Call for Papers: The Afterlife of Fascism: The Reception of Modern Italian Architecture and Urbanism
12th July 2017 - 15 June 2018, United States
DATE: 16/10/2017
"Nearly 75 years after the regimes end, questions about the built legacy of Italian Fascism continue to provoke polemic responses and questions. Mussolini´s government constructed thousands of new buildings across the Italian peninsula, islands, and in the colonial territories of North Africa. 

The Afterlife of Fascism will investigate what has become of the architectural and urban projects of Italian Fascism; how have sites been transformed or adapted; and what do these sites mean today? We invite submissions that examine the afterlife of fascist architecture through studies of destruction, adaptation, debates over re-use, artistic interventions, and even routine daily practices, which may slowly alter collective understandings of a site. The volume will consider whether these structures and their material remains embody or retain some essence of the defeated political movement or, in contrast, whether they stand as reminders of the fragility of the connection between meaning and architectural form.

Questions for consideration may include:
- How do changes in the constructed landscapes of Fascism reflect evolving relationships among national identity, political authority and the physical landscape?
- What happens when the modernity of fascist architecture becomes historicized alongside the monuments of popes and emperors, when modernity becomes part of tradition?
- What do fascist constructions mean to the generations of Italians whose experience of the regime is limited to history textbooks and ancestral tales? 
- What do instances of preservation, adaptation or indifference to fascist sites tell us about the nature of the connection between political authority and place?
- How does political power operate through design at scales ranging from domestic design to infrastructure? 
- After the fall of the regime, how were connections between architecture and politics renegotiated in the service of postwar political agendas?
- How did those architects associated with fascism rewrite their own histories through design or activism in the postwar era?"

Interested authors should submit an abstract of 400-500 words and a C.V. to co-editors Kay Bea Jones and Stephanie Pilat

Key dates: 

October 16th, 2017- Preliminary Submission
December 2017- Decisions released
June 15, 2018- Papers of 4,000-8,000 words due on June 15th, 2018. Papers from accepted abstracts will undergo peer-review before publication.

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