The Fascist Archive in Performance: Classical Reception in Film and Live Events under Mussolini

Friday, January 15, 2021 - 10:00am

Online Symposium

An online symposium in collaboration with the University of Groningen, Laboratorio Dionysos - University of Trento, and University College London; co-organised by Giovanna Di Martino (UCL), Eleftheria Ioannidou (Groningen), Sara Troiani (Trento). 


Keynote Address (pre-recorded)

Simonetta Falasca-Zamponi (Santa Barbara) – Memory and the Past: Fascism, Spectacle, History

** The pre-recorded talk is available on the symposium website. Attendees are kindly requested to watch the recording in advance of the event. Link to watch here. **

11.00-11.15 (CET) / 10.00-10.15 (GMT): Welcome by the Director of ICOG, Sabrina Corbellini


11.15-12.15 (CET) / 10.15-11.15 (GMT): Archives and Performance I

Respondent: Oliver Taplin (Oxford) 

  • Fiona Macintosh (Oxford): Reconstructing Greek Dance with Fascist Ideology
  • Patricia Gaborik (American Academy of Rome): Mussolini’s Cesare: Roman History as Italy’s Present and Future

12.15-13.15 (CET) / 11.15-12.15 (GMT): Archives and Performance II

Respondent: Fiona Macintosh (Oxford)

  • Eleftheria Ioannidou (Groningen): Fascism’s Eternal Antiquity and the Ephemerality of Performance
  • Giovanna Di Martino (UCL): Archiving and Documenting Classical Performance during Fascism
13.15-14.15 (CET) / 12.15-13.15 (GMT): Lunch

14.15-15.15 (CET) / 13.15-14.15 (GMT): Archaeology and Material Culture

Respondent: Dimitris Plantzos (Athens)

  • Bettina Reitz-Joosse (Groningen) and Han Lamers (Oslo): Spectacles of Archiving: Foundation Deposits in Fascist Italy
  • Sara Troiani (Trento): Classical Performances at the Temples of Agrigento and Paestum


15.15-16.30 (CET) / 14.15-15.30 (GMT): Technology and Cinema

Respondent: Maria Wyke (UCL)

  • Giorgio Ieranò (Trento): Towards the Fourth Punic War: The Image of Carthago in Italy between Nationalism and Fascism
  • Roberto Danese (Urbino): Scipione l'Africano di Carmine Gallone. Traduzione intersemiotica di un'ideologia
  • Pantelis Michelakis (Bristol): Leni Riefenstahl’s Olympia as Information Machine 
16.30-17.00 (CET) / 15.30-16.00 (GMT) - Tea/Coffee Break

17.00-17.20 (CET) / 16.00-16.20 (GMT): Keynote Address (pre-recorded) 

Roger Griffin (Oxford Brookes): The Ideological and Temporal Implications of Fascism's Use of “Stripped Classicism” in Civic Architecture

** A longer version of this pre-recorded talk is available on the symposium website. Attendees are kindly requested to watch the recording in advance of the event. Link to watch here. **

17:20-18:00 (CET) / 16:20-17:00 (GMT) Plenary Led by Roger Griffin


This programme is also available toFile download in an accessible large print Word document.  

The symposium is the second in a series of events on classical reception under Italian Fascism, bringing together scholars whose work has approached fascism from different fields and interdisciplinary perspectives. The first event, Classics and the Spectacular under Fascism, took place here at the APGRD on the 16th of December 2019. 

Event image: Panathenaea at the ancient temple of Paestum, 1936; courtesy of A.F.I. Archivio Fondazione INDA Siracusa.