Projekt ''COLINDA''




Project (2014-2018)

Transformations of the Collective and Individual Identities in the Dubrovnik Republic from the Late Middle Ages until the Nineteenth Century

Zaklada Logo     The project is an interdisciplinary study of various forms of identity-construction in the Republic of Dubrovnik during almost five centuries of its independent statehood (mid 14th – early 19th century). Adopting a broad perspective, the project takes into account most diverse aspects of identity, such as religious, social, ethnic, political, or individual, as well as their interactions. This requires the investigation of extremely diverse historical sources which range from texts (e.g. historiography, diplomatic correspondence, notary records), to social practices (e.g. ritual) or urban topography and visual arts. An enterprise of this scope necessarily involves specialists of different fields and a myriad of different methodologies. This is the rationale behind the project team composed of sixteen scholars, including four doctoral students.
    Besides comprehensiveness, other important novelties of the project are its chronological perspective and its peculiar object of study. In chronological regard, it takes into account a long period of almost half a millennium (ca. 1350s–early 1800s), thereby disregarding the conventional divide between the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period, which should enable valuable insights into long term (dis)continuities. Regarding the peculiar object of study, the project focuses on a kind of community which is relatively understudied in identity research, despite playing an important role in the European history. Namely, most studies of identity focus on modern period and national states/movements, while the project investigates a pre-modern republican city-state. Moreover, it should be stressed that the project also adopts a strongly comparative perspective, investigating the parallelisms and differences between Dubrovnik and other Mediterranean cities.
    Finally, besides its strictly scholarly goals, another important objective of the project is to present to the international audiences the results of extensive and decades-long research on Dubrovnik conducted by Croatian scholars. This is particularly important since the thriving international research on city-states almost completely neglects the important case of Dubrovnik, focusing mostly on Italian cities such as Venice and Florence. The project will hopefully increase the visibility of Dubrovnik’s case, inscribing it into the canon of international research on the history of city-states.
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