The Italian Lead Years through postmemorials "Era mio Padre" book talk

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On Wednesday this week, Scilltian Gastaldi, a History teacher at Rome International School and an internationally recognised author, presented his new book, "Era Mio Padre: Italian Terrorism of the Anni di Piombo in the Postmemorials of Victim's Relatives."

This is a bilingual volume that brings together a collection of essays which explore the "postmemorial" writings, a field of memory studies that extends to those types of works written by victims' relatives of political violence narrating their experiences.

During the presentation, students were first given clear insight on the context of the "Anni di Piombo," through a detailed analysis of the events and people which shaped this time period. After this clear contextual background was given, Mr Gastaldi introduced his book through an interview given by Ms Menegazzi, teacher of the IB Global Politics course. During this interview, students were given insight into this time period and were also introduced to the concept of "postmemory" which is what book is focused on. Towards the end, students asked questions about their newfound knowledge, clearly eager to find out more.

- Irina D., Year 12

Era Mio Padre book cover

How relevant are the memories of our fathers, in our own lives? What is a "postmemory"? And what is a "postmemorial"? These were some of the issues that were discussed during Dr Gastaldi's presentation of his latest book, Era Mio Padre. Italian Terrorism of the Anni di Piombo in the Postmemorials of Victims' Relatives (Peter Lang, 2018).

Silvia Menegazzi, IB Global Politics teacher at RIS and lecturer in International Relations at LUISS University, chaired the discussion attended by students in Years 10, 11 and 12.

Dr Gastaldi's latest volume sheds light on the most recent discoveries about the Italian Years of Lead (Anni Di Piombo). "The Italian political terrorism of the 1970s has produced in its aftermath a rich body of writing, created not only by victims or perpetrators but also by the secondary victims of violence, often children of the dead, who many years after their loss ask why their parents or relatives were chosen as targets, what it means for them personally and for the history of the Italian "anni di piombo".