"Vergangenheitsbewältigung Italian Style?"
This panel intends to explore the question of Italy’s relationship to its fascist past in an interdisciplinary fashion. The panel’s title intends to provoke discussion by citing the German rubric of “Vergangenheitsbewältigung,” a reckoning with the past; what implications can be drawn from the lack of a similar Italian term? And if there is indeed a Vergangenheitsbewältigung Italian style, how can it be defined and who is participating? What role do the experiences of other formerly fascist nations such as Germany and Spain play in shaping the Italian approach and perceptions of Italy’s past? How does the notion of “italiani, brava gente” function today? Given the disappearance with time of living witnesses to the Novecento, how is this discourse informed by the media, old and new, representing it to us? Papers addressing film, literature or other cultural productions, and drawing upon the fields of memory, trauma, genocide, and museum studies are particularly welcome. Yet since these burgeoning fields tend to focus on Anglo-American and German-Eastern European sources and contexts, how can we translate such discourse
“into Italian,” broadly speaking?
Gabrielle E. Popoff
Columbia University Department of Italian
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