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  • When Maria Carolina Met the ‘Coronavirus’ of 1812
    Following the global pandemic of COVID-19 and millions under lockdown across the world, we felt it necessary to tell the story of when Maria Carolina met the 'Coronavirus' of 1812.
  • Digitised Iconography – Political Communication via Portraits and Monuments ca. 1800
    Beginning this month, team member Giovanni Merola will embark on a year-long project sponsored by the Swarovski Foundation entitled Digitised Iconography – Political Communication via Portraits and Monuments ca. 1800. It seeks to deepen our understanding of political symbology at the court of Naples and to explore how this symbolism was communicated to and from other European courts.
  • “À l’occassion de la nouvelle année” – Maria Carolina’s New Year Letter to Emperor Franz
    In recognition of the New Year and the new semester slowly dawning upon us all, we felt it would be appropriate to share with you one of the letters from Maria Carolina’s correspondence and our project. And one of the most appropriate is a short and sweet but also sharp letter written by Maria Carolina to Franz ‘on the occasion of the New Year’ of 1809.
  • A Life Full of Writing
    Maria Carolina reached for the quill and ink as she fell gravely sick; she kept a daily diary for most of her adult life in addition to her Reflections on current affairs; she penned thousands of letters to relatives, friends, and advisers over the course of her lifetime. It was indeed a life full of writing.
  • The Two Marias – In Search of an Unlikely Link
    In April 1792, an Austrian countess run away from her husband and child and eventually found herself living on the American frontier. Could Maria Carolina have something to do with this series of tumultuous events? And could her letters help unlock answer about one of the most interesting lives of the eighteenth century?
  • Talking Transcription: How Do We Ensure Quality?
    In ‘Talking Transcription’ we discuss the particular methodological challenges or moments of interest that arise from the early stages of this project as we work our way through the correspondence of Maria Carolina. In this first entry we discuss the standards we adhere to during the editing process of the letters of Maria Carolina.
  • Mountains without Borders – An Introduction to the Project Team
    A multinational topic calls for a multinational team.
  • Project Launched!
    In October 2018 the Changing Social Representations of Political Order project officially began.Supported by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) and based at the University of Innsbruck, the project will create a critical online edition of the letters of Maria Carolina, Queen of Naples from 1768 to 1814.
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