Egon Pelikan, Ph.D. was born on 7th August 1963 in Ljubljana. In 1985 he enrolled in an undergraduate study programme at the Department of History, Faculty of Arts in Ljubljana, from which he graduated on 18th November 1990. In 1990 he continued his studies at an M.A. study programme at the Department of History, Faculty of Arts. In that same year, he was the recipient of an Austrian state scholarship and spend one year, between 1st June 1991 and 1st May 1992, studying at the University of Vienna (Department of History) under the mentorship of Karl Stuhlpfarrer, Ph.D. On 19th October 1994 he received his M.A. degree in historical sciences. Between 1st September 1994 and 1st August 1996 he participated in a research project of the University of Graz entitled »Urbane Leitkulturen« lead by Full Professor Helmut Konrad, Ph.D. He concluded his postgraduate studies on 17th February 1998 when he received the Ph.D. degree from the Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana. He has been regularly employed by the Science and Research Centre of the Republic of Slovenia in Koper since 15th July 1998. In that same year, he was selected for one-years guesting at the Department of History, University of Trieste (Dipartimento d iLingue e Letterature de iPaesi del Mediteraneo). He was elected assistant professor in the field of contemporary general and Slovene history at the Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana on 1st March 2000.
In 2002 he published a monograph Tajno delovanje primorske duhovščine pod fašizmom (Secret Activities of Slovenian Littoral Clergy under Fascism) at the Nova Revija publishing house. In that same year he also published a monograph Tajno štetje v Julijski krajini leta 1933 (Secret Population Census in Venezia Giulia in 1933) at the Annales University Press. In 2003 he received the Glasnik Znanosti Award for an original monograph in the field of historiography in the current year. In 2004 he was elected Head of the Institute for Historical Studies UP SRC. In that same year the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation selected him for a one-year pedagogic and research work at the Department of History in Essen. Between 2008 and 2010 he was the president of the Historical Association of Slovenia. In the winter semester 2011 he was invited by a local academic Full Professor Richad Saage, Ph.D., one of the most eminent German experts on theory of totalitarian regimes, to the Saxonian Academy of Sciences in Leipzig, where he spend three months researching the theory of ideology as a guest researcher.
Associate Professor Egon Pelikan, Ph.D. is the main instructor for three courses at the Faculty of Humanities in Koper:
- History of Europe in the 19th and 20th Century
- History of Slovenes in the 19th and 20th Century
- Totalitarian and Authoritarian Ideologies of the 20th Century
He is also the main instructor for three courses at the postgraduate study programme History of Europe and the Mediterranean:
- World War II: Global, National and Regional Dimensions
- Slovene and Croatian National History in the 19th Century
- Ideologies of the 20th Century
Member of the Board of Directors of the University of Primorska
Head of the Institute for Historical Studies
Member of the Board of Directors of UP FHS
Member of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.