Univerza v Ljubljani Univerza v Ljubljani Filozofska fakulteta Filozofska fakulteta

University of Ljubljana
Faculty of Arts
Department of Ethnology
and Cultural Anthropology
Aškerčeva 2
SI-1000 Ljubljana
T: +386 (1) 241 15 20
Email contact:


» Archive

News - February


dear erasmus students
we are inviting you to  traditionaly seventh inventing tradition party - special radikalo paranormale multi kulti bash for erasmus students, which will take place in cafe trotsky (rog area - trubarjeva 72 upstairs) on wednesday, 25th of februray at 22h (untill whenever yo)...Since there are some of you, who are (unfortunatelly) leaving and returning back to your homelands, we think that it is not only appropriate, but actually necessary, to say goodbye to everything&everyone in a party-animal stlylee yo! And for those of you who came and are staying....multi kulti bashes are going on every wednesday, so feel free to come any wednesday  yo! ;)
unzip your mind and pArTy!!!


Cancellation of the classes, seminar and contact hours of prof. dr. Božidar Jezernik
Due to illness the classes, seminar and office hours of prof. dr. Božidar Jezernik are cancelled in the week from 23th to 27th of February 2009.


Cancellation of the classes, seminar and contact hours of prof. dr. Janez Bogataj

Due to the official trip the classes, seminar and office hours of prof. dr. Janez Bogataj are cancelled in the week from 23th to 27th of February 2009.


Lectures of prof. dr. Zmago Šmitek

Lectures and the seminar of prof. dr. Zmago Šmitek start after 27th of February 2009.


Book books books

from 0,50 € to 3€.

Where? In the main hall at the Faculty of Arts (Aškerčeva 2).

When? On Thursday 19th February 2009 from 10 A.M. to 3 P.M.



Visual anthropology

Those who are inlisted to the subject Visual Anthropology have to attend a meeting next Wednesday 25th February 2009 at 6 P.M. The assistent mag.Vesna Moličnik will distribute an explain directives for individual projects.


Research Studentship at the University of Ulster

Forthcoming deadlines: 27 February 2009 and 3 April 2009
Studentships are available for suitably qualified candidates in anthropology, ethnology, folklore and related fields wishing to pursue full-time postgraduate research studies at the University of Ulster. Essential qualifications include an excellent Bachelor´s degree (or equivalent) and a good standard of English. A good Masters degree (or equivalent) with a strong research element is highly desirable.
Applicants might be particularly interested in one of the research themes of the Academy for Irish Cultural Heritages, which is the University´s main centre for research in these fields:

The Academy offers a one-year Master of Research and a three-year Doctor of Philosophy. Anyone wishing to apply for research study at the Academy should contact the Chair of Ethnology and Folk Life, Professor Ullrich Kockel (u.kockel@ulster.ac.uk), with a copy of the correspondence to Head of the Research Graduate School in Arts, Dr Stanley Black (sj.black@ulster.ac.uk).

EU nationals may apply for an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) studentship. The deadline for application is 27 February 2009. Please note that applicants are expected to be available for interview (possibly by phone or video link) in March.

We are also inviting applications for DEL and VCRS studentships, with a deadline of 3 April 2009. Interviews for these will be in late April or early May. Applicants for an AHRC studentship may also apply for a DEL or VCRS studentship.

The Department of Employment and Learning Research Studentships (DEL) are available at PhD level as full awards or as fees-only awards. Full awards are available only to applicants normally resident in the UK. Non-residents may apply for a fees-only award. Some DEL awards may also be available for MRes students.

Vice-Chancellor´s Research Scholarships (VCRS) are available as full awards for PhD study only. Applications are invited from UK, European Union and overseas students. Only candidates who are new applicants to PhD will be eligible. VCRS awards are not available for applicants for any other research degree nor for any candidate who has previously registered for PhD nor anyone who has already obtained a PhD.

For further details, please see the website of the University´s Research Office at http://research.ulster.ac.uk/info/status/studentopp.html or contact Prof. Kockel (for any subject-related queries) or Dr Black (for any adminsitrative and general queries).

