South Tyrolean Transformations, 1915–2015
Edited By Georg Grote and Hannes Obermair
Among the many commemorations of World War I, little was made of the 100th anniversary of the secret Treaty of London between Italy and the Western War Allies in April 1915, which sealed the fate of South Tyrol for the duration of the twentieth century by passing it from Austria to Italy. In May 2015, a symposium was held in the medieval Prösels Castle in the Italian Dolomites to mark this historical moment. Contributors set out to explore the political, social and cultural impact of South Tyrol’s existence «on the threshold» during the twentieth century.
Individually and collectively, the essays in this volume challenge the simplistic reading of South Tyrol as merely a geographic region torn between Germanic and Italian cultures; instead, they explore the dynamic effects of its geographical, political and cultural history since 1915. South Tyrol, as a modern regional state in Europe, faces many of the same problems as other European regions, be they individual states or sub-state regions. Most of the contributions in this volume are from academics and intellectuals within the Province of Bolzano/Bozen who negotiate and discuss these issues through their native languages: German, Italian and Ladin. By making their research accessible through English translations and abstracts, this volume seeks to bring their work on historical and contemporary developments in South Tyrol to a wider European and global audience.
Notes on Contributors
barbara Angerer holds a Master’s degree in Specialised Translation and Conference Interpreting from the University of Geneva. With work experience at the public information department of the United Nations and in foreign-language teaching, she has been freelancing as a translator and conference interpreter since March 2015. She also conducts research in sociolinguistics with a special focus on institutional multilingualism, bilingual communities and linguistic minorities. siegfried baur is Professor Emeritus for Pedagogics and Social Pedagogics at the Faculty for Education in the Freie Universität Bozen/Brixen, prior to which he was a lecturer at the Alpen Adria Universität von Klagenfurt/ Celovec. He has authored numerous publications on political, intercultural and multilingual education and on the challenges of encountering other cultures within a European linguistic framework. nina f. caprez studied History and Islamic Sciences at the Universities of Zurich and Aix-en-Provence. Her PhD at the University of Fribourg focused on the history of the monastery Muri-Gries after World War I. Her areas of research are biography and monasterial history. Chiara De Paoli was born in Bolzano (South Tyrol) in 1989. She has lived, studied and worked in Milan since 2008. After graduating with honours in Social Sciences at the University of Milan in 2015 with a thesis on the issue of ethnic identity, she is currently studying Cultural Anthropology at the University of Milan-Bicocca. Antonio Elorza is Professor of Political Science at the University of Madrid (UCM). He has been Visiting Professor at the Universities of Paris-Sorbonne IV, School for High...
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