(25 December 1961 - 28 January 2016) was head of the Centre for Cultural and Religious Studies, University of Ljubljana. His publications include: Dictionary of Silence, The City and the Child, Reluctant Modernity: The Institution of Art and its Historical Forms, Anxious Moments, Twilight of Idols: The Tragedy of Yugoslavia and Individualism and Literary Metaphors of the Nation.
Like Yugoslavia, the European Union may well prove a failure in the long run, unless it can prevent the dominance of its most powerful member states. Hence the continuous need to find ways of embracing difference without giving up the cultural tradition in which one was born and raised. [more]
The perils and hopes of a European identity
Western Europe lives like a family without feelings for the post-communist states on the same continent. A more diverse concept of Europe is needed for a European identity worthy of its name. [Italian version added] [more]
Cultural globalization is not the transplantation of western ideas and technologies across the planet, but the adaptation of these according to local requirements, writes Ales Debeljak. Hybridity, the product of a longue durée, is at the heart of the western paradigm. [more]
Ales Debeljak discusses the political, moral and historic implications of Danilo Kis's writings. [more]
As Slovenia is emerging from its first decade of independence, Debeljak debates what kind of role the new European member should play within the EU. [more]