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Vanja Kočevar, PhD

Research Associate


Vanja Kočevar deals with the political history of the Slovenian ethnic territory in the early modern period, focusing on the Duchy of Carniola and studying the symbolic communication and political rituals using the example of the Carniolan provincial assemblies and inaugurations. He also explores the political aspects of the Counter-Reformation and the Catholic Revival at the turn of the 16th and 17th centuries, as well as the development of collective identities in present-day Slovenia before the rise of national movements.

Recognition of University of Ljubljana, Faculty of arts for best PhD in the humanities in the academic year 2016–2017.



  • 2012 bachelor's degree, Department of history, Faculty of arts, University of Ljubljana.
  • 2017 PhD, Department of history, Faculty of arts, University of Ljubljana.


  • 2012–2016 young researcher at the Milko Kos historical institute ZRC SAZU, Novi trg 2, 1000 Ljubljana.
  • 2017 assistant at the Milko Kos historical institute ZRC SAZU, Novi trg 2, 1000 Ljubljana.


  • Erasmus – Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen (Tübingen, Germany, March–July 2011). Advisor: Prof. Dr. Anton Schindling.
  • Stipendien der Stipendienstiftung der Republik Österreich (Graz, Austria, September 2015). Project: Die steiermärkisch-krainischen ständischen Beziehungen und der Grazer Hof zur Regierungszeit des Erzherzogs und Kaisers Ferdinand II. (1595-1637). [Styrian-Carniolan estate relations and the Graz court during the reign of Archduke and Emperor Ferdinand II (1595-1637)]. Advisor: Ao.Univ.Prof.Dr. Harald Heppner.
  • Ernst Mach-Stipendien, Ernst Mach weltweit (Dunaj, Avstrija, januar–september 2017). Project: Erbhuldigungen in den habsburgischen Erbldndern [Inaugurations in Habsburg hereditary lands]. Advisor: Ao.Univ.Prof.Dr. Marija Wakounig.


Vanja Kočevar is active in scolarly editions and translating of historical sources such as:

  • The 1583 patent issued by Archduke Charles II concerning the introduction of the Gregorian calendar in Inner Austria,
  • The 1599 patent issued by Archduke Ferdinand concerning the final banishment of protestant preachers and on the abolition of the protestant liturgy in Inner Austrian lands,
  • The 1628 patent issued by Emperor Ferdinand II concerning the conversion or eviction of Protestant nobility of Inner Austrian lands,
  • The 1631 general mandate by emperor Ferdinand II concerning the religious situation in Carniola.
Research areas

seventeenth century
military history
political history
thirty years' war