The Seminar will be hosted by the Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (ZRC SAZU).
Ljubljana is the capital of Slovenia and its largest city, having some 300,000 inhabitants. Its history can be traced back to Neolithic pile dwellings in the nearby marshes. Illyrian and Celtic tribes inhabited the area during Bronze and Iron Ages, while the city called Emona was founded by the Romans in the early first century A.D. It was destroyed in the fifth century, during invasions of Huns and other tribes coming from the east. The Slavs inhabited the area during the sixth century, but the earliest historical records mentioning Ljubljana date to the 12th century, when the area was already subject to foreign feudal lords. In the 13th century it fell under the rule of Habsburg dynasty, which lasted until World War I, being interrupted only by the short early-19th-century French domination imposed by Napoleon. After the end of World War I, Yugoslavia was founded as a new country incorporating the area of Slovenia, but the latter became independent in 1991.