Hybrid Republicanism: Italy and American Art, 1840 – 1918

Thursday, October 6–7, 2016

“Hybrid Republicanism: Italy and American Art, 1840-1918” was an international conference that considered the shared notions of republicanism and tyranny that animated American and Italian politics and visual culture from the nineteenth through the early twentieth century. The program took into account significant historical events that linked Italy and the United States, such as the Italian wars of independence, the American Civil War, the founding of the Italian nation with Rome as its capital, and the rise and decline of progressive reform in both nations, as well as their participation in World War I. The talks, hosted by the Centro Studi Americani and the American Academy in Rome, were broadcast live by SAAM. A sister conference, “The Course of Empires: American-Italian Cultural Relations, 1770-1980,” will be held on October 19–21, 2017, at SAAM. 

Keynote Webcast

Don H. Doyle, McCausland Professor of History, University of South Carolina and Director of ARENA, The Association for Research on Ethnicity and Nationalisms in America, “The Republican Experiment: America, Italy, and the Perils of Self-Government” 

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Conference Program and Organizers

Conference Program [PDF]

Melissa Dabakis, Kenyon College
Daniele Fiorentino, Università degli Studi Roma Tre
Lindsay Harris, American Academy in Rome
Paul Kaplan, Purchase College, State University of New York

The conference was supported by the Terra Foundation for American Art. Collaborating institutions include the American Academy in Rome, the Centro Studi Americani in Rome, SAAM, the American Embassy in Rome, Universitá degli Studi Roma Tre, Universitá di Macerata, Purchase College, the State University of New York, and Kenyon College.

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