Posted on 07/02/2011
Dr Giuliana Pieri
Three documentaries are being launched this week as part of an ongoing research project on the Cult of Mussolini run by Dr Giuliana Pieri from the Department of Modern Languages at Royal Holloway, University of London, Professor Stephen Gundle from Warwick University and Professor Christopher Duggan from Reading University.
The documentaries, 'Fascism and the Cult of the Duce', 'Predappio: Past and Present in Mussolini's Birthplace' and 'Mussolini after Mussolini' will be launched publicly to academic and educational colleagues at University College London on Friday (11 February.)
The films are around 45 minutes each and include newsreel footage, home movies, location material and interviews. They will be available as DVDs and it is hoped they will be widely used in teaching.
Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the aim of the wider project has been to investigate the impact of the personality cult of Mussolini and its after-effects in the period from 1918 until 2000.
Dr Pieri, Senior lecturer in Italian and the Visual Arts at Royal Holloway, says: “We hope we will speak to a whole spectrum of people through these documentaries, from academics, graduates, postgraduates and A-level students, across a selection of disciplines including History, History of Art, Media studies and Politics.
“As the first modern fascist leader in Europe Mussolini became almost a template for other dictators. We hope through our study people will gain a better understanding of his regime, the propaganda strategies used and the legacy Fascism has left on Italian art and culture in the past sixty years.”
The launch will be held from 10:30am to 5:30pm on Friday 11 February at UCL, Edward Lewis Lecture Theatre, Windeyer Building, 46 Cleveland Street, London.
For more information please contact Dr Giuliana Pieri