COURSE DESCRIPTION

The Language of Objects: Topics in Slovenian Material Culture


Programme:

Comparative Studies of Ideas and Cultures (3rd level)

Modul:
Slovene Studies – tradition and modernity

Course code: 39 

Year of study: Brez letnika 


Course principal:
Prof. Maja Godina Golija, Ph.D.

ECTS: 6

Workload: lectures 60 hours, seminar 30 hours

Course type: general elective 

Languages: Slovene 

Learning and teaching methods: lectures, discussion classes 

Objectives and competences

This course’s goal is to familiarize students with the basic features of Slovenian material culture from the end of the eighteenth century to the present, and to build on what they have learned so far. Students become familiar with the basic Slovenian and comparative international literature on this topic, and are introduced to individual research in this area. Special attention is dedicated to discussing specific areas of material culture: economic activities and the folk economy, architecture, residential culture, and food culture. Material culture is discussed as an indicator of general economic, social, and cultural developments.

 

Prerequisites

None required.

 

Content (Syllabus outline)

  • Material culture: Methodological research premises 
    • Material culture as one of the three components of ethnological classification 
    • Methodological premises of material culture research: historical and regional classification 
    • Analysis of objects: origin, creation, and development of an object, its extension, acceptance, adaptation, transfer, and further development 
    • The object as an indicator of the general historical, social, and symbolic dimension of culture 
  • Economic activities in Slovenia 
    • Major industries in Slovenia in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries 
    • Economic activities in agriculture and livestock farming 
    • Economic activities in crafts, trade, and transport 
    • Development of industry and urbanization of the countryside 
  • Food and food culture 
    • Food as a cultural artefact 
    • Theoretical concepts of studying eating habits as developed in ethnology, historiography, and sociology 
    • The most important innovations and milestones in the history of eating habits in Europe and Slovenia 
    • Regional and social characteristics of Slovenian eating habits 
  • Eating out 
    • Forms of eating out: from table d’hôte to fast-food restaurants 
    • Inns and cafes in Slovenia 
    • Contemporary forms of eating out 
    • Culinary expertise 
  • Residential culture 
    • Major types of buildings in Slovenia; the number, naming, and organization of buildings 
    • Modern housing construction and its history and typology 
    • Home furnishing and wall decoration as an indicator of an individual’s socioeconomic and socio-cultural status 

 

Readings

General:

  • Bausinger, Herman in Konrad Köstlin. Hrsg. 1981. Umgang mit Sachen. Zur Kulturgeschichte des Dinnggebrauches, Regensburg.
  • Cevc, Tone. 1978. Etnološka pričevalnost materialne kulture, Pogledi na etnologijo, Ljubljana: 161-196.
  • Kuntz, Andreas. 1990. Erinnerungsgegenstände. Ein Diskussionsbeitrag zur volkskundlichen Erforschung rezenter Sachkultur. Ethnologia Europaea 20: 61-81.
  • Meiners, Uwe. 1990. Research into the History of Material Culture. Ethnologia Europaea 20: 15-35.
  • Štuhec, Marko. 1995. Rdeča postelja, ščurki in solze vdove Prešeren. Ljubljana: Studia Humanitais, Apes: 9-43.
  • Schippers, Thomas K. 2002. Od predmetov do simbolov. Spreminjajoče se perspektive pri proučevanju materialne kulture v Evropi. Etnolog 12(63): 125-136.
  • Köstlin, Konrad. 2005. Novi smisao stvari u muzeju. Heimatmuseum: zavičajni muzej – osnovati ili spaliti? Zagreb: Zajednica Nijemaca u Hrvatskoj.

Economic activities:

  • Ložar, Rajko. 1944. Pridobivanje hrane in gospodarstvo. v: Narodopisje Slovencev I. Ljubljana: Klas: 98-191.
  • Gospodarska in družbena zgodovina Slovencev. 1970. Zgodovina agrarnih panog. I. zvezek Agrarno gospodarstvo. Ljubljana: Državna založba: 251-272.
  • Bogataj, Janez. 1980. Promet, transport in komunikacijska sredstva. v: Slovensko ljudsko izročilo, Ljubljana: Cankarjeva založba: 84-91.
  • Bras, Ljudmila. 1991. Rokodelstvo in obrt. Slovenski etnograf 33-34(1988-1990): 207-246.
  • Smerdel, Inja. 1991. Prelomna in druga bistvena gospodarska dogajanja v zgodovini agrarnih panog v 19. stoletju na Slovenskem. Slovenski etnograf 33-34(1988-1990): 25-61.
  • Braudel, Fernand, 1988. Strukture vsakdanjega življenja: mogoče in nemogoče. Materialna civilizacija, ekonomija in kapitalizem, XV. – XVIII. stoletje. Ljubljana: Studia Humanitatis.

Food and food culture:

  • Makarovič, Gorazd. 1991. Prehrana v 19. stoletju na Slovenskem. Slovenski etnograf 33-34(1988-1990): 127-207.
  • Godina Golija, Maja. 1996. Prehrana v Mariboru v dvajsetih in tridesetih letih 20. stoletja. Maribor: Založba Obzorja.
  • Prehrana na Goriškem. Slavica Plahuta (ur.). Nova Gorica: Goriški muzej, 2002: 7-129.
  • Food and Celebration. From Fasting to Feasting. Patricia Lysaght (ed.). Ljubljana: Založba ZRC, 2002.
  • Norbert, Elias. 2000. O procesu civiliziranja. Ljubljana: Založba/*cf.: 181-245.
  • Goody, Jack. 1994. Cooking, Cuisine and Class: A Study in Comparative Sociology. Cambridge.

Eating out

  • Tomažič, Tanja. 1978. Gostilne, kakršnih se pri nas spominjamo. Slovenski etnograf 29/1976: 3-39.
  • Mennell, Stephen. 1985. All Menners of Food. Oxford, New York: Basil Blackwell.
  • Godina Golija, Maja. 2001. Prehrana v Mariboru v dvajsetih in tridesetih letih 20. stoletja. Maribor: Založba Obzorja: 97-126.
  • Godina Golija, Maja. 2001. Pomen kuharskih knjig za etnološko raziskovanje prehrane. Traditiones 30/1: 293-303.
  • Eating out in Europe. Picnics, Gourmet Dining and Snacks since the Late Eighteenth Century. Marc Jacobs and Peter Scholliers (eds.). Oxford, New York: Berg, 2003.

Residential culture:

  • Smerdel, Inja. 1982. Stensko okrasje – eden razpoznavnih znakov način življenja, v: Problemi 20, št. 9/10: 48-61.
  • Keršič, Irena. 1991. Oris stanovanjske kulture slovenskega kmečkega prebivalstva v 19. stoletju. Slovenski etnograf 33-34(1988-1990): 329-389.
  • Godina Golija, Maja. 1992. Iz mariborskih predmestij. Maribor: Založba Obzorja: 36 -67.
  • Studen, Andrej. 1995. Stanovati v Ljubljani. Ljubljana: Studia Humanitatis, Apes.
  • Ferlež, Jerneja. 2001. Mariborska dvorišča. Maribor: Mladinski kulturni center.
  • Rapoport, Amos. 1991. House Form and Culture. Englewood Cliffs. Prentice-Hall.

 

Assessment

  • In order to take the exam, students must meet all the obligations of their lecture classes and lab classes. 
  • Prior to taking the exam, students must present their term papers. 
  • Students take an oral exam in the overall course content.

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