We are pleased to announce that the venue for our VSAC 2018 conference will be the Narodni Dom building, located in the centre of Trieste at 14 via Fabio Filzi.
The structure was built in 1904 according to the plans of Art Nouveau style architect Max Fabiani, as the Trieste National Hall or Narodni Dom, in Slovene language. Ahead of its times, it was a modern multimodal building that served as the hub of the Slovene minority in the city, hosting the Slovene theatre in Trieste, a hotel (The Balkan Hotel), offices for banks and insurance companies, a café, and several cultural associations.
Between 1904 and 1920 the Narodni Dom became a landmark for the Czechs, Slovaks, Poles, Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes living in Trieste in the last decades of the Austro-Hungarian Empire (1867 – 1918). Tragically, it became a symbol of the Italian repression of Slovene minority in Italy when it was burnt down by Fascists in 1920.
Today the Narodni Dom hosts the “Section of Studies in Modern Languages for Interpreting and Translation” of the University of Trieste – nationalism and intolerance have been replaced by embracing diversity and the will to understand one another.
Max Fabiani (29 April 1865 – 12 August 1962) was a cosmopolitan trilingual Slovenian Italian architect and town planner of mixed Italian-Austrian ancestry. He was a student of the famous architect Otto Wagner in Vienna and was named professor at the University of Vienna. He contributed to the introduction of the “Vienna Secession” style of architecture (a type of Art Nouveau) in Slovenia.
Rossana Actis-Grosso & Daniele Zavagno
Università di Trieste