Modern Italian History seminar series

The British School at Rome and the Ecole française de Rome are pleased to announce the launch of a regular seminar series in Rome dedicated to Modern Italian History. To be hosted by various academies and conducted in English or Italian, its aims are:

  • to bring together visiting and resident Italian modernists
  • to showcase, promote and explore newly published and current research underway in Italy
  • to inform on other relevant academic events

Seminar Programme 2017–18 (TERM 2)

Wednesday 24 January 2018, American Academy in Rome, 18.30–20.00

Leslie Cozzi (Hammer Museum, LA/AAR): Drawing/Diaphragm: The Art of Marisa and Mario Merz

Wednesday 14 February 2018, Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome (KNIR), 17.30–19.30

Nick Carter, (Australian Catholic University): Balbo’s Ghost: Remembering and re-remembering Italo Balbo in post-war and contemporary Italy

Monday 26 March 2018, American Academy in Rome, 18.30–20.00

Diana Garvin, (University of Oregon/AAR): When cuisines collide. Food in Fascist Italy

Thursday 19 April 2018, British School at Rome, 17.30–19.30

Marie Bassi, (Ecole française de Rome) La « governance » dell’immigrazione e dell’asilo in Sicilia: all’incrocio tra logiche di accoglienza, di controllo e dimensioni economiche


Seminar Programme 2017–18 (TERM 1)

Tuesday 24 October, The British School at Rome, 17.30-19.00

Florian Mussgnug (UCL): Ghosts of the Future: Divergent Temporalities in Modern Italian Fiction

Tuesday 14 November, University of California in Rome, 17.30-19.30

Barbie Latza Nadeau (Rome Bureau Chief, Newsweek): Roadmap to Hell: Sex, Drugs & Guns on the Mafia Coast

Thursday 14 December, Ecole française de Rome, 17.00-19.00

Victoria Witkowski (European University Institute): Memorialising Fascism and Empire: Rodolfo Graziani and Selective Memory in 20th Century Italy



Seminar Programme 2016–17

7 November 2016, British School at Rome

Vanda Wilcox: Per una più grande Italia? Motivation and morale in the First World War

15 December 2016, Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome

Oskar Pollak e la sua collezione di guide di Roma

11 January 2017, Ecole française de Rome (Piazza Navona 62)

Marie Bossaert: Il nemico per antonomasia. I turchi nella storia locale italiana

4 April 2017, DHI Rom

Patrick Houlihan: Global Catholicism during the First World War

13 June 2017, British School at Rome

Paul Garfinkel: Criminal Law in Liberal and Fascist Italy


We welcome proposals from any resident or visiting scholar interested in presenting their research. For more information please contact:

Simon Martin, Research Fellow, British School at Rome


Fabrice Jesné, Directeur des études pour les Époques moderne et contemporaine, École française de Rome