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05 April 2022 10:30 Export to Calendar

Sala dei Giganti

Palazzo Liviano
Padova, Pd 35139 Italia

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5 April 2022 @ 10:30 - 12:00

The event entitled Science and Technology during the New Imperialism is part of a series of events from Dall’Oltremare al Sud Globale. L’Università di Padova dalla colonizzazione all’azione globale per lo sviluppo (From Overseas to the Global South. The University of Padua from colonization to global action for development). Organized by the University of Padua, the event is part of the 800th Anniversary Celebrations.

During the time under Fascist rule, the University of Padua played an important role in Italy’s African interests, which is marked by the numerous and diverse documents held in the University’s collection.  The rich collection includes photos from Carlo Anti’s archaeological campaigns in North Africa, memoirs written by physicist Bruno Rossi during his expedition in Asmara while conducting research on cosmic rays, to documents that portray the University of Padua colonial culture graduate students as African Foreign Ministry officials.

While the meeting contextualizes the context of doctrines under the fascist regime that advocate segregation in the pursuit of New Imperialism, it will also discuss policies meant to “enhance” the colonies through the construction of infrastructures, agricultural studies, and the establishment of legal doctrine.

Welcoming speakers from the University of Padua Paola Zanovello – Professor of Archeology at the Department of Cultural Heritage, and Giulia Simone – Professor of Contemporary History at the Department of Political, Legal, and International Studies.

Events from the Dall’Oltremare al Sud Globale. L’Università di Padova dalla colonizzazione all’azione globale per lo sviluppo series (90 min. each) take place in-person within University museum spaces and can be viewed online.  Using videos, images, and testimonies, the series uncovers how the University, and other scholars, have contributed to shaping the relationships and perspectives between Italy and the global regions of Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Oceania. Events discuss an array of ideas including those, from the Enlightenment to colonization; Imperialism to decolonization; and the transformation of North-South relations to today’s global interdependence. The series aims to illustrate how the scientific and humanities disciplines within universities and institutions have held not only powerful political tools and mirrors, but how they have elaborated the thoughts and cultural principles of their time. Far from being neutral, they have played a role in the construction, in darkness and light, of global humanity.

To participate, registration is required. Before and after each event, participants can access and reserve a free-guided tour at selected venues.

At the end of the conference there will be free guided tours of the Museum of Archaeological Sciences and Art reserved for those attending the event, curated by Alessandra Menegazzi, curator of the museum. The tours will start at the following times: 12.15 pm – 1 pm – 1.15 pm – 3 pm – 3.15 pm.

In the booking confirmation for the event, members will receive an additional link to book the guided tours.
Reservations for the museum tours are also available every Wednesday in March and are free for students and administrative technical staff.