CfP: LONDON MEMORANDUM OF 1954: The beginning of the Eternal peace in the Northern Adriatic?

The Conference organized on the occasion of the seventieth anniversary of the London Memorandum, jointly organized by the Doctoral Program in Modern and Contemporary Croatian History in European and Global Contexts, Department of History, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, and the Institute for Historical Studies, Science and Research Centre Koper and Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Research and Studies on Eastern Europe (MIREES) program of the University of Bologna, aims to clarify the multifaceted repercussions of the end of the war in Venezia Giulia and Istria, Slovenian Littoral, Kras, and Gorizia, situating them within the broader tapestry of European history and geopolitics. 

Through a nuanced exploration of the intertwined fates of Croatia, Slovenia, and Italy, the conference aims to deepen our understanding of the enduring complexities of post-war Europe and its ongoing ramifications for the continent and beyond.

We are especially interested in contributions on the following topics:
– Links between the London memorandum and military/political/territorial adjustments in 1950s Europe (e.g. Austria, Hungary, Germany etc.)
– Consequences of the de-facto dissolution of the Free Territory of Trieste for local societies in the border area
– Consequences of the de-facto settling of the border dispute for Italian and Yugoslav relations
– Historiography on the London Memorandum and its shifts, with particular reference to events that affected the Upper Adriatic region (Treaty of Osimo, the dissolution of Yugoslavia for example.)

Please send proposed topics and abstracts (300 words) with your CV by 15 July 2024 to our account: Notice of acceptance by 31 July 2024.

Participants must cover their own travel expenses. Accommodation and food will be provided by the conference organization. The Conference will take place in Zagreb, Croatia, at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Zagreb.

The publication of conference proceedings is planned.

Knowledge of Croatian, Italian and Slovene is welcome.

November 14-15th, 2024. Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Library, Conference room, Ivana Lučića 3, Zagreb and Hotel International, Miramarska cesta 24, Zagreb.