A tribute to Acad Veljko Rus

co-founder of ISA RC10 in 1978 and Chair-person 1979-1983


Dr. of sociological sciences, professor emeritus of sociology of work and social development
of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Ljubljana Univerisity, retired, full member of the
Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts since June 6 1995,
born on December 8. 1929, died on February 26. 2018.
Veljko Rus graduated the First High School in Ljubljana, the Department for Pure Philosophy at the University of Belgrade, and got his Ph.D. in the Department for sociology, University of Zagreb. 1957 – 1958 carried out specialisation in Poitiers and Paris, preparing a doctorate in the field of labour philosophy. A year later, he was removed from the university due to inadequate "moral political" position. A year later he was employed at the senior staff School in Kranj, where he lectured sociology of work and carried out empirical research in the field of organizational democracy. 1968 – 1969 he was in the U.S. specialising in Columbia, New York, Ann Arbor and Berkeley. Upon his return he defended the doctoral thesis responsibility and power in working organizations at the Department of sociology in Zagreb and was employed in the Department of sociology in Ljubljana, where he lectured and studied various topics in the field of sociology of the organization. After five years of teaching at the Faculty of Social Sciences, he was re-removed from the university for "inadequate ideal political" positions. After a change in the political regime he returned to the Faculty of Social Sciences, where he founded postgraduate studies for the management of non-profit organizations.
The member of the Slovene Sociological Society, the Ambassador of Science and co-founder of the Research Committee No. 10 (for Participation, Industrial Democracy and Self Management) at ISA (International Sociological Association).
Veljko Rus became associate member of SASA in May 1991, and a regular member in June 1995.

Veljko Rus participated in longitudinal international research, most importantly: Industrial Democracy and Europe, Decision-making and organizations and Quality of working Life. As a professor or/and researcher, he visited and lectured at the universities of Uppsala, Copenhagen, Berlin (west), Tokyo, Columbia and Wassenaarju. Alone or in cooperation with colleagues published 192 professional articles and 30 books, including:
Man, work and structure, Horizons, Maribor, 1970;
V. Rus and V. Arzenšek (1984) Work as the Fate and Liberty, Liber, Zagreb, 1984;
Rus V., Drenth P., Heller F., (1988) Decisions and organizations, London, Sage;
Rus V., Adam F., (1989) strength and powerlessness of self-management, Zagreb, globe;
Rus V., (1990) Social State and Society of Prosperity, Ljubljana, Domus;
Rus V., (1992) (editor) Ownership and Participation, Oxford Univ. Press;
Rus V., (2001) Corporatization and socialization of the state, Ljubljana, faculty;
Rus V., (2009) The third route between Anti capitalism and Post socialism, Ljubljana, Sophia.
For his first book work Man, work and structure he received the prize of the fund Boris Kidrič.

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Zdravko Mlinar: Sociologist Acad. Veljko Rus Enriched and Endebted Us,

A tribute to Patroklos ”Patrik” Malamas

Dear RC10 friends and colleagues,

It is with much sadness and emotion that we are sharing this information
with you.
Patroklos "Patrik" Malamas has suddenly passed away.
He is mourned by his wife Maria Fregidou-Malama, children Dimitrios and
Nonis as well as their families, relatives and friends.
Patrik participated in many RC10 conferences and was known and
appreciated by many of us.
We sincerely miss him.
We dedicate this tribute page to his memory in our RC10 Internet Forum.

