Department of Asian Studies

Asst. Prof. Dr. Saša Istenič Kotar

Saša Istenič Kotar is Assistant Professor in the Department of Asian Studies at the University of Ljubljana and Director of the Taiwan Study Center in Slovenia. She is also an Executive Board Member of the Slovene East Asia Resource Library (EARL), an Associate Board Member of the International Journal of Taiwan Studies (IJTS) and a former Executive Board Member of the European Association of Taiwan Studies (EATS). For her research, she has received a number of scholarships and awards, including the National Sun Yat-sen University award for an outstanding doctoral dissertation. She has presented papers in many national and international conferences worldwide and published various articles on topics related to Taiwan and China studies.


BA Japanese and Chinese Studies, University of Ljubljana (2002)

MA Chinese Studies, University of Leeds, (2004)

PhD China and Asia-Pacific Studies, National Sun Yat-sen University, ROC Taiwan (2009)

Courses Taught:

Taiwan’s Status and Role in the International Community

Selected Topics in Taiwan Studies

Areas of expertise: China/Taiwan relations, EU-China/Taiwan relations, East Asian security and diplomacy

Recent publications:

Istenič S., Pejič N. and Šabič Z.: "The Past is Important but the Future Matters — China And The Post-Yugoslav States." In: S. Keil, B. Stahl (eds.), A New Eastern Question? Great Powers and the Post-Yugoslav States. Stuttgart: Ibidem, 2022,  str.: 167-198.

Tajvan : biser v neizprosni geopolitični realnosti. 1. izd. Ljubljana: Znanstvena založba Filozofske fakultete, 2021. 124 str., ilustr., zvd. ISBN 978-961-06-0422-8. [COBISS.SI-ID 48652035

Vzhodna Azija : ključni varnostno-politični izzivi. V: BEKEŠ, Andrej (ur.), ROŠKER, Jana S. (ur.), ŠABIČ, Zlatko (ur.). Procesi in odnosi v Vzhodni Aziji : zbornik EARL, (Zbirka Studia humanitatis Asiatica, ISSN 2463-8900). 1. izd. Ljubljana: ZIFF. 2019, str. 409-425. [COBISS.SI-ID 36508253]

New directions in Taiwan's foreign policy. V: SULLIVAN, Jonathan (ur.). A new era in democratic Taiwan : trajectories and turning points in politics and cross-strait relations, (Routledge research on Taiwan series, 26). London; New York: Routledge. 2018, str. 156-176. [COBISS.SI-ID 67505506]

The 16+1 cooperation platform : developments, prospects and concerns. Paris: Maison de la Recherche de l'Inalco, 2017. [COBISS.SI-ID 67650402]

Compulsory Courses

Elective Courses



09. 11. - 11. 11. 2023
Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Arts

26th Neolithic Seminar 'Eurasian Neolithics: How Cultures and Societies Evolve and Why It Matters'

27. 02. 2023
Faculty of Arts

Online presentation of University of Ljubljana for prospective international students

13. 10. 2022
Administrative Office for Doctoral Study, Faculty of Arts

EUTOPIA Citizen Science Clinics

15. 09. 2022
Administrative Office for Undergraduate Study Programme, Faculty of Arts

Reception for International Students at the Faculty of Arts and at the University of Ljubljana (two separate events)

22. 02. 2022
Faculty of Arts

Online sessions for prospective international students, 22 February 2022 at 1.15 pm (CET)