Research Fellow

Research interests

Mateja Ratej is the editor of Biographical Studies (Lives And Works Collection), published by the Institute for Cultural history (ICH) at SC SASA and a Section Editor at the New Slovenian Biographical Lexicon. She is the Deputy of the Head of the Institute and a member of the Publishing Council of the Publishing House SC.

Through micro- and culturally-historic studies she researches biographies of the past more or less anonymous individuals, who are in historic studies usually painted as part of an unintelligible mass of subordinates. However, it is only through their lives that one can glimpse at a convincing approximation of the historical eras. As the philosopher Mladen Dolar writes in the foreword to her book Russian Diptych (2014) it is in the individual, familial, psychological and legal microcosms that the macrocosms of social, political and historical forces are enigmatically mirrored.

Selected publications

Svastika na pokopališkem zidu: poročilo o hitlerizmu v širši okolici Maribora v tridesetih letih 20. stoletja. Ljubljana: Beletrina, 2021. (scientific monography)

Osebnosti slovenskega novinarstva. Lives And Works Collection XXV. Biographical Studies 18. Ljubljana: Založba ZRC, 2021. (editor)

Osebnosti slovenske medicine. Lives And Works Collection XXIV. Biographical Studies 17. Ljubljana: Založba ZRC, 2020. (editor)

Biografija na prehodu v digitalnost. Lives And Works Collection XXII. Biographical Studies 15. Ljubljana: Založba ZRC, 2019. (editor)

Markuzzijev madež; rojevanje človekovih pravic po prvi svetovni vojni. Ljubljana: Založba Modrijan, 2017. (scientific monography)

Vojna po vojni; štajerske kmečke družine v dvajsetih letih 20. stoletja. Ljubljana: Založba Modrijan, 2016. (scientific monography)

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Selected projects

Etnološke in folkloristične raziskave kulturnih prostorov in praks (research programme • 1. January 201531. December 2021)

Biographies, mentalities, epochs (research programme • 1 January 200931 December 2014)

Slovensko-srbski politični odnosi v letih 1918-1941 (postdoctoral research project • 1. September 200531. August 2007)