Friday, November 8 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Erb Memorial Union (EMU), Rogue 140
1395 University Street, Eugene, OR 97403
Assistant Professor of Italian Diana Garvin will present a lecture titled "Farming under Fascism: The Ecology of Italian Empire"
Biopolitical control of Italy’s East African colonies has traditionally been understood as state-sanctioned violence enacted on human bodies. By contrast, this talk takes an ecocritical approach to imperialism to investigate how Benito Mussolini’s Fascist regime attempted to enhance the nutritional content of Eritrean, Ethiopian, and Somali plants and animals through rationalist agronomy. Regular grids promised to organize wild coffee tree groves. State-sanctioned calendars set the dates for animal husbandry. Enumerated lessons even guided colonists and indigenous farmers through rationalist apiculture, as though bees could march along an assembly line to make honey at Mussolini’s command.