This talk explores the professional and public activism of Slovene, Italian and German women teachers during the post-war transitions in the 20th-century Upper Adriatic. The author pays special attention to the position and operation women teachers in the multi-ethnic areas of Julian March, Styria, Carinthia, Prekmurje after 1918, and Trieste, Gorizia, Istria, Carinthia after 1945. In addition, the role that teachers played in the post-war re-establishment of the educational system and in the political dynamics that helped establishing new relationships between minorities and majorities is taken into consideration.
Marta Verginella is Professor in European History of the 19th Century and Theory of History at the Department of History, University of Ljubljana. She published numerous monographs and articles on the subject of border studies, memory studies, oral history and the history of 19th century. She has also done a pioneering work in the social and cultural history of the First and Second World Wars, in the history of women, and on anti-Semitism and the Holocaust in Slovenia. The second axis of her work concerns so-called border studies, namely the epistemological questions arising from writing history in a multi-ethnic environment. As a guest professor, she lectured, to name a few, at the Ljubljana Graduate School of the Humanities, University Federico II in Naples, University of Padova, University of Alessandria, University of Sassari, University of Trieste, University of Vienna, and at the University of Zagreb. She collaborates on a regular basis with the Scientific Research Centre of Koper, Istituto regionale per la storia del movimento di liberazione nel Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Slovenski znanstveni inštitut (Vienna), École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris), the Institut für Ost- Südosteuropa Forschung der Universität (Vienna).