Events Calendar
Dec 15
17:00 - 19:00
Asylum in Twentieth-Century Italy
Centre for Modern European Literature Research Seminars
Dr Alvise Sforza Tarabochia (University of Kent) and Dr Alessandro Perissinotto (University of Turin)

Dr Alessandro Perissinotto (University of Turin) and Dr Alvise Sforza Tarabochia (University of Kent) will talk about the asylum in 20th-century Italy. 

Italian asylums have been compared by many to lagers, where patients were not cured but rather segregated. They were deprived of human dignity and often interned for life in inhuman conditions. After asylums were closed following the enforcement of Law 180, also known as 'Basaglia's Law', the collective memory of what asylums used to be before 1978 seems to have been erased. There are, however, documents, writings and, above all, photographic memento of that reality that continue to speak of a truth that was all too often concealed.

In the seminar, Dr Perissinotto will read passages from his new book (to be released in march 2017). Dr Sforza Tarabochia will address the importance and effects of photography as it evolved from being a medium of diagnosis and classification of illness for asylum psychiatrists, to a vestige of a forgotten history, that of Italian asylums, that we are still to understand in its complexity.​​​

The seminar will be followed by a wine reception.


Seminar Room 3,
Grimond Building,
University of Kent,
United Kingdom


Open to all,

Contact: Dr Wissia Fiorucci


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