“The Italian Crisis: Twenty years on”

Venus in Arms will be at the next ASMI Conference (London, 21-22 November 2014). The Annual Conference of The Association for the Study of Modern Italy (ASMI) will be organized at the Italian Cultural Institute in London.

In 1994, the Association for the Student of Modern Italy organised a conference around the theme of the ‘Italian crisis’. Silvio Berlusconi had just been elected as Prime Minister and the country was in dire economic straits. The political system was in tatters after the tangentopoli scandals. The crisis was analysed from a political, cultural, historical and social viewpoints in a conference which was extremely well attended and led to fascinating discussions after every paper. The papers from the conference were then collected and published in the first issue of the journal Modern Italy.

This year the call for papers was looking for original work on the history, culture, economics and politics of the last twenty years in Italy, as well as papers which take a comparative and transnational approach to the Italian crisis.

Here below the main topics

1. The political crisis and the ‘Berlusconi era’ and the rise of anti-politics.

2. The economic crisis in Italy

3. Italy and Europe

4. Corruption and the political system.

5. The cultural impact of the crisis and cultural representations of the crisis.

6. The idea of crisis in the Italian context.

7. Forms of political leadership and/or participation.

Conference organizers are John Foot and Gianluca Fantoni. The keynote speakers will be Paul Ginsborg and Tito Boeri.

Here you’ll find additional details on the conference. 

Venus in Arms will present the paper: “An alternative view: Counter-narratives, Italian public opinion and military operations abroad”. The goal of the paper is to investigate the effectiveness of counter-narratives developed by political parties, pacifist groups and associations in order to contrast the “plot” designed by Italian governments to gain the support of public opinion towards post 2001 military operations abroad. Why have some counter-narratives been more effective than others? Drawing on discourse analysis and interviews, the paper aims to answer this question.

See you in London

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