Research of Cultural Formations


AMEU-ISH implements a research programme Research of Cultural Formations (2013-2022), funded by the Research Agency of the Republic of Slovenia. Head of the research programme is prof. dr. Polona Tratnik. The main objective of the programme is interdisciplinary research on cultural formations related to arts, media and politics, with a tendency to outline the contemporaneity in post-transition situation.

Cultural formation in its broad sense means internally coherent whole of social relations based on a specified production mode, in its narrow sense it means concrete integration of a set of cultural practices, having the identifying characteristics and which is considered in both its internal relationships and in relation to broader social formations and other social formations. Research of cultural formations is a program that enables researchers with different scientific backgrounds, to interdisciplinary approach the research on cultural formations: a comparative (comparison of different formations) or relational (e.g. in relation to the social context), synchronic (at the same time) or diachronic (through time). The six-year lasting program is conceptualized largely with reference to the current social situation, therefore the central focus is on the research of art, media and political culture in the posttransitional circumstances.


Research at AMEU-ISH is carried out in two research institutes:


  • Institute for Research in Humanities, Head of the Institute prof. dr. Polona Tratnik;
  • Institute for Social Science Research, Head of the Institute assoc. prof. dr. Cirila Toplak.


Completed research projects, funded by the Research Agency of the Republic of Slovenia:


  • Russian intellectuals in Slovenia in the period after the October Revolution (1.8.2013-31.7.2016)
  • Love and the family in the age of globalisation (1.2.2008-30.1.2011)
  • Christ sufferer in Slovenian art (1.7.2007-30.6.2010)
  • Historical anthropology of intellectuals (1.1.2007-31.12.2009)
  • Optimising cognitive (learning) effectiveness of didactic texts (1.1.2007-31.12.2009)
  • International research skills of students: Factors of lagging of Slovenian pupils from pupils in more prosperous countries (1.9.2005-31.8.2008)
  • Ethnic groups – minorities from the former Yugoslavia in Slovenia – the context of media issues (1.7.2004-30.6.2007)
  • Glagolitic culture and Slovenian art (1.7.2004-30.6.2007)
  • Application of knowledge on ancient democracy in developing civic awareness of direct democracy on lower levels of political activity of citizens – municipality, association, estate, house (1.7.2004-30.6.2007)
  • Illegal migration – in the context of new borders (Slovenian-Croatian and Slovenian-Italian border) (1.8.2004-31.8.2006)
  • Jews in the imaginary ethnic distinctions in contemporary Slovenia (1.7.2004-30.6.2006)
  • Historical Anthropology of female laughter: cultural policy for equal participation in European democracies (1.1.2003-31.12.2005)
  • Computer-mediated communication (e-forums) in educational activities (1.10.2002-30.9.2004)
  • Imagery of the late Middle Ages in Slovenia (1.7.2001-30.6.2004)
  • Imagery of Other: the constitution of Otherness in the case of migrants (refugees, immigrants and asylum seekers) (1.7.2001-30.6.2004)
  • Inventions of national landscapes in a multi-ethnic border region: Istria from the mid-19th century to this day (1.7.2001-30.6.2004)
  • Processes of ethnic discrimination in Slovenia: confronting the perceptions (1.7.2001-30.6.2004)
  • Characteristics and perspectives of computer-mediated communication (the case of discussion forums and chat rooms) (1.7.2001-30.6.2004)
  • International research of literacy -INEA (1.6.1999-31.12.2003)
  • Characteristics and tendencies of everyday life in a society in transition (1.7.1998-30.6.2003)
  • Creation of the social uses of new communication technologies in Slovenia (examples) (1.8.2000-31.7.2002)
  • Addressing culture in Slovenian media (1.8.2000-31.7.2002)
  • Public language and its use in a socially relevant communication (1.1.2000-30.6.2002)
  • The construction of collective memory in antiquity (1.1.2000-30.6.2002)
  • Role of State awards in Slovenia today (1.8.2000-31.7.2001)
  • Language and gender difference (1.1.1999-30.6.2001)
  • Constitution process of public and public activities in societies in transition (1.1.1999-30.6.2001)
  • Suppressed arts (1.7.1998-30.6.2001)
  • Constitution of national interest and the use of national criteria in Slovenian cultural policy (1.11.1999-31.12.2000)
  • Mentality and imagery at the crossroads of the Mediterranean and Central Europe (1.5.1997-30.4.2000)
  • Hetaira and philosopher: to the history of a citizen and a couple (1.1.1997-31.12.1999)
  • Identity of coastal towns of Koper, Izola and Piran, 1945-1995 (1.1.1997-31.12.1999)
  • Quality of a textbook (1.1.1997-31.12.1999)
  • Data and conceptual basis for a research of ideologies (1.1.1995-31.12.1999)
  • Foundations and media research in Slovenia (1.11.1995-30.11.1999)
  • Language and gender difference: the image of women in textbooks and literature (1.1.1996-31.12.1998)
  • Sociological aspects of reproduction and sexual determinants for male and female population in the Republic of Slovenia (1.1.1996-30.6.1998)
  • Aspects of transition in peripheral capitalist societies (1.1.1997-30.6.1998).