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The Pace of History, the Shape of Democracy #9: Violence and Democracy in United Italy



The Pace of History, the Shape of Democracy #9: Violence and Democracy in United Italy

A Talk by David Forgacs

Episodes of public violence have recurred at several key moments in the formation and consolidation of the modern Italian state: wars of unification, colonial wars, civilian protests repressed by police or army, civil conflicts during the rise of fascism and in its defeat, terrorism, stragismo, mafia violence targeting state actors. Is there a single underlying pattern that connects these diverse episodes or did each derive from a distinct cause? How have communications of and about episodes of violence functioned politically over the last century and a half? Overall, has public violence and the responses to it compromised or undermined democracy in Italy or has it helped strengthen it?

The autumn at the Italian Cultural Institute is dedicated to contemporary history: twelve talks on "The Pace of History, the Shape of Democracy", from 21 September, organised by Professor Andrea Mammone (Royal Holloway) and Professor Umberto Gentiloni (la Sapienza, Rome). In a fast-moving world, these talks analyse the current state of western democracies, including the changing faces of politics, the relationships between citizens and institutions, the impact of new media, the rising inequalities, and how society and culture react to these challenges.


David Forgacs
holds the endowed Guido and Mariuccia Zerilli-Marimò Chair in Contemporary Italian Studies at New York University. He earned both his M.A. in English and his M.Phil. in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory at the University of Oxford (1975, 1977) and his Ph.D. in Philosophy at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa (1979). Previously, he taught at University College London, where he held the Panizzi Chair of Italian, established in 1828; before that he was at Royal Holloway University of London, where he was Reader in Film Studies, at University of Cambridge, where he was a Fellow of Gonville and Caius College, and at University of Sussex.



Data: Ven 8 Dic 2017

Orario: Dalle 19:00 alle 20:30

Organizzato da : ICI London

Ingresso : Libero


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