After graduating from the University of Florence, Giovanni Contini Bonacossi has been research fellow at the King’s College Research Center (Cambridge) and the University of California (Los Angeles), Professor of Contemporary History at the Università di Roma, La Sapienza, and Director of the Audiovisual Archives at the Soprintendenza Archivistica della Toscana. He is currently the President of the AISO Associazione Italiana di Storia Orale.
Prof. Contini is ACCESS EUROPE Visiting Scholar from 9 April through 9 May, 2016. ACCESS EUROPE (Amsterdam Centre for Contemporary European Studies), «a cooperation of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) […] is a platform for research, education and public debate about Europe, the European Union and its member states». The UvA faculties of Social and Behavioural Sciences, Law, Humanities and Economics participate in the platform.
Next to a PhD masterclass to be held at the Huizinga Institute, prof. Contini will be giving the following two lectures:
Partisans, peasants, fascists (1943-1945): Memories of the Italian Civil War (Thursday 21 April 2016, 16-17:00 at the UvA P.C. Hoofthuis, room 3.01, Spuistraat 134): illustrating the use of oral history methods, the lecture «will analyze the memories of the Italian civil war […] describing how the actual experience of the war’s protagonists [namely peasants] differed from what has been told in the Fascist and anti-Fascist rhetoric».
Controversies in resistance (Friday 22 April 2016, 15-17:00 at the NIOD Nederlands Instituut voor Oorlogsdocumentatie, Herengracht 380), will again address the use of oral history and how this helped showing «that the often trumpeted unanimity of Resistance groups is in large part an embellishment of the past. A case in point is the divergent stance taken by some groups with regard to the use of terrorist attacks in German-controlled cities». NIOD-researcher and co-speaker Bas von Benda-Beckmann «will connect Contini’s reflections to broader concerns in the study of Second World War resistance to German occupation».
For more (practical) information, please visit ACCESS EUROPE’s website (where both Contini’s photo and the quotes above comes from).