Denis Cerkvenik

Young Researcher
Phone: +386 5 663 77 00

Research Areas:

  • History of the 20th century
  • World War II
  • Operational Zone of the Adriatic Littoral
  • Structures of Authorities
  • Collaboration


Denis Cerkvenik completed both his undergraduate and postgraduate studies in the field of history at the Faculty of Humanities in Koper. His focus was on the relations between Slovenes and Italians at the border area of the northern Adriatic; also, the connections between the Soviet Union and the Socialist Republic of Slovenia. His master’s thesis on this topic was entitled "Views of Slovene politicians and businessmen on the Soviet Union at the time of Slovene independence" under the mentorship of prof. dr. Jože Pirjevec and prof. dr. Mateja Režek. As a part of the research, he conducted interviews with key politicians and businessmen who cooperated with the Soviet Union during Slovenia's independence. During this time he also perfected his language skills in Russian (MESI, Moskovski gosudarstvenij universitet ekonomijej, statistiki i informatiki) and English (Tunisia, Crif Sfax and Tunisia). In 2017, he was selected as a young researcher under the mentorship of prof. dr. Egon Pelikan and is currently researching the topic of the Operational Zone of the Adriatic Littoral.