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Department of History

Prof. Dr. Marta Verginella, PhD

I lecture European History of the 19th Century and Theory of History at the Department of History, University of Ljubljana. Between 2005 and 2007 I was the head of the Department.

Since 1998 I have been a member of the nostrification committee at the Senate of the Faculty of Arts. From 2006 to 2010 I was a national coordinator for historiography at Slovene Research Agency. From 2009 to 2013 I was a member of the council of the Slovene National Museum of Contemporary History. Since 2013 I have been a member of the management Board of the Slovenian Repertory Theatre in Trieste. 

As a guest professor I lectured at the ISH – Ljubljana Graduate School of the Humanities, University Federico II in Naples, University of Padova, University of Alessandria, University of Sassari, University of Trieste, University of Vienna, and at the University of Zagreb. In 2005 I also lectured at the University of Valencia, within the Mediterranean Chair, founded by UNESCO. I collaborate on a regular basis with the Scientific Research Centre of Koper, Istituto regionale per la storia del movimento di liberazione nel Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Slovenski znanstveni inštitut (Vienna), École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris), the Institut für Ost- Südosteuropa Forschung der Universität (Vienna). I am a member of various research institutions (Slovene National Matrix in Ljubljana, Slovene Research Institute in Trieste), societies (Society of Slovene Historians, SISSCO) and editorial boards (Studia Humanitatis, Zgodovinski časopis, Acta Histriae, Rivista DEP, Philosophy kitchen, and Qualestoria).

I published numerous monographs and articles on the subject of border studies, memory studies, oral history and history of 19th century. I have also done a pioneering work in the social and cultural history of the First and Second World Wars, in the history of women, and on anti-Semitism and the Holocaust in Slovenia. The second axis of my work concerns so-called border studies, namely the epistemological questions arising from writing history in a multi-ethnic environment. In this regard I have focused especially on historical actors which academically relevant historical studies have usually overlooked, particularly women. In my research I have paid special attention to daily migrations of women along the Slovene-Italian border.

My chief endeavour has been to bring Slovene historiography into contact with the latest European historiographical developments, especially those from the Romanic world. I was among the first to methodically introduce the findings and methodological approaches of the French historical anthropology and Italian microhistory into Slovene historiography and academia. On my initiative a number of internationally acclaimed researchers, for example for example Luisa Passerini, Hervé le Bras, Maurizio Gribaudi, Sabina Loriga, Luisa Accati, Giacomo Todeschini, Giovanni Levi, Claudio Povolo and others, gave lectures in Slovenia.


  • 1995: PhD in History (University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts)


University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts, Department of History

  • 2006–: Full Professor of Slovenian and General Modern History
  • 2001–2006: Associate Professor of Slovenian and General Modern History
  • 1997–2001: Assistant Professor of Slovenian and General Modern History
  • 1992/93–1995/96: Assistant for Sociology of Culture at the Department of Sociology

Visiting professor 

  • April–May 2005: visiting professor at the University of Valencia (Universitat de Valencia, catedra UNESCO, catedra MEDITERRANIA), courses 2005 with a series of lectures with titles "Fenomen migratori en un area multietnica. Aproximacions i fonts", "Migracions i mobilitat entre els segles XIX i XX" and "Migracions i ús politic de la historia entre Italia i la ex Iugoslavia"

Research projects

  • 2017–2022: head of the European research project EIRENE - Post-War Transitions in Gendered Perspective: the Case of the North Eastern Adriatic Region
  • 2014–2017: head of the SRA research project Women and the First World War.
  • 2014–2016: head of the SRA research project Multikulturna prijateljstva in narodne vezi na presečiščih slovenskega, italijanskega in nemškega sveta (1848–1941
  • 2009–2012:  head of the SRA project Juridical and Political History of Women
  • 2016–2018: member of the SRA research project Oborožena meja: Politično nasilje v severnem Jadranu 1914–1941, headed by Borut Klabjan, PhD
  • 2011–2014: member of the SRA research project Italian Fascist Camps in the Memories of Slovenian Men and Women
  • 2004–2007: member of the INTERREG project IIIA/Phare CBC Italia_Slovenia Dalla terra divisa al confine ponte. Frattura e collaborazione nelle aree di confine tra Italia e Slovenia nel secondo dopoguerra (1945–1965)
  • 1997–2001: member of the SRA research project
  • 1997–1999: member of the SRA research project
  • 1999–: member of the SRA research group Slovenian History (Department of History, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana)

Membership in rank groups

  • The society Slovenka matica
  • Slovene Research Institute, Trieste

Other roles in the field of expertise:

  • Member of the Scientific Committee of  the Civico Museo della Guerra per la Pace Diego de Henriquez, Trieste
  • Member of the editorial board of a scientific journal "Passato e presente", January 2021
  • President of the Humanities, member of the Scientific Research Council of the Sciences, ARRS (SRA)


  • 2019: Remarque Institute, visiting fellow, New York University, United States
  • 2002: École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France
  • 1994: Alpe Adria scholarship, University of Klagenfurt, Austria


History of women and gender; social history; oral history; memorial studies; border and national studies.


  • 2017: Recognition for special research achievements, Študentski svet Filozofske fakultete 
  • 2018: Recognition of the Faculty of Arts for a unique achievement or event - acquisition ofERC Advanced Grant projekta EIRENE
  • 2019: Gold plaque of University of Ljubljana, for outstanding merits in the development of scientific, pedagogical or artistic creation


Verginella, Marta. 2016. “Succession choices of small farmers and women farmers' wills in the area around Trieste in the nineteenth century.”In The History of Families and Households: Comparative European Dimensions edited by Silvia Sovič,  Pier Paolo Viazzo, Pat Thane, 207–231  Leiden; Boston: Brill.

Verginella, Marta. 2015. La guerra di Bruno: l'identità di confine di un antieroe triestino e sloveno (Saggi, Storia e scienze sociali). Roma: Donzelli.

Verginella, Marta. 2015. “Displacement and cultural borders in the Great War: bitterness of the refugee experience in the native country or abroad.” Acta Histriae 23, št. 3: 357–376.

Verginella, Marta. 2008. Il confine degli altri: la questione giuliana e la memoria slovena (Saggine, 112). Roma: Donzelli.

Verginella, Marta. 2006. Ženska obrobja: vpis žensk v zgodovino Slovencev. Ljubljana: Delta.

Compulsory Courses

Elective Courses



09. 11. - 11. 11. 2023
Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Arts

26th Neolithic Seminar 'Eurasian Neolithics: How Cultures and Societies Evolve and Why It Matters'

27. 02. 2023
Faculty of Arts

Online presentation of University of Ljubljana for prospective international students

13. 10. 2022
Administrative Office for Doctoral Study, Faculty of Arts

EUTOPIA Citizen Science Clinics

15. 09. 2022
Administrative Office for Undergraduate Study Programme, Faculty of Arts

Reception for International Students at the Faculty of Arts and at the University of Ljubljana (two separate events)

22. 02. 2022
Faculty of Arts

Online sessions for prospective international students, 22 February 2022 at 1.15 pm (CET)