On 1 June 2021, ddr. Giulia Beltrametti from Torino (Italy) started working at FHŠ UP with the EU funded project OCHER - Owners of a Common Heritage. Commons, Environment and Rights in European Mountains (18th - 20th century). She obtained the prestigious European project Marie-Skłodowska Curie postdoctoral fellowship from the Horizon 2020 scheme, as the only and first project at the University of Primorska (besides InnoRenew) and one of 14 (out of 66 registered) projects in Slovenia, which is why she was invited together with others to talk to the Minister of Science.

The new colleague at UP FHŠ will conduct an interdisciplinary study of forms of collective management of natural environmental resources between anthropology, history and heritage studies and in a comparative perspective between the Karst, Istria, Liguria and Nice in France.

The OCHER project examines the relationship between certain historical forms of collective land and resource management and the current environmental and landscape value of these areas, and raises the issue of access rights to natural resources for future generations. Under the Habitats Directive, which aims to promote natural habitats taking into account local needs, different sites in three European countries (Slovenia, Italy, France) have been selected from the list of Natura 2000 networks for their specific biodiversity for case studies and comparisons. The survey addresses different types of 'collective management institutions' to different extents. In mountain areas, where the conservation and sustainable use of the environment is mainly focused on “people working with nature”, minimum management structures are based on households. A combined historical, anthropological and legal approach is therefore needed to better understand the long-term effects and flexibility of resource use in the environment, to reflect more deeply on the specificities of (collective) entities and the mechanisms of (collective) legal actions and institutions.

OCHER addresses the challenges of historical and juridical anthropology and seeks to contribute to the reflection on new environmental rights that go beyond the human / nature dichotomy by understanding the historical forms of the non-destructive relationship between social and ecological systems. It addresses the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and intends to provide a contextual analysis for future applicative project.

7 July 2022

Rural History Conference 2022

20 - 23 June 2022, Uppsala, Sweden - I participated with two papers: Geometry of the wood. Usage practices and conflicts of access to common resources in the evaluation of a land surveyor (Liguria, 20th century); Re-thinking sovereignty on natural resources in an environmental perspective. Simultaneous property forms in France and Italy (XIX-XX cent.) and one panel (co-organized with V. Tigrino): Common places: Settlements, local actors and collective property in an emic perspective, all related in content and reflection to the Ocher project.


13 June 2022

Interview on Radio SI

An interview on OCHER project goes on air: on Monday, June 13th (at 11:20 AM), and with replays on Wednesday, June 15th and Saturday, June 18th. It is still possible to listen the broadcast via the Radio SI website stream here, or their archive, or their FB page.


8 April 2022

II “ANTIGONE Project - Workshop”

7 - 8 April 2022, Lago and Foresta delle Lame
South-Western Europe case studies (18th-21st c.).

The OCHER project is linked to the Antigone ERC funded project by many interests, both in terms of the locations studied and the methodological approach used.

15 March 2022

A workshop held the 15th of March at the Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales in Paris was the opportunity to present the first results of the OCHER project. The discussion was very fruitful and the events related to the agrarian communities of Karst attracted a lot of interest.

26 January 2022

Karst winding course: environmental management, social actors and discontinuity of local collective institutions (Slovenian Karst, 18th-20th centuries)

The first results of the OCHER project were presented on Wednesday, January 26th during an online workshop organized in the framework of the Swiss commons network

It was an excellent opportunity to discuss with researchers from all over Europe the topics of the project and to test the theoretical assumptions of the research.

Archivio di sttao di Trieste, catasto franceschino

15 December 2021

Seminar on Anthropology and History of Cultural Heritage

On December 15th, the seminar on Anthropology and History of Cultural Heritage within the Ethnology course held by Prof. Katja Hrobat Virloget, PhD ended. The seminar is part of the Marie Curie fellowship training, which includes the opportunity to give lectures and work with students in the Master's degree programme. On 15 December, after two months of lectures, the students (from Slovenia and Serbia) presented their papers, the aim of which was to illustrate the dynamics of a heritage object or a process of patrimonialisation chosen within their personal experience and in the light of the theoretical knowledge built up through the lectures. The results were excellent: we are waiting for the final reviews to proceed with the evaluations!

27 November 2021

Seminario dei Ricercatori associati LabiSAlp

More about this conference is available here.

18 - 19 November 2021

27. Scientific Meeting at University of Trento

27. Riunione Scientifica: PATRIMONIO E IDENTITÀ NEGLI ASSETTI FONDIARII COLLETTIVI ALLA LUCE DEI CAMBIAMENTI CLIMATICI E ALLA VULNERABILITÀ DEGLI INSEDIAMENTI RURALI - Promuovere nuove tracce e individuare nuovi strumenti per la conservazione al meglio del demanio collettivo e la sostenibilità dell'ambiente

At the conference on heritage in the light of climate change and the vulnerability of rural settlements, ddr. Beltrametti - with dr. Vittorio Tigrino and dr. Anna Maria Stagno will present a paper entitled "Andamento carsico: gestione ambientale, trasformazioni economiche e discontinuità delle istituzioni collettive locali (Slovenia-Liguria, XVIII-XXI s.)".

More about the conference and the full program is available on this website.

15 - 16 November 2021

Marie SkŁodowska - Curie Actions Conference 2021

The Conference will address the issue of return migration and reintegration processes of MSCA researchers to their countries of origin after the completion of their scholarships. These are challenges to multidimensional intra-European mobility flows of researchers. The Conference will demonstrate the extent to which MSCA researchers can reduce the research and innovation divide within the EU and, consequently, balance the mobility of highly educated talent within the EU.

An interview with ddr. Beltrametti, and the full conference can be viewed here. The interview starts at 4:14:30.

More about the conference on this website.

19 October 2021

Minister dr. Simona Kustec visited us

On Tuesday, 19 October, the Government of the Republic of Slovenia visited the Obalno-kraška region. The agenda included working consultations and meetings with representatives of companies, institutions, municipalities, and other stakeholders in the region, including the University of Primorska and the InnoRenew CoE.

Dr. Prof. Klavdija Kutnar, Rector of the University of Primorska, welcomed Dr. Simona Kustec, Minister of Education, Science and Sport, at the rectorate building. After a short meeting, the two met with Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action (MSCA) fellowship awardees and their mentors. Dr. Sudha Esakkimuthu and Dr. Oihana Gordobil, InnoRenew CoE researchers, and Ddr. Giulia Beltrametti, University of Primorska, presented themselves in a pleasant conversation with the minister. Together with their mentors, Dr. David DeVallance, Dr. Anna Sandak and Dr. Katja Hrobat Virloget (all employed at UP), they discussed the research within their MSCA projects, which were obtained at the beginning of this year and thus successfully implements the strategic goals of scientific excellence from the UP Mid-Term Development Strategy 2021–2027.

dr. Simona Kustec (Minister of Education, Science and Sport), ddr. Giulia Beltrametti, dr. Katja Hrobat Virloget

15 October 2021

On the right path

The OCHER project got off to the best possible start in its fieldwork. Thanks to the supervisor dr. Katja Hrobat Virloget and to the expert staff of Škocjan Caves Park, it was possible to make contact with the Agrarian community of Škfoflje and Zavrhek (AGRARNA SKUPNOST ŠKOFLJE - ZAVRHEK) and attend their annual meeting (thank you all for the welcome and the excellent goulash!). 

Starting from the present and using a regressive method, the research now continues on a double historical and ethnological track and moves from the field to the archives and vice versa.