Fellowships on Italian Studies

2022-2023

Academic Visitors

Professor Anna Chimenti
Professor of Law with particular expertise in Public Law and Constitutional affairs. Research interests are in the impact of referenda on the balance between the government and parliament, the effects of disinformation and social media on democracy and populism.

Notable events

Italy and the Future of the European Union
Speakers: Giuliano Amato (former Prime Minister of Italy); Maurizio Molinari (Editor in Chief, La Repubblica); Timothy Garton Ash (St Antony’s College, Oxford)

2015-2016

Academic Visitors

Visiting Professor, Lorenzo Codogno (Visiting Professor, European Institute, LSE; former Chief Economist at the Italian Treasury)

Notable Events

PEFM Event, Talk on “The Eurozone government debt crisis: stylised facts, root causes, and policy lessons” by Lorenzo Codogno

2011-2012

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Monte dei Paschi di Siena Fellow, Leonardo Morlino

Notable Events

ESC Core Seminar Series, Talk on “Measuring Democracy and Citizenship in Southern and Eastern Europe” by Leonardo Morlino

2009-2010

Notable Events

Annual Fondazione Monte dei Paschi di Siena Lecture given by Paolo Garimberti

2008-2009

Notable Events

First Fondazione Monte dei Paschi di Siena Lecture given by Franco Frattini

2007-2008

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Monte dei Paschi di Siena Fellow, Paul Corner. Professor Corner (Professor of European History at the the University of Siena) was the Fondazione Monte dei Paschi di Siena Visiting Fellow during 2007-8. In the course of the year he dedicated his attention to the completion of an edited volume on the subject of popular opinion under totalitarian regimes (to appear with OUP in 2009) and to his own research and writing on the relationship between the Italian Fascist Party in the Italian provinces and the central government during the fascist regime. He made visits to the Graduate School of the City Unjversity of New York, lectured at Hunter College of the same university, and was, for a short time, a visitor at the Remarque Institute of New York University. During Trinity term he organised, together with Jane Caplan and with the participation of a number of Italian and German specialists, a small workshop on the comparison between Nazi and Fascist regimes from the point of view of the relationship between the regions and the centre. In June he delivered a lecture on The Italjan Resistance and the zona grigia at the conference in commemoration of Luigi Meneghello held at the University of Reading and at the Italian Cultural Institute in London. He was active throughout the year in the organisation of the fifteenth edition of the annual Anglo-Italian Pontignano conference (University of Siena) of which St Antony’s College is a founder member.

Notable Events

Visiting Fellows Workshop, Workshop on the comparison between Nazi and Fascist regimes from the point of view of the relationship between the regions and the centre organised by Paul Corner and Jane Caplan

2006-2007

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Monte dei Paschi di Siena Fellow, Gianfranco Pasquino.  As Monte dei Paschi Visiting Fellow in the Hilary and Trinity terms of 2006-2007 has devoted much of his time to studying predominant parties, that is, parties winning three or more democratic elections and governing  alone. He has also co-organised a workshop on ‘The Trust Business: Politics and Economics of the Mass Media in Italy and the UK’ where he presented a preliminary analysis  of the data from research into ‘Media consumption and interpersonal trust in Italy’, conducted with Donatella Campus and Cristian Vaccari. In May 2007, the third edition of his book on the analysis of Italian institutions: Le istituzioni di Arlecchino, came out (also available on the web: www.ScriptaWeb.it) containing two new chapters, written at St Antony’s. Among his other publications in this  period, two articles deserve to be mentioned: ‘The Five Faces of Silvio Berlusconi: The  Knight of Anti-politics’, Modern Italy, 12, 1, 2007 and ‘Parlamento e governo nell’Italia  repubblicana’, Rivista Italiana di Scienza Politica, XXXVII, 1, 2007 and an edited book  Strumenti della democrazia (Il Mulino 2007). In addition to an introduction and a chapter of his assessing whether there are new theories of democracy (the answer being “no”),  the book contains chapters written by colleagues and young scholars on the referendum, on primary elections, on e-democracy, on deliberative democracy, and on political communication. In addition to attending several workshops in Oxford and teaching two classes in the course on Government and Politics in Western Europe for Oxford undergraduates in Politics, Professor Pasquino was invited, in April, to give a lecture on the ‘Italian political and institutional transition’ and to teach one class on ‘Government Formation and Dissolution  in European Parliamentary Democracies’ to the Center for Political and Social Studies of  Barcelona. Pasquino also worked on a major enterprise: a research on the ‘Quality  of Democracy: Concepts and Indicators’ conducted with several Italian colleagues. The  overall aim is to clarify the meaning and the content of the quality of democracy and to  find indicators susceptible of being measured with some precision. The research group  has already produced several papers and will probably have a book-length manuscript by  Summer 2008. Finally, while in Oxford, he continued to be a guest commentator in a very popular  Italian radio talk show called Zapping. At the end of June 2007, he has returned to his  permanent position as professor of Political Science at the University of Bologna. He also  teaches at the Bologna Center of the Johns Hopkins University.

