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Office hours:
19 June-30 September by prior arrangement via e-mail.
1 October-30 November I will be a visiting professor at the University of Innsbruck, consultations via Zoom are possible.



Department of History

Asst. Prof. Dr. Žiga Zwitter


  • 2016-2017: post-doctoral training in environmental history (Institute of Social Ecology, Vienna)
  • 2015: PhD in History (University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts)
  • 2010: pre-bologna reform graduate thesis in history and geography (University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts)



University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts, Department of History:

  • 2016–: Assistant Professor of Slovenian and General history of the Early Modern Times
  • 2015–2016: Assistant for Slovenian and General History of the Early Modern Times
  • 2010–2015: young researcher (mentored by Acad. Prof. Peter Štih, PhD & Assoc. Prof. Boris Golec, PhD)

Research and education projects:

  • 2020: member of the ARRS research project Post-Imperial Transitions and Transformations from a Local Perspective: Slovene Borderlands Between the Dual Monarchy and Nation States (1918–1923), headed by Jernej Kosi, PhD
  • 2018: member of the ARRS research project History of Doctoral Dissertations by Slovene Candidates in the Austro-Hungarian Empire (1872–1918), headed by Tone Smolej, PhD
  • 2017–: member of the CEEPUS network EcoManAqua (EcoResNet): Ecology and Management of Aquatic Ecosystems in Central, East and Southeast Europe, headed by Thomas Hein, PhD, BOKU
  • 2017–2018: member of the ARRS research project Social and identity mobility in the Slovenian territory between the late Middle Ages and the disintegration of the Habsburg Monarchy, headed by Boris Golec, PhD
  • 2016–2017: Member of the bilateral project Socio-Economic History, the Present Day and the Future of Alpine Pastures and Temporary Settlements in Montenegro and Slovenia, headed by Peter Štih, PhD
  • 2016–2017: post-doctoral research project of the Austrian Academy of Sciences: Traditional Ecological Knowledge of Grassland Management to Promote Alpine Sustainability (supervisor: Acad. Prof. Verena Winiwarter, PhD)
  • 2011–2014: Member of the ARRS research project Man, Nature and Environment between the Northern Adriatic and the Eastern Alps in Premodern Times, headed by Peter Štih, PhD
  • 2010–: Member of the ARRS programme group Slovenian History (Department of History, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana)

Membership in committees of professional organisations:

  • 2019–: regional representative of the ESEH (European Society for Environmental History) region Croatia-Serbia-Slovenia
  • 2018–: representative of users of archives in the board of the Archival association of Slovenia
  • 2017–2018: member of the European Society for Environmental History Summer School Committee 

Awards and scholarships, lectures for students of foreign universities and keynote lectures:

  • 2020: a visiting lecture on approaches to 16th- & 17th-century intellectual environmental history for PhD students of the Department of History, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb (hosted by Prof. Hrvoje Gračanin, PhD)
  • 2019: two visiting lectures on environmental history of Alpine grasslands for master's students of the Department of Geography, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb (hosted by Prof. Borna Fürst Bjeliš, PhD) and of the Department of History, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb (host Prof. Hrvoje Petrić, PhD)
  • 2019: a visiting lecture on historical climatology and the Little Ice Age for students of the Department of History, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb (hosted by Assoc. Prof. Hrvoje Petrić, PhD)
  • 2018: one of the two organizers of and main lecturers at the interdisciplinary summer school Environmental History and Geography of Fresh Water Ecosystems, organized in Slovenia in the frame of the CEEPUS network Ecology and Management of Aquatic Ecosystems in Central, East and Southeast Europe, and supported also by the International Association for Danube Research. Participants were Master's students from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna and from the University of Ljubljana.
  • 2018: keynote lecture Challenges and opportunities of environmental dynamics in Alpine grasslands for mountain animal husbandry from c. 1500 to c. 1800 CE at the conference Gebirgsräume im Wandel = AKH [Arbeitskreis Hochgebirge, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Geografie] Jahrestagung 2018
  • 2016-2017: post-doctoral research fellowship Joint Excellence in Science and Humanities of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (at the Institut für Soziale Ökologie, Vienna, mentored by Acad. Prof. Verena Winiwarter  PhD)
  • 2017: a one-week OeAD scholarship for teaching MA students environmental history at the Universität für Bodenkultur Wien (hosted by Gertrud Haidvogl, PhD)
  • 2017: a visiting lecture for students of the Abteilung für Wirtschafts-, Sozial- und Umweltgeschichte, Historisches Institut, Universität Bern (hosted by Prof. Christan Rohr,  PhD)
  • 2010: the Prešeren faculty Award for his diploma graduate thesis
  • 2008: a recognition award for special achievements in studying geography
  • 2005: golden secondary-school graduate



Environmental history, economic history, social history, particularly the early modern times and long-term approaches.



Zwitter, Žiga. 2020. “Eine Wissensgeschichte der Wiesen und Weiden im Südosten der Alpen im 16. und im frühen 17. Jahrhundert.” Mitteilungen des Instituts für Österreichische Geschichtsforschung 128, no. 1: 49–82.

Zwitter, Žiga. 2016. “Urbarji iz 16. in 17. stoletja kot vir za okoljsko zgodovino (= Die Urbare aus dem 16. und 17. Jahrhundert als Quelle für die Umweltgeschichte).” In Urbarji na Slovenskem skozi stoletja, edited by Matjaž Bizjak and Lilijana Žnidaršič Golec, 117–148.  Ljubljana: Arhiv Republike Slovenije.

Zwitter, Žiga. 2015. “Material responses to natural hazards in 16th and 17th centuries: cases from present-day Slovenia and its surroundings.” Dela 43: 5–28.

Zwitter, Žiga. 2015. “Subsistence, prosperity and abandonment of Alpine isolated farms in the dynamic 17th century environment: case study from the Upper Savinja Valley with special emphasis on tenants' inventories.” Ekonomska i ekohistorija (Economic- and Ecohistory) 11, special issue: History and Sustainability: 139–181.

Zwitter, Žiga. 2013. “Vremenska in klimatska zgodovina v koledarjih in podložniških dnevnikih ljubljanskega škofa Tomaža Hrena (1597–1630) (= History of Weather and Climate in Calendars and Manorial Minutes of Tomaž Hren, Bishop of Ljubljana (1597–1630)).” Zgodovinski časopis (Historical Review) 67, no. 3–4: 306–389.


Compulsory Courses

Elective Courses



09. 11. - 11. 11. 2023
Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Arts

26th Neolithic Seminar 'Eurasian Neolithics: How Cultures and Societies Evolve and Why It Matters'

27. 02. 2023
Faculty of Arts

Online presentation of University of Ljubljana for prospective international students

13. 10. 2022
Administrative Office for Doctoral Study, Faculty of Arts

EUTOPIA Citizen Science Clinics

15. 09. 2022
Administrative Office for Undergraduate Study Programme, Faculty of Arts

Reception for International Students at the Faculty of Arts and at the University of Ljubljana (two separate events)

22. 02. 2022
Faculty of Arts

Online sessions for prospective international students, 22 February 2022 at 1.15 pm (CET)