We are delighted to announce the international workshop "Writing Ancient History in the Interwar Period (1918-1939)” that will take place on 23 and 24 January 2020 at Newcastle University. We aim to investigate the role played by the study of Ancient History (especially of Greece and Rome) in the construction of nationalist narratives in the interwar period (1918-1939). Between the two World Wars, Europe witnessed the propagation of nationalist narratives that heavily relied on idealised images of a distant past. Research in this area has largely focused on the myth of romanità in Fascist Italy and on the reception of Ancient Greece in Nazi Germany. However, scholars have devoted less attention to interpretations of ancient history in other national communities and to possible interactions between different and often competing narratives.
By looking at the interactions between Ancient History and nationalism in different geographical areas, this workshop aims to explore the inter-relations of historiographical traditions on a global scale and their impact on political narratives. The event has been generously funded by the School of History, Classics and Ancient History of Newcastle University, CRASIS (Interdisciplinary Research Institute on the Ancient World, University of Groningen) and Anchoring Innovation (research agenda of the National Research School in Classical Studies, the Netherlands).
The workshop will take place in rooms 2.49/2.50, Armstrong Building, Newcastle University (NE1 8Q8).
For any doubt or queries, please, email interwarworkshop gmail.com
Nicolò Bettegazzi, PhD Student in Latin Language and Literature, Groningen University Emilio Zucchetti, PhD Student in Classics and Ancient History, Newcastle University Prof. Dr. Federico Santangelo, Professor of Ancient History, Newcastle University
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