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Fascism and the "Defense of Race"

05Nov(Nov 5)10:00 am06(Nov 6)7:00 pmFascism and the "Defense of Race"10:00 am - 7:00 pm (6)(GMT+00:00) Italian Jewish Studies SeminarItalian Jewish Studies Seminar

Event Details


From 1938 Racial Laws to the Present 

November 4-5, 2018, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Rabin Building, Mount Scopus Campus. Visit:


Saturday, 3 November 2018

Hevrat Yehude Italia BeIsrael, 25 Hillel Street, Jerusalem


Sunday, 4 November 2018

Rabin Building, room 3001, Gatherings 16:00-16:15


Barak Medina

Rector of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Fabio Ruggirello, Istituo Italiano di Cultura, Tel Aviv

Francesco Cassata, University of Genoa

Manuela Consonni, Head of the Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism



Chair, Sergio Della Pergola, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Michele Sarfatti, CDEC Foundation, Milan

The Anti-Jewish Legislation in Fascist Italy


Film screening 18:15-19:30

“1938 – Quando scoprimmo di non essere più italiani By Pietro Suber

Introduces: Fabio Ruggirello

The Italian Institute of Culture, Tel Aviv


Monday, 5 November 2018

Rabin Building, room 2001

In the presence of Mr. Gianluigi Benedetti, Ambassador of Italy in Israel


FIRST SESSION 9:15-10:45

Chair, Martina Weisz, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Aristotle Kallis, Keele University

How Fascism and Anti-semitism became “mainstream”

Angelo Matteo Caglioti, University of California, Berkeley

Racial Science, Italian Colonialism, and the Origins of the 1938 Anti-Semitic Laws


Coffee Break 10:45-11:00

SECOND SESSION 11:00-13:00

Chair, Raanan Rein, Tel Aviv University

Chiara Caradonna, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Myth, Sacred, Allegory: thinking community in the Thirties and today

Manuela Consonni, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Antisemitism, Judaism and the Modern Political Myth

Marie-Anne Matard-Bonucci, Université Paris 8 

State Racism Between History and Politics

Lunch Break 13:00-15:00


THIRD SESSION 15:00-16:30

Chair, Gur Zak, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Silvana Patriarca, Fordham University, NYC

Race-thinking, Racism, and the Construction of ‘Italianness’

Mimmo Cangiano, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Archaeology of a Notion: Conceptualization of Race in Fascist Literature

Coffee Break 16:30-16:45


FOURTH SESSION 16:45-18:00

Chair, Livia Tagliacozzo, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Guri Schwarz, University of Genoa

“Are Italians Racist?” Political and Cultural Debates in the 1980s and 1990s

Francesco Cassata, University of Genoa

Removing “Race” from the Constitution? Reshaping Anti-Racism in the Shadow of 1938


Film screening 18:15-19:30

“If Only I were that warrior“, By Valerio Ciriaci, Awen Film

Introduces: Natalia Indrimi, Centro Primo Levi New York


Concluding remarks:

Francesco Cassata & Manuela Consonni

Presented by: 

The Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism

& DAFIST, University of Genoa, in cooperation with The Italian Institute of Culture, Tel Aviv, The Italian Embassy in Israel and Centro Primo Levi NY.

With generous support from the Knapp Family Foundation

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