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Dr. Aleš Črnič, Professor

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  • Dr. Aleš Črnič, Professor
    Phone: +386 1 58 05 165
    Email: is.jl-inu.vdf@cinrc.sela
    Office Hours:

    BP 24

    Undergraduate courses
    Contemporary religious and spiritual movements
    Introduction to religious studies

    Graduate courses
    Culture Studies Research II
    Religions and cultures in 21st century

    Doctoral programmes
    Religious Studies
    Expert sphere:
  • Aleš Črnič received his PhD in 2002 in the field of social sciences (more specifically sociology of religion). Since 20014 he is a full professor of Study of Religions at the Faculty of Social Sciences. His research interests at the Centre for the Study of Culture and Religion focus mainly on the critical study of contemporary religious developments, and in recent years he has also been studying the cultural and social aspects of vegetarianism and veganism. He lectures in the Study of Religions at all three levels of university studies and is the coordinator and supervisor of the interdisciplinary PhD program in Religious Studies at University of Ljubljana.

    He has received additional professional training at the University of Oxford and as a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley (in 2012). For more than a decade, he was a member of the Presidency of the International Society for the Study of Religion in Central and Eastern Europe (ISORECEA), where he served one term each as Secretary General and another as Vice President. He is the President of the Slovenian Association for the Study of Religions and its' delegate in the International Association for the History of Religions (IAHR), Coordinator of the Regional Religious Studies Network and initiator of the Religious Studies Section of the Slovenian Sociological Association, which he chaired between 2004 and 2018. Since its foundation in 2005, he has been the editor of the book series Kult, which publishes monographic analyses of contemporary religious, cultural and social issues.

    Since 2000, he has made dozens of public appearances in electronic and print media (interviews, polemics, etc.) on contemporary religious, cultural and social issues. In autumn 2011, he initiated the Citizens' Tribune for Spaces of Freedom, which carried out a series of civil society actions. In 2012-2013 he was the (first) coordinator of the Free University.