Who is Alternator?

Alternator is a joint project co-financed by the following partners:

  • Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (ZRC SAZU),
  • National Institute of Biology (NIB),
  • Jožef Stefan Institute (IJS),
  • National Institute of Chemistry (KI),
  • Educational Research Institute (PEI),
  • Slovenian Institute of Hop Research and Brewing (IHPS),
  • Geological Survey of Slovenia (GeoZS),
  • Institute of Contemporary History (INZ),
  • Slovenian National Building and Civil Engineering Institute (ZAG),
  • Academic and Research Network of Slovenia (Arnes),
  • Institute for Ethnic Studies (INV),
  • Science and Research Centre Koper (ZRS Koper),
  • Institute of Information Science (IZUM),
  • Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia (UIRS),
  • Slovenian Syndicate for Upbringing, Education and Science (SVIZ),
  • Slovenian Research Agency (ARRS).

Editorial Board

Sabina Autor

Sabina Autor

Editor

Is an assistant with a Master's Degree at the Educational Research Institute in Ljubljana and is currently writing her doctoral thesis in philosophy entitled "Transformations of Knowledge and the Legacy of the Enlightenment". The focus of her doctoral research is the question and status of knowledge in contemporary societies. She is also a member of the editorial board of The School Field journal and of the organizational board for the March for Science (Slovenia). She previously collaborated at the I Peace Institute - Institute for Contemporary Social and Political Studies, working primarily within the project Workers'-Punks' University (2000-2010) as a co-editor of the Intolerance Monitoring Report (2004-2008) and for Media Watch journal (2003-2008). From 2008 to 2015, she was a member of the editorial board of the journal KINO! for film theory and cinema.

Helena Dobrovoljc

Helena Dobrovoljc

Editor

Is a researcher and the head of the Department for Normative Guidelines at the Fran Ramovš Institute for Slovenian Language, ZRC SAZU. Professionally, she explores the theory of standard language, its norm and codification. Her research is primarily focused on the normative difficulties of various social groups. She is also a moderator at the Language Counselling Service. She is especially interested in linguistic peculiarities that, due to various social factors, deviate from the expectations, norms, system and nature of language. She holds a PhD in the Slovene Theory of Linguistic Naturalness.

Anton Gradišek

Anton Gradišek

Editor

Is an Assistant Professor. He completed his PhD in physics at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics at the University of Ljubljana in 2012. He spent the years from 2012 to 2013 as a researcher at the Korea Basic Science Institute in South Korea, and was a Fulbright Scholar at the Washington University in Saint Louis from 2014 to 2015. He currently works at the Jožef Stefan Institute in the Departments of Intelligent Systems and Solid State Physics. His interests include materials for the hydrogen economy, liquid crystals, applications of artificial intelligence in medicine, and bumblebees.

Arne Hodalič

Arne Hodalič

Photo Editor

Studied biology in Ljubljana, Slovenia. After finishing university, he worked for five years as a professional sailboat skipper and diver and had his own charter company on the Adriatic coast in Croatia. He began taking photographs, mostly of boats, diving and nautical activities. His first trip to India in 1989 changed the arc of his career. The photos he took in India were published in the prestigious Swiss magazine Animan, and, in response, he received more than 20 assignments from the magazine and travelled around the world with his camera. He joined the Gamma Press Agency in Paris and began working for the French press as a member of several photo agencies. In 2008, he became a lecturer in photography and photojournalism at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Ljubljana and at the Higher School of Applied Sciences in Ljubljana. He is currently the photo editor of National Geographic Magazine (Slovene edition).

Matej Huš

Matej Huš

Editor

Obtained a PhD in physical chemistry and is a researcher at the National Institute of Chemistry. He is a science correspondent for Radiotelevision Slovenia, Delo, Slovenia's largest national daily newspaper, Monitor, the leading computer magazine, and an occasional expert on science and technology related topics for other media. In his spare time, he oversees science competitions for high school pupils and accompanies them to international competitions. After finishing his PhD at the University of Ljubljana, he began to work in chemical engineering at the National Institute of Chemistry and then went on a 18-month postdoc in physics at Chalmers Technical University in Gothenburg, Sweden. Since returning home, physics, chemistry, computer science, and journalism have been inextricably linked parts of his life. Motto: Science should not be confined to laboratories.