On behalf of RC10,
Isabel da Costa
RC10 President
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Patroklos "Patrik" Malamas has suddenly passed away at the age of 77 years. He is mourned by his wife Maria Fregidou-Malama, children Dimitrios and Nonis as well as their families, relatives and friends.
Patrik was born in Serres in Greece and moved to Sweden and Uppsala in 1966 to escape political persecution. He had been politically active since his high school years and in Uppsala, he was active in the resistance movement against the military junta in Greece. He was also involved in other groups who fought for freedom, independence and democracy. By quickly learning Swedish at Biskops Arnö College he was able to help not only other Greeks but also people from other countries seeking asylum and refuge in Sweden.
Patroklos was a big football fan. In the Swedish-Greek Association he was engaged both as a coach and player. He loved FC Barcelona and was vice chairman of the supporters' association Penya Blaugrana d'Uppsala. He witnessed many matches at the Camp Nou in Barcelona and also saw three Champions League finals at different venues around Europe. Each time he saw his Barcelona to lift the trophy.
Patrik engaged in voluntary work, in politics and in the trade union movement. He was a member of the Board of Building Workers' Union, the immigrant Council of Uppsala, the local municipality council of Danmark and was a juror in the District Court. During all his years in Uppsala, he collaborated with the Left Party through the Greek resistance movement and was a member of the party since the late 1980s. He was never afraid to speak his mind, to ask questions or to critically examine those in power.
A favorite past-time was using a camera to document his family life, demonstrations, conferences and travels in other countries. He accompanied his wife in conferences and followed the discussions of sociologists about the working class. Patroklos loved life, had humor and many friends and colleagues in Sweden, Greece and around the world as the true internationalist which he was. As a self-employed and owner of Uppsala Livs och Video he worked almost until his death, since he loved to meet people and regarded his work as a social endeavor.
Gender equality was very important to Patroklos and as early as 1980, he spent nine months paternity leave caring for his second child. He was an expert at domestic chores and an excellent chef; he very much enjoyed cooking for his family and friends. He loved his children and grandchildren, and participated in the youngest grandchild’s naming ceremony one week before his death. He was alert, had new ideas and traveling projects and was planning for his 78th birthday.
We joyfully remember a beloved life companion and father, a freedom fighter, a lover of justice and peace.
For the family
Maria Fregidou-Malama, Dimitrios Malamas, Nonis Malamas

A tribute to Giulio Regeni

Dear colleagues
Giulio Regeni, a PhD student at the University of Cambridge and a visiting researcher at the American University in Cairo was found dead in Cairo, after having disappeared for eight days since January 25 2016. His body had been tortured.
Giulio Regeni was conducting fieldwork research on the local economy and the independent trade unions in Egypt.
A journalist from Il Manifesto revealed that Giulio occasionally contributed articles to the newspaper using a pseudonym.
His last article has now been published in his name and we share it with you as a tribute to his work on participation and democracy

Dear colleagues
An open letter has been started by Giulio's PhD supervisor, and is available to sign at this link:
best wishes
Professor Jane Holgate
Professor of Work and Employment Relations
Work and Employment Relations Division
Leeds University Business School
31 Lyddon Terrace (room 2.05)
University of Leeds LS2 9JT

Harvie Ramsay, RC 10 board member alternate
Harvie Ramsay
Harvie Ramsay died on April 24, 2000. He died very suddenly, from a brain hemorrhage on the eve of the Labour process conference in Glasgow.Harvie was an outstanding colleague at the human level, so deeply and actively involved in both scientific and social fields. He was such a good friend, nice person, and a strong fighter politically and intellectually. It is a great loss to us and to the whole scientific community.
Ake Sandberg wrote a few words in the name of RC10 members that were read at the funeral:Harvie,We, some of your many, many friends and colleagues in the international community of researchers, share the grief of your close friends and your family. We want to express our grief as well. It is difficult to understand and believe. You have been such an important part of researchers' endeavor to contribute to a better world of work and a better life for working people, men and women, all over the world. And through your work already published and through your way of being, your intelligence and enthusiasm you will be living among us in our thoughts and our work, inspiring us and coming generations. Thank you Harvie.(Taken from RC10 newsletter number 38)
**Professor Harvie Ramsay – an appreciation**

Laslo Sekelj

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Laslo Sekelj
who passed away in Belgrade on December 6, 2001, was many years an active member of RC 10. He specialized in the study of Yugoslav self-management. In his major book, published in English: “Yugoslavia: the Process of Disintegration”, he analyzed the different stages in the development of self-management and its demise.Another area of his specialization was the study of anarchism.For many years he was a senior research fellow at the Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory at the University of Belgrade. As a member of the dissident “Praxis” group he was denied the right to teach.In recent years he was a senior research fellow of the Belgrade Institute for European Studies, and spent several years as a Humboldt Foundation Research Fellow and Guest-Professor at the University of Goettingen.Written by Menachem Rosner
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