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Mobilizing Cultural Identities in the First World War: History, Representations and Memory



Mobilizing Cultural Identities in the First World War: History, Representations and Memory

Mobilizing Cultural Identities in the First World War: History, Representations and Memory (Palgrave: 2020), edited by Federica G. Pedriali and Cristina Savettieri.

A round table with the volume's editors in conversation with Jay Winter, Marco Mondini and Simona Storchi.

Mobilisation during the First World War was a major process of material and imaginative engagement unfolding on a military, economic, political and cultural level. Existing identities were dramatically challenged and questioned by the whirl of discourses and representations involved. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, Mobilizing Cultural Identities in the First World War: History, Representations and Memory interrogates how cultural identities were mobilised by the war effort, one of the most challenging aspects of the history of the Great War, and one that keeps raising key questions on the way cultures respond to times of crisis.

We are delighted to have Professor Jay Winter (Yale) among our guest speakers as part of this book launch

Marco Mondini is an Associate Professor in History of Conflicts and Modern History at the University of Padua and a Research Associate at the Italian-German Historical Institute in Trento and at the UMR Sirice (CNRS – Paris Sorbonne). He is a member of the directorial board of the Historial de la Grande Guerre in Péronne and a section editor for “14-18 online. International Encyclopedia of the First World War”. Among his main publications: The Mediatization of War and Peace (ed. by, with C. Cornelissen, Berlin / Boston 2021); Fiume 1919. Una guerra civile italiana (Rome 2019) Il Capo. La Grande Guerra del generale Luigi Cadorna (Bologna 2017); La Guerra italiana. Partire, raccontare, tornare 1914-18 (Bologna 2014); Narrating War (ed. by, with M. Rospocher, Berlin / Bologna 2013).

Federica G. Pedriali is Professor and Chair of Literary Metatheory and Modern Italian Studies and Head of Italian at the University of Edinburgh. She has published extensively on the contemporary Italian canon and its margins, with applications from Continental Philosophy, in particular French Theory, and more recently Biopolitics, Ecocriticism and Decoloniality. Her latest books include: (ed.) Gadda: interpreti a confronto (2020); (ed. – with Cristina Savettieri) Mobilizing Cultural Identities in the First World War: History, Representations and Memory (2020); and Vita offesa e ordignità tra Manzoni e Lampedusa (ETS, forthcoming). She was awarded the 2018 Runner-up Marcel Proust Prize for her essay Nella lettera della Storia: per un approccio biopolitico alla guerra di Gadda (2017), and is currently editing the volume Italian Thought: from Machiavelli to Esposito for Edinburgh University Press (2023).

Cristina Savettieri is Assistant Professor of Contemporary Italian Literature at the University of Pisa. Previously, she was an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow in Comparative Literature at Freie Universität Berlin (2011-2013) and the recipient of a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship at the University of Edinburgh (2015-2017). Her main research interests are Italian modernism and Italian twentieth-century literature, tragedy and tragic theories in a comparative perspectives, the literature and culture of the First World War as a gendered phenomenon.

Simona Storchi is Associate Professor of Italian at the University of Leicester. She has published extensively on early twentieth-century Italian literature and culture and on the relationship between art and politics under fascism. Among her recent publications, Massimo Bontempelli e la cultura italiana fra le due guerre. L'intellettuale, il fascismo, la modernità (forthcoming, 2021); Women and the Public Sphere in Modern and Contemporary Italy. Essays for Sharon Wood, ed. with M. Spunta and M. Morelli (2017); Visualizzare la guerra: l’iconografia del conflitto e l’Italia, ed. with G. Pieri and M.G. Di Monte (2016); The Great War and the Modernist Imagination in Italy, ed. with Luca Somigli (2015); Beyond the Piazza: Public and Private Spaces in Modern Italian Culture (2013); Back to the Futurists: The Avant-Garde and Its Legacy, ed. with E. Adamowicz (2013). She is the Italian Section Editor of the open access peer reviewed journal Modern Languages Open (Liverpool University Press).

Jay Winter is the Charles J. Stille Professor of History Emeritus at Yale University. He is a specialist on World War I and its impact on the 20th century. Previously, Winter taught at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the University of Warwick, the University of Cambridge, and Columbia University. In 2001, he joined the Faculty of Yale. Winter is the author or co-author of 25 books, including Socialism and the Challenge of War; Ideas and Politics in Britain, 1912-18; Sites of Memory, Sites of Mourning: The Great War in European Cultural History; The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century; Rene Cassin and the rights of man, and most recently, War beyond words: Languages of remembrance from the Great War to the present. In addition he has edited or co-edited 30 books and contributed 130 book chapters to edited volumes. Winter was also co-producer, co-writer, and chief historian for the PBS/BBC series The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century, which won an Emmy Award, a Peabody Award and a Producers Guild of America Award for best television documentary in 1997. He has received honorary doctorates from the University of Graz, the University of Leuven, and the University of Paris.

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Date: Monday, May 24, 2021

Time: At 6:00 pm

Organized by : ICI London

In collaboration with : ICI Edinburgh

Entrance : Free