A cross-disciplinary, transnational and participative approach to Alpine food cultural heritage

Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts

The Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (ZRC SAZU - Znanstvenoraziskovalni center Slovenske akademije znanosti in umetnosti, SI) is a leading Slovenian research centre in the humanities and a cutting-edge academic institution in Central and Southeast Europe. It has a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary character as approximately 300 researchers and technicians from eighteen institutes conduct their studies in cultural, social and natural fields. Most of institutions have their centres in Ljubljana; however, some of them have their dislocated units in Nova Gorica and Maribor.

The basic mission of researchers is to perform studies in the framework of national research programmes, national basic research projects and international projects. ZRC SAZU also carries out a series of applied projects, where researchers implement their results in concrete areas and make valuable connections between experts and other stakeholders. Therefore, the achievements of researchers are visible not only in scientific articles and publications, but also in documentaries, promotional films, maps, posters, exhibitions and websites. Furthermore, numerous researcher impacts prove that findings in the humanities are also useful for sustainable utilisation of natural and cultural heritage as well as for finding solutions to concrete contemporary environmental, social and economic problems. 

Within AlpFoodway project, the Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts contributes to the inventory of the Alpine Food Cultural Heritage as well to the inquiry on Alpine food heritage values and community rights on Intangible Cultural Heritage intellectual property. AlpFoodway engages members from the Institute of Slovenian Ethnology and the Institute of Culture and Memory Studies. The Institute of Slovenian Ethnology has a long tradition in the field of researching food within the Slovenian ethnic territory and carrying out documentation of heritage of Alpine regions. Between 2008 and 2010 it was the coordinator for the Protection of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) and responsible for the National ICH inventory. The benefits of the Institute for Culture and Memory Studies are experts in social sciences and humanities (anthropology, musicology, linguistics, history, cultural studies). This enables them to study the understanding and significance of cultural heritage practices from different perspectives and for different challenges. The experts works on documentation tasks of ICH in the Slovenian alpine regions and leads the WP 4 (NETWORKING & AWARENESS), which focus on establishing networks among stakeholders, community building and preparation of strategic documents. 

Check the AlpFoodway project page on the  ZRC SAZU website


 Špela Ledinek Lozej​