About Institute

The Institute for Humanities Nova revija (INR) was established in 2005 as a research non-profit private organization.

The main activity targets of INR are:

1. Interdisciplinary and special researches in the fields of historiography, philosophy, religiology, anthropology, ethnology, history of art, aesthetics, Slovene studies, history of literature, lexicography, theory and criticism and humanistic views on media, architecture, cognitive sciences, ecology, history and theory of economy, law,  pedagogic practice,  theory of democracy.

2. Establishing research cooperation between humanistic institutions in Slovenia and worldwide/internationally.

3. Application of humanistic knowledge into university educational programmes.

4. Promotion of humanities in Slovenia and worldwide/internationally.

5. Organization of scientific and professional conferences on a shift in the understanding of humanity today and in the present situation, and the role of humanistic sciences.

6. Combination of research and publishing activities in the field of humanities.

7. Publishing scientific and professional critical editions of groundworks in the field of humanities.

8. Initiation of graduate students of humanities into research and editorial activities.

Scientific research work:

Twelve researchers and five young researchers activelly participate in the research programme of INR. Members of the research group combine their research work with educational, editorial and media activities.

Engagement within universities, cultural institutions and media,

– Prof. Dr. Dean Komel, Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana,

– Prof. Dr. Jožef Muhovič, Academy of Fine Arts, University of Ljubljana,

– Assoc. Prof. Dr. Andrina Tonkli Komel, Faculty for Humanistic Studies, University of Primorska, Faculty of Arts,

– Prof. Dr. Darko Darovec, Faculty of Arts, University of Maribor,

– Assist. Dr. Bernard Nežmah, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Media, journalist of magazine “Mladina”,

– Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mateja Režek, Faculty for Humanistic Studies, University of Primorska,

– Doc. Dr. Gorazd Bajc, Faculty of Arts, University of Maribor,

– Dr. Barbara Jaki, Director of National Gallery in Ljubljana,

– Doc. Dr. Alenka Divjak, Centre of biotechnics and tourism Grm, Novo mesto.

It can therefore be anticipated that the research program directly contributes towards the quality of the development of a broader domain of education. In this respect, the inclusion of researchers at the beginning of their scientific careers (post-doctoral students) into the project groups represents an additional value.

The collaborations of researchers with other humanistic institutions from Slovenia and other countries in diferent national and international research projects (stated on the list of the collaborating institutions) is also one of the main values of the INR. Some researchers are also members of national and international scientific, educational and cultural commissions.

Research group of the INR works in an environment which is tightly connected with organizational (conferences) and publishing activities, which encourages creative ideas and opens up the possibilities for a critical dialogue on the basic questions of today’s society.

In special editions and journal publications of the INR and in the participating partner institutions new research perspectives in the fields of historiography, philosophy, history of art, aesthetics, ethics, theory of culture, humanistic methodology, theory of social science have been discussed. A great number of graduate and postgraduate students in the field of humanities have had an opportunity to publish their articles, translations and critical reviews.

– Since 2006: Phainomena, the journal of Phenomenology and Hermeneutics, Poligrafi (until 2013), the journal of philosophical and religious studies.

– Since 2007: scientific monographs: Umetnost in forma (Art and Form), Cenzura (Censored), Kemometrija (Chemometrics), Saga o Kirialaxu (Saga of Kirialax) in the Slovenian and English language, the first Slovenian national historic atlas (Slovenski zgodovinski atlas).

– Since 2011: the INR has published in cooperation with the Institute Karantanija a collection of books (8) under the collective title: The Challenge of Freedom (main authors : F. A. Hayek, R. M. Weaver, F. Bastiat, M. Djilas…).

– Since 2014: publication of e-books and journals.

– Since 2015: publication of e-books and e-journals via one’s own web portal www.eberem.si

In the year 2013, the INR started to develop plans for the next research period, namely to follow the present orientation whilst introducing new research and organizational focal points, such as: Forum for Humanities (FH), project Potentials of Southeast Europe, collaborative applications for international calls with partner institutions and electronic publishing.

