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The project Re-Konstruktionen is a joint project of Villa Vigoni, the German-Italian Centre for European Dialogue, and the German Historical Institute (DHI), Rome. The project funds were provided on application by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

The aim of the project is to examine "turning points”, upheavals and new beginnings from different perspectives and through the lens of different disciplines. It is concerned with both long term changes and abrupt upheavals.

The project is composed of two sub-projects that build on each other. The basic assumption is that the present, even where it seems to be marked by "turning points", is a result or a consequence of long term transformations. The sub-project based at Villa Vigoni examines current developments and disruptive episodes in the fields of social policy, energy policy, security policy and current constitutional considerations. The DHI, on the other hand, looks at longer-term transformations, especially in Italy since the 1980s, from a historical perspective, focusing on actors (elites). Special attention is paid to political leaders and decision-makers in Italy since the 1980s, who are referred to in Italian as "technocrats" (i.e. not legitimised by democratic elections).

Together with the German-Italian Steering Committee of Re-Konstruktionen, which is made up of academics from various disciplines, journalists and other people from politics and diplomacy, the project team organises discussion forums, panels and conferences to jointly debate the upheavals of our time from a German-Italian and European perspective. 

The project goals are diverse  yet clearly formulated: At the end of the project, there will be several book publications, which on the one hand will contain the research results of the historians of the DHI and on the other hand will reflect current, interdisciplinary discourses. In addition, policy recommendations and Vigoni Papers will be published within the ambit of the project.

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