Research Fellow

Research interests

Mateja Ratej works at and leads the Scientific Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (SC SASA) Research Station in Maribor. She is Deputy Editor In-Chief, a member of the editorial board and Section Editor at the New Slovenian Biographical Lexicon and the editor of Biographical Studies (Lives And Works Collection), published by the Institute for Cultural history (ICH) at SC SASA. She is a member of the Scientific Council at ICH SC SASA and 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

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

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

Begunstvo profesorja Tofana; kulturnozgodovinski prerez Maribora v dvajsetih letih 20. stoletja. Ljubljana: Založba Modrijan, 2015. (znanstvena monografija)

Usode prve svetovne vojne. Življenja in dela X. Biografske študije 7. Ljubljana: Založba ZRC, 2015. (urednica)

Ruski diptih; iz življenja ruske emigracije v Kraljevini SHS. Ljubljana: Založba Modrijan, 2014. (znanstvena monografija)

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Selected projects

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

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