One year older, and maybe a little wiser

By celebrating our first anniversary we are excited to share with you our year’s highlights

Dear friends,

2020 was a very difficult time for everybody, on a personal and professional level. The Center for Autonomy experience has been established on 4 February 2020 and right after also South Tyrol has been hit hard by the pandemic. Establishing a team, developing activities and strategies and getting things going has been not easy in these times of Covid19.

One of our main responsibilities is to welcome delegations of researchers, civil servants, politicians and representatives of minorities in South Tyrol, to show them around and to give them insights in our autonomy arrangement. Unfortunately, Covid-19 did not permit delegation to come to visit South Tyrol, therefore, as many of us, also we decided to move our activities, workshops and consultancies in the digital world.

One year later, we are extremely proud what we were able to achieve as a team and we would like to give you an overview of our personal highlights amongst our projects:

  • E-Learning Course on the Autonomy of South Tyrol: In our E-learning course researchers explain the Autonomy of South Tyrol. The course gives the opportunity to delve into the topic independently. In each chapter the respective experts have their say in videos. Short texts and graphics illustrate the explanations and a multiple choice test concludes every chapter. There is also a detailed bibliography for more food for thought.
  • In our Podcast “Option. Stimmen der Erinnerung. Le opzioni in Alto Adige/Südtirol”, South Tyrolean witnesses give listeners insights into their emotional world and share their first-hand experiences on one of the most difficult chapters in South Tyrols history. In addition to the witnesses, the Option will be explained in the podcast by historians.
  • Great interest in our podcast series triggered a follow-up project: In a citizen science initiative we call on citizens to interview their (older) relatives how they experienced the Option in South Tyrol. In this way they can contribute to South Tyrol’s culture of remembrance.
  • #NewsSpectrum coming up soon! We are honored that the European Association of Daily Newspapers in Minority and Regional Languages (MIDAS) has its headquarter at our Center for Autonomy Experience. MIDAS together with the International Press Institute are excited to announce the launch of NewsSpectrum, a fellowship programme designed to encourage working partnerships between minority-language media, including migrant-language media, and their majority-language counterparts across the EU. Applications start in April and we are looking forward to receiving your application.

These projects were only possible through collaborations with our partners, which we would like to thank for their trust, their friendship and the fruitful cooperation. Thank you very much and way to go!

We invite you to have a look at our website, check out our activities and materials. And feel free to contact us at any time!

Looking forward to another year and many interesting, new cooperations.

Kind regards,

Center for Autonomy Experience

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