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Birkbeck Professor elected to Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts

Professor Renata Salecl from the School of Law received this honour at a ceremony in Ljubliana, in recognition of her scholarly achievements.

Professor Renata Salecl from the School of Law has been elected a member of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (SASA), which was celebrated at an event in Ljubljana.

Alongside her Professorship in Psychology/Psychoanalysis and Law at Birkbeck, Salecl is a senior researcher in criminology at the Faculty of Law in Ljubljana, and she has long had an association with the critical legal studies movement. At Birkbeck, she has been responsible for developing and running a course exploring the psychoanalytical and emotional dimensions of the lawyer-client relationship, and more generally, the psychosocial dimensions of legal practice in the Critical Legal Practice LLM.

She said: “It is a great honour to be elected as a member of the Academy. I will do my best to increase the number of women who will be elected in the future and to engage in promoting science and critical thinking in times when both are under attack."

The SASA in its present structure was founded in 1938, but its predecessor, the Academia Operosorum, dates back to 1693. It aims to cultivate, encourage and promote sciences and arts through its activities and contributions to the development of scientific thought and creativity in the arts.

The SASA works with universities and other research institutions to unite the scientists and artists who form its membership, particularly in fields which are important for the understanding of the natural and cultural heritage of the Slovenian people, for the development of Slovenian language and culture, and developing international cooperation in sciences and art.

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