Conference: Culture and Politics of the Italian Family from the 19th to the 21st Century (London)

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Date: 01/12/2017 - 02/12/2017
Time: All Day

Association for the Study of Modern Italy (ASMI) Annual Conference

1/2 December 2017, Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Belgrave Square, London SW1

Conference convenors: Paul Ginsborg, Christian Goeschel, Sofia Serenelli and Alessandra Antola Swan

Even though the importance of the family – in all its variegated forms – has been widely recognised by scholars and commentators on modern Italy, the amount of in-depth and comparative analysis dedicated to this vast subject has remained rather limited. We would like to address this gap, both inviting different perspectives and highlighting two areas: family politics, which implies a wide consideration of the place of families in the social and political life of a nation-state; and family culture, with ‘culture’ used in a broad way, embracing ideas of family as well as all levels of family life and experience both within the family and without. Lurking behind this framework lies a nagging question: do we consider the family, with all its tenacity and social primacy, a positive or negative force in modern Italian history?

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