Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena

Dr Ana Kladnik

Fellow Ana Kladnik

July - September 2016

Ana Kladnik came to the Imre Kertész Kolleg from the Centre for Contemporary History (Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung, ZZF) in Potsdam. In 2015 she was a DAAD-Leibniz research fellow at the ZZF Potsdam. After her three-month stay at the IKK, she will return to the ZZF Potsdam as a research fellow within a DFG funded project Volunteering in Local Communities between Late Socialism and Liberal Capitalism: The History of Volunteer Fire Departments in Germany and East Central Europe, 1980-2000. From 2010 to 2011 she was a visiting scholar at the European Union Center of Excellence, University of Pittsburgh. Between 2009 and 2016 she taught courses on South-East-Central European history at the Charles University in Prague, at the Pittsburgh University and at the University of Sarajevo. In 2013 she obtained her PhD in history from the University of Ljubljana.

Research project at the Kolleg

During my stay at Imre Kertész Kolleg, I plan to continue my research on comparative socio-cultural history of volunteerism in (post-)socialist Southeast Europe in the last twenty years of the twentieth century. For the purposes of this research, I propose voluntary fire departments as a typical example of those "old" voluntary associations which originated in the pre-socialist period and have become part of the civil society infrastructure in post-socialism, alongside the "new" NGOs. The country(ies) I would like to focus on, namely Yugoslavia/Serbia and Slovenia, provide variations with regard to the significance of volunteering traditions and the paths of transition to democracy. In most general terms, the project understands itself as a contribution to current discussions on the long process of transformation in Central, East and Southeast Europe.

Main areas of research

  • Central and Southeast European history of the twentieth century
  • History of socialism and communism, especially perspectives of everyday life
  • Social and cultural history
  • Urban history
  • Comparative history

Positions and memberships

  • Centre for Cultural and Historical Research of Socialism, Juraj Dobrila University, Pula
  • Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies
  • European Association for Urban History


Ana Kladnik, Between Future Euphoria and Utopia Loss. Building a New Socialist Town in Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia (in preparation).

Edited volumes

Ana Kladnik, Celia Donert and Martin Sabrow, eds, Socialist Dictatorship as Sinnwelt. Representations of Social Order and Transformation of Authority in East Central Europe after 1945 (CEU Press, planned for publishing in 2017).

Ana Kladnik and Aleš Črnič, eds, Perspektiva sove. Zgodovina šaleškega študentskega kluba [Perspective of the Owl. History of a Šalek Student Association] (Šaleški razgledi 13, Velenjska knjižna fundacija, 2003).


Ana Kladnik, 'The Wind Blows in the Northeast-Southeast Direction. Construction of Nová Dubnica nad Váhom in Slovakia and Velenje in Slovenia' in HOP, Historie-Otázky-Problémy. Jinakost našich společných dějin (Charles University Prague, 2/2010), 135-143.

Ana Kladnik, 'A Quest for New Paradigms and the Use of Different Methodologies in the Case of New Towns and Settlements in Socialist Slovenia, in Socialism on the Bench. Cultural and Historical Interpretations of Yugoslav and Post-Yugoslav Societies, edited by Lada Duraković and Andrea Matošević (Centre for Cultural and Historical Research of Socialism: University of Pula, Srednja Europa Zagreb, 2013), 214-236.

Ana Kladnik, 'Towns with a Rich Future or What Austrians Discovered from their Socialist Neighbors. Tourism in Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia in about 1960' in Update! Perspektiven der Zeitgeschichte. Zeitgeschichtetage 2010, edited by Linda Erker, Alexander Salzmann, Lucile Dreidemy and Klaudija Sabo (Studien Verlag Insbruck, Wien, Bozen, 2012), 503-509.

Ana Kladnik, 'Srce, roke in lopata. Delo in življenje v socialističnem mestu' [Heart, Hands, and a Dipper. Work and Life in a Socialist Town], in Slovenes and Czechs in Modern Era, edited by Jure Gašparič, Eduard Kubu (Charles University Prague / Institute for Contemporary History Ljubljana, 2010), 320-353.

Ana Kladnik, 'Happy Living in a New Socialist Town. Construction, Distribution, Management, and Living in Apartments in Post-War Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia' in Urban planning and pursuit of happiness, edited by Marc Schalenberg and Arnold Bartetzky (Jovis Verlag GmbH Berlin, 2009), 116-127.


Review of 2013 and 2015 conferences 'Socialism on the Bench' organized by the Centre for Cultural and Historical Research of Socialism: University of Pula, in Social History, 41:3, 319-325, DOI: 10.1080/03071022.2016.1180903.