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The center for local history and geneology

Head of the Center: Full Professor Josip Vrandečić, PhD



Center for Local History and Genealogy was established as a platform for the integration of research done by professional and amateur historians in the region. Local History and Genealogy are branches of history that are primarily dealing with individual places and persons in the past. It is therefore focused on the history with the name and place i.e. a more personalized history that differs from the traditional approach focused on general processes and most important individuals only.

It streams to enable research, advice and educational support to researchers interested in historiography on the field of local history and genealogy. In order to obtain that goal the center will be focused on developing projects, organizing scientific conferences and invited lectures to support debate, organizing summer schools and other courses, publishing scientific books and edited volumes in the area of genealogy, population history and local history. The center will form a scientific database that will serve as a tool to gather research results on one place in order to facilitate future research in this area.

Until now the Center for Local History and Genealogy has managed to organize two international scientific conferences focused on early modern Mediterranean history (Dalmatia and the Candian war, commemorating 350 years since the end of the War (1669-2019) – Klis-Split 2019 & Levant at the time of Lepanto – Split 2021) and publish two books in a series “Contributions to local history” (Stipe Zubanović: Burni hod na Dupcima po Vrulji u Berlima i okolo – Split 2016 & Aleksandar Jakir/Andrijana Perković Paloš: Djelovanje Matice hrvatske u Brelima od 1993. do 1997. godine – Split 2018).


The International Scientific Conference "Levant at the time of Lepanto" took place on the 20 th and 21st September 2021 in the University of Split's conference hall looking over the Peristyle court in the very heart of Diocletian's Palace. The conference was organized jointly by the Centre for Local History and Genealogy (at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences), and the Hellenic Institute for Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Studies in Venice (Istituto Ellenico di Studi Bizantini e Post Bizantini di Venezia). The opening of the conference was attended by Leandra Vranješ-Markić (PhD, full professor), Vice-Rector for Science and Innovation of the University of Split, Josip Vrandečić (PhD, full professor), who presented the welcome address to the conference guests, on behalf of the Faculty's Department of History, and Ivan Basić (PhD, associate professor), on behalf of the Croatian Society for Byzantine Studies. Among the many conferences and symposiums held this year on the subject of the Battle of Lepanto, focused primarily on various aspects of the countries participating in the Holy League, this conference stands out for its efforts to shed light on various aspects of the complex Ottoman Empire. The conference attracted as many as 16 participants from several European and Asian countries (Croatia, Greece, Turkey, Poland, Romania, Italy, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina). Due to the ongoing epidemiological circumstances, the conference took place in a hybrid environment i.e. partly on site and partly on-line. Speakers presented topics that included history of cartography, religious history, military history, history of fortifications, maritime history, history of diplomacy, economic history, history of the Black Sea, history of the Adriatic and history of the South-eastern Europe. The lectures were organized into four sessions and each session was closed after a fruitful and diverse debate. City tour of Split and a field trip to Trogir were organized for the speakers of the conference. They were able to experience the rich Mediterranean heritage of our towns, the memories of Trogir population of the participation and casualties in the Battle of Lepanto and the urban spaces that originate as far as the Hellenic colonization. In the following months the organizing committee will call on the conference speakers to participate with a written report in an edited volume, and a similar call will be sent to other interested scientists, especially those of Ottoman specialization. Marko Rimac PhD assistant professor, President of the organizing committee


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