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Research seminar / GRIC - Research Group on Contemporary Italy


During the year 2010-2011, GRIC will expand upon its recent reflections on political violence to study contemporary Italy's singularity in Europe within a larger perspective. From Italy to Europe and from Europe to Italy, by widening the lens and by varying the levels, the seminar adopts a multidisciplinary perspective built around the approaches of comparative history, geography and geopolitics, and history of international relations. We shall revisit previous debates about the violence: specificities of the national, regional, and local construction in Italy, the thesis of the "Italian abnormality" or Italy as "the laboratory", the peculiarity of political practices in Italy (from fascism to the construction of a republican democracy, between "europeism" and "eurocommunism").