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Collective Memory on the Greek Civil War

Course: Memory and its role in conflict and conflict transformationLecturer: Orli Fridman Collective Memory of the Greek Civil War: The Case of the Refugee Children Course participant: Irena Avirovic, Skopje, Macedonia As a...

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Before the Rain or Before the War

Daniela Antonovska (Skopje, Macedonia)Course; Gender, sexuality and violent conflict Before the Rain or Before the War  Introduction The films’ script was written by Milcho Manchevski in 1991 after a visit to his birth...

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Vlasta Jalusic

vlastaVlasta Jalušič

Vlasta Jalušič is a Funding Member, former Director and current Senior Research Fellow at the Peace Institute (Institute for Contemporary Social and Political Studies), Ljubljana (Slovenia, EU). She is also an Associated Professor of Political Theory at Ljubljana University and lecturer at the Faculty of Management (university of Primorska) and at the graduate faculty Institutum Studiorum Humanitatis in Ljubljana.

She has written numerous articles and chapters on gender and politics, Eastern European politics and transition, war, violence and Hannah Arendt. Her recent books include How we Attended Feminist Gymnasium... (2002) and The Evil of Thoughtlessness: Arendtian Exercises in Understanding of Post-totalitarian Age and Collective Crime (2009). She co-authored books Women - Politics - Opportunities (2001), Erased: Organized Innocence and the Politics of Exclusion (2003), and co-edited Women's Human Rights volume (2004) She was a visiting professor at the Central European University in Budapest, at the Austrian University Center for Peace studies and elsewhere. She has been leading several research and development projects, and some of her current projects include Quality of Gender+ Equality Policies in 29 European states, Violent Intersections: Dynamics of social and political elements of contemporary collective violence and mass crimes and its consequences - the cases of former Yugoslavia and Rwanda and a development project Empowering Nyamirambo Women's Center - Kigali (Rwanda). 




  • Ph.D. in political theory, Grund und Integrativwissenschaftliche Fakultät, University of Vienna, Austria, 1996.
  • MA in cultural studies, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, 1991.
  • BA, with highest distinction, Department of Political Sciences, Faculty of Social, Political and Communicative Sciences, University of Ljubljana, 1982.


  • Associate Professor of Political Science and Gender Studies, University of Ljubljana, from 2004 onward.
  • Scientific Councilor (academic research title at the level of Associate Professor), Peace Institute, 2001 until the present.
  • Assistant Professor of Political Theory, University of Ljubljana, 1999-2004.
  • Senior Research Fellow, Peace Institute, Ljubljana, beginning of 1996 until 2001.
  • Director of the Peace Institute, Ljubljana, beginning of 1995 until 2004.
  • Visiting Professor at the European University Center for Peace Studies, Austria, 1998 until the present
  • Visiting Professor, Department of Gender Studies, Central European University, Budapest, 1999 until 2004.
  • Lecturer, Institutum Studiorum Humanitatis, Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts, Department of Sociology, 1997-1998, 1999-2002.
  • Junior Research Fellow, Department of Political Sciences, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences and Communicology, University of Ljubljana, 1982-84.


  • 2004 (November-December) Senior Visiting Fellow, Institute of Human Sciences, Vienna
  • 2004 (January-March) Senior Visiting Fellow, Department of Political Science, Central European University, Budapest
  • 1998 - Institute of Human Sciences, Vienna (Senior Research Fellow).
  • 1997-1999 - RSS -Research Support Scheme individual project support.
  • 1992-1995 (3X9 moths) - Bertha von Suttner Fellowship (Ph.D. Research Fellow, University of Vienna, Institut für Politikwissenschaft, Grund und Integrativwissenschaftliche Fakultät, Program for East and South-East European Countries, Austrian Ministry for Science and Education).
  • 1985-1986 - Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Graduate Research Fellow, Freie Universität Berlin, Osteuropa Institut, Fall Semeser.
  • 1982 University of Ljubljana Award for the B.A. graduation paper.


2005: University of Gorizia


  • Introduction to Peace Studies

1999-2004: Central European University, Budapest


  • Civil Society, Politics and Gender in East and Central Europe
  • Gender and Politics in East and Central Europe.

1998-2004: European University Center for Peace Studies, Austria

  • Civil Society and Emancipation. Governance, Human Rights and Participation. War, Nationalism and Gender - the Case of Former Yugoslavia.
2003- Peace Institute, Ljubljana 

2003 Reading circle: Hannah Arendt

2004 Reading Hannah Arendt: Summer School

2005 Hannah Arendt and the problems of contemporary world: graduate seminar.

1998-present Institutum Studiorum Humanitatis, Ljubljana


  • Political Anthropology

1997-1998, 2002- present: Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana

Courses and consultations:

  • Violence in Selected Political Theories of 20th Century, Political Philosophy of the 20th Century.

