The project was co-financed by the Office of the Government of the Republic of Slovenia for Slovenians Abroad in accordance with the 2013 call for proposals for Area A (financial support for autochthonous Slovenian national communities in neighboring countries).
The ‘Slovenians in Styria – a Disassimilated Minority?’ symposium was held by the School of Government and European Studies on Monday, 16 December 2012, at 4:30 p.m. at the Hotel Kokra in Brdo pri Kranju. Six guests appeared at the symposium, each of them tied to the Slovenian minority in the Austrian state of Styria. The event attracted a great deal of attention and we were very satisfied with the outcome, as the symposium was attended by a number of students, who are generally not familiar with these issues. The symposium featured Andrea Haberl Zemljič, PhD, a historian and translator and the author of the book Pustiti jezik v vasi (Leaving the Language in the Village); Susanne Weitlaner, President of the Article 7 Cultural Association for Austrian Styria and manager of the Pavel house; the poet and actress Rezka Kanzian, a Carinthian Slovenian living in Graz; Norma Bale, a teacher of Slovenian working in Radgona (Bad Radkersburg); Sebastian Walcher, a translator and the former president of the Slovenian Students’ Club in Graz; Boris Jaušovec, a journalist for Večer and an expert on minority issues; and Dejan Valentinčič as the moderator.
A monograph entitled Slovenci v Reziji? Pravni položaj in dejansko življenje slovenske jezikovne manjšine (Resia – a Valley and Its People between Slovenian, Italian and Its Own Identity: The Legal Status and Actual State) was also published.