For the Eighteenth Congress of the International Association for Neo-Latin Studies (Leuven, 1-6 August 2021), we would like to propose one or more special sessions on the uses of Latin under Italian Fascism (1922-1943).

We are especially interested in original thematic papers and illuminating case studies that are relevant to one or more of the following subject areas:

  • The role of Latin in the articulation of Fascist notions of imperialism, colonialism, and later also racism;
  • The reception of medieval and humanist traditions in the Latin literature of the Fascist period;
  • The specific dynamics between Neo-Latin and Italian literature under Fascism (e.g., literary conservatism, modernist poetics, etc.);
  • Thematic, linguistic, and stylistic continuities/discontinuities with the Latin literature of the pre-Fascist period, esp. the Risorgimento;
  • Comparative perspectives with the Latin literature in related countries and contexts (e.g., France, National Socialism, etc.).

If you are interested in participating, please send a 150-200 word abstract to Han Lamers before Friday 5 June 2020. The abstracts should be consistent with the First Circular Letter for the triennium 2018-2021 (which can be downloaded here).