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Global History from the South. Italian and Iberian Perspectives on the 19th and 20th Centuries.

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  • Fri 26 Oct 2018 09.30 - 18.30
  • Sat 27 Oct 2018 09.00 - 15.30
  Add to Calendar 2018-10-26 9:30 2018-10-27 15:30 Europe/Paris Global History from the South. Italian and Iberian Perspectives on the 19th and 20th Centuries.

26 October - Seminar Room, Villa Malafrasca 27 October - Sala del Capitolo, Badia Fiesolana Despite recent developments, the booming fields of global history and international history are still structured by binary lines such as success and failure, modernity and backwardness, and centre and periphery. Supposedly ‘failed’, ‘backward’, and ‘peripheral’ nation-states of the European South (Italy, Spain, and Portugal) continue to be measured against the supposedly ‘successful’, ‘modern’, and ‘central’ benchmark of the European North (especially Britain, Germany, and France). In addition to perpetuating particularly Eurocentric and teleological narratives, this binary has often created the idea that Italian and Iberian perspectives are disturbing anomalies. Could they not be seen, instead, as productive analytical tools? This conference aims to discuss the hypothesis that the history of the world in the 19th and 20th centuries could be told quite differently if historians looked at it through ‘Latin’ lenses, and by exploring alternative paradigms and methodologies. We would like to encourage dialogue between Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese paradigms, for example posing ‘Italian’ research questions to ‘Iberian’ objects of study, and vice-versa. We seek also to break down the boundaries stemming from national and area studies. Above all, this conference aims to advance Italian and Iberian perspectives as fundamental pieces of our understanding of the historical construction of today’s world.

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26 October - Seminar Room, Villa Malafrasca 27 October - Sala del Capitolo, Badia Fiesolana Despite recent developments, the booming fields of global history and international history are still structured by binary lines such as success and failure, modernity and backwardness, and centre and periphery. Supposedly ‘failed’, ‘backward’, and ‘peripheral’ nation-states of the European South (Italy, Spain, and Portugal) continue to be measured against the supposedly ‘successful’, ‘modern’, and ‘central’ benchmark of the European North (especially Britain, Germany, and France). In addition to perpetuating particularly Eurocentric and teleological narratives, this binary has often created the idea that Italian and Iberian perspectives are disturbing anomalies. Could they not be seen, instead, as productive analytical tools? This conference aims to discuss the hypothesis that the history of the world in the 19th and 20th centuries could be told quite differently if historians looked at it through ‘Latin’ lenses, and by exploring alternative paradigms and methodologies. We would like to encourage dialogue between Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese paradigms, for example posing ‘Italian’ research questions to ‘Iberian’ objects of study, and vice-versa. We seek also to break down the boundaries stemming from national and area studies. Above all, this conference aims to advance Italian and Iberian perspectives as fundamental pieces of our understanding of the historical construction of today’s world.


Location:
Outside EUI premises -

Affiliation:
Department of History and Civilization

Type:
Conference

Organiser:
Prof. Lucy Riall
Grazia Sciacchitano (EUI - Department of History and Civilization)
Veronica Royo Romanillos (EUI - Department of History and Civilization)
Gaël Sánchez Cano (EUI - Department of History and Civilization)
Maria Stella Chiaruttini (EUI - Department of History and Civilization)
Matilda Louise Greig (EUI - Department of History and Civilization)

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