|Andrea Vitali is a PhD-student in Education Sciences at the Free University of Bolzano (FUB). He has been a qualified teacher of Italian in German-speaking high-schools in South Tyrol since 1998, and he is presently attending the Diploma in Pastoral Family Ministry School at the Pontifical “John Paul II” Institute at the Pontificia Università Lateranense in Rome. In the period 2010-2011 he worked as a scientific collaborator at the Bersntoler Kulturinstitut (BKI) in Palù del Fersina (TN) in a project on the local German toponymy. In the same time he was also acting as a field researcher in a project of the Documentation and Research Centre of South Tyrol’s Educational History at the Faculty of Education in Bressanone.
His interests range from Italian and German literature to sacred art, from history and theology to cultures and languages of South Tyrol, Tyrol and Trentino. The reference framework for his research project is based on education stories and personal narrations about experiences within the Italian-speaking South Tyrolean educational environment as seen in relation to Nazi authorities during the German occupation of the region (1943–1945).