Katja Praznik

Slovenia / United States of America
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Katja Praznik holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Ljubljana. She is Assistant Professor at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Her research focuses on labor issues in the arts during the demise of the welfare-state regimes. Before moving to the United States, she worked as a freelancer in the Slovenian independent art scene. She was the editor-in-chief of journal Maska and was engaged in the struggles for improving working conditions of art workers at Društvo Asociacija. She is the author of The Paradox of Unpaid Labor: Autonomy of Art, the Avant-Garde and Cultural Policy in the Transition to Post-Socialism (Ljubljana: Sophia, 2016). Her new book dealing with Yugoslav socialism, art and labor is under consideration for a North American university press.