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Gender, emotions and national identities: a new perspective on the abortion debates in Italy (1971-1981).

Project description

A closer look at Italy’s abortion law

Italian Law 194 liberalised abortion in Italy. Approved by lawmakers in 1978, the law’s passage was preceded by pressure of the country’s growing women’s movement. The EU-funded GENI project will explore the social and cultural impact of an epoch-making law, as well as study the use of emotions and the elaboration of gender models and national identities. Specifically, the project will use a classical methodology to move beyond the parliamentary debate and explore the public debate. It will also target an entirely new set of sources and actors hitherto neglected in historiography.

Objective

The proposed project focuses on the public debate (1971–1981) around Law No. 194, which liberalised abortion in Italy. It reconstructs the demands and actions of feminist groups and women’s associations, and analyses the discursive practices implemented by the various political cultures involved. The project aims to go beyond the parliamentary debate, and in doing so it will examine the social and cultural impact of an epoch-making law, as well as study the use of emotions and the elaboration of gender models and national identities. To reach these goals, the ER will resort to a classical methodology (cultural history of the political) but will apply it to an entirely new set of sources and to actors hitherto neglected in historiography. This innovative research project will allow the Experienced Researcher (ER) to engage in an international research network, to expand her expertise and plan the next steps of her career.

Coordinator

UNIVERSITE LIBRE DE BRUXELLES
Net EU contribution
€ 178 320,00
Address
AVENUE FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT 50
1050 Bruxelles / Brussel
Belgium

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Region
Région de Bruxelles-Capitale/Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest Région de Bruxelles-Capitale/ Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest Arr. de Bruxelles-Capitale/Arr. Brussel-Hoofdstad
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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Total cost
€ 178 320,00