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The researchers Fernanda Alfieri, Emilie Delivré and Claudio Ferlan will present a panel entitled "The control of words and the words of control. Oral and written normative orders in Early modern Europe (16th - 18th Centuries)" at the Social History Society Annual Conference di 2014, 8-11 April in Newcastle.


Now consultable at the website of the Italian-German Historical Institute of the Fondazione Bruno Kessler is the online inventory of the "Archivio Pretorio"


Da oggi è in linea la nuova pagina delle collaboratrici e dei collaboratori Isig


Experts, including Marco Mondini of the Isig, will discuss at the Biblioteca Provinciale Dr. Friedrich Teßmann, Bolzano, the current state of research and open issues. The debate will focuse on the final stage of the Habsburg monarchy, whose role in the “proto-catastrophe of the twentieth century” is often overlooked by international historiography on the First World War.


Giovedì 13 e venerdì 14 febbraio il Dipartimento di Studi Sull’Asia e sull’Africa Mediterranea dell’Università Ca’ Foscari di Venezia organizza un convegno sui rapporti Italia-Cina nel periodo della Guerra Fredda (1949-1971) indagando le relazioni politiche, economiche e culturali tra i due paesi, dove partecipara il ricercatore Isig Giovanni Bernardini.



Forty years since its completion, Chancellor's Willy Brandt’s Ostpolitik still stands exemplifies Germany’s acceptance of its tragic collective past and reconciliation with the present of a divided country. Nevertheless, it was also a project to redefine Europe’s future security and to promote a new order of peace for the continent. Given its nature of accentuated autonomy, the Ostpolitik involved phases of dissension and rivalry with the détente promoted by the American president Richard Nixon, which was centred on exclusive dialogue with the Soviet Union. These processes were strongly conditioned by the upsurge in Washington of suspicions and fears concerning the renewed foreign policy initiative taken by the German federal authorities, a quarter of a century after the end of the Second World War. Drawing on archival sources now available, the book reconstructs the dynamics by which the two processes reciprocally influenced each other and laid the bases for reformulation of the Cold War in Europe, identifying features that would persist until the definitive dismantlement of the Iron Curtain and the reunification of Germany.


It is obvious that not everything is as it should be in our relationship with food. Suffice it to consider the chasm that separates those who eat too much and are obsessed with their physical appearance, and those who do not know when they will have their next meal and are haunted by the spectre of hunger. Waste and shortage are more the rule than the exception in human dietary history. This book explores various aspects – historical, sociological, ethical, technical, religious – of food. It does so using non-traditional forms of scientific communication which also include two devices generally considered more ‘humble’ than abstract reasoning: images and recipes. In this sense, the book could be called ‘convivial’: a table around which circulate dishes to be selected, chewed, swallowed and digested while recounting, reasoning, smiling, and arguing.


The second post-war period saw profound reordering of the European political space. However, definition of new forms of organization of power and the political institutions did not take place on a tabula rasa. A ‘new beginning’ required coming to terms with the shadows cast by the past, and with the political and intellectual experiences that had preceded the catastrophe. The book investigates the influence exerted by history on management of the political transitions of the post-war period, with particular regard to certain thematic and geographical issues: the formation of new constitutional cultures in Italy and Germany; management of the political turn that came about between the mid-1940s and the late 1950s in Italy and France; the rebuilding of national identity in Austria. Although these were heterogeneous historical-political contexts, examination of the specificities of the various cases highlights the ‘regularity’ of the conditionings that history exerted on the political cultures of the second half of the 1900s.


Leading North American and European scholars turn here their attention on discourses and narratives without neglecting the reality of war and its dramatic effects on civilian population in order to understand when and in what form the Western narrative of war as generative of individual and collective valour declined.


The result of ongoing research at the Italian-German Historical Institute of the Fondazione Bruno Kessler, the volume contains contributions that address the problem of identifying what a ‘historical transition’ is, both as a general problem in itself and as a sequence of significant ‘moments of transition’ over an era. The period of history considered is ‘modernity’, the long time-period extending from the full emergence of humanism and its cultural revolution until the crisis of its underlying principles, so that one may speak, more or less appropriately, of a ‘post-modern age’. Analysed as a consequence are certain major factors that underpinned responses to challenges against historical development in the institutions, economy, culture, religion, and the characteristics of the three transitional stages that characterized modernity: the age of the Protestant and Catholic Reformation, the transition between the eighteenth and nineteenth century, and the dissolutive stabilization phase following the end of the Second World War.


