BSR Online Lecture | 1921 e dintorni: ‘Everyday violence’

THURSDAY 8 APRIL, 18.00–19.30 CET


Riccardo Antonangeli (Sapienza), Valerie McGuire (St Andrews) and Luisa Morettin (Niccolò Cusano)

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Violence, intimidation and terror were key features of Italian Fascism’s rise to power and rule domestically, beyond its national borders, and throughout its colonies during the ventennio. Yet, despite the vast bibliography relating to Italian Fascism, violence has played a relatively minor role in research and analysis. Examining the north-eastern borderland region of Venezia Giulia, Fascist Italy’s rule in the Southeast Aegean (1923-43), plus the interpretation and narration of the murder of the Rosselli brothers (Carlo and Nello Rosselli), the next session in the Violence and Fascism seminar series will discuss new and fresh approaches to violence before and under the Fascist regime, with reference to everyday life, ‘ordinary violence’, threats, effects and victims, and the framing of violence by the judiciary, the police and the press at home and abroad.

Riccardo Antonangeli earned a PhD in Italian Studies at New York University in 2018, with a dissertation titled “The Fascist Character as Enigma in Post-World War II Italian Literature, Cinema and Historiography.” His main areas of research are 19th and 20th century Italian literature, cinema, theory of the novel, and the intersections between narrative and historiography. He is currently a Teaching Assistant in the Department of European, American and Intercultural Studies at the University of Rome, La Sapienza and recently published his second book, Non esisterà più il tempo. Eternità e trama nell’arte del racconto (Studium, Rome: 2020), and articles in Strumenti Critici, Intersezioni and Studium.

Luisa Morettin has a PhD in Modern History from the University of Reading where she was a student of Professor Christopher Duggan. Luisa has held teaching and research positions at the University of Edinburgh, King’s College London, and the University of Reading. She is currently Senior Lecturer in Modern History at Niccolò Cusano University London, a member of the Royal Historical Society and of the International Association of Genocide Scholars. Her latest book A Blood Border. Trieste Between Mussolini and Tito (New York: 2019) is the reconstitution of the many massacres that occurred in the context of the Second World War along the Italo-Yugoslav, making a firm case that the “Bloodlands” of Europe (Timothy Snyder) are not confined to Eastern Europe.

Valerie McGuire is a Lecturer of Italian Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of St Andrews. Her book, Italy’s Sea: Empire and Nation in the Meditteranean, 1895-1945 (Liverpool, 2020), investigates Italy’s colonization of Rhodes and other islands in the Aegean, but also formulates a study of postcolonialism in Italian culture, of the Mediterranean as a regional unit, and shows how a transnational approach can enrich our understanding of Italian fascist imperialism. She has held several grants for research on the Mediterranean, including a Fulbright award to Greece, a Max Weber fellowship in history at the European University Institute in Florence and an Andrew Mellon multi-region Mediterranean research grant. She received her PhD in Italian Studies from New York University.