October, 2018

12Oct6:00 pm- 6:00 pmJulius Evola’s Spiritual Antisemitism: The Totalitarian ApproachItalian Academy at Columbia University, 1161 Amsterdam Avenue6:00 pm - 6:00 pm Italian Jewish Studies Seminar:Italian Jewish Studies Seminar

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A series of programs on the Italian Race Laws on their eightieth anniversary.

A collaboration of Centro Primo Levi with NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimò and Department of Italian, The New School for Social Research, Eugene Lang College and the Columbia Seminar for Modern Italian Studies.


OCTOBER 12 at 6:00 pm

Columbia Seminar in Modern Italian Studies at the Italian Academy for Advanced Italian Studies. Italian Academy at Columbia University.

Manuela Consonni, (The Hebrew University and Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism). Julius Evola’s Spiritual Antisemitism: The Totalitarian Approach

Julius Evola was one of the leading figures of Italian political organicism, a founding father of spiritual antisemitism, and, after WWII, one of the most influential thinkers of Italian and European neo-fascism. His thought has recently been revived by the American Alt-right. The context in which his ideology developed is the 20th century’s research on racial identity. Race rose as rigorous and objective concept drawing strength from biology and the study of the physical factors that differentiated human groups. The synthesis between scientific analysis and historical ideologies of founding myths awarded race undisputed dignity. It was this dangerous mixture that lead to a “scientific theory” that not only identified characteristics of different races, but also assigned them a qualitative hierarchy. Evola’s spiritual antisemitism reflects an ideology that, already in 1922, aimed at the construction of an enlarged fascist Gemeindschaft that, slowly narrowed down the terms and conditions of national and racial belonging.

Manuela Consonni is professor of history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Director of the Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism. Her latest books are Resistenza o Shoah, the Memory of the Deportation and Extermination in Italy between 1945-1985 (Magnes University Press 2010) and L’eclisse dell’antifascismo. Resistenza, questione ebraica e cultura politica in Italia 1943-1989 (Laterza Publisher 2015). She has published on Italian Jewish History, Shoah literature and Holocaust studies, on Antisemitism, on memory and national identity buildung in Western Europe, and on gender issues. Among her articles: “Primo Levi, Robert Antelme and the Body of the Muselman,” Partial Answers 7/2 (June 2009): 243-259; “The new grammar of the Otherness: Europe, the Shoah and the Jews”, Jewish History, 24, 2, 2010. She has recently received a grant from the Van Leer Institute of Jerusalem for the research group on `Bracketing Difference. The Internal Stranger. A Reassment“.


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