Prof John Foot (University of Bristol) Thursday 23 July

John-Foot
Prof John Foot

(University of Bristol, UK)
on
Milan since the Miracle. Space, Politics and History in Milan from the boom to the Expo

July 23, 6.30pm
Italian Cultural Institute,
233 Domain Rd, South Yarra

Milan has always been a key city in terms of Italian history and politics, and it has always been a city on the move. From fascism to the resistance to the economic miracle, Milan has played a key role (in both good and bad ways) in terms of Italy’s direction and her role in the world. This centrality was also seen in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s through the role of the Milanese judiciary (Tangentopoli) and the political and media power of Silvio Berlusconi. With the 2015 EXPO, Milan has an opportunity to re-invent itself (and Italy?) once again. This talk will look at the way Milan has developed and grown in the post-war period, and analyses the contradictory background to the EXPO.

Prof. John Foot is Professor of Italian at the Unviersity of Bristol (UK). He specialises in modern and contemporary Italy, his areas of research are: the History of Radical Psychiatry in Italy, 1960-2013, the History and Culture of Sport in Contemporary Italy, Divided and Fragmented Memories in Italy in the Twentieth Century. He has published very extensively in his field. Among his publications: The Republic of the Mad. Franco Basaglia and the Radical Psychiatry Movement,1961-1978 (Feltrinelli Editore, 2014), Modern Italy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), Italy’s Divided Memory (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), Pedalare! Pedalare!: A History of Italian Cycling, (Bloomsbury, 2011), Calcio. A History of Italian Football, (Harper Collins, 2007).