“From Obscurity to Visibility”: Scientific workshop on Croatian emigrant heritage
On 5 May 2017, as part of COURAGE: Connecting Collections project, the Croatian Institute of History is hosting From Obscurity to Visibility: Croatian Emigrant Communities (1945-1990) in the Collections of Cultural Heritage and Scholarly Institutions (Od nepoznatosti do vidljivosti: Hrvatska emigracija (1945. – 1990.) u zbirkama kulturno-baštinskih i znanstvenih ustanova), a scientific workshop that the Institute is co-organising in collaboration with the Croatian State Archives and the National and University Library in Zagreb.
Considering that after 1990, despite some sporadic research initiatives, there were no comprehensive studies focusing on resources created as a result of various activities of Croatian emigrants that make a significant aspect of cultural opposition at the time of the socialist regime, the organisers of this workshop wish to bring into spotlight the relevancy and importance of the preservation of Croatia’s emigrant heritage as an essential part of Croatian culture and history.
In this context, it is necessary that the scientific community, as well as the wider public, learns about the valuable materials and resources from Croatia’s emigrant output available as part of various Croatian heritage and scientific institutions, both for the purpose of raising awareness of this heritage and getting researchers interested in it.
Workshop participants will present data on the material condition of the available emigrant resources and advocate the adoption of a systematic policy on their preservation. Conclusions reached as a result of both this workshop and the entire COURAGE project will be used to draw up national reports and recommendations, as well as recommendations in this context that will be put forward for all EU countries.
Among other representatives of Croatia’s notable scientific, cultural and educational institutions (Ivo Banac, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb; Vlatka Lemić, Croatian State Archives; Martina Jurčić, Croatian Institute of History; Dijana Sabolović-Krajina, Fran Galović Public Library; Željka Zdelar, Jozo Kljaković Memorial Collection; Koraljka Kos Jurčec, Klovićevi dvori Gallery), one of workshop participants will also be Željka Lovrenčić, Head of the NSK Foreign Croatica Collection.