Melita Richter- Memories of living with/beyond the border

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The project Memories of living with/beyond the border intends to focus on the decades (mainly years ’60 – ’80) of the communication between the people belonging to the two different socio-political systems; the one of the socialist Yugoslavia (the Yugoslav way of interpretation of socialism) and the other of the capitalist Italy ( the Italian way of capitalism); people who were involved in daily practice of crossing the borders (the “Yugos” in shopping to Trieste  and the women from the border Istria’s  area employed as labour forces in the domestic ‘pendolary’ experience of  working outside the country and daily coming back to their homes in the native country). In this period of intense exchange, meeting and co-existence, a kind of smuggling developed as a survival corrector of the differences between the two systems. But, was  it a real smuggling in a classical interpretation or a kind of ‘harmonisation’ of the differences between the two systems and the effort to minimise the  gap in the developmental layers between the two historical experiences? Was it the equalisation of the dream to be European, the ‘western’?  Was it the equalisation of the aspiration to the modernity?
In a kind of interactive lecture I’ will try to illustrate the dynamics of the broader genesis and its influence on the lives of the people of the border area in different decades,  and will investigate on what kind of smuggling across the Yugoslav-Italian  boarder the people who crossed the borders were authors in different historical period. With the help of the analytical historical texts, with the  documentary materials about the dynamics of the border between Italia – Yugoslavia and with the analyses of some narratives and the autobiographical texts, I’ll try to illustrate the importance  of the well known phenomena of ‘tolerated smuggling’ which developed in the area of the “most open limes between one communist and one capitalist country in Europe”.; in the area of Trieste and Gorizia.
Besides, I’ll  try to research how the Italian/Trieste’s media, firstly the daily newspaper “Il Piccolo” reported about this historical experience.


eulogo   “With the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union”

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