Marla Stone – Acts of Self-Representation: Nazi-Fascist Wartime Cultural Diplomacy


Marla Stone – Acts of Self-Representation: Nazi-Fascist Wartime Cultural Diplomacy

Charcoal drawing of a uniformed soldier with a horse to his left

Detail of Antonio Giuseppe Santagata’s charcoal drawing Saint George, Patron Saint of the Cavalry

Between the signing of the Pact of Steel in 1939 and the military defeats of 1943, the Nazi and Fascist dictatorships mobilized culture to introduce their respective publics to the ideology and politics of the other—in search of Axis mutuality and shared purpose. Traveling exhibitions mounted by the Fascist and Nazi regimes during World War II were acts of cultural exchange, soft diplomacy, and propaganda which used the form of the exhibition to present a self-image that each regime hoped would offer restless publics a convincing rationale for total war.

Marla Stone, a professor of modern European history at Occidental College in Los Angeles and a 1996 Rome Prize Fellow in Post-Classical Humanistic Studies, is the newly appointed Andrew W. Mellon Humanities Professor at the American Academy in Rome. A historian of modern Italy with a focus on fascism, authoritarianism, and genocide, Stone works on the intersection of ideology, culture, and the state. Her books include The Patron State: Culture and Politics in Fascist Italy and The Fascist Revolution.

The lecture will be held in English.

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Giorno e ora
lunedì 27 settembre 2021
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