The “Theatre and Transars Research” programme carries out core studies in the field of Slovenian arts, especially theatre, fine arts and music. Its significance, however, extends beyond into the broader field of humanities. The programme focuses on interdisciplinary studies of the fields in-between the individual artistic disciplines, with the emphasis on their connections established in theatre and performing arts. In exploring historical and contemporary (trans)art phenomena, special attention is paid to the development of new methodologies and conceptual tools for their interpretation. By employing the inter- or transdisciplinary methodological approaches that extend traditional academic disciplines, the research programme connects many fields, views and approaches to art theory that are often hermetically closed. The aim of the programme is to bridge the gap between (art) theory and practice and to unify them into an integrative field of research and interpretation of the world around us.
In the period from 2009 to 2012, the studies of (inter)art phenomena filled numerous gaps in the history of Slovenian arts and enabled new insights into understanding their development, especially that of the arts of the 20th and 21st centuries.
In the period from 2013 to 2017, the programme's research studies are focused on Slovenian arts as co-shapers of social and intercultural exchanges. The intertwining of different cultures in the Slovenian space poses an eminent research question, as Slovenia is located at the crossroads of Slavic, Germanic and Romanic cultures and at the same time forms a bridge between the East and the West.