Ullrich Kockel BA DipBw PhD AcSS
Professor of Ethnology and Folk Life, University of Ulster http://www.arts.ulster.ac.uk/research/aich/a_z/Kockel_U.htm

Visiting Professor of European Studies, UWE Bristol

President, Société Internationale d´Ethnologie et de Folklore (SIEF) http://www.siefhome.org/

Editor, Anthropological Journal of European Cultures http://journals.berghahnbooks.com/ajec/

Joint Editor, European Studies in Culture and Policy http://www.lit-verlag.de/reihe/escp
contact details:
Academy for Irish Cultural Heritages, University of Ulster
Magee Campus, Northland Road, Londonderry BT48 7JL
Tel.: +44-28-7137-5462; Fax.: +44-28-7137-5435 e-mail: u.kockel@ulster.ac.uk



Curators: Igor Španjol, Alenka Gregorič

February 19 – March 13, 2009

You are kindly invited to attend the opening of an exhibition on Thursday, February 19 at 8 pm at Galerija Škuc.
Apart from a few art projects made especially for television, throughout the ´80s the television medium primarily engaged in the presentation of video art within the framework of cultural presentations in general. The television broadcast of video seems to represent self-evident and effective solution to two principal problems of art video production. These problems are a lack of adequate exhibition and screening facilities for the presentation of video works on the one hand, and the promotion of such presentations among viewers on the other. Nevertheless, the affirmation of video art on television has been hindered by the prejudice that video is a matter of independent production and that video aesthetics is not compatible with television, which has become a reference point for aesthetic taste, social engagement and mass entertainment. If video is envisioned as a unique work of art requiring a museological context of presentation, the video tape is in a worse situation than the video installation, for instance, whose spectacular character is more likely to »strike« the audience. Video artists who allow their video works to be broadcast on television are exploiting this potentials of the mass medium. Although these potentials are not strange to video, video never completely fuses with the television environment. A situation thus develops in which video becomes a means of expression, or an art form, without the aura suggested by Walter Benjamin.

Besides the fact that the context of a video inevitably changes when broadcast on television, a video also becomes susceptible to a wide variety of expressive and formal changes as a consequence of the individual interventions of the viewer. Here I have in mind different models of television sets, and thus various screen dimensions, as well as optional settings of intensity, brightness, colour, sharpness, contrast, and volume. Variations in the incorporation of a television set into living premises are also important; these often border on sculptural or conceptual installations. The effects of these interventions surpass the level of transformation, which Benjamin defined as the mechanical process of reproduction. Electronic reproduction therefore unavoidably disrupts the original video image in its essence, while the status of the broadcast video as an object still remains within the limits of the humanistic dogma that prohibits a machine from becoming an object of faith, and video remains a tool of ideological interpellation. Rastko Močnik recognizes the role of the permeations of mechanistic humanism, which lies precisely in the fact that ideology, substantiated in electronic apparatuses, evidently transcends them. The progressiveness of electronic technology comes into view precisely at the moment when it becomes the technology of discourse itself, and its ideological potential exceeds the requirements of (the discourse of) the ruling ideology[1].

In the case of the television »documentary« made by a video artist in the role of creator of a programme about another video artist or group, the question arises as to whether such a programme should be regarded as a pure documentary video, or whether we can speak of artistic pretensions and, contextually, about the exploitation of the formal and expressive similarities of both media. Similar problems are encountered when differentiating between the »artistic« and »non-artistic« use of a device in cinema. The artistic use of a device could be set apart from its other uses with the claim that the device in artistic use produces pure ideology, while in other uses it also produces something else, says Močnik. He continues with a warning that precisely because it looks natural and self-evident, that »other« is actually ideology in its purest form. In television programmes about video we also come across different material potentials which support ideology. The substantial component in the form of a »video creation« iscomplemented by media-constructed symbolic discourse and, certainly, the television station as an institution. Thus, media technology itself »spontaneously« creates relationships miost suited to it – that is, it inherently produces its own ideology, while the artistic use of the device enacts the problems of its prevalent, historical use.

Generally speaking, artists engaged in video followed two strategies in their relationship with television. The first strategy, which rejected the influence of television schemes, is characterised by autonomous production. The disadvantages of this kind of activity were difficult production conditions, inaccessibility of equipment, an inadequate television crew, and a limited circle of viewers. The advantage was the freedom of personal expression. Those artists who opted for the second strategy worked within the framework of established, industrial television production; their ambition was to change, slowly and tactfully, the rigid production and programming practices. The price they had to pay was a partial, or temporary, restriction of their individual creativity. Their advantages were professional production conditions (facilities), and a more or less guaranteed wide audience.
We will reflect on television programmes whose messages contain, besides ordinary, narrative and informative elements (the so-called reproductive elements of reality), also »creative« elements. We will try to focus on those projects which involve television as an autonomous means of expression seeking the specifics of its own language within its inherent technical properties. In this context we should point to the difference between the televised reproduction of the existing creative contents of the art forms (film, painting, theatre), and the ability of television to stimulate autonomous expressive potentials.

