izidor_cankar_diplomat_pomanjanaOn Thursday, 11 June 2009 at 20.00, the book »Izidor Cankar – A Diplomat of Two Yugoslavias«, written by Dr. Andrej Rahten, will be presented in the Škrabec homestead barn in the village Hrovača. A conversation with the author of the book, Dr. Rahten and the chief editor of the book series Studia Diplomatica Slovenica, experienced diplomat and a Constitutional Court judge, Dr. Ernest Petrič will be conducted by historian and author of the foreword to the book, Ddr. Igor Grdina.

Izidor Cankar is a well known author in Slovenia, although his famous cousin, writer Ivan Cankar, is even more known. Izidor could not boast with the writing talent of the scale of his relative, however he had amazing ability to connect top-level knowledge from different areas: history of arts and literary critics as well as diplomacy and politics. Most of his activities have already been extensively researched, with one exception – his diplomatic activity, which has been now brought to light by Dr. Rahten in his new book.

Historian Dr. Andrej Rahten (1973) is Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Cultural History within the Scientific Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (ZRC SAZU) and Assistant Professor at the University of Maribor. He is also Chairman of the Management Board of the Euro-Mediterranean University (EMUNI), Chief Editor of the Slovenian Biographical Lexicon and author of seven monographs. Dr. Rahten was awarded by ZRC SAZU Gold Medal for exceptional doctoral thesis in the field of history (2002) and worked as a Foreign Affairs Advisor to the former Slovenian Prime Minister and advisor to the former Slovenian Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Up to date there were two releases from the book series Diplomatica Slovenica, namely »Baron Josef Schwegel - Memories and Letters« and »The Slovenes in the Eyes of the Empire - Handbooks of the British Diplomats Attending the Paris Peace Conference of 1919«. Books are released by the Project Group for the Research of the Diplomatic History of the Central and South East Europe, which is active in the framework of the Centre for European Perspective.