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Music and Institutions in Fascist Italy

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Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini (Lucca)

Virtual conference

7-9 October 2022


The Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini of Lucca is pleased to promote the symposium «Music and Institutions in Fascist Italy», to be held from Friday 7 until Sunday 9 October 2022.

In the 1920s and 1930s, the entire Fascist renovation process of the cultural institutions, implemented through the Ministry of National Education, imposed a strong concentration of power on the Italian school administrations, especially the universities, and created new national institutions.

At the same time, the Fascist Cultural Institute (IFC), which under the leadership of Giovanni Gentile aspired to be a charitable organization for the promotion of the culture typical of pre-Fascist associations, was placed after 1937 directly under the National Fascist Party, which changed its name to the National Institute of Fascist Culture (INCF), with the aim of giving the party itself the task of educating the new leadership.

The relationship between intellectuals and power under Fascism was aligned into a perspective of orientation that attributed the party with the role of educator of homo novus, summarized in a phrase from Mussolini himself: «Fascism is a great orchestra, where everyone plays a different instrument».

A particular concern of the ruling class was to develop a production-fruition process involving all social classes, in order to offer them the feeling of being part of a solid, free and fair system.

However, this conception was not explicit in the artistic expressions of the regime: the construction of a social apparatus proceeded underground through the channels of the productive and hierarchical apparatus of the institutions, rather than through the creation of a tangible aesthetic of the regime.

In summary: culture had to be the expression of a common heritage belonging both to the people and to the intellectuals; it bore the task of providing a fascist conception of the world.

The programme committee encourages submissions within the following areas, although other topics are welcome:

  • Institutions and the Role of Musical Education
  • Women, Music and the Opera Nazionale Dopolavoro (National Afterwork Club)
  • Musical Institutions and the MinCulPop
  • Music Publishing and Recording Industries
  • Festivals, Theatres and Opera Houses
  • Cinecittà and the Role of Music in Weaponizing the Cinema
  • Musicians, Composers and Critics as Officials
  • The National Fascist Union of Musicians (Il Sindacato Nazionale Fascista dei Musicisti)
  • Fascism, Criticism and the Role of the Musical Press
  • Jewish Composers and Musicians, Eugenics and the Role of the Musical Institutions
  • Musical associations and the Concept of Musical Autarchy

Programme Committee:

  • Roberto Illiano (Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini)
  • Massimiliano Locanto (Università di Salerno)
  • Fulvia Morabito (Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini)
  • Michela Niccolai (LaM, ULB)
  • Luca Lévi Sala (Manhattan College / New York University)
  • Massimiliano Sala (Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini)

Keynote Speakers:

  • Annalisa Capristo (Centro Studi Americani, Rome)
  • Erik Levi (Royal Holloway, University of London)
  • Luca Lévi Sala (Manhattan College / New York University)

The official languages of the conference are English, French and Italian. Papers selected at the conference will be published in a miscellaneous volume.

Papers are limited to twenty minutes in length, allowing time for questions and discussion. Please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words and one page of biographical information.

All proposals should be submitted by email no later than ***20 March 2022*** to <conferences@luigiboccherini.org>. Please include your name, contact details (postal address, e-mail and telephone number) and (if applicable) your affiliation with your proposal.

The committee will make its final decision on the abstracts by the end of April, and contributors will be informed immediately thereafter. Further information about the programme, registration, travel, and accommodation will be announced after that date.

For any additional information, please contact:

Dr. Massimiliano Sala



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