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ASEF Fellow on Meta PHoDcast

July 20, 2022

๐—ง๐—ต๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐— ๐—ฐ๐——๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ฑ, ASEF Fellow from Stanford University is a guest on a new episode of Meta PHoDcast. In the episode of the podcast, Thomas provided some details about his research and talked about his journey of learning the Slovenian language at Stanford. Thomas is not only connected to Slovenia through his research but is also an assistant to Mija Rode, a Slovenian language teacher, and is actively contributing to the preservation of the Slovenian language course at the Slovenian Club in Silicon Valley.

Thomas also discussed the intersections of Slovenian and American culture, and as he pointed out “๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฏ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜€ ๐—ฆ๐—น๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜€ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐—น๐—น ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜† ๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—”๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ, ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ถ๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ป-๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฐ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜€ ๐—”๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜€ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐—น๐—น ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜† ๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด๐˜€ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ฆ๐—น๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ฎ”. He also highlighted the dual form in the Slovenian language as a special sociolinguistic element, as a miracle that (still) shows the immediacy of reciprocity in society.

Thomas McDonald is a Ph.D. student in Comparative Literature, where he researches how works of literature and film have anticipated economic and social crises during the 20th century. In his research, he explores the work of Peter Handke and Lee Yangji, as well as the Austrian-Slovenian parallels of the former and the Japanese-Korean parallels of the latter.

Listen to the podcast (in Slovenian language) here: https://bit.ly/3ILs4Cl

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