Notable Events

Annual Lecture by Massimo D’Alema (Prime Minister of Italy 1998-2000)

Chancellor’s Seminar by Mario Monti (Prime Minister of Italy 2011-2013)

UK-Italian Workshop on “The Trust Business: Politics and Economics of the Mass Media in Italy and the UK” convened by Dr. Pasquino

2005-2006

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Monte dei Paschi di Siena Fellow, Luca Verzichelli. ProfessorVerzichelli was the Fondazione Monte dei Paschi di Siena Visiting Fellow in Modern Italian Studies at the College for the academic year 2005-06. His permanent position was that of Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Siena, where he taught Italian Politics and Public Policy analysis. His interests include political elites in Italy and Europe, parliamentary representation and legislative assemblies in comparative perspectives. His work in Oxford during the academic year 2005-06 was focussed on the theme  of the emergence of a pattern of ‘multilevel career’ in EU member states and in particular the transformation of the representation among the members of the legislative assemblies in Wales and Scotland. During his staying in Oxford Luca Verzichelli served as local host in the organisation of a workshop on ‘Britain and Italy in the European Union. Achievements and Prospects’ (1-2 March 2006). The workshop, which followed the lecture given at the College by the former  Italian Prime Minister Giuliano Amato, was structured around papers by three well known Italian political scientists, Maurizio Cotta, Leonardo Morlino and Vittorio Emanuele Parsi. It had the active participation of about thirty scholars,  public intellectuals and journalists. Among his other activities in Oxford, he has  given two seminars on the Italian political system at the Department of Politics and International Relations. A first seminar (February 2006) was about the notion of ‘Government performance in Italy’, and another one was given just after the Italian general elections of April 2006, to comment on the results and discuss the future

Notable Events

Chancellor’s Seminar on “Italian Europeans and (more or less) European Brits” by Giuliano Amato (Prime Minister of Italy 1992-1993 and 2000-2001)

UK-Italian Workshop on “Britain and Italy in the European Union. Achievements and Prospects” organised by Luca Verzichelli

2004-2005

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Monte dei Paschi di Siena Fellow, Stefania Bernini. Dr. Bernini was the Monte dei Paschi Visiting Fellow for 2004-5. She graduated in history at the University of Florence and obtained her Ph.D. from Royal Holloway College, University of London. She has subsequently been a research fellow at the Open University and taught both in Italy and in Britain. She is a correspondent for the Italian journal Passato e Presente. Her research interests are mainly in the history of philanthropy, social policy and the family in Europe since the late nineteenth century. Her recent research concerned the relationship between work practices and the regulation of domestic life in the London Metropolitan Police and the Italian Carabinieri since the late nineteenth century. She is currently working on approaches to single motherhood in post-war Europe.As a Monte dei Paschi Visiting Fellow at the European Studies Centre she organised a two-day workshop on ‘Where is Italy Going? Problems and Prospects of a Resilient Democracy, 1994 – 2005’. The workshop brought together Italian and British scholars to discuss the political, social and cultural transformations undergone by Italy in the last ten years.