The “Annals of the Italian-German Historical Institute in Trento” (“Annali dell’Istituto storico italo germanico in Trento / Jahrbuch des italienisch-deutschen historischen Instituts in Trient”) were launched in 1975 as a journal in various languages. This publishes the results of scientific work by researchers at the Italian-German Historical Institute, along with papers by outside scholars of particular relevance to Italian and German history from the Late Middle Ages to the more recent European past, with a focus on relations between Italy, Austria and Germany.


For the second consecutive year, workshops conducted by Isig-Fbk researchers will be open to students attending the inter-university master course in "Historical Sciences" administered jointly by the Universities of Trento and Verona. From the month of March onwards, our research personnel – already in possession of doctorates and with suitable training in post-doctorate research – will hold a series of specialized "Historical Research Workshops" of 30 hours duration and with no more than five students each. The workshops will deal with the history of international relations and European integration, European economic history in the modern age, new perspectives in religious history, and reconstruction of the political space after the Second World War.


The course will deal with the historiographical production of the american historian Natalie Zemon Davis.


Annali has a new co-director


The birth of public opinion is a key aspect of the development of Western modernity. Decisive for the focus on this theme has been Jürgen Habermas’s work on the 'public sphere' published fifty years ago. With a series of original historical contributions, this book reappraises Habermas’s theory in the belief that, although it is considered outdated, it still raises fundamental questions: how does public discussion come about and what is its power? What is the relation between political discourse and the public authorities? How are the public and public spaces defined? What, ultimately, is the force of communication?


Due seminari in lingua alemanna su L’Europa der Deutschen e l’Europa der Italiener all’interno di una Studienreise organizzata dalla Konrad Adenauer stiftung di Amburgo.


L'evento di riferimento è il concorso "Giovani ricercatori cercansi", concorso transfrontaliero di ricerca per giovani tra i 16 e di 20 anni di Trentino Alto-Adige, Tirolo, Cantone dei Grigioni. Percorso di informazione e formazione della durata di sei ore mira alla conoscenza del bando di concorso sopracitato e all'acquisizione del competenze per strutturare e coordinare un progetto di ricerca in classe.


L’evento celebrativo è in programma venerdì 8 novembre alla Fondazione Bruno Kessler di Trento.


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Gabriele D'Ottavio will present his book «L’Europa dei tedeschi. La Repubblica Federale di Germania e l’integrazione europea, 1949-1966» (Il Mulino 2012), and make a lecture on «La réconciliation franco-allemande vue d’Allemagne» .


Success beyond expectations for scholarships offered to PhD students and scholars by the Italian-German Historical Institute - FBK, in view of the 55th Study Week "The reasons of the Modern."


Nel gennaio 2011 si è costituita presso l’Istituto Storico Italo Germanico di Trento una équipe di ricercatori, sia modernisti che contemporaneisti, impegnati, sotto la direzione di Paolo Pombeni, nell’ambito del progetto triennale “La transizione come problema storiografico (1494-1973)”. All’interno di questa riflessione interdisciplinare di lungo periodo, si è venuto progressivamente identificando un gruppo di ricerche caratterizzate dall’attenzione rivolta a Italia e Germania a partire dal 1945. Sfruttando le potenzialità di un’analisi fortemente comparativa, ispirandosi ai modelli più recenti dei postwar studies e grazie ad un continuo intreccio tra fonti e metodologie di natura diversa, i contributi del panel Isig offrono i primi risultati di una ricerca collettiva sui diversi fronti del “post 1945” in Italia e Germania.


To mark the occasion of its fortieth anniversary, Isig-Fbk has published a booklet surveying the institute’s principal research activities during this first important phase of its life. The publication is consultable online without charge. The booklet also contains contributions by Paolo Pombeni, Christoff Dipper, Eduardo Tortarolo, and the paper presented collectively by the current research group on the anniversary’s celebration last November.


Each week on the Isig Website, one book of the series of the Italian-German Historical Institute will be presented.