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Classics and the Spectacular under Fascism - 16/12/2019, Oxford (England)



The conference seeks to explore the reimaginings of classical antiquity in the artistic, media, and cultural expressions of Italian Fascism and para-fascist regimes in Europe from the inter-war period to the end of WW2.


FECHA / DATE/DATA: 16/12/2019


LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, Faculty of Classics, University of Oxford (Oxford, England)


ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Giovanna Di Martino (Oxford); Eleftheria Ioannidou (RUG); Sara Troiani (Trento).

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10.15-10.45 Registration and Coffee

10.45-11.00 Welcome from Fiona Macintosh (Oxford)
Giovanna Di Martino and Sara Troiani present the APGRD and Laboratorio Dionysos Databases

11.00-12.00 Classicising the Spectacle – Chair: Oliver Taplin (Oxford)
Eleftheria Ioannidou (Groningen) - A Classical Modernity
Giovanna Di Martino (Oxford) – Aeschylus at the Crossroads between 'Modernities'


12.00-13.00 Classics and the Spectacular I: Ettore Romagnoli, INDA and Fascism – Chair: Giorgio Ieranò (Trento)
Sara Troiani (Trento) – Ettore Romagnoli’s Productions and the Fascist Regime
Natalie Minioti (Thessaloniki) - The Secret Meaning of the Chorus in the Theatrical Performances of the Dramatic Festival of Syracuse during the Fascist Period  

13:00-14.00 Lunch

14.00-15.00 Classics and the Spectacular II - INDA, Music and Dances – Chair: Fiona Macintosh (Oxford)
Giovanna Casali (Bologna) - Did the Music Change under the Fascist Regime? A Survey of the Musical Compositions in the INDA Performances 
Giulia Bordignon (Venice) - ‘Living Sculpture’: The Dancing Chorus at the Greek Theatre in Syracuse, 1927-1939

15.00-15.15 Coffee break

15.15-16.15 Theorising Fascist Classicism – Chair: Eleftheria Ioannidou (Groningen)
Dimitris Plantzos (Athens) and Vasileios Balaskas (Malaga-Athens) - Reinventing Romanitas; Exchanges of Classical Antiquities as Symbolic Gifts between Italy and Spain (1933-1943)
Helen Roche (Durham) - Theorising the Use and Abuse of the Classical Past in Mussolini’s Third Rome and Hitler’s Third Reich

16.15-17.15 Plenary led by Pantelis Michelakis 


17.15-18.00 Drinks reception


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