PATTERNS Lectures supported a special issue of “Drugost” (Otherness), the student journal of the Department of Cultural Studies at the University of Rijeka. The goal was to encourage students who took the class “The Comparative History of the Culture of Memory” and participated in the study trip to sites of memory in the northern Adriatic region (Croatia, Slovenia and Italy) to prepare academic research papers and publish them in a journal with high academic criteria but edited by students themselves.
The professors acted as guest editors, but the bulk of the work was undertaken by students who were given considerable freedom in producing the final product. Award winning local graphic designers were chosen to give the journal its unique look, and the journal has been extensively distributed in Rijeka and internationally as a way to promote the Cultural Studies Department of the University of Rijeka.
The journal consists of eight essays that were chosen from among the submitted texts, along with an introduction and an extended interview with Katia Pizzi, a guest lecturer of the PATTERNS Lectures course in both 2011 and 2012. This special issue of the journal “Drugost” contributed to dynamic international cooperation, student exchange, professional development of scholars in the region, and high quality production of scholarly publications.