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DENIS MACK SMITH (1920-2017)

It is with great sadness that ASMI announces the death of our Honorary President and former Chair, Denis Mack Smith. The foremost scholar of modern and contemporary Italy in the postwar era, Denis worked at the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford and was a fellow of the British Academy. His intelligence, wit and charm will be missed by all who knew him. A fuller tribute will follow in due course in Modern Italy.  

ASMI-Sponsored Workshop in Cambridge.

ASMI recently supported a well-attended workshop in Cambridge on 'Politicizing the Social and the Cultural in the Histories of Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany' (9 June 2017), also sponsored by the German History Society and the Trevelyan Fund. This brought together leading experts on Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany for three excellent papers and a roundtable discussion. The event strengthened links between ASMI and the German History Society, set an agenda for future workshops, and is likely to generate publications. The organisers, Hannah Malone ( and Christian Goeschel (, welcome contact regarding related future events. Details of ASMI's sponsorship of conferences and similar events organised by its members can be found here:  


ASMI is pleased to announce that there will be a number of £50 bursaries available to assist with conference fees and travel costs associated with the 2017 ASMI annual conference. These are intended for postgraduate students and early-career scholars not yet in regular employment, who do not have other institutional resources available to cover these costs. Preference will be given to those presenting papers at the conference. To apply, please send a brief statement confirming your circumstances to the ASMI Secretary ( by 15 September 2017.  

ASMI Postgraduate Essay Prize 2016

Winner of the 2016 prize was Diego Gavini of the University of Rome Tor Vergata, for his essay ‘La memoria dei morti e la costruzione di una nuova “religione civile”: uno studio dei funerali delle vittime di mafia (1963-2012)’. The deadline for submissions for the 2017 prize is 31 July.  


The Culture and Politics of the Italian Family from the 19th to the 21st Century 1/2 December 2017, Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Belgrave Square, London SW1 Conference convenors: Paul Ginsborg, Christian Goeschel, Sofia Serenelli and Alessandra Antola Swan  


Royal Holloway University of London. 23rd–24th June. We welcome proposals from postgraduate students and early career scholars for papers on any aspects of Modern Italian culture, history, politics and society from the eighteenth to the twenty-first century and from any academic discipline.