Notable Events

International, Interdisciplinary Conference in collaboration with the Rothermere American Institute on “Europeanisation & Americanisation: Rival projects or Synonyms?” convened by Stephen Gundle 

Two-day Workshop on “Where is Italy Going? Problems and Prospects of a Resilient Democracy, 1994 – 2005” organised by Stefania Bernini

2003-2004

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Monte dei Paschi di Siena Fellow, Claudia Baldoli. Dr. Baldoli graduated in history at the University of Venice and obtained her Ph.D. in international history at the London School of Economics. She has subsequently been a research and teaching fellow in London and in Rome. Her research interests are mainly in the political and cultural history of Italy and Europe in the interwar period. During her time at St Antony’s she has worked on the biography of Guido Miglioli, deputy of the Partito Popolare, organiser of the peasant Catholic leagues in the Po Valley after the First World War, and an exile during the Fascist regime. In Hilary term she organised a workshop on ‘History and memory in interwar Italy’ particularly addressed to doctoral students of the University of Oxford working on Modern Italian history. Her previous work has focused on the origins of Fascism in the Po Valley, on the Italian Fasci abroad in Britain and in Germany, and on pacifism in England during the Second World War. Her publications include Bissolati immaginario. Le origini del fascismo cremonese dal socialismo riformista allo squadrismo (Cremonabooks), Exporting Fascism: Italian Fascists and Britain’s Italians in the 1930s (Berg), and Claudia Baldoli, ed., Vera Brittain e Marie Louise Berneri. Il seme del caos: scritti sui bombardamenti di massa (1939-45 (Spartaco), as well as articles on Italian and British Fascism in Italian and English journals. She is a member of the Association for the Study of Modern Italy and of the Società Italiana per lo Studio della Storia Contemporanea. She is also a convenor of the Modern Italy seminar at the Institute of Historical Research, London, and of a monthly seminar on history and memory at the Department of History, University of Venice.

Notable Events

Workshop on “History and memory in interwar Italy” organised by Dr. Baldoli

2000-2001

Academic Visitors

Senior Associate Member, Ilaria Pogglioni 

Notable Events

Seminar on “Regionalism and Regional Policies in Europe” held by Dr. Pogglioni

1999-2000

Notable Events

Antonians’ Weekend – Centre Conference chaired by Ilaria Pogglioni

1998-1999

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British Council Visiting Fellow, Ilaria Fevretto. Dr. Favretto, was the British Council Visiting Fellow in Modern Italian Studies during 1998-9. In Hilary Term she organised a seminar at the Centre on ‘”Southern Europe with special relation to the question o national identity”. The series included papers given by Prof: Ilaria Poggiolini on Italy; Richard Clogg on Greece; Herminio Martins on Portugal; and Dr Mikael Urquijo and Dr Javier Diaz Noci on Spain. In the Trinity Term she co-ordinated, with Prof. David Hine of Christ Church, a seminar also held at the Centre on ‘Italian History and Politics in the Twentieth Century Speakers included Prof. Donald Sassoon (Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London); Dr Stephen Gundle (Royal Holloway and Bedford College, University of London); Dr John Foot (University College London), Prof. Denis Mack Smith (Wolfson); Dr Mark Donovan (School of European Studies, University of Wales at Cardiff); and Prof. Adrian Lyttleton (University of Pisa). Dr Favretto gave a paper to the seminar entitled “Italian Socialism: another Italian “anomaly”?’. She gave a paper on ‘The Italian Left and the long search for a third way’ to a conference held on 30 April on the “European Third Way” which she co-organised with Drs Anne Deighton and Mikel af Malmborg. Other participants at the conference included Donald Sassoon, David Marquand, David Miliband and Robin Blackburn. Outside Oxford, Dr Favretto presented a paper on 20 April at the House of Commons to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Electoral Reform on the subject of “Electoral Reform in Italy: what next?”. On 28 April she gave a paper at the Institute of Historical Research in London entitled “1956 and the PSI: the end of ‘ten winters'”. In addition to reviews and articles, she is currently working on the publication of her Ph.D. thesis The Long Search for a Third Way: the British Left and the Italian Left after 1945. She served as review editor of the Journal of Southern Europe and the Balkans, the first issue of which was published by Carfax in May 1999.

1997-1998

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British Council Visiting Fellow, Giovanni Orsina. Dr. Orsina gave a series of four talks on theme of “Institutions and Political Struggle in Liberal Italy, 1860-1922”, and organised a lecture by Prof. Paulo Pombeni, University of Bologna, on “Comparing Political Histories”. In October 1997 he participated in the international congress “The Formation of the Political Class in Europe 1945-56”, held in Rome, hwre he presented a paper on the “Unione Goliardica Italiana”, a political movement of university students. In December 1997 he presented a paper on Gramsci and Italian liberalism in a seminar, held in Bologna, on “Antonio Gramsci and the Poltiical Traditions of Emilia Romagna”. In the first months of 1998 Dr Orsina completed a book on the Italian radical party at the beginning of this century, Senza Chiesa ne classe. Il patito radicale nell’eta giolittiana. He also prepared a review article analysing the recent historigraphy on 19th century British politics, to be publieshed in a book he edited on the study of political history.