Dejan Jontes

Dejan Jontes

Editor

Is an Associate Professor of media studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Ljubljana. His main research interests include the critical analysis of journalism, popular culture, and television studies. He wrote the book Journalism as Culture: Myth and Values (2010) and co-edited the reader Media and Audiences (2012). His recent publications include: "Ridiculing the Working-Class Body in a Post-Socialist Sitcom" (with A. Trdina, Comedy Studies 2018), "Television Audiences in a Multichannel Environment" (Teorija in praksa 2017), and "Technology, Communication, and Monopolies of Knowledge" (with M. Pušnik and R. Bobnič in H. Innis: Pristranost komuniciranja 2018).

Matjaž Ličer

Matjaž Ličer

Editor

Obtained his PhD in molecular physics from the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics at the University of Ljubljana. He currently works as a physical oceanographer at the Marine Biology Station of the National Institute of Biology. He also studied philosophy at the Faculty of Arts at the University of Ljubljana, and obtained a PhD in philosophy from the Graduate School of the Scientific Research Centre at the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts. His translation into Slovenian of Einstein's Relativity – The Special and the General Theory was published as part of the Historia Scientae Collection at ZRC Publishing. He likes sports climbing, freeriding, and film photography.

Oto Luthar

Oto Luthar

Editor

Is the director of the Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, and a member of the Institute for Culture and Memory Studies. His research interests include the modern history of ideas, the social theory and history of historiography, the philosophy of history, and the cultural history of memory. He is the author/editor of The Land Between: A History of Slovenia, Of Red Dragons and Evil Spirits, Post-Communist Historiography Between Democratization and New Politics of History, and The Great War and Memory in Central and South-Eastern Europe.

Gregor Pobežin

Gregor Pobežin

Editor

Is a classicist and professor of Greek and Roman history tenured at the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Primorska. He has also lectured at the Universities of Zadar in Croatia, the University of Nova Gorica, and the University of Ljubljana. He is currently a researcher at the Institute of Cultural History, ZRC SAZU. His main field of expertise is Greek and Roman historiography with echoes of antiquity in later periods.  He has authored or co-authored several scientific articles and books in this field. He organizes the annual international scientific symposium "Divina – Days of Andreas Divus from Justinopolis".

Martin Pogačar

Martin Pogačar

Editor

Is a researcher at ZRC SAZU's Institute of Culture and Memory Studies. Lest he forget too much, Martin researches memory in digital media environments, but is also interested in the entanglements of technology, memory, and (post)socialism. He asks questions about the uncertainty of the present predicament in the cultures of the past. Late at night he reads science fiction and is intrigued by space sociology. Recent publications include: "Culture of the Past: Digital Connectivity and Dispotentiated Futures" (in: Digital Memory Studies: Media Pasts in Transition) and Media Archaeologies, Micro-archives and Storytelling: Re-presencing the Past.

Anja Skapin

Anja Skapin

Executive Editor

Promotes science at the Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts and is the executive editor of Alternator. She holds a PhD in literary studies. Her research interest is focused on different levels of otherness and foreignness manifested in the literary system, and on basic processes of interculturalism in the Slovenian literary space. She always tries to relate her research premise to the critical illumination of the reading culture in Slovenia. She believes in the effectiveness of analog writing and in the aesthetic education of man.

Agata Tomažič

Agata Tomažič

Editor-in-Chief

Studied French language, literature, and journalism. She worked as a journalist at Delo, the largest Slovenian daily newspaper, until 2016 when she started working as a science communicator at the Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts. She has published several works of fiction including a collection of short stories, a novel, and a selection of travelogues.