The vision and mission of the Institute of Contemporary History

 

The Institute of Contemporary History conducts systematic research and provides expert presentations of the period from the middle of the 19th century to date. In terms of contents, the research involves the historical events that took place in the Slovenian territory and compares them with the historical developments elsewhere. During its research activities, it cooperates with other research and pedagogical institutions in Slovenia and abroad, in Europe as well as worldwide, and thus also conducts comparative studies of historical developments.

The mission of the Institute of Contemporary History is to ensure systematic and continuous research of the historiography of the more recent period, communicate the results to the professional and general public (also by means of the newest forms of presenting research results and historically-relevant materials in the field of Slovenian historiography and humanities), and disseminate the acquired knowledge in the context of the higher, college, and university education. As an independent public research institution, the Institute of Contemporary History researches the national and general contemporary history, either on its own or in cooperation with other research institutions. In a variety of forms, it communicates the research results to the scientific and broader public. To this end, it has also developed its own publishing activities: it publishes the scientific magazine titled Prispevki za novejšo zgodovino (Contributions to Contemporary History), scientific monographs, and other scientific and expert publications. In the pursuit of its goals, the Institute of Contemporary History follows the principle of public interest. It operates publicly, adhering consistently to the established scientific methodology and principles of historiographic research. Taking into account its field of expertise, it participates in the evaluation and exploration of important social questions, raised by the state authorities, organisations, and civil society.

The Institute of Contemporary History carries out all the supporting activities necessary for efficient research: it maintains a specialised library for the period of contemporary history and keeps developing a state‑of‑the‑art digital research infrastructure. In the pursuit of its goals, it follows the principle of public interest. It operates publicly, adhering consistently to the established scientific methodology and principles of historiographic research. Taking into account its field of expertise, the Institute participates in the evaluation and exploration of important social questions, raised by the state authorities, organisations, and civil society.

 

A SHORT PRESENTATION OF THE INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY HISTORY

 

The Institute of Contemporary History is a public research institute that conducts humanities, contemporary history, and digital humanities research with the emphasis on historiography. Its forerunner, the Institute for the History of the Workers' Movement, was founded by the Executive Council of the Socialist Republic of Slovenia in 1959 to ensure historiographical research of contemporary history in the period between the Slovenian national affirmation in the second half of the 19th century and the end of World War II. The Institute for the History of the Workers' Movement consisted of the Science and Research Department with its library and the Archive. During the 1970s, the Institute expanded its research focus on the period after 1945 as well. In 1989, after considerable efforts of its employees, the Institute renamed itself as the Institute of Contemporary History, entirely in line with the scope and focus of its research activities, envisioned in three long-term research plans. In 1992, the Institute of Contemporary History was transformed into a public research institute, founded by the Republic of Slovenia. In the same year, the Archive organisational unit was separated from the Institute and merged with the Archives of the Republic of Slovenia.

The Institute of Contemporary History conducts two research programmes and an infrastructural programme as public services. Of these, one programme group focuses predominantly on the research of political and cultural history, while the other carries out research in the field of the social and economic history of the second half of the 19th and the 20th century. Its research group consists of 24 researchers and junior experts. It also manages its own expert library. Apart from 29,000 books from the field of contemporary history, a collection of the most important Slovenian and Yugoslav press, and specialised literature of fascist and Nazi origins, the library also keeps materials produced by some of its former researchers.