Dr Ana Kladnik

Curriculum Vitae


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