As a part of Faculty of Arts, the Department of History was established in 1920. At the moment, the undergraduate study of history is organised according to periods, starting with the history of ancient cultures, with Roman and Greek history, to be then continued with the Middle Ages and modern times, the history of the 19th and the 20th century. Each period includes subjects which cover Slovene, regional history (the history of South East Europe) and general history (history of Europe and world history). The department further offers post-graduate study (master’s degree and doctorate).
Through the Scientific Institute of the Faculty of Arts, the Department of History also takes part in research. The department has its own library with approximately 50.000 units (books, atlases, maps) and a publishing activity, one of the most important publications being scientific series called Historia.
The Institute of Contemporary History is a central institution for the research of contemporary history in Slovenia. The institute conducts two research programmes: Ideological-political and Cultural Pluralism and Monism in Slovenia and Images of Economic and Social Modernisation in Slovenia in the 19th and 20th Century. Furthermore, the digitalization of sources, historical press and Slovenian historiography represents important part of our work (SIstory web portal).
Institute of Contemporary History is located in the very centre of Ljubljana, in the “Casino” building on the Congress Square. Our library’s basic collection consists of around 19,000 books about the contemporary history of Slovenia and Southeastern and Central Europe. The library keeps around 200 titles of historical magazines, dozens of maps, mostly expert maps of our territories in the past and maps dating back to World War II and collection of biographical lexicons, address books, directories and regional lexicons. Besides some 20 antiquities several hundred years old, the library keeps a huge collection of nazi and fascist propaganda literature (remains of Nazi and Fascist occupation) – an excellent source for the research of ideology/discourses of Nazism and Fascism.
The LBIHS, founded in 1982 by Gerhard Botz in collaboration with the University of Salzburg, moved to Vienna in 1998, where it is located at the University’s Institute of Contemporary History. Since 2005 it has become part of the History Cluster of the Ludwig Boltzmann Society.
The LBIHS’ research areas are situated at the intersection of history, the social sciences and cultural history. They are focused above all on methodological questions and their application to interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research in the field of Austrian and European modern and contemporary history.
We are interested not only in major historic events, processes and structures, but also in their subsequent political and societal consequences, subjective and cultural dimensions. Our aim is not only to provide a better understanding of the past but also to contribute to dealing with today’s social and political problems in a responsible manner.
Work at the LBIHS includes the use and teaching of methodologies in the areas of quantification, the development of Digital Humanities applications, as well as Oral History and life story approaches.
Furthermore, our research activities involve historical image analysis and the study of individual and collective memory.
The LBIHS has an excellent track record in the organization of international conferences and in publications. Topics such as the social and cultural history of middle and lower classes, political violence and social conflicts, fascist movements and regimes, anti-Semitism, concentration camps and the persecution of Jews, and on the history of historiography, methodology and science are in the centre of our interest. More recently, the LBIHS has developed new research areas: a trans-disciplinary history of administration and a new perspective on the transformation of the state, social welfare and economy under the impact of globalization, neoliberalism and European cooperation (integration) in synchronic and diachronic dimensions.
- Tamara Scheer, Kaja Širok, Marko Zajc, and Rok Stergar
- Irena Ribič, Neja Blaj Hribar, Jernej Kosi, and Rok Stergar