Skip to main content

Please note: this event has passed

The Politics of Memory in the Italian Populist Radical Right examines the role of colonial memory in the contemporary Italian populist radical right, which includes the Lega and Fratelli d’Italia (FdI).

The book originally adopts postcolonialism as an analytical framework to critically examine which roles colonial memory plays in the Italian populist radical right. Considering the timeframe between 2013 and 2021, this book suggests that the contemporary Italian populist radical right selectively shaped its memory of the colonial past, expunging the most difficult aspects from it.

The fact that the Italian populist radical right parties examined do not fully acknowledge the controversial aspects of Italy’s colonial past, which are bracketed off discourse, may contribute to the deployment of colonial discourse by these same parties when discussing immigration. From this Italian case study, broader implications can be drawn regarding the role of colonial memory in political discourse, which is a topical matter across Europe.

The discussant for this event will be Dr Luca Manucci (University of Lisbon). Find out more about the book here. The event will also be streamed via Facebook for those unable to attend in person here.

The event will take place in room 6.04, Bush House South East wing, and will be followed by a reception.

Event details

Bush House South East Wing
Strand, London WC2R 1AE