Association for the Study of Modern Italy

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Association for the Study of Modern Italy
FounderChristopher Seton-Watson
FocusItalian Studies

The Association for the Study of Modern Italy (ASMI) is the leading professional society in the United Kingdom for historians, political scientists, geographers, art historians, economists, and specialists in cultural, film and media studies working on nineteenth- twentieth- and twenty-first-century Italy. It was founded in 1982 by the distinguished historian of liberal Italy, Christopher Seton-Watson,[1] and each year hosts a number of events including lectures, a postgraduate summer school and an international two-day conference. It also sponsors prizes and a variety of academic programmes and initiatives around the world devoted to the study of modern Italy. The themes of its annual conference have ranged from topics as diverse as migration, colonialism and law and order, to emotions, regionalism, the Italian crisis and war. It welcomes members of all countries.

Modern Italy[edit]

Modern Italy [2] is the journal of the Association. It is one of the leading journals of Italian Studies and it publishes peer-reviewed academic articles across a broad range of disciplines. Modern Italy, which is currently published by Cambridge University Press, is issued four times a year.


The association has an elected executive committee,[3] with a Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer. Previous Chairs have included Denis Mack Smith, Professor John Pollard, Professor Russell King, Professor David Forgacs, Professor Perry Willson, Professor Stephen Gundle, Professor Christopher Duggan and Professor Lucy Riall. The current chair is Professor Philip Cooke.


  1. ^ "Christopher Seton-Watson obituary - The Guardian".
  2. ^ "Modern Italy - official page".
  3. ^ "Members of the ASMI Executive Committee". Archived from the original on 2007-04-29.

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