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Mr. Pietro Dalmazzo

PhD Research

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PhD Research in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures  


I completed my bachelor in contemporary history at the University of Bologna, with a thesis on the relations between Italy and Kosovo during the war in Yugoslavia.

I continued my studies in Bologna with a Master in Historical sciences. During the master, I spent 6 months of study and research in Belgium (Ghent University) on a European grant. I completed the MA in 2018 with a thesis in World History, in which I tried to investigate the relationship between Italian travel literature and eastern Europe, specifically looking at how the image of Russia was shaped into specific patterns of representation in the Italian culture and how these patterns developed after the revolution in 1917. 

Research project and interests

Founded by an Arts and Humanities Research Council's Northen Bridge Scholarship, my research project looks at the literary representation of expansionism under Fascism, specifically on the ways in which eastern Adriatic was constructed discursively during the regime. Through this case study, the research aims to show the Fascist specificities in the Italian imperialistic narration and to understand the role of representation in the development of an imperial project in the 20th century. 

My research interests look at the fields of Euro-Orientalism, Italian Colonialism, Fascist expansionism and the development of imperialistic cultural narration. 

Research interests

  • Italian imperialism, Fascism, Euro-Orientalism, Colonialism