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Dr. Mojca Pajnik, Professor

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  • Dr. Mojca Pajnik, Professor
    Phone: +386 1 58 05 247
    Email: is.jl-inu.vdf@kinjap.acjom
    Office Hours:
    Monday 13.00-15.00
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    B 102

    Undergraduate courses
    Public sphere and power
    Communication systems
    Political Communication

    Graduate courses
    Alternative media
    Master's seminar
    Master thesis
    Expert sphere:
    media and communication, the public sphere, populism, citizenship, globalization, international communication, gender, migration
  • I obtained the PhD from communications at the Faculty of Social Sciences (FSS) (2005) with the thesis on feminist interpretations on the notion of the public. I received my MSc in communication (2002) and BA in journalism (1998) from the same faculty. In my 20s I have worked for several years as a journalist. I was an employee of the Open Society Institute and worked as head of programs on European integration and East East: Partnership Beyond Borders Program.
    I have been an assistant professor at FSS (2010-2016), an associate professor (2017-2022) and I'm full professor since 2022. Since 2001 I have been a researcher at the Peace Institute in Ljubljana; I am senior research advisor at this institute since 2016.

    Focus areas of my research are media and communication, the public, populism, migration and gender. My bibliography includes 12 books, 50 original articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals and more than 40 book chapters in edited volumes. The recent books include Media and Gender: Structures and Policies of Inequality (in Slovenian, ed with B. Luthar, FDV, 2019), Populism and the Web: Communicating Practices of Parties and Movements in Europe (ed. with B. Sauer, Routledge, 2017) and Contesting Integration, Engendering Migration: Theory and Practice (ed. with F. Anthias, Palgrave, 2014).

    I was a visiting researcher and lecturer at University of Helsinki, Central-European University, Budapest, University of Florence, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt, Loughborough University, University of Nijmegen, University of Vienna. The international conferences that I have co-organized include After the Summer of Migration: Right-wing Populism, Media and Affect (2021), Gender Differentiation in Media Industry (2018), The Power of Alternative Media: Experiences from South-East Europe (2012) and Migrant Labour: Contested Integration, Prospects for Citizenship (2011). 

    I have lead European research projects and have been a partner in many. Recently I coordinated POPMED, Political and Media Populism: "Refugee Crisis" in Slovenia and Austria (Slovenian Research Agency, 2018-2021, I am currently leading the research program at the Peace Institute Equality and Human Rights in Times of Global Governance (Slovenian Research Agency, 2020-2023,, and I lead the team in Slovenia to Norface research project POPBACK, Populist Backlash, Democratic Backsliding, and the Crisis of the Rule of Law in the European Union (2021-2023,, Horizont 2020 FIERCE, Feminist Movements Revitalizing Democracy in Europe (2022-2025, and VolkswagenStiftung ECSEuro, Enacting Citizenship and Solidarity in Europe "From Below": Local Initiatives, Intersectional Strategies, and Transnational Networks (2022-2025, 

    I am an Editorial Board Member of Global Media and Communication; Journal of Alternative and Community Media; Migracijske i etničke teme (Migration and Ethnic Themes).

    I was awarded for scientific excellency by the FSS, University of Ljubljana in 2014. My co-authored article "Engendering Media Work: Institutionalizing the Norms of Entrepreneurial Subjectivities«, published in Journalism, was selected among the achievements »Excellent in Science 2021« by the Slovenian Research Agency.
  • Selected Articles in Scientific Journals

    M. Pajnik, N. Berzelak, A. Šulc, 2023, Aligning Populist Worldviews of Citizens to Media Preferences: Peculiarities of an Illiberal Political Context. East-European Studies,

    - M. Pajnik, M. Hrženjak. 2022. The intertwining of the Covid-19 pandemic with democracy backlash: making sense of journalism in crisis. Journalism practice,

    -- M. Pajnik, M. Hrženjak. 2022. Engendering media work: institutionalizing the norms of entrepreneurial subjectivity. Journalism,

    -- R. Smrdelj, M. Pajnik. 2022. Intersectional representation in online media discourse: reflecting anti-discrimination position in reporting on same-sex partnerships. Gender, Technology and Development.

    -- M. Pajnik. 2019. Media populism on the example of right-wing political parties' communication in Slovenia. Problems of post-communism, 66(1): 21-32,

    -- M. Pajnik, P. Sekloča, M. Ribać, 2019. Sensitizing the concept of mediatization for the study of social movements. Communications 21,

    -- R. Kuhar, M. Pajnik, 2019. Negotiating professional identities: male sex workers in Slovenia and the impact of online technologies. Sexuality research & social policy 16(2): 227-238.

    -- M. Pajnik. 2017. Media-political Parallelism: Legitimization of Migration Policy on the Example of Commentary in Daily Newspaper “Delo”. Dve domovini / Two Homelands 45, 169-184.

    -- M. Pajnik. 2017. Feminization for Reproduction of Cognitive Capitalism: Illusion of Degendered Work in the Media. Javnost - The Public 24, 33-46.

    -- M. Pajnik. 2016. ‘Wasted precariat’: Migrant work in European societies. Progress in Development Studies 16(2), 159-172.

    -- M. Pajnik. 2015. Nano-media and Connected Homeliness. International Journal of Communication 19(9), 732-752.

    -- M. Pajnik, N. Kambouri, M. Renault, I. Šori. 2015. Digitalising Sex Commerce and Sex Work: A Comparative Analysis of French, Greek and Slovenian Websites. Gender, Place & Culture 23(3), 345-364.