The production and iclusion of media images in the »real« world of television has always depended on the perceptiveness of editors and programme managers. The historical credit for paving the way for video on national television goes to Toni Tršar, first chief editor of the cultural-artistic programme, and later editor of the feature and video programme. Some 30 art videos were made during his tenure from the second half of the eighties to the mid nineties. Television became the main producer of art videos, and so the institutional conditions were set for the continuation of video production in the future. Prior to Tršar´s arrival, the television station already disposed with technical capacities that were not fully utilized or articulated in more profound explorations of the medium, or in visual concepts. Squeezed between the system of established patterns of articulation of television as a genre, and the rigidity of financial and time schedules, Tršar saw this medium with aesthetically short forms and workable production budgets as a good possibility for authentic creativity and an individualistic artistic approach: »Video art suddenly provided the opportunity to uphold individual creativity, a certain type of individual television, and to explore the medium in the form of electronic pictures«.[2] As for the influence of video on the role of television as »visualized« radio, and of a certain feedback of video art on current television production, he pointed out that editing and music had begun to play the main role in some cultural programmes, which had long been based on a specific standardised counterpoint of picture and offtext. The new form of work was also stimulating for the stereotyped television production process, and the support for video projects came from both television studios and art programme boards. The so-called »positive paradox« emerged at that time as a special phenomenon of Slovene video production: within the state institution one could see the emergence of socially and politically very critical works in terms of both form and content. The roots of this phenomenon can be found in the socially-critical documentary films of the sixties as the beginning of the »dark wave«, which strongly marked the Yugoslav environment in the seventies.

[1] Rastko Močnik, "0 položaju kinematografije v zgodovini idej", Ekran, št. 9/10, 1983, str. 61–65
[2] Marina Gržinić, »Osvajanje svobode, slovenska televizija v video unnetnosti. Intervju s Tonijem Tršarjem«. M´zin 28/29, April-May 1994, pp. 56–57.

Accompanying programme:
A guided tour with the curator Igor Španjol will take place on Tuesday, March 3 and Friday, March 13 at 6pm at Galerija Škuc. 
Dunja Blažević: Presentation of TV Galerija, Tuesday, 10 March at 7 pm at Galerija Škuc.
For further information contact Alenka Gregorič on galerija.skuc@guest.arnes.si or + 386 1 251 65 40

The event is part of the action entitled "Hosting Moderna Galerija".
Project is supported by Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and Cultural Department of the City of Ljubljana.


Dear erasmus students
We are inviting you to special radikalo paranormale multi kulti bash for erasmus students, which will take place in Cafe Trotsky (Rog area - Trubarjeva 72 upstairs) on wednesday, 18th of februray at 22h (untill whenever yo)...Since there are some of you, who are (unfortunatelly) leaving and returning back to your homelands, we think that it is not only appropriate, but actually necessary, to say goodbye to everything&everyone in a party-animal stlylee yo! And for those of you who are staying....multi kulti bashes are going on every wednesday, so feel free to come any wednesday  yo! ;) pArTy!!!



Conferences and Calls for Papers

Second Call for Papers: Annals of Leisure Research

Contributions are invited from current graduate students or recent graduates for a special issue of Annals of Leisure Research. This special edition is being edited by Carol Kline North Carolina Central University), Paige Schneider (East Carolina University) and Tara Duncan (University of Otago). The special issue aims to provide opportunities for PhD, research Masters and Honours students to publish research based on their theses and to promote excellence in scholarship. The journal publishes articles that promote the development of research and scholarship in leisure studies. Although originating in Australasia, it is aimed at an international readership, and seeks theoretical or applied articles which cover any topic within the broad area of leisure studies, including recreation, tourism, the arts, outdoor recreation, entertainment, sport, physical activity/education and health, culture and play. Expression of interest (not to exceed 800 words, doubled-spaced) should be submitted via email to the three guest editors by March 6th 2009:

By email to:
1) Carol Kline at ckline7@nc.rr. com
2) Paige Schneider at SCHNEIDERP@ecu. edu
3) and Tara Duncan at tduncan@business. otago.ac. nz

Complete full manuscripts will be due June 26th 2009 with a publication date of November 2009.

Dr Tara Duncan
Department of Tourism, School of Business, University of Otago
P O Box 56, Dunedin, New Zealand
E: tduncan@business. otago.ac. nz
W: www.otago.ac.nz/tourism

Antipode is 40: 40 free Articles

Antipode is 40 years old in 2009! To celebrate this anniversary we are delighted to offer you free access to a range of key articles published in Antipode from 1969-2009. Some of the most influential social scientists have published in the journal - such as David Harvey, Mike Davis, Doreen Massey, Neil Smith, Linda McDowell and Cindi Katz - and its average citation impact over the last decade places it within the top 7 journals in Geography and the Environmental Sciences. The journal is distinctive not only because of the radical scholarship it publishes, but it also contributes to the wider project of critical social science in a number of ways, including offering annual Graduate Scholarships and running biannual Summer Institutes for young researchers. We hope you enjoy reading them!

