Italian anti-Fascism in Interwar Britain: women and intellectual history realities and memory

Italian anti-Fascism in Interwar Britain: women and intellectual history realities and memory
3 June 2019, 2.00pm - 4.00pm
Room 246, Second Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

An increased interest has recently been shown in investigating Anglo-Italian relations during the interwar period. Scholars have approached this topic from different angles, producing work on diplomatic and cultural relations between Italy and Britain (Colacicco 2017, 2018), Italy and Britain between 1943 and 1945 (Berrettini 2008, 2010) and the role played by Britain in developing Italian anti-Fascist propaganda and local political activities (Gabellone, 2015; Rampello 2015), for instance. 

Despite this, a systematic exploration of the role played by Italian anti-Fascism in Britain is still missing in secondary literature. In addition, historians have also disagreed over the importance of Britain as a ‘guest country’ for Italian anti-Fascists, tending to compare its minor impact compared with that of other countries such as France and the US (Baldoli, 2003) or to stress the relevance played by Britain generally and London in particular (Rampello, 2015). 

This seminar embraces papers focused on women’s/gender studies, history of political ideologies/organisations and their expression through the medias – particularly newspapers in Italian or English – and comparative analysis between the reality of Britain and those of other European countries and the US. In so doing, it hopes to stimulate discussion on Anglo-Italian interaction during the interwar period and its political memory, filling a gap in the current historiography and producing a more systematic consideration of the impact of Italian anti-Fascism in Britain from both British and Italian perspectives.

This seminar is free for all to attend. Places are limited so please register in advance


Cathy Collins
020 7862 8738