– Research framework: The intensification of regional and interregional cooperation (“Central Europe”, “The Balkans”, “Eastern Europe”, “The Mediterranean region”, “East-West”; on the basis of mutual historical, cultural, economical and political experiences).

– The discussion of new relevant themes in the field of humanities together with the question: what has influenced them: the global or local social situation, or research orientations and tendencies which arise within humanistic sciences themselves?

– The analysis of the relation and mutual conditioning of humanities and cultural creativity. On one hand the need and necessity of such a fruitful collaboration is apparent today, on the other hand, however, in Slovenia it asserts itself only in a very limited way. What is the cause of this (e.g.: cultural and natural heritage, cultural magazines, the media, universities, education)?

– The discussion of the problem of interdisciplinarity and interinstitutionality of the humanistic research (which is always being emphasized, but hardly ever carried out within an appropriate institutional framework and with any real interest – the sphere to be tested would be the relation towards history in the context of the European intercultural and actual political situation).

– Humanistic and social studies in the relation to politics (“humanistic and social studies” in the stranglehold of national local politics, the differences and possibilities of mutual complementation, of further development). Humanities are on one hand influenced by the effects of social ideologies, on the other hand, however, by the claim of an ethics of humanity. What does the challenge of new humanization, which would enable free and just possibilities of development, mean on the global scale?

– The experience of language is not only one of the key themes of humanistic research; it is also the central tool of humanities. As such it does not only concern the development of appropriate terminology, but also the use of language in general that entails aesthetic, cultural, scientific and political aspects. What does the “relation towards language” actually mean? And what, for instance, does the “freedom of expression” mean?

Targeted research projects

Since 2013, the research group of INR has worked on the project Potentials of South East Europe. The aim of the project is to initiate and foster scientific-professional cooperation and integration in various areas, with the emphasis on the development of human potentials, economy, public administration, political systems of democracy, the creation of space for new knowledge, which would give these countries a necessary stimulus in the field of innovations for sustainable development and the increase of life quality (Conferences The development of Democracy, EU tenders Horizon 2014–2020).

In December 2014, the INR established the Forum for Humanities (FH) in which – so far – 52 humanists from 26 states of the world have participated. By fostering an idea of an informal gathering, we would like to re-establish the front role of humanities itself, which in our opinion is the role it should have. This role is emphasized while regarding possible solutions of the crisis, which will be overcome not only by economic development, but also by the attitude of people towards understanding humanities as one of the pillars of identity, and apart from that, in establishing future social relations which will be based upon the respect for democratic values and human rights.

Organization of scientific meetings and conferences:

– 2006: Europe, World and Humanity in the 21st century; International Conference,

– 2006: Position of humanities; a phenomenological perspective, scientific meeting on the role and perspectives of Humanities in Slovenia and Europe,

– 2007: Place of humanities ; Slovenian historiography between science and the public, Conference on the role of Humanities,

– 2008: Freedom for-open-space ; scientific meeting on the role of Humanities,

– 2008: Europe, World and Humanity in the 21st century ; International Conference,

– 2009: Interculturalism and the horizon of the world; Interculturalism, otherness, strangeness; International Conference,

– 2009 : Edges of literature; scientific meeting,

– 2010: Censorship: Historical and social aspects of censorship in Slovenia,Conference,

– 2010: Europe, World and Humanity: Crisis of Freedom; International Conference,

– 2011:The Crisis of Humanity ; International Conference,

– 2013: The Development of Democracy; International Conference in Ljubljana,

– 2014: Authority and democracy ; Conference,

– 2014/15: Present for the Future ; Interdisciplinary series of discussions,

– 2014: The establishment of Forum for Humanities: International Consultation,

– 2015: The Development of Democracy ; II. International Conference in Zagreb.