Italian anti-Fascism in Interwar Britain between realities and memory: the role of universities, women and intellectuals

Italian anti-Fascism in Interwar Britain between realities and memory: the role of universities, women and intellectuals
3 June 2019, 2.00pm - 4.00pm
Room 246, Second Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Working languages: English & Italian

The academic community has recently shown an increased interest in investigating Anglo-Italian relations during the interwar period. As a result, scholars have approached this topic from different angles, producing work on diplomatic and cultural relations between Italy and Britain and the role played by intellectuals in Britain in developing Italian anti-Fascist propaganda and local political activities, for instance.

Despite the case of fascism and the role played by universities, a systematic exploration of the impact of Italian anti-fascism in Britain is still largely a gap in the available secondary literature. In addition, historians have also disagreed over the importance of Britain as a ‘guest country’ for Italian anti-fascists, tending to outline its minor impact compared with that of other countries such as France and the US or to stress the relevance played by Britain generally and London in particular.

This seminar embraces papers focused on Italian anti-fascism in Britain, women’s/gender studies, history of universities/intellectual history and that of Catholicism, hoping to stimulate discussion on Anglo-Italian interaction during the interwar period through these perspectives and its political memory. In so doing, it fills a gap in the current historiography and aims to produce a more systematic consideration of the impact of Italian anti-Fascism in Britain outlining the importance of universities and cultural institutions as well as that of intellectuals related to these environments.

Convenor: Tamara Colacicco (London/CCM – British School at Rome)

14:00 Introduction - Tamara Colacicco (London/CCM-BSR) and Katia Pizzi (London/CCM) 
14:10 Alice Gussoni (University of Oxford): Anti-Fascist Women within Salvemini’s British Network: Clandestine Activity and its Memory
14: 30 Anna Rita Gabellone (University of Bari “Aldo Moro”): Antifascismo e libertà fra Sylvia Pankhurst e Marion Cave Rosselli
15:00 Stefania Rampello (University of Rome “La Sapienza”): The Italian Catholic anti-Fascism in London: the Commitment of Crespi, Sturzo and Petrone
15:30-16:00 Conclusions, questions and debate.

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


Cathy Collins
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