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On dissonance and fascist heritage in Italy. An analysis on the reuse of ex-Case del Fascio in three provinces

Leonardi, Francesca (2023) On dissonance and fascist heritage in Italy. An analysis on the reuse of ex-Case del Fascio in three provinces. Advisor: Dubini, Prof. Paola. Coadvisor: Bertelli, Prof. Linda . pp. 415. [IMT PhD Thesis]

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In Italy the current debate over the reuse of fascist heritage is, on the one side, incapable of answering to contemporary needs and criticalities raised by international movements and on the other side, it is raising a growing academic interest. This research aims to introduce critical heritage studies in the Italian context and update the current debate over difficult heritage. Moreover, this research enriches the interdisciplinary approach of critical heritage studies by integrating a new perspective taken from organisation studies. The research focuses on the concept of dissonance linked to difficult heritage by testing the dissonant heritage theory and proposing a new and productive concept of dissonance. Are the preservation of fascist heritage and the use of fascist architecture generating dissonance? The objective is to understand how fascist heritage is preserved and reused in Italy, how this approach has changed over time and how it should be approached now. The object of the research are the reuses of case del fascio (for their capillary diffusion, representativeness of the regime, and ordinary characteristic) in three Italian provinces (Latina, Livorno, Treviso). The issue of the reuse, demolition or neglect of fascist-built architectures is carried out on a twofold level: a material one, studying the construction, modifications and reuse of case del fascio through archival sources and on-site inspections; and a public discourse one, applying the economies of worth by Boltanski and Thevenot to debates over the preservation and reuse of fascist heritage in Italy. The innovations of the research can be found in (1) testing the dissonant heritage theory to the Italian case, finding that the relationship between the remains and reuse of fascist-built architectures is not linear, is more complex and dependent on inertia and local dynamics. It outlines also (2) a new perspective for the critical reuse of fascist-built architectures based on a positive concept of dissonance. An (3) analysis of how dissonance works and how can be activated and silenced is paralleled with suggestions on how organising dissonance as a new way of taking decisions over the reuse of ex-fascist public buildings.

Item Type: IMT PhD Thesis
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
PhD Course: Analysis and Management of Cultural Heritage
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.13118/imtlucca/e-theses/380
NBN Number: urn:nbn:it:imtlucca-29314
Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2023 08:09
URI: http://e-theses.imtlucca.it/id/eprint/380

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