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Haan, Nathalie de

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Nathalie de Haan, born in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, in 1968. Ph.D. from Radboud University Nijmegen. Assistant Professor of Ancient History at Radboud University Nijmegen.

Fellow (1 February 2014 - 30 June 2014)

BISOGNA AGIRE! UMBERTO ZANOTTI-BIANCO (1889-1963), SOCIAL ACTIVIST AND DISSIDENT ARCHAEOLOGIST IN FASCIST ITALY

Research Question

My main question is how archaeological research and cultural heritage projects were connected to completely different ideas about ‘cultural citizenship’ in fascist Italy in the 1920s and 1930s.

Project Description

Umberto Zanotti-Bianco (1889-1963), son of an aristocratic Piedmontese family, devoted most of his time, money and energy to social and cultural projects in Southern Italy. The aim of my planned monograph is to assess the significance of his archaeological activities and his interest in the cultural and natural heritage of Southern Italy. A thorough analysis of his ideas on the use of the past will cast more light on a complex period in the history of Italian archaeology, the fascist era. Since Zanotti-Bianco was a key-person in a large international cultural and scholarly network, the role of institutions, government officials and individual scholars can be questioned as well.

Selected Publications

1) Haan, N. de, forthcoming: ‘ « Abbracciare in una le gloriose memorie antiche e moderne ». Gli scavi di Pompei tra patrimonio universale, ambiente internazionale e identità italiana’, in: Ph. Foro (ed.), L’Italie et l’Antiquité. Modèles, héritages, ruptures. Actes du Colloque International, Toulouse, 20-21 novembre 2009, Paris: L’Harmattan.

2) Haan, N. de, 2010: Römische Privatbäder. Entwicklung, Verbreitung, Struktur und sozialer Status, Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang Verlag.

3) Haan, N. de, M. Eickhoff & M. Schwegman (eds.), 2008: Archaeology and National Identity in Italy and Europe 1800-1950. Proceedings of the International Round Table at the Royal Netherlands Institute, Rome, 21 -22 February 2007, (Fragmenta. Journal of the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome, 2), Turnhout: Brepols.

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