This presentation will provide an insight into the case study of Fiume/Rijeka and Sušak in the long transition period following World War I, paying particular attention to the issue of both political and non-political violence. Drawing on both Italian and Croatian sources, it will investigate to what extent violence was present in everyday life in the two border cities, its mutual relation with different state entities and military occupations that followed one another, as well as its impact on gender relations.

About the author

Francesca Rolandi obtained her Phd in Slavic Studies at the University of Turin in 2012, working on a project on cultural transfers between Italy and Yugoslavia in the 1950s and 1960s. As a postdoctoral fellow at the Italian Institute for Historical Studies in Naples and the University of Rijeka she has investigated the refugee regime in the Upper Adriatic area during the Cold War.

Her research interests range from social and cultural history of the post-Yugoslav and Upper Adriatic area to the history of migration and refugees in the 20th century.

In the framework of the EIRENE project she deals with the impact of the long transition following the World War I on women’s issues in Fiume/Rijeka and Sušak.