Jernej Mlekuž, PhD

PhD. in intercultural studies, studies of comparative ideas and cultures, Geographer, Ethnologist, Research Fellow

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Jernej Mlekuž has problems (which is not always his fault or wish) with his disciplinary identity, so you may find him dressed up in various guises: as an ethnologist, geographer, anthropologist, culturologist, historian, hydrologist.  He prefers to link the research of migrations to commonplace aspects of everyday life: diet (e. g. burek or kranjska klobasa), material culture, newsprint paper. Of course, he is also interested in many other things. Apart from (and about) that he also gives lectures (currently at the ERUDIO School of Sustainable Tourism), edits (currently the Migracije series, and prior to that the scientific journal Dve domovini / Two homelands), presides (currently over the Research Committee of the Institute) and mentors (a young researcher, Ms Maja Gostič), among other things. But what he enjoys most are river rapids.

His research focus is on migration theory and methodology, cultural aspects of migration processes, material culture, epistemology, epiphenomena and water levels and gauges.

Fields of work: migration studies, social spatiatility, material culture, media studies, philosophy of science

ABCČĆ migracij. Ljubljana: Založba ZRC, 2021.

The renaissance of sausage: the role of Kranjska sausage in the contemporary process of reconstructing the Slovenian nation. Nations and nationalism, 2020, 26/2: 407–423 (selected as exceptional scientific achievements by Slovenian Research Agency)., doi: 10.1111/nana.12572,

The sausage that awakened a nation: the Carniolan sausage in the Slovenian national imagination, 1849–1918. Rethinking history, 2020, 24/3–4: 503–522., doi: 10.1080/13642529.2020.1831352.

Pijača z zaslugami za narod: slivovka in banalni nacionalizem v izbranem časopisju socialistične Jugoslavije. Traditiones, 2020, 49/3: 115-134., doi: 10.3986/Traditio2020490306.

I feel Kranjska klobasa: Kako je kranjska kobasica podignula slovensku naciju. Zagreb: Srednja Evropa, 2018 (Murko award 2018 by Slovene Ethnological Society for outstanding achievement in ethnology in the previous year).

Kranjsko klobasanje: Slovenska zgodovina, kot jo pišejo packe kranjske klobase na časopisnem papirju. Ljubljana: Beletrina, 2017 (awarded by Gourmand International as the best book in the category Culinary History, 2018).

»We asked for workers. We got bureks instead.« The Meanings and Significance of the Burek in Slovenia. Ethnologia Europaea 2017, 47/2: 72–86.

When the grease runs through the paper: On the consumption of ultragreasy bureks. Food, power, and agency (eds. Jürgen Martschukat, Bryant Simon). London: Bloomsbury, 2017, 169–190.

Bosanci, čefurji, čapci and other burekalised creatures: Images of immigrants and their descendants in Slovenian media and popular culture. Citizens at heart? Perspectives on integration of refugees in the EU after the Yugoslav wars of succession (eds. Li Bennich-Björkman et al. ). Uppsala: Uppsala University. 2016, 69–85.

Burek: A culinary metaphor. Budapest; New York: Central European University Press, 2015 (translated in Slovenian, Serbian and Albanian, awarded by Gourmand International as the best book in the category Culinary History Best food writing, 2016).

Link to Sicris

National and Cultural Identity of Slovenian Emigration in the Context of Migration Studies ( research programme • 01. january 2013 - 31. december 2022)
Made in YU: How nonhumans activated Yugoslavia ( raziskovalni • 01. january 2020 - 31. december 2022)