Alice, Maguire Fellow in Italy

Alice is a graduate student in the Meadows School of the Arts’ Ph.D. program in art history, RASC/a (Rhetorics of Art, Space, and Culture). She was awarded a Maguire and Irby Family Foundation Public Service Fellowship for summer 2014 from the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility at SMU to conduct research in Italy. At archives including the Archivio Centrale dello Stato di Rome and the UN archives in Florence, she intends to investigate Mussolini’s aspirations for Rome and the changes he wished to make to its spatial structure.

Fascist dreams of modernist cities

Palazzo della Civilità Italiana, E.U.R – Quartiere Europa, Photo by Alice/Student Adventures The EUR was a central project of Mussolini’s architectural and urban planning ambitions. Meant to be another building endeavor commemorating the twentieth anniversary of the March on Rome, in 1942, this city was not meant to disappear like others being built for the Exposizione Universale di Roma (E’42). Instead, the EUR would become a new quarter of Rome, where the planners molded an open area as opposed to a crowded urban fabric, where they could start from scratch. This notion of a new start, an open space where a whole city could emerge, was a modernist dream: the dream of an unburdened space where the ideals [...]

2014-09-04T15:34:53+00:00 September 4th, 2014|Alice, Maguire Fellow in Italy|

Like lines in a hand: The remains of Fascism ideology in the Viale del Mare

The Italian writer Ítalo Calvino in his Invisible Cities notes that “the city does not tell its past, but contains it like the lines of a hand, written in the corners of the streets, the gratings of the windows, the banisters of the steps, the antennae of the lightning rods, the poles of the flags, every segment marked in turn with scratches, indentations, and scrolls.” (Calvino, p. 11) Rome can be very much seen under the light of the city of memory that Calvino refers to in his text. Its history, like that of most cities, is etched onto its structure, and fascism features as a poignant part of this history. The Viale del Mare, opened in 1928, was a major [...]

2014-07-28T17:11:22+00:00 July 28th, 2014|Alice, Maguire Fellow in Italy|

Mussolini’s rhetoric of space: Locating discourse within the city

Alice is a graduate student in the Meadows School of the Arts’ Ph.D. program in art history, RASC/a (Rhetorics of Art, Space, and Culture). She was awarded a Maguire and Irby Family Foundation Public Service Fellowship for summer 2014 from the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility at SMU to conduct research in Italy. At archives including the Archivio Centrale dello Stato di Rome and the UN archives in Florence, she intends to investigate Mussolini’s aspirations for Rome and the changes he wished to make to its spatial structure.

2014-06-02T18:03:32+00:00 June 2nd, 2014|Alice, Maguire Fellow in Italy|