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Fascist Colonial Ecologies. An environmental history of Fascist Libya (1922-1943)



Fascist Colonial Ecologies. An environmental history of Fascist Libya (1922-1943)

In the framework of "ResearchNet", a series of conferences dedicated to the Italian researchers in Sweden, the environmental historian Roberta Biasillo presents "Fascist Colonial Ecologies. An environmental history of Fascist Libya (1922-1943)". 

What can ecological elements tell us about the past of a place? Which new paths can desert, oases and plants open up about Libya's colonial past under fascist rule between 1922 and 1943? This seminar will explore the fascist material and rhetorical construction of Libyan environments and the ecological constitution of fascism, namely Fascist colonial ecologies.

Italian colonization schemes in North Africa mostly related to farming and severely impacted the ecologies of communities and places. To explore this process in agriculture, this investigation adopts as entry points ecological elements – Italo-libyan soil and plants – and analyses different, and also competing, ecologies of rural settlements. Meanwhile, Fascism built on and transformed itself along with African environmental dreams and conditions. The regime developed scientific expertise and technological innovations, changed its colonization plans and its social dynamic of inclusion/exclusion.

This seminar will ground the history of fascism in Libyan soils and vegetation and reflect on the role of agriculture in shaping the fascist regime and part of its legacy.


Roberta Biasillo is an environmental historian and holds a Ph.D. in Early Modern and Modern European History from the University of Bari (Italy). Currently, she is employed at the KTH Environmental Humanities Laboratory, Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm (Sweden). She is part of a FORMAS (Swedish Research Council for Sustainable Development) project on climate change, cities and grassroots movements. Between 2017 and 2018 she has been a fellow at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society in Munich (Germany), where she started conducting research on fascist colonial ecologies, particularly in North Africa. Her research interests include political ecology, property regimes, territorial and forest issues, natural disasters, modernization and nation-building processes. She is also interested in historical theories and methodologies. Roberta Biasillo is a member of the European Society for Environmental History and serves as representative of young scholars in the fields of environmental history and humanities (ESEH NEXT Generation Action Team). She is a member of the editorial board of the Italian journal Historia Magistra. Rivista di Storia Critica.


Language: English


Data: ti 5 maj 2020

Tid: Från 18:00 till 19:30

Arrangeras av : Istituto Italiano di Cultura Stoccolma

I samarbete med : Folkuniversitet

Inträde : gratis


Italian Cultural Institute, Gärdesgatan 14