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Dr. Mirt Komel, Associate Professor

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  • Dr. Mirt Komel, Associate Professor
    Phone: +386 1 58 05 149
    Email: is.jl-inu.vdf@lemok.trim
    Office Hours:
    B-215: Monday(s) 10h-12h.
    B 215

    Undergraduate courses
    Modern philosophy

    Graduate courses
    Modern Literature and Social Ideologies
    Expert sphere:
    Philosophy, Structuralism, Psychoanalysis, Hegelianism, Marxism, Experientialism.
  • Mirt Komel, philosopher and writer, was enrolled at the Faculty of Social Sciences (FDV) and Faculty of Arts (FF), University of Ljubljana, auto-didactically studied ancient and modern Greek and also acquired internationally recognized certificates in the foreign languages of English, Italian, and French.

    After obtaining a diploma in sociology at FDV (2005) started to work as a Young Fellow Researcher at the Centre for the Research of Culture and Religion and as Teaching Assistant at the Department of Cultural studies (2006-10). After finishing his Phd. at the Department of Philosophy (2010) stayed at the Department of Cultural studies first as Teaching Assistant with Phd (2010-14), and now as Assist. Professor (2014-).

    Research Fellow at the Peace Institute of Ljubljana (2005-), member of the editorial board of the Journal for the Critique of Science (2007-14), author of several scientific articles in national and international journals, as well as author of the following scientific monographs: An Attempt of a Touch (2008), Twin Peaks and Postmodernism (2012), Discourse and Violence (2012), Socratic Touches (2015).
  • Full bibliography accessible at:

    Scientific monographs
    Sokratski dotiki/Socratic touches. Ljubljana: Faculty of Social Sciences Publishers (Skodelica kave), 2015. ISBN 978-961-235-711-5.
    Diskurz in nasilje/Discourse and Violence. Ljubljana: Association for theoretical psychoanalysis (Analecta/Problemi, vol. 50, 7/8), 2012. ISBN 978-961-6376-55-6.
    Twin Peaks in postmodernizem/Twin Peaks and postmodernism : coffee, pie, owl, and dwarf. Ljubljana: Slovenska kinoteka (Imago series), 2012. ISBN 978-961-6417-77-8.
    Poskus nekega dotika/Attempt of a Touch. Ljubljana: Faculty of Social Sciences Publishers (Kiosk), 2008. ISBN 978-961-235-332-2.; Ebook version. 2011; ISBN 978-961-235-528-9.
    Scientific articles in international peer-reviewed scientific journals
    -Re-orientalizing the Assassins in Western historical-fiction literature : Orientalism and self-Orientalism in Bartol's Alamut, Tarr's Alamut, Boschert's Assassins of Alamut and Oden's Lion of Cairo. European journal of cultural studies, ISSN 1367-5494, Oct. 2014, vol. 17, no. 5, pp. 525-548.
    -Dracula and the Balkans from a Marxist-psychoanalytical perspective. Sarajevske sveske, ISSN 1512-8539, 2014, no. 43/44, pp. 439-446.
    -Orientalism in Assassin's Creed: self-orientalizing the assassins from forerunners of modern terrorism into occidentalized heroes. Teorija in praksa, ISSN 0040-3598, Jan.-Feb. 2014, vol 51, no. 1, pp. 72-90.
    The Orientalism of Islamic fundamentalism: assassins, terrorists, and other Western creeps. Časopis za kritiko znanosti, domišljijo in novo antropologijo, ISSN 0351-4285, 2013, vol. 40 [i. e. 41], no. 252, pp. 181-188.
    -The Walking Dead: Zombie Apocalypse Now! Kino!, ISSN 1854-9357, 2013, vol. 19/20, pp. 136-146.
    -The rebels, revolution, and the question of violence. In: ZAVRATNIK, Simona (ed.), KURNIK, Andrej (ed.). Take them out!: reflecting the uprisings, (Časopis za kritiko znanosti, domišljijo in novo antropologijo, ISSN 0351-4285, Vol. 40 no. 254). Ljubljana: Študentska založba, 2013, pp. 198-204.
    -Orientalism in Bartol's novel Alamut: "nothing is true, everything is permitted". Annales, Series historia et sociologia, ISSN 1408-5348, 2012, vol. 22, no. 2, pp. 353-366.
    -The World and Losing It: The History of the Decline of a West. Časopis za kritiko znanosti, domišljijo in novo antropologijo, ISSN 0351-4285, 2012, vol. 39 [i. e. 40], no. 248, pp. 19-30.
    -"Human Flesh - cru ou cuit?": the aesthetic-culinary dimensions of the human corpse. Filozofski vestnik, ISSN 0353-4510, 2012, vol 33, no. 3, pp. 111-118.
    -Nationalism and citizenship in post-Dayton Bosnia and Herzegovina. Časopis za kritiko znanosti, domišljijo in novo antropologijo, ISSN 0351-4285, 2011, vol. 39, no. 243, pp. 57-67.
    -The Yugoslav Wars as the primordial accumulation of capital. Fast capitalism, ISSN 1930-014X, 2011, iss. 8.1.
    -The Cinematic Touch: on the role of the haptic in the art of cinema. Kino!, ISSN 1854-9357, 2011, no. 15, pp. 15-24.
    -On managerial realism: a critique of managerial realism through Orwell’s critique of Burnham’s Managerial revolution. Časopis za kritiko znanosti, domišljijo in novo antropologijo, ISSN 0351-4285, 2010, vol. 38, no. 240, pp. 146-156.
    -The linguistic aspects of Euroorientalism. Odjek, ISSN 0029-8387, 2010, vol. 63, no. 1, pp. 71-79.
    -Lacan sive Althusser: the Materiality of the Symbolic. Problemi, ISSN 0555-2419, 2010, vol. 48, no. 6/7, pp. 115-132.
    -Déjà vu as an event of the body. Problemi, ISSN 0555-2419, 2009, vol. 47, no. 4/5, pp. 149-169.
    -From Marx’s critique of political economy to Burnham’s theory of the managerial revolution. Teorija in praksa, ISSN 0040-3598, 2009, vol. 46, no. 5, pp. 593-607.

