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Dr. Katja Praznik

Assistant Professor

605 Clemens Hall

Phone: 716.645.0769


Research Interests: Autonomy, labor legislation and political economy in the arts



Katja Praznik is a sociologist of culture coming from Ljubljana, Slovenia. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Ljubljana. Her research is dedicated to the politics of unpaid cultural labor, specifically she focuses on the issues of artistic autonomy, labor legislation and political economy of the arts during the demise of the welfare state in the postsocialist context. In the Arts Management Program she teaches courses related to cultural policy and the role of the state in regulation of cultural production, sociology of the arts in relation to political economy, and critical analysis of cultural systems and management practices. Praznik is the author of Ideologies of the Dancing Bodies published in the book Chronotopographies of Dance: Two Inquiries (2010, EMANAT).

Before coming to the USA, Praznik was the Editor-in-Chief of internationally distributed bilingual (Slovene- English) performing arts journal Maska (2007–2009). She has collaborated as a dramaturge with several dance and theatre artist, including Maja Delak, Matija Ferlin, Iztok Kovač and dance company En-Knap. In Slovenia, she was engaged in the political struggle for the improvement of working conditions of independent artists and cultural producers at Asociacija, Association of Cultural NGOs and Freelancers. On the regional level, she was involved in establishing alliance of former Yugoslav independent cultural scenes to build sustainable framework for collaboration and development of contemporary artistic practices, critical public discourse and innovative organizational models.