17/10/2017 52' 41''

Enzo Traverso is a historian and professor at Cornell University. He specialises in contemporary Europe, focusing on the intellectual history of the twentieth century, from a comparative perspective. Traverso advocates an approach to history that covers and is aware of its own tools, limitations, and internal mechanisms at all times. He believes there is an inevitable 'cross between history and memory that makes it very difficult to write the history of the twentieth century, for example, without introducing some degree of subjectivity, of memory, which is very significant and shapes the historian’s work. […] Memory is a construct, it is not just the transmission of personal or collective memories, it is a process of social construction in public space.' In this conversation Traverso discusses matters relating to this way of understanding historical memory and to the contrast between certain kinds of commemoration and human rights policies and the Islamophobic xenophobia that is currently haunting the Western world.

SON[I]A talks to Enzo Traverso about post-fascism and the emptying of the political, about the transformation of antisemitism, the politics of memory, the eclipse of utopias, and about some other collateral effects of early 21st century neoliberalism.

Timeline
02:18 Post-fascism: notes on the emergence of the xenophobic far-right in democracy.
09:12 Memory of the holocaust and Islamophobia
18:01 The phenomenon of Daesh.
25:18 The politics of memory
34:23 Neoliberalism was unplanned
40:08 Utopias and catastrophic futures in the 21st century, or the atomisation of society

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