October 2016


Hybrid Republicanism: Italy and American Art, 1840-1918

  • Thursday, 6 October 2016 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm
  • Friday, 7 October 2016 - 9:30am to 6:00pm
Centro Studi Americani and American Academy in Rome

This event is part of the series New Work in the Arts & Humanities: American Classics.

The first part of an international conference that considers the shared notions of republicanism and tyranny that animated American and Italian politics and visual culture in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The program takes into account significant historical events that linked Italy and the United States, such as the Italian wars of independence, the American Civil War, the founding of the Italian nation with Rome as its capital, the rise and decline of progressive reform in Italy and the United States, and Italian and American participation in World War I.

Don H. Doyle, McCausland Professor of History at the University of South Carolina, will deliver the keynote lecture at the Centro Studi Americani (Via Michelangelo Caetani, 32) on 6 October at 6pm. The title of the lecture is The Republican Experiment: America, Italy, and the Perils of Self-Government. You can watch the Centro Studi Americani event live streamed at

The conference will be held at the American Academy in Rome (Via Angelo Masina, 5) on October 7 from 9:30am to 6pm. See program attached.

Papers will be given in English. You can watch the American Academy in Rome event livestreamed at

The conference is organized byMelissa Dabakis (Kenyon College), Daniele Fiorentino (Università degli Studi Roma Tre), Lindsay Harris (American Academy in Rome) and Paul Kaplan (Purchase College, State University of New York).

The conference is made possible by the Terra Foundation for American Art. Additional support is provided by: the Embassy of the United States of America in Italy, Centro Studi Americani - Rome, Smithsonian American Art Museum, American Academy in Rome, Kenyon College, Purchase College - State University of New York, and Università degli Studi Roma Tre.

A second conference, The Course of Empire: American Fascination with Classical and Renaissance Italy, 1760-1970, will be held at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC on 20-21 October 2017.

Please note: valid photo ID is required for entry into the American Academy in Rome. Backpacks and luggage with dimensions larger than cm 40 x 35 x 15 (inches 16 x 14 x 6) are not permitted on the property. There are no locker facilities available.