Noel Castree (Manchester University, UK) Wendy Larner (University of Bristol, UK)

International Festival  for folklore and contemporary arts "Meet the tradition" (17th to 20th July 2009)  Vidin, Bulgaria

For 2000 years, in days of darkness, wars and cataclysms, in days of peace, upsurge and grandeur, the only preserved castle on the Bulgarian territory Baba Vida has survived, so that its secrets could still whisper to us. On the waterfront of the Danube, in the farthest north-western part of Bulgaria, its stone walls and towers dominate the view.  Baba Vida is the only authentic and fully preserved medieval castle in Bulgaria with a past as both a military fortress and a rulers´ residence...
More details are available on: www.sopravista.jimdo.com 

"Cities: Secrets of a Winning Destination, taking place in central London on the 3rd-4th March 2009"

This international conference will examine the key trends and developments that will help to combat the economic downturn and shape the cities of the future. Countries and regions across the world compete to attract investment, tourists and trade.

For more details visit the conference website www.citiesconference.com or call +44 20 7811 5024  or email Guy at guy.evans-tipping@dods.co.uk

Tallinn post-graduate summer school in social and cultural studies

Everyday Life: Multi-Disciplinary Perspectives takes place July 24-31.
The course is designed to build up both analytical and practical skills, and consists of an intensive series of plenary lectures, student workshops and seminars lead by scholars from diverse academic and cultural backgrounds, including Prof. Alphonso Lingis (Pennsylvania State University), Dr. Ben Highmore (University of Sussex), Prof. Michaela Pfadenhauer (University of Karlsruhe) and Dr. Zsuzsanna Szvetelszky (University of Pécs). The programme also includes guided tours led by anthropologists, art historians and cultural geographers, which explore everyday scenes and practices in the city of Tallinn and the realms of the post-Soviet everyday habitat in Northern Estonia. Please find more information attached and on web page:

Please feel free to distribute and participate.
With best wishes,
Anu Printsmann
Centre for Landscape and Culture
Estonian Institute of Humanities
Tallinn University
Uus-Sadama 5
10120 Tallinn
E-mail: anu.printsmann@tlu.ee
Phone: +372.6199 539
Fax: +372.6199 556


Confesence Communicating Change - Call for Papers

The University of Glasgow’s Graduate School of Arts and Humanities is pleased to announce our Seventh Annual Graduate School Conference to be held 8-10 June 2009 at the University of Glasgow. Please take a moment to read the Mission Statement and attached Call for Papers.  Exceptional papers will be invited for publication in our juried conference proceedings.  Submission deadline is 2 March. We look forward to hearing from you!

Weaving the Web into the Future

7th Annual Conference of the Graduate School of Arts and Humanities
University of Glasgow
June 8 – 10, 2009

From the days of the Ancient Greek philosophers, to the contemporary halls of academia and out into the cultures of which we are a part, the maxim “the only constant is change” echoes across interdisciplinary, professional, and social boundaries. The mission of this 7th Annual Graduate School of Arts and Humanities Conference is: to examine change in our globalised world and fields of study; to examine and negotiate how and what we may communicate from within these borderlands; and to challenge us to work towards and respond to the changing trends and methodologies that are available across our fields of study. 

It is change, continuing change, inevitable change that is the dominant factor in society today. No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be.
Isaac Asimov

Should you prefer, our website address is: http://www.gla.ac.uk/faculties/arts/graduateschool/

Patricia ´Iolana, BA MA
Centre for the Study of Literature, Theology & the Arts
University of Glasgow
Chair, Communicating Change: Weaving the Web into the Future, Graduate School of Arts & Humanities Annual Conference 2009
Chair, Post-Graduate Student Council, Department of Theology and Religious Studies


Seminar in Anthropology of Complex Systems (Creole)
Introductory seminar in Anthropology of Complex Systems (a part of the Creole course Epistemology of Everyday Life) will take place on Wednesday, 18th February 2009, from 3:30 to 5:10 PM in a room next to the departmental library.

Dan Podjed


Multi kontra kulti - anthro erasmus bash

Dear erasmus students,
We are inviting you to special radikalo paranormale multi kulti bash for erasmus students, which will take place in Cafe Trotsky (Rog area - Trubarjeva 72 upstairs) on wednesday, 11th of februray at 22h (untill whenever yo)...Since there are some of you, who are (unfortunatelly)leaving and returning back to your homelands, we think that it is not only appropriate, but actually necessary, to say goodbye to everything&everyone in a party-animal stlylee yo! And for those of you who are staying....multi kulti bashes are going on every wednesday, so feel free to come any wednesday  yo! ;) pArTy!!!


Lectures in English - summer semester
Selection of lectures for foreign students taking place in English at the Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology in 2008/09.


Lectures for Foreign Students in 2020/21


All News

Copyright © 2007 Univerza v Ljubljani, Filozofska Fakulteta, Oddelek za etnologijo in kulturno antropologijo