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Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at 4:30pm
A.D. White House, Guerlac Room
In June 2018, when Italy’s new cabinet was established, coalition parties dubbed it the “government of change.” Nevertheless, the only visible change is that the country became, again, a global source of inspiration for xenophobic right-wing extremists: nationalist, racist, and demagogic attitudes are on the rise. Such swift radicalization of public discourse and politics - led by the far-right anti-immigrant Interior Minister, Matteo Salvini - was not fully anticipated abroad. The talk will highlight the intolerant right-wing and anti-EU turn and the political and cultural developments leading to the current political situation. It will also show how, in the eightieth anniversary of the promulgation of the fascist anti-Semitic laws, “memory lapses” support the implementation of apartheid-type resolution, denying free school buses and meals to children of non-EU citizens, a somewhat mainstream defense of Benito Mussolini, and the legitimization of far-right politics and culture. This will also shed some light on the Eurosceptic wave, which is expected to gain more ground in the 2019 European Parliament election.
Co-sponsored by the Department of Romance Studies, Italian Studies, Society for the Humanities, Department of History, Department of Government and Cornell Institute for European Studies (CIES).