Matjaž Uršić

Matjaž Uršić is a researcher at the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Sciences and a member of the Centre for Spatial Sociology. His main research interests focus on the processes of socio-cultural transformation of cities and contemporary urban phenomena in the circumstances of globalisation. His research interests also include society development, cultural geography, analysis of (sub)cultures, urban migration and spatial systems with particular reference to transformations due to processes of urban regeneration, revitalisation and renovation.

As an assistant professor he teaches “Urban Cultures” at the Faculty of Social Sciences and “Urban Sociology” at Faculty of Architecture, University of Ljubljana and Faculty of Design, University of Primorska.

Matjaž’s working experience includes research and lecturing on various international institutes and universities (Tokyo Metropolitan University, University of Seoul, Kwangwoon University). He is also recipient of research grants from the Japan Foundation (2009) and the Korea Foundation (2012).

As a researcher he took part in various research-developmental projects with city municipalities and art institutions that deal with revitalisation schemes and the changing role of city centres, for example: “SOSTENUTO – Thinking Culture as a Factor of Economic and Social Innovation” – project cofinanced by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assitance MED – Europe in the Mediterranean; Project: “Second Chance” – programme CENTRAL EUROPE, financed by ERDF; Project: “REurban Mobil – Mobilising Reurbanisation on Condition of Demo- graphic Change” – part of 5th EU Framework programme – Supported by the European Commission; Project: “Civitas Elan (City – Vitality – Sustainability)” – part of the “7th EU Framework programme: “Mobilising citizens for vital cities”; Project: “Development strategy for an urban-rural partnership” (ARRS, Ljubljana).

He also participates in the editorial boards of scientific journals and is the author of a number of publications from the field of urban sociology.

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Lev Kreft

Dr. Lev Kreft is Professor of Aesthetics in the Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana and Executive Director of the Peace Institute (since 2004). He is also a Member of the Editorial Board of the journal “Borec”; the Executive Committee of the International Association for Aesthetics; the British Philosophy of Sport Association and the American Society of Aesthetics. He studied philosophy and sociology at the University of Ljubljana and he holds Masters in Marcuse’s aesthetic.  He did his Ph.D. thesis on  Struggle on the Artistic Left Between Two Worlds Wars.

Some of the research projects led by Kreft among others include: At the Crossroads of Cultural Politics: The Western Balkans (2008); Kultuar (2008); Inclusion and Exclusion in and on the Borders of Europe (2006); Living on a Border: Migration of subversions (2006); Living on a Border: Migration of Subversions – Western Balkan and Turkey (2006). Kreft  published books (Struggle on the Artistic Left, 1989; Aesthetics and Mission, 1994) and articles on aesthetics in Slovenian and international journals specialised in aesthetics, philosophy, and cultural studies.

His previous professional experience includes: An independent adviser for cultural politics (Ljubljana, 1973-1976), and since 1997 he has been employed by the University of Ljubljana.  In 2000,  he was  a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Democracy at the University of Westminster  in London where he studied representation in art and politics.  During his political  and public career (Member of Parlament,  1990 – 1996; Deputy Speaker of the Slovenian Parliament 1993-1996)  he was engaged on minority rights, gender politics and cultural politics, migration and refugeee protection, and other issues concerning advocacy and implementation of human rights.

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Aldo Milohnić

Aldo Milohnić is a researcher at the Peace Institute Ljubljana – Institute for Contemporary Social and Political Studies in Slovenia, where he leads research projects in the fields of sociology of culture and cultural policy. His field of interest includes sociology of culture, cultural policy, as well as, epistemology of social sciences and the humanities. He holds MA in Sociology of Culture.

Some of reseach projects conducted by Aldo Milohnić include: The Management of Copyright on the Internet – the Public Institutions’ Perspective (2008); At the Crossroads of Cultural Politics: The Western Balkans (2008); Building Capacity for Pro Bono Work of Lawyers in Slovenia (2008); Transformations of Culture in the Context of Changing General Economic Policies (2006); The Humanities and Social Sciences on the Periphery: Sciences or Technocratic Instruments? (International conference) (2006) etc.

Milohnić is editor of the book series entitled  ”Politike” , co-author of several books (“Along the Margins of Humanities”, 1996; “Europe’s Gatekeepers. The Politics of Migration and Asylum in Eastern Europe”, 2001; “The Book Culture”, 2005; “Culture Ltd: Material Conditions of Cultural Production”, 2006) and co-editor of special issues of cultural and performing arts journals.   His texts are published in numerous journals and anthologies.  He is visiting lecturer in several postgraduate seminars and in Seminar on contemporary performing arts (Maska Institute and Cankarjev dom, Ljubljana.