    -- M. Pajnik. 2014. Kontroverze državljanstva in nastavki za opredelitev digitalnega državljanstva (Controversies of Citizenship and Settings for Defining Digital Citizenship) Teorija in praksa 51(6), 1185-1203.

    -- M. Pajnik, M. Renault. 2014. The (re)making of Sexualities on the Web. Social science information 53(3), 462-482.

    -- M. Pajnik. 2010. Media Framing of Trafficking. International Feminist Journal of Politics 12(1), 45-64.

    -- M. Pajnik. 2007. Integration Policies in Migration Between Nationalizing States and Transnational Citizenship with Reference to the Slovenian case. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 33(5), 849-865.

    -- M. Pajnik. 2006. Feminist Reflections on Habermas’s Communicative Action: the Need for an Inclusive Political Theory. European Journal of Social Theory 9(3), 405-424.

    -- M. Pajnik. 2005. Citizenship and Mediated Society. Citizenship Studies 9(4), 349

    Selected Book chapters

    -- R. Kuhar, M. Pajnik. 2020. Populist mobilizations in re-traditionalized society: anti-gender campaigning in Slovenia. In Right-wing populism and gender: European perspectives and beyond, eds. G. Dietze, J. Roth, Bielefeld: Transcript, cop., 167-184.

    -- M. Pajnik, 2019. Media logic in disposing of migrants. In The disaster of European refugee policy: perspectives from the "Balkan route", eds. I. Žagar et al., Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 179-195.

    -- M. Pajnik, S. Meret. 2018. Populist Political Communication in Mediatized Society. In Populism and the Web: Communicative Practices of Parties and Movements in Europe, eds. M. Pajnik, B. Sauer, Abingdon, New York, Routledge, 36-54.

    -- M. Pajnik, G. Campani. 2017. Populism in Historical Perspectives. In Understanding the Populist Shift: Othering in a Europe in Crisis, eds. G. Lazaridis, G. Campani, Abingdon, New York, Routledge, 13-30.

    -- M. Pajnik, G. Campani. 2017. Democracy, Post-democracy and the Populist Challenge. In Understanding the Populist Shift: Othering in a Europe in Crisis, eds. G. Lazaridis, G. Campani, Abingdon, New York, Routledge, 179-196.

    -- M. Pajnik. 2016. Nationalizing Citizenship: The Case of Unrecognized Ethnic Minorities in Slovenia. In Ethnic Minorities and Politics in Post-Socialist Southastern Europe, eds. S. P. Ramet, M. Valenta, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 232-245.

    -- M. Pajnik, F. Fabbro, D. Kamenova. 2016. Ethno-nationalism and Racial capitalism in Populist Framing of Migrants as a Threat.  In Populism, Media and Education: Challenging Discrimination in Contemporary Digital Societies, ed. M. Ranieri, Abingdon, New York, Routledge, 67-98.

    -- M. Pajnik, R. Kuhar, I. Šori. 2016. Populism in Slovenian Context between Ethno-nationalism and Re-traditionalization. In The Rise of the far Right in Europe: Populist Shifts and ‘Othering’,eds. G. Lazaridis, G. Campani, A. Benveniste, Palgrave, 137-160.

    -- M. Pajnik 2015. Changing Citizenship, Practicing (Alternative) Politics. In The Routledge Companion to Alternative and Community Media, ed. Chris Atton, London, Routledge, 113-122.

    -- M. Pajnik, 2014. Reconstructing Citizenship for the Future of Polity. In Contesting Integration, Engendering Migration: Theory and Practice, eds. F. Anthias, M. Pajnik, Basingstoke, New York, Palgrave, 102-121.

    -- M. Pajnik, V. Bajt. 2013. Civic Participation of Migrant Women: Employing Strategies of Active Citizenship. In Paradoxes of Integration: Female Migrants in Europe, eds. F. Anthias, M. Kontos, M. Morokvacis-Müller, London, Springer, 97-116.

    -- M. Pajnik. 2012. Gender (In)equity in Post-socialist Media. In Central and Eastern European Media in Comparative Perspective: Politics, Economy and Culture, eds. J. Downey and S. Mihelj, Surrey, Burlington, Ashgate, 89-111.

    Selected Books

    M. Pajnik, B. Sauer, eds. 2018. Populism and the Web: Communicative Practices of Parties and Movements in Europe, Abingdon, New York, Routledge.

    M. Pajnik, B. Luthar, eds. 2019. Mediji in spol: strukture in prakse neenakosti. (Media and Gender: Structures and Practices of Inequality), Ljubljana, FDV.

    S. Hodžić, M. Pajnik, eds. 2016. Communicating Citizens’ Protests, Requiring Public Accountability: Case Studies from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Macedonia, Sarajevo, Mediacentar.

    M. Pajnik, E. Valenčič, eds. 2015. Racism: Cut-up World, Ljubljana, Beletrina, Journal for the Critique of Science.

    F. Anthias, M. Pajnik, eds. 2014. Contesting Integration, Engendering Migration: Theory and Practice, Palgrave.

    M. Pajnik, F. Anthias, eds. 2014. Work and the Challenges of Belonging: Migrants in Globalizing Economies, Newcastle upon Tyne, Cambridge Scholars Publishers.

    M. Pajnik, J. D. H. Downing, eds. 2008. Alternative Media and the Politics of Resistance: Perspectives and Challenges, Ljubljana, Peace  Institute.

    M. Pajnik. 2008. Prostitution and Human Trafficking: Gencer, Labour and Migration Aspects, Ljubljana, Peace Institute.

    M. Pajnik, ed. 2002. Xenophobia and Post-socialism, Ljubljana, Peace Institute.

    Personal bibliography