Call for Papers/Preliminary manifestations of interest: “Venetia, 1866”
On December 28th, 2007 the President of Regione Veneto, Mr Giancarlo Galan, expressed words of encouragement for the academic community to revisit the events of 1866, when the Venetian territories were passed from Austria to the Kingdom of Italy as a result of the Austro-Prussian war.
In the spirit of the European community it is important to depart from 19th Century nationalistic historiography and re-examine from several (if not contrasting) perspectives a significant episode of modern European history, when the territories of the former Venetian Republic were annexed to the newly created Kingdom of Italy, thus going from one foreign domination to another.
There are several intriguing aspects to shed light on: the role of Venetians in battling the Italian army during the Austro-Prussian war, the plebiscite-referendum with 99.9% preference for annexation to the Italian Savoy Kingdom, and the subsequent emigration of nearly half of the Venetian population in the following decades.
With this motivation in mind, a consortium of cultural organizations (www.culturaveneta.org) together with representatives from the Veneto's Regional Government are leading this initiative and will announce at a press conference next week in Venice a Call for Papers for an international conference on this subject.
Later this month we will be able to provide interested historians with more details on the call for papers, the amounts for research grants, the tentative date of the conference to be held in Padua, the selection guidelines for papers to be presented at the conference, and other details such as publication of conference papers and other submitted works which the committee will deem worth of publication in the proceedings of the conference.
At this stage, we would like to receive letters of interest from the scholarly community, with, possibly, a brief paper summary and contact info, so that we can keep you informed as soon as more detailed information on the budget and the deadlines are set by the organizing associations and the regional government.
Please send your replies to the organizers in charge of academic content:
Prof. Paolo Bernardini
Director - Center for Italian and European Studies- Boston University (firstname.lastname@example.org )
Prof. Lodovico Pizzati (email@example.com )
University of Venice
Center for Italian and European Studies
Galleria Santa Lucia, 1 - Padova, Italy 35139
Phone: 0039-049-650303 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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