Penn-Temple European Studies Colloquium
Center for Italian Studies


Michael Herzfeld
Harvard University, Anthropology

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Fractured Eternities:
Living with History in Modern Rome

2:00 - 3:30 pm
Friday, March 16, 2007

The Forum at Stiteler Hall
208 S. 37th Street
University of Pennsylvania

Michael Herzfeld's new book is Fractured Eternities: Living with History in Modern Rome. In his words, "This is an account of life in what used to be a predominantly artisanal quarter in the center of Rome's 'historic center.'" The speaker looks at what happens when ideas of neoliberal market economics and state bureaucracy intrude in the intimacies of social life and how this affects perceptions of identity, history, and social solidarity, especially given the powerful localism that makes Rome an eccentric capital city in the larger European context.