Tag Archives: Journal of Modern Italian Studies

Catholicism and politics after the DC

rmis20.v018.i02.coverThe latest issue of the Journal of Modern Italian Studies (vol.21, 3, 2016) has a set of articles on the nature of contemporary Catholicism and its relations to politics in Italy today. Did the election of Pope Francis mark a decisive shift in Catholic policy and practice, especially in the social field? How much and among whom does the call to preserve ‘Catholic values’, however understood, have force today?  To what extent has the Church developed a politically serviceable stance on the religious pluralism which comes with immigration and on the personal spirituality which follows institutional disaffection? Has the disappearance of Christian Democracy and the dispersal of its inheritance and inheritors across many parties destroyed any chance of the resurrection of political Catholicism?

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‘La moda è una cosa seria’ (Gianna Manzini, 1935)

rmis_a_973151_f0001_ocAnd who could doubt it, especially after reading the latest issue of the Journal of Modern Italian Studies (2015, vol.20, no.1) devoted to ‘Italian Fashion: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow’? Fashion brings together Futurism and Fascism, designers and industrial magnates, the Renaissance and La Rinascente, craft skills and Chinese creativity. These encounters, some on display in magazines such as Lei (1933-1938), are described in engaging detail by the contributors. [Should you need a unisex suggestion for a stylish patriotic outfit to wear during the festivities, check the picture here and settle for that black velvet jacket topped by a hat with a feather]. Selected articles from this issue are currently available for free access online.

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