Remembering the Great War through Bodies and Emotions: The Experience of Disabled Ex Servicemen between the Two World Wars
Dr Ugo Pavan Dalla Torre, Independent
Date: Wednesday 23 May, 2018
Place: EDEN 109, Liverpool Hope University, UK
This seminar will consider the history of disabled ex-servicemen, working on their emotions and on the way they used these emotions in the Italy of the first post war period. During and after the Great War, Italian disabled ex-servicemen decided to become living memories of the war. This idea involved their bodies but also their emotions, as a way to represent the war to the nation. The mutilated body was the proof of participation, the proof of an experience, and the emotions became the most important part of the communication of this experience. Dr Pavan Dalla Torre will explore what feelings disabled veterans emphasise, if and how the emotions of disabled ex-servicemen reached the Italian society, and what were the outcomes of the use of emotions in public communication.
Ugo Pavan Dalla Torre holds a Degree in History at the University of Padua and a PhD at the University of Turin. He is a teacher in Italy and works as a collaborator for the Central Committee of the Italian National Association between Disabled Ex-Servicemen.
This seminar is part of the CCDS series, Disability and the Emotions. The concluding seminar is as follows:
4 Jul 2018, Demanding Money with Menaces: Fear and Loathing in the Archipelago of Confinement, Owen Barden.
Previous seminars are available on the Centre for Culture and Disability Studies YouTube channel.
For further information please contact Prof David Bolt