    Chapters in Edited Volumes
    -Brotherhoods and unities: European citizenship and nationalism in Yugoslavia's successor states applied to the case of post-Dayton Bosnia and Herzegovina. In: ZIMMERMANN, Tanja (ed.). Brüderlichkeit und Bruderzwist : Mediale Inszenierungen des Aufbaus und die Niedergangs politischer Gemeinschaften in Ost- und Südosteuropa, (Kultur- und Sozialgeschichte Osteuropas, Bd. 2). Göttingen: V & R unipress, cop. 2014, pp. 137-149.
    -Vladimir Bartol's Alamut and Slovenian (self-)orientalism. In: BORN, Robert (ed.), LEMMEN, Sarah (ed.). Orientalismen in Ostmitteleuropa: Diskurse, Akteure und Disziplinen vom 19. Jahrhundert bis zum Zweiten Weltkrieg, (Postcolonial studies, Bd. 19). Bielefeld: Transcript, cop. 2014, pp. 335-349.
    -The Eros of form and the Thanatos of content. Consumerist celebrations of Valentine’s Day and Halloween in Slovenia. In: SLAVEC GRADIŠNIK, Ingrid (ed.), JEZERNIK, Božidar (ed.), VELIKONJA, Mitja (ed.). Merry heteroglossia: Holidays and community formation, (Zupanič Library, ISSN 1855-671X, no. 39). Ljubljana: The Scientific Publishing House of the Faculty of Arts, 2014, pp. 91-108.
    -Statelessness and the right to have rights: universalism of human rights within the context of the UN and EU. In: BENEDEK, Wolfgang (ed.). European yearbook on human rights 2012. Antwerp: Intersentia; Wien: Neuer Wissenschaftlicher Verlag, 2012, pp. 433-445.
    -With Vesna Čopič (coauthor). Repenser la politique culturelle selon une perspective postnéolibérale. In: SAEZ, Guy (ed.). Les nouveaux enjeux des politiques culturelles: dynamiques européennes, (Collection Recherches, Série Territoires du politique). Paris: La Découverte, cop. 2012, pp. 308-320.
    -Nancy: body, breasts, touch. In: NANCY, Jean-Luc. Corpus. Noli me tangere. The Birth of Breasts, (Koda series). Ljubljana: Študentska založba, 2011, pp. 269-293.
    -American patriotism: from a Republican value to Racist Imperialism. In: MAGAJNA, Julija (ed.), KUZMANIĆ, Tonči (ed.). The Re-Invention of America. Ljubljana: The Peace Institute, 2011, pp. 167-185.
    Twin Peaks: a surrealist allegory of the postmodern. In: KREČIČ, Jela (ed.), NOVAK, Ivana (ed.). Towards the End: the contemporary film series and seriality. Ljubljana: Slovenska kinoteka, 2011, pp. 303-321.
    -L'origine della guerra : una rilettura del carteggio tra Einstein e Freud. In: BOOKCHIN, Murray, LICATA, Andrea, Komel, Mirt. L'ecologia come giustizia e libertà: scienza e pace nell'era della crisi globale, (Saggistica, 14). 1a ed. Roma: Nonluoghi Libere, 2008, pp. 43-54.
    -The Science of Management?. In: KUZMANIĆ, Tonči (ed.). Contributions to the critique of the manager paradigm: P. F. Drucker and his managerial ideologeme, (Politike series). Ljubljana: The Peace Institute, 2008, pp. 149-160.

