Notes on Contributors
Oto Luthar is the head of the Scientific Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (ZRC SAZU) and a member of its Institute of Memory and Culture Studies. In his research he focuses on the history of historiography, the philosophy of history, the history of modern intellectual practices and historical revisionism. He is the (co)author of Of Red Dragons and the Evil Spirits: the Post-Communist Historiography between Democratization and New Politics of History (2017), The Great War and Memory in Central and South-Eastern Europe (2016), and The Land Between: A History of Slovenia (2013).
Maruša Pušnik is an associate professor at the Department of Media and Communication Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana, where she teaches courses on media history, and on media and collective memory. Her research interests include the theory and cultural history of media, popular culture and everyday life, memory practices, collective memory and nationalism as communication processes, and women’s genres. She has published several articles in the field of memory studies and she is the (co)editor of Remembering Utopia: The Culture of Everyday Life in Socialist Yugoslavia (2010) and the author of The Popularization of Nation: Communication, Nationalism and the Production of Borders (2011) and A Cultural History of the Electronic Media: From the Telephone to the Walkman (2019).
Ana Hofman is a senior research fellow at the ZRC SAZU’s Institute of Culture and Memory Studies. Her research interests lie in the intersection between memory and music and sound studies, with a focus on activism and the social meaning of resistance in the past and present. She uses both archival and ethnographic methods to examine musical sound during socialism and the present-day conjuncture of neoliberalism and post-socialism over the area of the former Yugoslavia. She has published many articles and book chapters, including two monographs: Staging Socialist Femininity: Gender Politics and Folklore Performances in Serbia (2011) and Music, Politics, Affect: New Lives of Partisan Songs in Slovenia (2015). Her current book project Socialism, Now! Music and Activism after Yugoslavia deals with sonic repurposing of the cultural memory of antifascism as a critical response to global neoliberalism in the post-Yugoslav region.
Gal Kirn holds an open topic position at the Department of Slavonic Studies, TU Dresden. He completed his PhD in political philosophy at the University of Nova Gorica/ZRC SAZU (2012) and was a Humboldt Foundation postdoctoral fellow (2013–2016). He has taught courses in film, philosophy, and contemporary political theory. Kirn published Partizanski prelomi in protislovja tržnega socializma v Jugoslaviji (2015), whose updated English edition was published with Pluto Press (2019). He is a co-editor (with Marian Burchardt) of Beyond Neoliberalism: Social Analysis after 1989 (2017; with Dubravka Sekulić and Žiga Testen), and of Yugoslav Black Wave Cinema and its Transgressive Moments (2012). He finished his book The Partisan Counter-Archive (De Gruyter).
Iva Kosmos is a postdoctoral researcher at the ZRC SAZU’s Institute of Culture and Memory Studies. She was a Fulbright fellow at UW-Madison (2014) and a guest researcher at the Centre for South-East European Studies, University of Graz (2015/2016). She works on contemporary post-Yugoslav literature, theatre and cultural production, discussing issues of cultural memory, identity and representation. She completed her PhD on post-Yugoslav exile writers and their positioning in the West at the University of Zagreb (2015). Her postdoctoral project explores the memory of Yugoslavia in contemporary theatrical production.
Kristjan Mavri holds a PhD in literary studies from the Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana. He was a recipient of the Ernst Mach Grant for young researchers. His research interests are primarily in the relationship between conceptualisations of literary genre and social reality. He has written on the Western, Southern Gothic and post-apocalyptic genres in American literature, particularly the works of Cormac McCarthy. Thematically, he is interested in literary representations of violence, agency, and fate. Recently, he has focused on the memory and representation of the Second World War in contemporary Slovenian literature.
Jovana Mihajlović Trbovc
Jovana Mihajlović Trbovc is a research fellow at the ZRC SAZU’s Institute of Culture and Memory Studies. She was awarded the 2015 Jean Blondel PhD Prize for the best thesis in politics issued by the European Consortium for Political Research. Her research focuses on the social impact of the war crimes trials in the former Yugoslavia, on memory reproduction in the media, and history teaching in connection with the Yugoslav wars of the 1990s and the Second World War. She recently published papers in the International Criminal Justice Review and International Journal of Transitional Justice, and contributed chapters to the edited volumes Legacies of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia: A Multidisciplinary Account (2020) and International Criminal Tribunals as Actors of Domestic Change: The Impact on Media Coverage (2019).
Anja Mrak works at the Department of Comparative Literature and Literary Theory at the Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana. She completed a PhD on magical realism and feminist narrative techniques. Her research is mainly on feminist literary theory, gender studies, narratology, and contemporary feminist literature. She conducted a postdoctoral research project on the intersections of aesthetics and transnational feminism with Silvia Schultermandl at the Institute of American Studies, University of Graz, which resulted in the co-authored essay The Affective Aesthetics of Transnational Feminism. She has given lectures at the University of Łódź and Vilnius University.
Martin Pogačar is a research fellow at the ZRC SAZU’s Institute of Culture and Memory Studies. His research interests include media memory studies, technology, memory and post-socialism. He is also interested in the future of Yugoslav popular music, archiving in the digital age, and Yugoslav automobile heritage. Recent publications include: “Culture of the Past: Digital Connectivity and Dispotentiated Futures,” in Digital Memory Studies: Media Pasts in Transition (2017), and Media Archaeologies, Micro‑archives and Storytelling: Re-presencing the Past (2016).
Kaja Širok is a research fellow at the Faculty of Arts (Department for Sociology), University of Ljubljana and the director of the National Museum of Contemporary History of Slovenia. A historian by training, her PhD in cultural studies focused on contested memories and identity making in the border area between Italy and Slovenia. Her current research addresses museums and memory studies, with special attention paid to the creation of national historical narratives related to identity formation, contested memories, revisionism and (re)interpretations of history. She has published several articles on the memorialisation of the past in museum exhibitions, memory and visual culture, and contested histories vs. dominant historical narratives.
Ksenija Vidmar Horvat
Ksenija Vidmar Horvat is professor of the sociology of culture at the Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana, focusing on questions of cultural identity, nationalism, memory and gender. Her most recent work includes the books Imagined Motherhood: Gender and Nationalism in the 20th Century (with Slovene, English and Croat editions, published in 2013, 2014, and 2017 respectively), Peripheral Europe (2018), and the book chapters “Racing for the Audience: National Identity, Public TV and the Roma in Post-Socialist Slovenia” in Popular Television in Eastern Europe During and Since Socialism (2015), “Cosmopolitan Patriotism” in the Handbook of Patriotism (2017) and several articles on migration, gender and citizenship.