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THE 2020 FESTIVAL OF SOCIAL SCIENCE
DIGITAL-FIRST EVENT 7-15 NOV 2020
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Fascism Past and Present: What lessons can we learn from Italy’s history?

13th November 2020 14:00:00 - 15:30:00 GMT
Talk/Webinar, High profile

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About this event

Journalist and filmmaker Barbara Serra joins the University of Birmingham's Scott Lucas and Daniele Albertazzi to discuss her documentary, "Fascism in the Family", about her personal and journalistic perspectives on fascism and the far right in Italy, and how looking at the country that invented the word Fascism could help the rest of the world tackle rising authoritarianism. Barbara Serra is Italian/British and has been a presenter and correspondent with Al Jazeera English since 2006, having previously worked for the BBC and Sky News. Her documentary is based upon her grandfather's role in the Mussolini regime between the two world wars. Through her personal and journalistic journey investigating his life and activities, Barbara questions how Italy has dealt with its fascist past to assess the allure of authoritarianism then and now. Using Italy as the starting point, the conversation will draw parallels with other countries and cultures, at a time when fascism seems to be resurfacing around the world.

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