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Demonstrations in front of the parliament, Ljubljana, March 23 1993. Photo: Tone Stojko. © Muzej za novejšo zgodovino Slovenije [National Museum of Contemporary History], collection Tone Stojko, inv. n. TS19932303_22.

Koper/Capodistria, 24. – 25. May 2018

About the conference:

By inviting experts from European countries and United States of America the conference focused on various aspects of political violence in the area of the Northern Adriatic from the beginning of the First World War to the attack of the Axis forces on the Kingdom of Yugoslavia in April 1941. Although political violence is a frequent topic of research in contemporary humanities as well as in the general public, the dominant discourse is often characterized by interpretative dichotomies, such as legitimate vs. illegitimate, good vs. evil or a minority vs. the majority. The purpose of the conference was to present the political violence in the region in light of different perspectives, challenging the dominant state-centred understanding of political violence and terrorism.


Gorazd Bajc, Internments after World War I. The case of women from Venezia Giulia

Koper/Capodistria, 25. May 2018


Paper’s Abstract:

In November, in Venezia Giulia Italian authorities arrested and interned in the inner part of the Italy a number of Slovenes and Croats. The paper is based on the systematic review of many lists found in the sources of the Italian ministry of the Interior (Archivio Centrale dello Stato in Rome) and of new authorities in Venezia Giulia 1919–1922 (the same archive). By comparing these archival documents with various primary and secondary sources, it could be stated that at least 850 civilians – chiefly Slovenes and Croats – were deported from the region (and some parts of Dalmatia). Among them were also women, of whom we know very little. The paper presented some relevant information in regard to these women, whose history has almost been forgotten.


Marta Verginella, The antifascism of Slovene women from Venezia Giulia: memory and oblivion

Koper/Capodistria, 25. May 2018


Paper’s Abstract:

Slovene women’s activities in organizations in the Littoral or within the boundaries of the newly founded Venezia Giulia flourished after the end of World War I. Women were active in national defence organizations, charities, cultural and professional societies, some even in the ranks of the social democrats. The end of the war, the disintegration of Habsburg Monarchy, the introduction of the new Italian authorities, prompted them to be more active, which is attested inter alia also by the abundance of Slovene-language periodicals published in Trieste and Gorizia after 1918. Ženski svet, whose editorial office had to be transferred to Ljubljana in 1923 on account of the pressure of the Italian authorities and the rise of fascism, deserves particular mention. Women’s activities and organizations after World War I are poorly examined, the same holds true of women’s anti-fascist activities. The focus of the paper lays on Slovene women’s antifascist, who remained in the shadow of the history. Not due to lacking archival material, but rather on account of androcentrically oriented memoiristics, occasionally shaped also by women themselves.



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