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16 October “Italy and Estonia: between diplomacy, language and culture”

On 16 October 2023, the study day entitled “Italy and Estonia: between diplomacy, language and culture” will take place at Tallinn University.
The event will be inaugurated by the Ambassador of Italy to Estonia, H.E. Daniele Rampazzo and the Rector of Tallinn University, Prof. Tõnu Viik.
In the first part of the day, the seminar of Dr. Kristo Nurmis (Tallinn University) and Dr. Rosario Napolitano (Technical University of Riga/Latvian Academy of Fine Arts) will take place. They will respectively illustrate Estonia’s foreign policy during the interwar period and Italy’s role in the Baltics between the 1920s and 1930s.
After the opening seminar, the exhibition of diplomatic documents “Bilateral relations between Italy and Estonia during the interwar period” will be inaugurated. The exhibition is curated by Dr. Helina Tennasilm (State Archives of the Republic of Estonia) and Dr. Rosario Napolitano.
The exhibition will be on display until December 1, 2023.
The second part of the study day will be dedicated to the debate on the theme “Italian and Italians in Estonia” which will see the participation of professors from Tallinn University Eneken Laanes, Daniele Monticelli, Ülar Ploom, Kristiina Rebane, Paolo Schimenti and by Prof. Luisa Revelli (University of Valle d’Aosta).
The event is organized by the Embassy of Italy in Tallinn in collaboration with Tallinn University and under the High Patronage of the President of the Republic.
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FIRST PART, working language: English

“Italy and Estonia between diplomacy, language and culture”

16.10.2023, 11:00

University of Tallinn, Mare building, Room M-225

Institutional Greetings

11:00-11:10 Prof. Tõnu Viik (Rector of Tallinn University)

11:10-11:20 H. E. Daniele Rampazzo (Ambassador of the Republic of Italy in Estonia)

Moderator: Kristiina Rebane (Tallinn University)


11:20-11:40 Dr. Kristo Nurmis (Tallinn University): “Strategies of Sovereignty: Estonian Foreign Relations in the interwar period”

11:40-12:00 Dr. Rosario Napolitano (Riga Technical University/Art Academy of Latvia): “Italian Foreign policies in the Baltic Sea Area between the Two World Wars: the case of Estonia”



“The bilateral relationships between Italy and Estonia during the interwar period

Curated by Dr. Rosario Napolitano (Riga Technical University/Art Academy of Latvia) and Dr. Helina Tennasilm (National archive of the Republic of Estonia)

12:30 – Refreshments


SECOND PART, working language: Italian

“Italian and Italians in Estonia”

Moderator: Kristiina Rebane (Tallinn University)

14:30 – 14:45 Prof. Ülar Ploom (Tallinn University): “On the Development of Italian Studies in Estonia: Notes on Some Estonian “Italianists””

14:45 – 15:00 Prof. Paolo Schimmenti (Tallinn University): “A Letter from Revel, June 17, 1739”

15:00 – 15:15 Prof. Kristiina Rebane, Polina Pototskaja (Tallinn University): “Italian Taught and Learned in Estonia: An Experiment”

15:15 – 15:30 Prof. Luisa Revelli (University of Valle d’Aosta): Linguistic Polygamy: “Linguistic Polygamy: Studies and Research on Italian in Estonia”

15:30-16:30 Prof. Daniele Monticelli and Prof. Eneken Laanes (Tallinn University): Introduction to the Debate: Raising Bi-/Multilingual Children: Opportunities and Challenges for Italian-Estonian Families

Contributions from members of Italian-Estonian families

Discussion and conclusions

Drinks and snacks