Postgraduate School of Humanities, Institutum Studiorum Humanitatis, features a distinctive 25-year-old postgraduate education and research tradition. Almost 200 Doctors and Masters of Science, who are involved in socially responsible positions, have graduated here. We provide excellent interdisciplinary studies from different research fields of humanities as well as social sciences, with a multitude of internationally renowned researchers and where we, together with our students, intensively and dedicatedly develop our own research potential.

Our study programmes are nationally accredited (NAKVIS) and recognised in accordance with the Bologna standards, meaning that diplomas, obtained by students after successful completion of studies, are recognised internationally. Therefore, our study programmes are equivalent to other verified European studies..

We are the leading school for postgraduate studies of humanities, which we have started to develop in 1992. We enjoy an international reputation and are strongly recognised at home. Our identity is built on a broad humanistic content and integration with social sciences, i.e. in extreme interdisciplinarity. This character is also reflected in our students’ interests. They are interested in very different topics that are researched from different angles, and they also cooperate with various researchers in the field of humanities and social sciences. Our strength is a wide range of world-class researchers, domestic and foreign, and further ensuring of regular contact hours. Our students regularly attend the study process and have proven to be very interested and open to debate.

We excel in systematic organisation of students’ research approach to research topics, in working on their dispositions, scientific contribution to conferences and scientific papers or on design of project plans. Students learn to find an appropriate research question and plan to build their research work and provide appropriate methods.


In academic year 2016/2017 we thoroughly revived our postgraduate programme, we invited many new researchers and university teachers to collaborate with us, and enrolled nearly 50 postgraduate students. We successfully applied to a tender of the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology, and gained full scholarships for 15 doctoral students. The 1st degree study programme of Humanities, which got excellent reviews of the NAKVIS reviewers, is in the last stage of validation. We formed a complete study pillar. We hosted some world-class thinkers, such as Jean-Luc Nancy, Luce Irigaray and Srečko Horvat. We were honoured by the visit of a high Indian representative Jawhara Sircar, Indian Deputy President, who lectured on Indian film. We organised seminar lectures in Cuba and Paris. In October 2016, we co-organised an international conference Art and Aesthetics under Post-Transition in Ljubljana and participated in the AMEU conference About a Man: interdisciplinarity, transnationality and building bridges in March 2017 in Maribor, especially in a section of Contemporary Challenges of the Humanities. Our goal is to become one of the leading European Faculty of Humanities, with high international reputation. Our reputation will be built with the participation of world-class researchers, excellent study programmes and providing superior performance, great directing of research development of students, encouraging their research activities, as well as through strengthening of research and by involving students in research and development projects.

Our publishing work has a rich tradition. In addition to numerous monographs that have been published since 1999, we publish a scientific journal Monitor ISH, which is recorded in the relevant scientific databases, while, in future, we intend to increase an international recognition of the journal by joining more relevant scientific databases, distribution to thousands of libraries and free availability of first-class scientific publications worldwide.

Institutum Studiorum Humanitatis successfully carries out research activities for years and leads a national research programme, dedicated to Research of cultural formations. We follow the current issues and respond with live research engagement. In particular, we are interested in topics, related to culture in various ways; understood either as art or in an anthropological sense, as a tradition of a social community, as a vigilant posture of social subjects, but also in reference to the media as media or as a means of communication processes. In twenty years of active scientific activity, we conducted a number of research projects, both national and international. We are strongly internationally supported and still strive to strengthen our research, development, study and competence relations; also through European tenders.

Prof dr. Polona Tratnik, Dean