Vita Zalar


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Vita Zalar is a PhD candidate and research assistant at the Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Institute of Cultural History. She is currently working on her dissertation project “Conceptual History of Gypsiness: Habsburg and Post-Habsburg Perspectives” under the supervision of Assist. Prof. Ari Joskowicz and Prof. Oto Luthar at the Postgraduate School ZRC SAZU. As an associate researcher to the international project “Dislocations and resistances. Persecutions and genocidal violences of Roma, Sinti and Travellers in Western Europe, 1939‒1946,” led by Ilsen About (EHESS), she is cooperating closely with Paola Trevisan and Danijel Vojak. Their goal is to achieve a transnational Italian-Slovenian-Croatian analysis of the interwar persecutions of the Roma and other communities, persecuted under the label “Gypsy” under the Fascist and Nazi regimes. She is also contributing to the project “Schools and Imperial, National and Transnational Identifications: Habsburg Empire, Yugoslavia, and Slovenia,” led by Prof. Rok Stergar (University of Ljubljana). In the scope of the latter project, she is conducting research on so-called “Gypsy schools” in the Kingdom of Yugoslavia.

 

Public lectures and conference presentations

ZALAR, Vita. Trendi raziskovanja in obeleževanja genocida nad Romi. Trendi v znanosti: 8. simpozij raziskovalk in raziskovalcev ZRC SAZU na začetku znanstvene poti. ZRC SAZU, Ljubljana, 8 December 2020.

ZALAR, Vita. Genocid nad Romi v primežu sodobnih populizmov. Noč, ko so violine obmolknile. Sinagoga Maribor, Maribor, 31 July 2020.

ZALAR, Vita, and Théophile LEROY. “It was a German decision”: Shared memories and conflicted discourses on Romani genocide in France and Yugoslavia. The Romani Genocide and its Aftermath: The Uses of the Past. Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide, London, 7 November 2019.

ZALAR, Vita. A historian's viewpoint on genetic research in Romani studies. Annual Meeting of the Gypsy Lore Society and Conference on Romani Studies. University of Iceland, Reykjavík, 16 August 2019.

ZALAR, Vita. Kako je »cigan« postal »Cigan«: konceptualna zgodovina administrativne kategorije od Avstro-Ogrske do druge Jugoslavije. Razvoj kolektivnih (etničnih) identitet na Slovenskem skozi prizmo zgodovine dolgega trajanja. Zgodovinski inštitut Milka Kosa ZRC SAZU, Ljubljana, 24 May 2019.

ZALAR, Vita. Begriffsgeschichte als eine Forschungsmethode der Gruppenbildung: die Entwicklung des Begriffes »Zigeuner« von einer sozialen zu einer ethnischen Kategorie. 8. Internationale DoktorandInnentagung der Andrássy Universität Budapest, »Methoden – Zugänge – Präsentationen: Wissenschaftliches Arbeiten in der Geschichtswissenschaft mit dem Schwerpunkt Ostmitteleuropa«. Andrássy Universität Budapest, Budapest, 22 May 2019.

ZALAR, Vita. Meddisciplinarni epistemološki zdrsi: indijski izvor Romov na presečišču lingvistike, zgodovine in genetike. Znanost in njeni pogoji: 6. simpozij mladih raziskovalk in raziskovalcev na začetku znanstvene poti. ZRC SAZU, Raziskovalna postaja Barje, 25 October 2018.

ZALAR, Vita. (Dis)continuities in state policies towards non-sedentary ‘gypsy’ populations: the case of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and its successor states. Europe a century after the end of the first world war (1918–2018). University of Oradea, Oradea, 11 October 2018.

ZALAR, Vita. The interbellum ‘gypsies’ between state dissolution, border alteration and economic readjustments. Annual Meeting of the Gypsy Lore Society and Conference on Romani Studies. University of Bucharest, Bucharest, 4 September 2018.

ZALAR, Vita. Pisati zgodovino »ciganov« : metodološka in epistemološka izhodišča. Premiki in obrobja: Simpozij raziskovalk in raziskovalcev ZRC SAZU na začetku znanstvene kariere. ZRC SAZU, Ljubljana, 23 November 2017.

ZALAR, Vita. Analysis of the Gypsy population in Habsburg crown lands Duchy of Carniola, Duchy of Styria and Austrian Littoral at the end of 19th century. Annual Meeting of Gypsy Lore Society and Conference on Romani Studies. Södertörn University, Stockholm, 14 September 2016.

ZALAR, Vita. Exclusion and inclusion of Roma and Sinti in Slovenia during the Second World War. Annual Meeting of Gypsy Lore Society and Conference on Romani Studies. Institute of Cultural Heritage of the Academy of Sciences of Moldova, Chisinau, 10 September 2015.
 

Research exchanges

1–31 July 2016: research exchange at the Institute for Minority Studies, Hungarian Academy of Science, funded by Tempus Public Foundation.

1 March–30 June 2019: research exchange at the Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, funded by the Go Styria scholarship programme.

1–31 May 2018: research exchange at the Institute for Minority Studies, Hungarian Academy of Science, funded by Tempus Public Foundation.

ZALAR, Vita. (Dis)continuities in state policies towards ‘gypsies’: the case of Austria-Hungary and its successor states. In: Europe a century after the end of the first world war (1918–2018), eds. Ioan Horga, Alina Stoica, 249–266. Bucharest: Editura Academiei Române, 2018.
Biographies, mentalities, epochs ( research programme • 01. january 2009 - 31. december 2014)
Historical interpretations of the 20th century ( research programme • 01. january 2017 - 31. december 2022)
Schools and Imperial, National, and Transnational Identifications: Habsburg Empire, Yugoslavia, and Slovenia ( temeljni • 01. september 2020 - 31. august 2023)

* October 2017–
Employed as a young researcher and assistant at the Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (ZRC SAZU), Institute of Cultural History.

* October 2017–
Enrolled in the doctoral programme Comparative Studies of Ideas and Cultures, module Cultural History at the Postgraduate School ZRC SAZU.

* September 2017
Acquired a Master’s Degree in History at the second-cycle Master’s programme in History at the Department of History, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana. M. A. thesis supervisor: Prof. Marta Verginella, PhD.

* September 2015
Acquired a Bachelor’s Degree in History at the first-cycle Bachelor’s programme in History at the Department of History, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana. B. A. thesis supervisor: Prof. Marta Verginella, PhD.

Research areas
Social and economic history H270
Contemporary history (since 1914) H250
Contemporary history (circa 1800 to 1914) H240
Modern history (up to circa 1800) H230

Keywords
memory studies
nationalism studies
race and ethnicity studies
conceptual history
Romani studies