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KIBLA Multimedia Centre

KIBLA Multimedia Centre is an non-profit association for culture and education which  focuses on new (contemporary) educational, cultural and artistic praxis, connecting education and research, culture and technology, arts and sciences and new media as a creative tool in education and new forms of art.  KIBLA is a member of many international networks and engages in numerous  international projects, co-funded by EU (for example,  TRG-Transient Reality Generators, Travel in Europe and the Guild for Reality Integrators and Generators project). Since 1996 it has run the KiBela Art Space, where exhibitions, performances, concerts, theatre, lectures, symposia, fairs and workshops take place. The gallery collaborates with Slovene artists and institutions and also with contemporary artists and arts organisations in Graz, London, Zagreb, Belgrade and the USA, presenting new approaches through intermedia as well as classic fine arts. KIBLA runs several festivals, including the Izzven Jazz Festival, Maribor (November), the KIBLIX Linux IT Festival and the acclaimed Skrite note (‘Hidden Music Score’) programmes of avant-garde music. It also co-operates with numerous other organisations in Maribor, in Ljubljana (Ljubljana Jazz Festival, Druga Godba Festival) and abroad. KIBLA is a founding member of the m3c Multimedia Centres Network of Slovenia. The cultural portal was developed that features the latest creative happenings in the Podravje region and presents also cultural organisations in all municipalities. In 2007 the city of Maribor – in close collaboration with the five other cities in neighbouring regions – Murska Sobota, Novo mesto, Ptuj, Slovenj Gradec and Velenje – was selected for nomination to the European Commission as a European Capital of Culture for 2012.  A winning proposal – Čista energija (‘Pure Energy’) was prepared by KIBLA and its collaborators. KIBLA runs a dislocated Information and Communication Point (KIT)  which offers internet access, consulting and educational programmes regarding information and communications technology.

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The Peace Institute – Institute for Contemporary Social and Political Studies

The Peace Institute is a non-profit research institution developing interdisciplinary research activities in various fields of the social and human sciences (sociology, anthropology, political science, philosophy, economies, law etc.). The goal of the Institute is not only to adopt a critical stance towards events in the society but also to actively intervene in these events, to link academic research and reflection with practical educational and strategic advisory activities in various fields of public policy and public action in general. Its thematic field and strategic focus are: Human rights and minoritie, Cultural policy, Media Politics, Gender Politics. The Institute has two centres Centre for Cultural Policy Research  and Centre for Media Policy. Centre for Cultural Policy Research focuses on the study of the roles, development trends, and material conditions of cultural institutions and the effects of their operation (including production, circulation and the consumption of cultural products). The Center for Cultural Policy Research  prepares comparative analysis of cultural policies in Slovenia and elsewhere; applied research studies, case studies, and makes recommendations for change and modifications of cultural policies.  Special fields of interest are, among others:

  • Intellectual Property and Copyright
  • Culture and the Economy
  • Cultural Education
  • Culture as a Factor in Social Development

In addition to research activities and projects, Centre for Cultural Policy Research publishes documents and books and organises events, public discussions, lectures and round tables on cultural policies in Slovenia and abroad.

The Peace Institute also has Peace Institute Library, that holds  material from all fields of activities of the Peace Institute, above all those related to marginalized discourses. In addition, there is a special library fund of Maska, a magazine dedicated to performance arts.  Institue also publishes Media Watch magazine and conducts training and educational projects such as Workers’ Punk University.
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JSKD – Public Fund for Cultural Activities of the Republic of Slovenia

The Public Fund for Cultural Activities (JSKD) is a governmental institution covering all branches of youth and non-professional (amateur) culture and art: vocal and instrumental music, theatre and puppetry, folklore, film and video, literature, fine arts and dance. JSKD has its headquarters in Ljubljana and 58 branch offices all over Slovenia, 10 of them functioning at an inter-regional level. This network seeks to foster public interest in culture and stimulate the development of Slovene youth and amateur art. It also investigates and connects non-institutional cultural activities all over the country and organises international, national and regional education programmes, presentations and reviews of culture and art created by 2,250 cultural associations. Together with local branches of the Union of Cultural Societies of Slovenia (ZKDS), JSKD’s branches function as a mediator between cultural associations and cultural policy at both municipal and state level. JSKD programmes in the field of film include film scriptwriting and editing courses and an annual film and video seminar-laboratory.  In the field of visual arts, drawing, painting and pottery classes and art, sculpture and photography workshops take place annually, for example Summer Visual Arts Workshops. Since 1978 the Mentor, an magazine for young creative writers and illustrators has been published. JSKD regulary organizes literary workshops, a literary summer school and a summer translation school that usually results in small publications.  It prepares seminars for members of various professional societies and individuals,  festivals and competitions. The Fund encourages international co-operation between Slovene artistic societies and associations. In addition to its co-ordination and training activities in the field of culture, the Public Fund for Cultural Activities issues annual public calls for cultural projects in the field of youth and amateur cultural activities. It co-operates closely with Slovene organisations, associations and clubs in other countries all over the world, as well as with similar European organisations.

