The ghosts of fascism: Italian intellectuals and the experience and memory of the dictatorship

Palazzo Braschi 1934
Professor Simon Levis Sullam
Date 30/05/2023 at 17.30 - 30/05/2023 at 19.30 Where Syndicate Room 3 (Chancellor's Centre) & Zoom

How did Italian intellectuals face the experience of fascism during the regime and how did they remember it after the war?

Palazzo Braschi 1934


This paper analyzes the ways in which Italian intellectuals recounted in the postwar period their own and Italy’s experience of fascism, comparing these accounts with a historical reconstruction of those experiences. The talk will focus especially on the cases of the historian Federico Chabod (1901-1960) and of the jurist Piero Calamandrei (1889-1956).



Simon Levis Sullam is associate professor of modern history at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. He has conducted research and taught in the US,  Italy, the UK and France at institutions including the University of California, Berkeley, the European University Institute (Florence), the University of Oxford, Sciences Po (Paris). His books translated in English include: Giuseppe Mazzini and the Origins of Fascism (Palgrave 2015), The Italian Executioners. The Genocide of the Jews of Italy (1943-45) (Princeton UP 2018).


Respondent: Professor Robert S. C. Gordon (MML & Gonville and Caius College)

Chair: Dr Bianca Gaudenzi (Wolfson College)



This is a hybrid event, which will take place in-person in Syndicate Room 3 (Chancellor's Centre) and also on Zoom.

If you would like to attend online, please register for the Zoom link.

Refreshments will be available for the in-person audience.


The Humanities Society organises regular talks spanning a wide range of topics. Every Tuesday during term time.



This event will take place in Syndicate Room 3 on the second floor of the Chancellor's Centre. It has step-free access with a lift and there is an accessible toilet located each floor of the building.

For more details please view our AccessAble guide.

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