The Risorgimento and Italian Unification in Global Perspective
John Cabot University, Rome, Italy
September 23-24, 2011
On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the proclamation of the united Kingdom of Italy, the History and Humanities Department of John Cabot University is hosting a conference aimed at investigating the place of the Italian Risorgimento in global history. This conference hopes to contribute to the growing scholarship of recent years reconfiguring our understandings of how Italian and European developments took place within larger global and regional frameworks along with their transnational, cross-regional significance.
Keynote speakers for the conference are Professor Emilio Gentile (Università di Roma "La Sapienza"), Professor Lucy Riall (Birbeck, University of London), and Professor Spencer Di Scala (University of Massachusetts, Boston). The conference will conclude with a round-table discussion led by the three keynotes.
We wish to feature papers and panels exploring such general topics as the Risorgimento's significance outside of Italy, external influences on the processes, actors, and ideas involved, and comparisons with similar political and cultural movements elsewhere. We hope that the conference will bring together junior and senior scholars from varied geographic and national origins. To those ends, a limited number of travel bursaries will be available for conference participants who need assistance covering the costs of travel to Rome.
Possible topics include:
• The Risorgimento and Atlantic political/revolutionary traditions
• The Transnational Experiences of Participants in the Risorgimento
• Foreign reactions and responses to Italian unification
• The Risorgimento and other nationalist movements and traditions
• The Risorgimento and global Catholicism
• The Risorgimento and nineteenth-century globalization
• Legacies and memories of unification in Italy and abroad
The language of the conference will be English.
Paper proposals should include a title, a 250-300 word abstract, contact information, and institutional affiliation. If you wish to apply for a travel bursary, please indicate this along with your reasons for doing so.
Please submit proposals and/or inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 2, 2011.
Organizers: Luca de Caprariis, Gene Ogle, and Vanda Wilcox, Department of History and Humanities, John Cabot University.
Prof. Gene E. Ogle
Department of History and Humanities
John Cabot University
Via della Lungara 233
Phone: 39 06 681 9121 Email: email@example.com
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