    Conference presentations
    -Splitting Eurobalkanism: Europeanization of the Balkans, Balkanization of Europe - a short psychoanalytical observation : [paper presented at the 3rd Workshop of the Network and Memoria in South-Eatern Europe, 8th-13th May 2012, Supetar/Island Brač (Croatia)]. Supetar, 2012.
    -Contemporary Slovenian literature in post-socialist independence: between the national paradigm and postmodernism : [paper presented at Literatures of Central and Eastern Europe and the Balkans on the Ruins of Communism, Paris, 24th - 26th March 2011]. Paris, 2011.
    -The myth of the vampires in the Balkans and Bram Stoker's Dracula through a marxistic and psychoanalitical perspective : [paper presented at the 43rd Annual Convention of the Association for Slavic, East European & Eurasian Studies, Washington, November 17-20, 2011]. Washington, 2011.
    -Trst is ours : post-socialist Slovenian partisan cinema : [paper presented at a Workshop on Partisan Rhetoric and Visual Culture in and Beyond Yugoslavia, July 7-9, 2011, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin]. Berlin, 2011.
    -Citizenship and political rights: the problem of statelessness: [paper presented at the Conference Theories and Practices of Citizenship in the New Balkan States, Edinburgh, June 24-25, 2010]. Edinburgh, 2010.
    -Remembrance and recreation of the partisan myth in contemporary Slovenian and Italian cinema : [paper presented at the 42nd Annual Convention of the Association for Slavic, East European & Eurasian Studies, Los Angeles, November 18-21, 2010]. Los Angeles, 2010.

    Invited lectures and presentations
    -The Assassins in Western Literature: from Vladimir Bartol's Alamut to Scott Oden's Lion of Cairo. Lecture at the Universität Konstanz, Fachbereich Literaturwissenschaft, 29 May 2013. Konstanz, 2013.
    -Hegel and the revolution. Lecture at MKSC Koper, 31 January 2013. Koper, 2013.
    -Socratic Touches. Lecture for students of the postgraduate program in Philosophy, Faculty of Arts, Ljubljana, 17 April 2013. Ljubljana, 2013.
    -Southerners go home: the comic and intolerance in Slovenia. Paper presented at the Critical studies in the post-Yugoslav space, Banja Luka, 14-15 April 2010. Banja Luka, 2010.
    -The dissolution of Yugoslavia and the contemporary Slovenian cultural scene. Lecture at the Nazim Hikmet Cultural Centre, Istanbul, 9 January 2010. Istanbul, 2010.

    Personal bibliography