DENUNCIA: Speaking Up in Modern Italy

Coming soon: the Denuncia collection of essays

Posted in Uncategorized by nyudenuncia on September 16, 2012

The conference organizers of Denuncia: Speaking up in Modern Italy are happy to announce that a collection of essays with the same title will be published by Fairleigh Dickinson University Press under their Italian Studies imprint. The book features a selection of the papers presented at the 2009 conference as well as previously unpublished work by emerging scholars Chris Atwood (U.C. Berkeley) and Floriana Bernardi (University of Bari–“Aldo Moro”). The volume will also include a piece by the noted historian Paul Ginsborg.

Stay tuned for more details!


“Rompiamo il silenzio”

Posted in Uncategorized by nyudenuncia on April 14, 2009


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During his keynote speech Paul Ginsborg distributed a petition from the political action group, Libertà e Giustizia.

It is a call to break the silence that currently stifles Italian civic life. Gustavo Zagrebelsky, along with eight other major public intellectuals, calls for the renewal of Italian democracy that can only be effected through public organizing and critical thought of all Italians. It is a call for engagement and involvement, to defy the “passive acceptance” that sullies civic life in Italy in the age of Berlusconi.

The co-signers write:
“Promuovere la cultura politica, il pensiero critico, una rete di relazioni tra persone ugualmente interessate alla convivenza civile e all’attività politica, nel segno dei valori costituzionali.”

Visit the site of Libertà e Giustizia and sign the petition as well. Circulate it widely!

Background reading

Posted in Uncategorized by nyudenuncia on March 16, 2009

Professor Ginsborg brought two recent articles to our attention in the London Review of Books.  Authored by Perry Anderson, both articles are “required reading” for conference participants!  

“An Invertebrate Left” gives a detailed account of the Left in Post-War Italy, charting the failures of the left to gain a secure footing immediately after World War II, the anni del boom, the ’60s and ’70s through the present.  

“An Entire Order Converted into What It Was Intended to End” focuses more on 1992 to the present, the period widely known as the “Second Republic”, examining how Berlusconi’s rise to power vanquished hopes for reform in contemporary Italy.