Writing History in Multicultural Regions of Southeastern Europe: The Role of Special Libraries and Archives

Writing History in Multicultural Regions of Southeastern Europe: The Role of Special Libraries and Archives

State Archives in Pazin/Državni arhiv u Pazinu and Institute for German Culture and History of Southeastern Europe at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München/Institut für deutsche Kultur und Geschichte Südosteuropas an der LMU München (IKGS) in cooperation with Juraj Dobrila University of Pula/Sveučilište Jurja Dobrile u Puli
on 2 and 3 October in Pazin, ul. Vladimira Nazora 3, 52000 Pazin, on 4 October in Pula, Faculty of Humanities, Auditorium “Slavko Zlatić”, ul. Ivana Matetića Ronjgova 1, 52100 Pula
Pazin and Pula
Vom - Bis
02.10.2019 - 04.10.2019
Dr. Angela Ilić

Scholars researching regions with ethnic and linguistic diversity as well as with a tumultuous history face a double challenge. On the one hand, one must be familiar with the history and with the particular linguistic and cultural heritage of the region in order to be able to conduct integrative research and not just perpetuate the oft one-sided discourses that have influenced academia throughout much of the twentieth century. On the other hand, the sources necessary for such work often lie scattered among local, regional and state-wide institutions, sometimes in different countries, and it requires true detective work just to locate them. Institutions (whether libraries or archives) across state boundaries often have no knowledge of regionally relevant holdings at other institutions.

The goal of the conference is to bring scholars across disciplinary and cultural boundaries together with librarians and archivists from regional institutions and to facilitate a mutually beneficial exchange through exploring specific ways of strengthening interaction and cooperation.

Among the issues and questions to be discussed are the following:
How to reconstruct regional histories when archival materials are scattered across institutions and state borders?
How can regional libraries and archives better facilitate research of regions and what feedback is necessary or helpful from researchers?
What are some best practice examples of cooperation between historical and archival institutions in Southeastern Europe?
How to avoid the pitfalls of producing ethnocentric and isolationist regional historiography and write inclusive regional histories – in part as a result of the limited availability of sources?
What forms of cooperation or exchange across national boundaries may be helpful in encouraging more regional research?
What are specific challenges that historians and archivists in multilingual and multicultural regions both face?

Istria with its diverse cultural and linguistic heritage is a perfect location for hosting this conference and is featured prominently in the program. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to explore and receive expert guided tours of the State Archives in Pazin and of the Library of the k. u. k. Naval Forces, which is a special collection held at the University Library in Pula.


Wednesday, 2 October 2019, State Archives in Pazin, ul. Vladimira Nazora 3, 52000 Pazin

12.00 – 1.30 PM, Invitee Registration
1.30 – 2.00 PM, Conference opening
2.00 – 2.30 PM, Introductory remarks by Angela Ilić, Ph. D. (IKGS München)
2.30 – 3.30 PM, Introductory lecture by Prof. DARKO DUKOVSKI, Ph. D. (University of Rijeka): The Possibilities and Methodology of Scientific Research and Writing of Historical Syntheses of Central and Southeastern Europe
3.30 – 3.45 PM, Discussion
3.45 – 4.15 PM, Break
4.15 – 5.15 PM, Introductory lecture by VLATKA LEMIĆ, Ph. D. (Head of the Central Archives, University of Zagreb): Archives, Community and Society in a Global Environment: Contemporary Trends and Professional Practices
5.15 – 5.30 PM, Discussion
6.00 PM, Dinner

Thursday, 3 October 2019, State Archives in Pazin
9.00 – 10.30 AM, Best Practices
GEORG GROTE, Ph D. (EURAC Bolzano): South Tyrolean Correspondences
IVAN JELIČIĆ, Ph. D. (University of Rijeka): Research on Late Habsburg Fiume/Rijeka: Considerations on the Workers
ADAM SOFRONIJEVIĆ, Ph. D. (Deputy Director at the University Library “Svetozar Marković”, University of Belgrade): Digitization of Printed and Handwritten Materials of Danube Swabian Cultural Heritage in Serbia
Moderator: Vlatka Lemić, Ph. D.
10.30 – 11.00 AM, Break
11.00 – 12.00 AM, Round table: The Challenges of Researching the History of Multicultural Regions
Doc. MAURIZIO LEVAK, Ph. D. (University of Pula): The Importance and Role of Regional Academic and Professional Journals
Respondents: Ivan Jeličić, Ph. D. and Georg Grote, Ph. D.
Moderator: Angela Ilić, Ph. D.
12.00 – 1.30 PM, Lunch
1.30 – 4.00 PM, Sightseeing tour of Pazin and of the State Archives in Pazin
6.00 PM, Dinner

Friday, 4 October 2019, Juraj Dobrila University of Pula
10.00 – 11.30 AM, Visits to the University Library of Pula and to the former k.u.k. Naval Library with a brief walking tour of Pula
Meeting point: University Library of Pula, Herkulov prolaz 1, 52100 Pula
11.30 – 12.15 AM, Round table: Transregional and international cooperation
Faculty of Humanities, Auditorium “Slavko Zlatić”, ul. Ivana Matetića Ronjgova 1, 52100 Pula
Doc. IVA MILOVAN DELIĆ, Ph. D. (University of Pula): Local Reflections of Global Phenomena: The Case of the Spanish Flu 1918–1919
DEAN KRMAC, Ph. D. (Histria Koper): Multilingual and Multicultural Istria-wide Cooperation in the Field of Humanities
Respondent: Adam Sofronijević, Ph. D.
Moderator: Doc. Mihovil Dabo, Ph. D. (University of Pula)
12.15 – 12.30 PM Conference closure
12.30 PM, Lunch


Angela Ilic

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