Our researcher, dr. Urška Strle will participate at 12th Annual Conference of the International Society for Cultural History in June 2019.  The conference invites cultural historians all over the world to think about the interconnected world as the point of departure for cultural-historical research, and to discuss the circulations and interactions of things, peoples, ideas, and institutions across cultural and geographical zones. They invite to consider global history as a new form of cultural-historical analysis in which systems of representation and meaning making practices are placed in global contexts.

The conference, dedicated to “Global Cultural History”, will be held in Tallinn, Estonia, 26–29 June 2019.  The keynote speakers include:

Peter Burke (University of Cambridge),

AnneGerritsen (University of Warwick),

Maria Lúcia Garcia Pallares- Burke (University of São Paulo / University of Cambridge),

Matthias Middell (University of Leipzig),

and Sujit Sivasundaram (University of Cambridge).


Ivana Kobilca, the networking artist

The paper will pay attention to certain biographical aspects of the most renowned Slovenian female painter Ivana Kobilca (1861-1926), which will shed light on her social networks in particular. Such a focus is chosen to efficiently explain how a woman, a native of peripheral and rather conservative town of Ljubljana (Habsburg monarchy) managed to become a successful artist. Not only she achieved a thorough education in the field of painting (despite the lack of opportunities for women to enrol on artistic academic institutions), she also lived from artistic work throughout her lifetime. As a single and not particularly well-to-do member of middle-class bourgeoisie, she managed to travel abroad, to live for decades in cultural Capitals of Europe such as Munich, Paris and Berlin and encountered contemporary artistic currents there. Her biography reveals her own thoughtful strategies to overcome barriers that limited artistic expressions of women in the time of belle époque. A special focus of the paper is laid to the turn of 1918, when new political loyalties and diversion from former cultural circles, which arose with establishment of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, added to her withdrawal from public space. The study is based on various forms of ego-documents (correspondence, notes, address books, photographs), periodicals and is contextualised by a broader socio-cultural environment.