications. In her theoretical and research work, she focuses mainly on the historical avant-garde of the 20th century and the re-actualization of the avant-garde today. She has conducted research in the field of art and literature of historical avant-garde and new media art and aesthetics at the University of Konstanz, the University of Belgrade and the University of Paris 8.

Selection of articles:
1. PRANJIĆ, Kristina. Ljubomir Micić in Branko Ve Poljanski v reviji Maska : (1920/21). Borec : revija za zgodovino, literaturo in antropologijo. 2021, letn. 73, št. 793/795, str. 61-70.
2. PRANJIĆ, Kristina. The emergence and establishment of Yugoslav dada : from Prague to Zagreb : (1920-1922). Svět literatury. 2021, vol. 31, no. 64, str. 89-103.
3. PRANJIĆ, Kristina. Značaj ljubljanskog časopisa Maska (1920/21) u kontekstu jugoslovenskih avangardi. Zbornik radova Akademije umetnosti. 2021, br. 9, str. 111-121, ilustr.
4. PRANJIĆ, Kristina. Prispevek umetnosti in nedvojnosti k znanstvenemu raziskovanju prvoosebnega izkustva. Anthropos : časopis za psihologijo in filozofijo ter za sodelovanje humanističnih ved. 2020, letn. 52, št. 3/4, str. 131-143.
5. PRANJIĆ, Kristina. Zenitistični koncept barbarogenija kot kritika zahodnoevropske kulture. Primerjalna književnost. 2020, letn. 43, št. 3, str. 139-157.
6. GERMEK, Magdalena, PRANJIĆ, Kristina. Constructing new signifiers with aesthetic intervention : using coal in design. Zonemoda journal. 2020, vol. 10, iss. 1s, str. 121-132, ilustr.
7. PRANJIĆ, Kristina. Premagati silo gravitacije na presečišču umetnosti in tehnologije : primer ruskega konstruktivizma. Časopis za kritiko znanosti. 2019, letn. 47, št. 277, str. 102-116, ilustr.
8. PRANJIĆ, Kristina. Brezpredmetnost in ekonomičnost v poeziji = Objectlessness and economy in poetry. Slavica Tergestina. 2019, 22, str. 50-68, ilustr.
9. PRANJIĆ, Kristina. Formalne mistične prakse ruskega futurizma. Slavistična revija : časopis za jezikoslovje in literarne vede. 2019, letn. 67, št. 3, str. 479-486.

In his research, Dr. Oto Luthar focuses on issues of history and historiography, philosophy of history, history of modern intellectual practices, historical revisionism, modern history of ideas and cultural history of the Great War.
In 2011, Dr Luthar was awarded the Austrian Cross of Honour, a recognition of his endeavours for improvement of collaboration between ZRC and Austrian institutions in the fields of history, history of art, ethnology, Slavistics, musicology and philosophy.
Dr Luthar is member of the International Advisory Board of the Institute for Culture Studies and Theatre History of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and member of the External Advisory Board of the Centre for the Study of the Balkans, Goldsmiths College, University of London; member of the permanent delegation of the Republic of Slovenia for cooperation in the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) and member of its academic work group; and member of the National Geographic Slovenia Editorial board.