Consultation Department

The Consultation department is an internal organizational unit of the Study Centre which formally started its operation on 1st February 2009. Its work is very diverse including a wider area of management, organisation and counselling for the needs of the employed. At the same time it is a link between the Study Centre and general public.

Tasks and areas of work of the Department are outlined on the grounds of the government decision on founding the Study Centre, the public institute charter as well as on rules on internal organisation and systematisation. The department for consultation carries out the following activities:

  • managing professional library on the history of totalitarianisms (collection of books is regularly updated by the latest home and foreign professional literature and periodicals);
  • collecting and documenting testimonies and creating records from the institute’s area of research using video, audio and computer equipment;
  • monitoring public calls and preparing project proposals in order to acquire programme resources from domestic and European funds;
  • co-operating with primary and secondary school education institutions in preparation of teaching aids and other materials from the above-mentioned area (workshops, seminars, history lessons);
  • dedicating attention to establishing contacts with associations and organisations functioning in Slovenia and abroad as successor organisations of persons concerned, who experienced World War II;
  • establishing contact with Slovenians in neighbouring countries and abroad;
  • preparing and organising professional excursions visiting locations of hidden and concealed mass graves, concentration, forced labour and refugee camps, intended for the wider public or closed groups (Slovenians from abroad, schools, other organisations);
  • dedicating attention to promotion and corporate identity of the Study Centre (preparing and issuing promotional and other information materials);
  • organising theme discussions and round tables;
  • informing the public about results of research on violation of human rights and freedoms in the 20th century in Slovenia at the institute headquarters and in various places around Slovenia;
  • offering help in planning and preparing home and international professional and scientific meetings, lectures, conferences and seminars on the history of totalitarianisms in the 20th century;
  • offering help in preparing consultations, presentations, press conferences;
  • offering help in publishing collected documents and testimonies, studies, discussions and other scientific contributions and publications;
  • writing documentation (documenting archival and other material);
  • planning and providing for occasional exhibition activity.

The programme of the Consultation Department is in short-term intended for the following areas:

  • managing and updating materials of the internal library including professional literature and periodicals;
  • collecting and documenting testimonies which were recorded while conducting research in the given area or at the Study Centre headquarters; plus editing testimonies delivered by post;
  • monitoring public calls and signing up projects for different domestic and international tenders;
  • co-operating with primary and secondary schools by offering educational content in form of projects issued by various institutions (e.g. National Education Institute…);
  • acquiring archival and other material of various institutions and individuals, which is intended for scientific and research activity;
  • establishing contact with associations and organisations functioning on territory of Slovenia as successors of persons concerned, who experienced World War II;
  • establishing contact with Slovenians in neighbouring countries and abroad;
  • organizing professional excursions;
  • preparing theme discussions covering the topic of national reconciliation;
  • offering help in preparation of scientific consultation;
  • presenting publications at press conferences and meetings for professional and general public.