1996-1997

Fellowships

British Council Visiting Fellow, Antonio Missiroli. Dr. Missiroli gave a paper on “Italy and Europe before and after Maastricht” and he held two seminars on “Italian Constitutional Reform and the Bicamerale Parliamentary Commission”. He also gave a paper on “The Politics and Economics of EMU” at a UACES meeting held at King’s College.

1995-1996

Fellowships

British Council Visiting Fellow, Alessandro Vercelli. Dr. Vercelli gave three lectures on “Structural Change in the Italian economy: The role of the small firm in comparative perspective”. In October 1995 he was invited to organise a session of the annual meeting of the Italian Economic Association on “New advances in decision theory under uncertainty” which included a section applied to financial markets.

British Council Visiting Fellow, Ilaria Poggiolini. Dr. Poggiolini was involved in setting up a European thematic network of the History of International Relations, and in creating a permanent seminar on European Integration based on the collaboration between JEan Monnet professors in Italy. She published extensively on Italian-British-American relations in the post World-War-II era. 

Senior Associate Member, Michael Dunne. Dr. Dunne edited the English-language version of a series of essays on current politics and law in Europe and North America. The original was entitled Cittadinanza e diritti nelle societa multiculturali (Bologna, Il Mulino, 1994).

Notable Events

Centre Evening, Discussion on “Italy since 1945: her international position and financial problems” convened by Ilaria Poggiolini

1993-1994

Notable Events

Discussion on “Italy after Elections and the Lessons for Europe” by Diego Gambetta and David Hine.

1989-1990

Academic Visitors

Senior Associate Member, Gianni Toniolo

1979-1980

Fellowships

Alistair Horne Visiting Fellow, Anthony Mockler. Dr. Mockler organised an outstanding 1980 College revue, “The Thousand and One Knights of St Antony’s”. His research into Italian colonization policy in Ethiopia appeared in Italian and was published in English. He also worked on “The Chief Justices of England”.

1977-1978

Academic Visitors

Senior Associate Member, Gisele Podbielsky. In Trinity Term 1978, Mrs Gisèle Podbielsky, Senior Associate Member and author of “Italy: Development and Crisis in the Postwar Economy”, Oxford, 1974, organized a seminar on the subject of ‘Policy Problems in West European Economies. She addressed five sessions of the seminar herself on economic management and the need for structural change in Italy; and papers were read by Dr C. J. Allsopp, Fellow of New College, and the Hon. David Soskice, Fellow of University College.

1974-1975

Notable Events

St Antony’s Workshop in Comparative Economic History on “The Role of the Entrepreneur”. The visitors included Dr. S. Woolf of Reading University who gave a paper on Italian Entrepreneurs.

1973-1974

Academic Visitors

Consiglio Nazionale delle Richerche Visitor, Carlo Poni. Dr. Poni contributed to the seminar on European history organised by Prof Mathias and Dr O’Brien.

Consiglio Nazionale delle Richerche Visitor, Giorgio Mori. Dr. Mori is a professor of the industrial revolution in Italy and contributed to the seminar on European history organised by Prof Mathias and Dr O’Brien.

Consiglio Nazionale delle Richerche Visitor, Rosario Villari. Dr. Villari is professor of Italian history; the Southern question. He held a seminar on the Southern question.

Consiglio Nazionale delle Richerche Visitor, Antonio Pedone. Dr. Pedone is professor of economic policy and public finance.

Senior Research Fellow, N. A. O. Lyttelton. 

Notable Events

Conference on Vols. 1 and 3 of the ‘Einaudi history of Italy’, organized by Mr. N.A.O. Lyttelton and Dr. S.J. Woolf. Participants included Professor Trevor-Roper, Professor Venturi, Professor R. Romario, Professor C. Vivanti, Professor G. Procacci, Professor R. Villari, Dr. Guilio Einaudi, Dr. M. Ginsborg, Dr. P. Burke.