Call for Papers Music and Politics in Britain and Italy, 1933-1968
The aim of this conference is to bring together research students and early career scholars for a discussion of music and politics in the mid-twentieth century. From the accession of Hitler in 1933 to the cultural revolutions that swept across Europe in the late 1960s, music was politicised on an unprecedented scale.
The similarities and differences between Britain and Italy make them ripe for a comparative approach. In the aftermath of the First World War, both countries developed powerful Marxist and Fascist contingents, but while Britain remained democratic, Italy became home to one of the longest-running totalitarian regimes of the twentieth century. Both had prominent heritage industries, but nostalgia for a musical past had differing political resonances within and between the two countries. And although both were economically and physically damaged by the Second World War, their experiences of conflict were notably different: Italy endured occupation, Allied liberation and subsequently what amounted to civil war; Britain maintained its freedom, but, in doing so, furthered the decline of its status as an imperial and world power.
Call For Papers
We welcome submissions on subjects related to music and politics in Britain or Italy between 1933-1968. Please use this form to submit your abstract.