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Asociacija – Association of Arts and Culture NGOs and Freelancers


Asociacija has been informal network operating since 1992 in Ljubljana, Slovenia and today is professionally coordinated membership based association  that includes 47 organizations and numerous individuals.  Its main goal is to advocate for the interests of cultural NGOs in Slovenia, the improvement of the working conditions and the position of freelance artists and NGOs in the arts and culture,   and their access to public funding as well as cultural politics that promotes cultural and artistic diversity and provides conditions for equal access to various contents. Furthermore, Asociacija aims to:

-    to participate in the development of cultural policies;
-    to influence regulations and public calls in the field of culture;
-    to improve working conditions at a systemic level;
-    to improve the social security and system position of cultural and artistic NGOs.

Activities of the Asociacija include: providing information, national networking, promotion of the art and culture
, public debates with relevant stakeholders (Investing in culture, Culture and media space), education for NGOs,  public workshops (Cultural production and legislation, Cultural NGOs as employers), training for members of NGOs
advocacy workshops and training, trengthening of civil dialogue.

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SCCA – Centre for Contemporary Arts

SCCA is a non-governmental and non-profit organization based in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Its objective is to produce, stimulate and mediate innovative artistic and interpretative practices and to encourage international cooperation between them. The Centre has a  interdisciplinary approach and emphasis on intense international cooperation and its diverse activities address artists, curators, theorists, and critics in the fields of visual and new media arts. The centre provides a support system for contemporary arts, culture and civil society and divides its activities into the following three areas: artistic and archival projects, educational work and support services for artists and cultural workers.  Some of the undertaken projects are:  Studio 6 (from 2004),  it encourages discussions on contemporary artistic practices and establishes constructive collaboration of different profiles from the art world (artists, curators, critics, theorists), offers space for presentation of artistic actions and ensures their reflection.  No Nails, No Pedestals (from 2005) is presenting authors, working predominantly in the field of contemporary digital media (installations, performances, video, interdisciplinary projects). PlatformaSCCA (from 2000) the project is dedicated to the contemporary art theory and intriguing topics.   The Centre organizes educational programme, World of Art (from 1997), which includes course for curators, seminar for writing and series of public lectures.

Support services of the SCCA are:

  • Artservis (from 2001) – web tool for artists, theorists and cultural managers with a weekly newsletter.
  • Cultural Contact Point Slovenia (from 2002) – the official national information office for the EU framework program Culture 2000 (in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and European Commission/DGEAC).
  •  Evrokultura (from 2005) – web tool about relevant national and international funding sources, opportunities for co-operation and educational programmes of EU.
  • ArtsLink (from 1993) – international exchange program for CEE and US artists and arts managers (in cooperation with Citizens Exchange Council, New York)
  • Anna Lindh Foundation Contact Point Slovenia (from 2008) – information office of the Slovenian national network of the Anna Lindh Foundation.
  • inSEEcp (from 2006) –  Informal SEE Network of Cultural Portals.

SCCA- Ljubljana is a member of: CAE (Culture Action Europe), IKT (International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art), Anna Lindh Foundation, Asociacija (Association of Independent Artists and Organisations in the Field of Culture in Slovenia).

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Vesna Čopič

Dr. Vesna Čopič is a  lecturer of cultural policy and cultural management in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Ljubljana. She graduated from the Faculty of Law and received her Ph.D. at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana. She publishes in scientific journals at home and abroad. She has published books on cultural policy, ‘Elements for the Shaping of the National Cultural Policy’ (1991) and ‘Cultural Policy in Slovenia’ (1997), together with Gregor Tomc and Michael Wimmer, and has co-edited, with Gregor Tomc, a compilation of texts on Cultural Policy in Slovenia – a Symposium. She has prepared legislation and has worked as legal expert in the sphere of culture for the Ministry of Culture and Council of Europe evaluating the culture policy of Italy in 1999.  She participates as an expert in the MOSAIC program of Council of Europe, which provides technical assistance to South East Europe, and in the program of ECF Towards New Cultural Policies.

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