Perry Willson

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Professor of Modern European History

Bio

Biography

My main research interests lie in women's/gender history and in the history of Italian Fascism. Amongst other topics, I have published on the role of women in the Fascist Party; the history of the rural world; abortion; labour and business history; imperialism; the Fascist mass mobilising organisations; the Italian Resistance; the history of the private sphere; and on representations of motherhood in Italy and its diaspora. My most recent monograph explores the history of Italian women over the course of the twentieth century.

I was Chair of the Association for the Study of Modern Italy from 2006-09 and I am currently Vice-Convenor of Women's History Scotland.

I serve on the Editorial Board of Modern Italy journal and was a founder member of the Editorial Collective of Gender and History journal.

I have held Fellowships at the Einaudi Foundation (Turin), the European University Institute (Florence), IASH (Edinburgh) and Nuffield College (Oxford)

I was the 2019 Federico Chabod Visiting Professor in Contemporary History at the University of Milan

Teaching

Undergraduate

Modern Imperialism and Decolonisation (Level Two)

Making History (Level Three)

Women and Gender in Twentieth-Century Europe (Level Three)

Fascist Italy (Level Four)

 

Postgraduate

History Skills and Sources

Documenting Dissent

Publications

Confusione terminologica : “femminismo” ed “emancipazionismo” nell’Italia liberale
8/2019, Italia Contemporanea
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

Group Portrait : the Ispettrici Nazionali of the Italian Fascist Party 1937-1943
6/2018, Historical Journal
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

La Mamma : Interrogating a National Stereotype
6/2018
Research Output: Book Anthology > Book

Review of Claretta: Mussolini’s Last Lover by Richard Bosworth, New Haven and London, Yale University Press, 2017, vii+311 pp., £18.99 (hardback), ISBN 978-0-300-21427-7
5/2018, Modern Italy
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Book/Film/Article review

La Mamma : Italian Mothers Past and Present
/2018
Research Output: Contribution To Book Anthology > Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Molly Tambor, The Lost Wave: Women and Democracy in Postwar Italy (New York: Oxford University Press, 2014), pp. ix + 231. ISBN 978-0-199-37823-4 (hb).
4/2016, Gender and History
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Book/Film/Article review

Review of Helena Dawes, Catholic Women’s Movements in Liberal and Fascist Italy. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. 296 pp. $95.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-1-137-40633-0
3/2015, H-Italy
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Book/Film/Article review

Mothers and Mammismo in the Italian Diaspora
/2015, Altreitalie
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

Fasciste della prima e della seconda ora
3/2014
Research Output: Contribution To Book Anthology > Chapter

The Nation in Uniform? Fascist Italy 1919-1943
11/2013, Past and Present
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

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Activities

Confusione terminologica: “femminismo” ed “emancipazionismo” nell’Italia liberale

Perry Willson (Speaker)
16 May 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Activity Type: Talk

University of Milan

Perry Willson (Visiting lecturer)
1 May 201922 May 2019

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institution

Activity Type: Visit Other

Women's Lives, Women's Voices

Perry Willson (Organiser), Gail Low (Organiser)
2 Mar 2019

Activity: Other activity typesPublic engagement and outreach - public lecture/debate/seminar

Activity Type: Other Activity

Difficult Conversations: Thinking and Talking About Women, Genders, and Sexualities Inside and Outside the Academy

Perry Willson (Keynote/plenary speaker)
3 Jun 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Activity Type: Attendance

‘Remembering (and forgetting) ‘emancipazionismo’. Historians, collective memory and the Italian women’s movement’

Perry Willson (Speaker)
23 Nov 201625 Nov 2016

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Activity Type: Talk

Feminism, Emancipationism, and Women's Associationism. Historians and the Italian Women's Movement 1880-1918

Perry Willson (Keynote speaker)
29 Sep 201630 Sep 2016

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Activity Type: Talk

Difficult Conversations: Thinking and Talking About Women, Genders, and Sexualities Inside and Outside the Academy

Perry Willson (Member of programme committee)
2016 → …

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Activity Type: Attendance

‘Group Portrait. The Ispettrici nazionali of the Italian Fascist Party 1937-1943’

Perry Willson (Invited speaker)
2 Dec 2015

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Activity Type: Talk

Gender and Crisis

Perry Willson (Member of programme committee)
22 Jun 201524 Jun 2015

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Activity Type: Attendance

Maternal Subjectivities: Psychology/Psychoanalysis, Literature, Culture and the Arts

Perry Willson (Chair)
24 Apr 2015

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Activity Type: Attendance

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