Aleš Debeljak

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.


Cover for: The Yugoslav Atlantis

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.

In praise of hybridity

Globalization and the modern western paradigm

The division of the world into “the West and the rest” is a misrepresentation, writes Ales Debeljak. Cultural globalization is not the transplantation of western ideas and technologies across the planet, but the adaptation of these according to local requirements. Hybridity, the product of a longue durée, is at the heart of the contemporary western paradigm.

Ales Debeljak discusses the political, moral and historic implications of Danilo Kis’s writings.

As Slovenia is emerging from its first decade of independence, Debeljak debates the pros and cons of joining the European Union and outlines what kind of role the country could and should play within such a framework.

Elusive Common Dreams

The perils and hopes of a European identity

Western Europe lives like an isolated family without any feelings for the post-communist states on the same continent, says the Slovene poet and essayist Ales Debeljak. He tries to formulate a defence for a broader conception of Europe and seeks a European “master narrative” that makes the creation of a real European identity possible.