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Durham University

School of Modern Languages & Cultures

Events in Modern Languages & Cultures

Evolution, Revolution or Devolution? Reflections on the Italian Right, 1861-2011.

4th November 2011, 09:00, Joachim Room, College of St Hild and St Bede, Durham University

First Posgraduate Colloquium in Italian Studies to be held in the Joachim Room, College of St Hild and St Bede, Durham University on 4-5 November 2011.

Is there a liberal and moderate Italian Right in the European tradition? Why is the Right so often assimilated to Fascism? Has the contemporary Right been able to lay the foundation for a new idea of Right? Is there a "culture of the Right"? What are its landmarks and myths?

Since the beginning of the "Second Republic" in 1992, the Right has regained prominence. It contributes to shape cultural discussions and political agendas. It thus seems appropriate to investigate the Italian history through an analysis of the themes that the Right has put forward, gathering together a group of young researchers, based both in British and Italian institutions, with a similar set of interests.

Professor Ernesto Galli della Loggia (SUM - Istituto Italiano di Scienze Umane, Florence) will attend the Colloquium and will deliver a Guest Lecture. He is the prime expert on the history of the Italian Right and author of book such as Intervistasulladestra (Roma-Bari, 1994), L'identitàitaliana (Bologna, 20104), Lamortedellapatria (Roma-Bari, 20085), Poesiacivileepatriotticanell'ItaliadelNovecento (Milan, 2010), Pensarel'Italia (with Aldo Schiavone, Turin, 2011). He is leading columnist of the CorrieredellaSera, the most widely-read newspaper in Italy.

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