If we want to follow the ontological turns in the humanities, it is necessary to rethink the difference between humans and animals, the ethical and ontological status of animals, and to go beyond the distinction based on new insights and political practices.Read more about Animal in Focus: New Concepts for Animal Research in Humanities (Traditiones 53, 2024)
Volume Editors: Saša Poljak Istenič and Jaro Veselinovič
In the thematic section on urban futures, the authors look at the issues that have emerged as central to the future of selected Slovenian cities and the efforts of their inhabitants, who agree with them and are actively working towards their realisation, who oppose them or ignore them – or who are being ignored by the cities. An article by Valentina Gulin Zrnić and Saša Poljak Istenič introduces the future as an object of cultural anthropological research and an analytical concept on which the following discussions are based. Tatiana Bajuk Senčar and Saša Poljak Istenič discuss the bees in Ljubljana, which have become a symbol of a clean environment and therefore an argument for changing approaches to city management. Jaro Veselinovič and Miha Kozorog analyse the prevailing scenarios on how Nova Gorica and neighbouring Gorica/Gorizia can build a better future as European Capital(s) of Culture. Nina Vodopivec uses the example of Murska Sobota to raise awareness of how industrial workers as a community are denied an agency in creating the future. Katja Hrobat Virloget looks at how unreconciled past influences imagining the future in Istrian cities. The thematic section is complemented by articles on responsibility in public space by Nevena Škrbić Alempijević and Tomislav Oroz and on the challenges of integrating highly skilled migrants into the professional sport by Marijeta Rajković Iveta.
Klaus Littmann's artistic intervention For Forest at the Wörthersee Stadium in Klagenfurt/Celovec raised awareness about climate change and the future of nature. Photo: Saša Poljak Istenič, 16 October 2019