In the name of honour

1237089_10201800882814651_619126002_n-300x220In Catholic Europe the practice of abandoning unwanted babies reached a peak during the 18th and 19th centuries, with an estimated 10 million children abandoned between 1800 and 1899. To cope with such high numbers, specialised institutions such as hospices for foundlings and orphanages were established, providing the children with a safe shelter where they were not only fed and cared for but also given an education. Lucia Barbera will give a talk on this topic, ‘In the name of honour’, focusing on Sicily during the Bourbon period (1734-1860), at the Museo Italiano, 199 Faraday Street, Carlton, on Tuesday 10 November 2015 at 6.30pm (free event but booking required).  Lucia Barbera has a PhD in the History of Social Institutions and Cooperation for Development from the University of Messina and an Advanced Master’s Degree in Institutions and Policies for Human Rights and Peace from the University of Padua. She has worked in associations for the promotion of human rights as well as in the protection of women and children’s rights. She has collaborated with several universities, with the Office of the Ombudsman for Minors in Veneto and with the Prosecutor of the Juvenile Court in Venice. She has curated the documentary and photographic exhibition I Figli della Pietà at Messina. Her publications include L’assistenza all’infanzia abandonata nella Sicilia d’età borbonica (Aracne, 2012) and ‘Enti e soggetti “terzi” a salvaguardia dell’infanzia abbandonata: prime note su Sicilia e Veneto nel XIX secolo”, Acta Histriae, 21, 2013, 3, pp. 215-232.

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