Liberal feminism has completely overlooked class and other axes of inequality and subjugation, says Metka Mencin Čeplak, as the economically and politically imposed commodification of women comes to the fore, warns Mirjana Ule. What is to be done? In interview, two leading Slovenian feminists consider the options in light of a century of feminist thought.
is editor-in-chief of the Slovenian magazine Dialogi and director of the Aristej publishing house in Maribor. She studied at the Faculty of Arts in Ljubljana and is the co-author of the first manual of modern Slovene for public speakers. She has also written specialist articles, theatre reviews, newspaper columns, editorials and children’s books.
Hiring staff and selecting contributors is dependent on quality, qualifications and specialist skills but not gender, writes Dialogi editor-in-chief Emica Antoncic. Gender-oriented quotas are therefore not an option and would not deal with the root causes of inequality anyway.
A flurry of creative activity in the Slovenian city of Maribor, one of the European Capitals of Culture 2012, obscures the absence of a coherent and sustainable concept for the city’s cultural sector. Independent publishers like Dialogi are left facing an uncertain future.
The question of national scientific languages, though one of many issues touching on the relationship of the national and the global, is especially sensitive in the Slovenian context. Whether or not Slovene scientists chose to publish in Slovene is more a matter of values than external compulsion, writes Emica Antoni.
Dialogi asks university professors about the relationship between national scientific languages and the global language of English as it affects their own institutions.