“Building and reshaping the sacred. (Modern) Church architecture in fascist Italy”

Date / Time

October 2, 2019 - October 2, 2019

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Please join us for Luigi Monzo’s presentation on “Building and reshaping the sacred. (Modern) Church architecture in fascist Italy.”  Dr. Monzo will discuss the unmatched expansion in church building after Mussolini came into power in 1922, with more than 1.300 new parish churches built in the fascist period, addressing the socio-cultural and politico-ideological factors that impacted the rise in religious building expansion, and the conflicting demands for ecclesiastical reform and contemporary architectural representation at a time when living conditions and modernization were rapidly changing. 

The talk is scheduled for October 2nd 2019, 12:00-1:00, Daley Library 1-470. Light refreshments to follow the presentation.

Presented by the Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies and the School of Literatures, Cultural Studies and Linguistics.

Luigi Monzo (Ph.D.) works as an architect in Germany and teaches architectural history and design at the Department of Theory and History of Architecture at the Leopold Franzens University of Innsbruck (Austria). His research addresses the intersections between architectural culture, design process, and political conditions in regimes of totalitarian aspiration, especially in fascist Italy. Dr. Monzo is the author of Croci e Fasci – Der italienische Kirchenbau in der Zeit des Faschismus [Italian church buildings during fascism], 1919-1945 (2017); the co-editor, with Carmen Enss of Townscapes in Transition : Transformation and Reorganization of Italian Cities and Their Architecture in the Interwar Period (due out in Fall 2019), and the co-author, with Stefano Mavilio, of Guida all’architettura sacra, Roma. 1919-1945 (Fall 2020).

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