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Anglo-American Civilization and the Dynamics of Globalization

Max Weber Lecture by Peter Katzenstein (Cornell university)
9 December 2015, Badia Fiesolana

Summary Brief by MW Fellow Nadav Kedem (RSCAS 2015-2016)
Katzenstein deals with some of the deepest conceptual challenges cutting across the social sciences and humanities as a whole: power, civilizations, ideas, practices, risk, uncertainty etc. He tries to draw a map that enables some pattern recognition, rather than clinching an argument as most research does. In doing so, he is able to create synergy between philosophy, history, political science, sociology and economics. He talked to us about the latest in his three-book project (so far) on civilizations as well as his forthcoming work on power.

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‘Brown Babies’ in Postwar Europe: The Italian Case (c. 1945-1960)

Max Weber Lecture by Silvana Patriarca (Fordham University)
Badia Fiesolana, 18 November 2015

Summary brief by MW Fellow Katharina Lenner (RSCAS)

Silvana Patriarca’s lecture focused on the continual racial construction of the nation in post-war Europe through the story of mixed race children born in Italy during or after World War II. These ‘brown babies’ – a term used at the time by African Americans to avoid the racial term ‘Mulattini’ (little mulattos), and adopted by Patriarca – were mostly children of European women and non-white allied soldiers.