Dante Alighieri Was Here

Place, Identities, Geographies and Histories in a Small Slovenian Town

in Anthropological Journal of European Cultures

The article addresses the question of local identification, proposing that local identification in the contemporary world can be linked to locals' imagining 'their place' as inscribed within wider contexts outlined by symbols with supra-local references, whereby place-centric imaginary geographies emerge. Locals are active producers of symbols linking a place to such geographies. The author discusses the case of Dante Alighieri's alleged stay in the town of Tolmin in 1319, which failed as a possible symbol for inscribing the town into the imaginary geography of Western literature because in this part of Slovenia Dante was also associated with Italian fascism.

Anthropological Journal of European Cultures

(formerly: Anthropological Yearbook of European Cultures)