1982-84 Teaching assistant, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences and Communicology, University of Ljubljana, 1982-84


  • International Economic Relations, International Relations

1998-present. Supervision and mentoring experience in both undergraduate and graduate level (MA and PhD students)


  • Corresponding Editor of Hannah Arendt Newsletter 2004-
  • Member of the Board of Directors: Centre for Democracy and Reconciliation, Thessaloniki, Greece, 2002 – 2007.
  • Member of the Strategic Council for Security Issues of the Prime Minister of Republic of Slovenia, 2001-2002.
  • Member of the Jury of Hannah Arendt Award for Political Thinking, Heinrich Boell Stiftung, Germany, 2000 – 2003.
  • Governing Board and a Founding Member, Peace Institute, Ljubljana, 1991 until the present.
  • Cosultant Editor, Delta, Journal for Feminist Theory, 1994-1999.
  • Member of Slovenian National Broadcast Advisory Board, 1991-1993.
  • Editorial board member, KRT Publishers, Ljubljana, 1986-1992.
  • Editor in Chief, Problemi/Eseji Journal, Ljubljana, 1987-1990.
  • Founder and member of the Women's Section at the Sociological Association, 1985-1987.


My field is political theory and comparative studies in political transformation (with the focus on gender and women). Recently, I have been working on the following topics:

  • Politics and Power in Times of Terror.
  • Policy frames and implementation problems: the case of gender mainstreaming.
  • Rethinking the notion of politics and citizenship in the transitional East- and South-East European States, especially in connection with Hannah Arendt's thinking.
  • Gender and political transformation in the East- and South-east European states.
  • Right wing extremism, hostility and violence towards foreigners and other marginalized groups.

My major research interest in the more distant past lies in the field of feminism and politics (especially women in social and political movements), in revolutions, civil society movements and feminism (especially women in French Revolution - Olympe de Gouges, German Socialist Movement – Lily Braun, Clara Zetkin, and new feminist movements in the 20. century). I worked on the notion of violence and politics in the work of Hannah Arendt, on the relationship between the social and the political in her work and on her notion of citizenship. In the past years I edited a book of Carl Schmitt’s texts (Three essays, my translation and my foreword) and the first edition of Hannah Arendt’s The Human Condition (Vita Activa, my translation and my introduction) in the Slovenian language, and in 2006 also Between Past and Future. Six Exercises in Political Thinking.

Past funded research projects:

  • Sociology of the Army (1991-1993)
  • Violence and Politics in the Work of Hannah Arendt (1992-1996)
  • Political Extremism and Violence Against Foreigners and Other Marginalized Groups (1995-1997)
  • Women’s and Feminist Movement in Slovenia and Yugoslavia 1980-1995 (1997-1999)
  • Connecting Citizenship and Gender: the Possibilities of Arendtian Perspective (1998)
  • Gender and Politics in East and Central Europe (1998-2000)
  • Racism and Xenophobia in Post-socialism (1999-2002)
  • Contemporary Citizenship: Politics of Inclusion and Exclusion (2002-2004)
  • Mageeq - Policy Frames and Implementation Problems: the Case of Gender Mainstreaming (2003-2006)

Current funded research projects:

  • Politics and Power in Times of Terror (Thinking with Hannah Arendt) – (2004-2007)
  • Quing—Quality in gender+ equality policies” (2006-2010), research director M. Verloo)


  • Clovekove pravice žensk : uvodna pojasnila in dokumenti (Women's Human Rights: introduction and documents), editor. Ljubljana: Društvo Amnesty International Slovenije: Mirovni inštitut, 2004 (co-edited with Dean Zagorac). 
  • The Erased: Organized Innocence and the Politics of Exclusion (2003), co-authored with Jasminka Dedic and Jelka Zorn, Peace Institute, Ljubljana, 163 p. 
  • Kako smo hodile v feministicno gimnazijo…(2002), (How we attended feminist gymasium…), * cf, Ljubljana, 293 p. 
  • Women-Politics-Opportunities (2001), Peace Institute, Ljubljana – co-authored with Milica G.Antic, 69 p. 
  • 8. marec v zgodovini boja za ženske pravice (8. March and its Meaning for the History of Women’s Movement) Urad za žensko politiko, Ljubljana 1997. 
  • Dokler se ne vmešajo ženske...Ženske, revolucije in ostalo (Until the Women Meddle... Women, Revolutions and the Rest) Ljubljana, 1992, 160 p. 
  • Editor of Hannah Arendt, Med preteklostjo in prihodnostjo, Ljubljana, Krtina, 2006. 
  • Editor of Hannah Arendt, Vita activa, Krtina, Ljubljana 1996, 339 p. 
  • Editor of Carl Schmitt, Tri razprave (Three essays), Ljubljana 1994, 168p. 
  • Editor of Rosalind Coward: Ženska želja (Female Desire), Ljubljana, 1989, 223 p.