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Joint winners of the 2017 prize, announced at the ASMI conference in December, were Sarah Culhane, formerly of the University of Bristol, for her essay ‘Locating the audience within the pages of a fan magazine: the audience-star relation as told through Hollywood (1945–1953)’, and Glauco Schettini, of Fordham University, for his essay 'Building the Third Rome: The New District in Prati di Castello, 1870–95'. The deadline for submissions for the 2018 prize is 31 July.  

ASMI's 2017 'Modern Italy' lecture.

11 Oct 2017, 18:00 Wolfson Room NB01, Basement, Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU In collaboration with the Modern Italian History seminars and the Rethinking Modern Europe seminars, the Institute of Historical Research and the Association for the Study of Modern Italy present ASMI's 2017 'Modern Italy' lecture. Enrico Franceschini (London correspondent of La Repubblica) Goodbye London: will Brexit be the end of the love affair between Italians and England? This event is free and open to all.  

Studying Italy from Abroad

COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVES ON FRENCH AND BRITISH RESEARCH ON CONTEMPORARY ITALY. One-day seminar organised by Stephen Gundle and Marzia Maccaferri for ASMI Friday 29 September 2017 Italian Cultural Institute, London 39 Belgrave Square, Belgravia London SW1X 8NX registration: info:  

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: