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Nationalisms, Populisms, and Catholicism in Europe and Latin America During the Ponti cate of Pius XII (1939-1958)

Nacionalismos, Populismos y Catolicismo entre Europa y América Latina durante el Pontificado de Pío XII (1939-1958)

Nazionalismi, populismi e cattolicesimo tra Europa e America Latina durante il ponti cato di Pio XII (1939-1958)

Nacionalismos, Populismos e Catolicismo entre a Europa e a América Latina durante o Ponti cado de Pio XII (1939-1958)

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Published on Thursday, May 16, 2024

Abstract

En el ambito del Proyecto de investigación CATO-POPULISMOS – Nationalisms and Populisms in the Pius XII Pontificate: Cultural Circulations, Religious Perceptions and Devotional Practices across Europe and Latin America (1939-58)  se promueve la Call for Papers «Nacionalismos, Populismos y Catolicismo entre Europa y América Latina durante el Pontificado de Pío XII (1939-1958)».

Announcement

Argument

Throughout the ponti cate of Pius XII (1939-1958), in both Europe and Latin America, nationalist and/or populist political phenomena have had a signi cant presence in the public scene, intertwining their ideological content with Catholicism. In Spain, Portugal, Argentina, and Brazil, this intertwining has considerably in uenced political and institutional dynamics. What role did the Catholic Church play in shaping national identities in Europe and Latin America? What con icts and negotiations characterized the relationships between political and religious power? How did Catholicism in uence ideology and public policies within nations? What were the power dynamics and resistance within Catholic communities in the face of political and social pressures? These are just some of the questions that have animated the interest of the scienti c community on the subject.

In recent years, works dedicated to the relationships between nation, nationalism, the Catholic Church, and Catholicism have addressed new themes, such as cults, devotions, and their political implications. However, the emergence of these lines of research has not yet corresponded to a framework that provides a comprehensive perspective on the intertwining and mutual contaminations between Catholicism, nationalisms, and populisms on an international scale. Moreover, the contemporary phenomenon of the so-called “sacralization of politics” contributes to blur the boundaries between religion and politics due to the mutual in uences and overlaps of languages and rhetoric. In light of this, in analyzing these phenomena, the transnational key that considers exchanges, circulations, and hybridizations of people, ideas, and objects, as well as a theoretical re ection on language, proves to be indispensable elements to initiate a research itinerary as complex as it is stimulating.

Starting from this, the project "CATO-POPULISMOS - Nationalisms and Populisms in the Pius XII Ponti cate: Cultural Circulations, Religious Perceptions and Devotional Practices across Europe and Latin America (1939-58)", nanced by the European Union and carried out in collaboration between the Universities of Roma Tor Vergata and Modena-Reggio Emilia, intends to reconstruct both the strategies implemented by institutional actors and the elaboration and circulation of re ections, devotional practices, and symbolic repertoires expressed by actors in the Catholic world. To this end, the project aims to shed new light on these elements, beginning with the hypothesis that the examination of cases spatially distant from each other can better illuminate connections and more or less underground speci cities.

The PRIN project team invites historians to submit contributions that take into account the complex interaction between nationalisms, populisms, and Catholicism in Spain, Portugal, Brazil, and Argentina during the years of Pius XII’s ponti cate.

The selected contributions (in English, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese) will subsequently be published in a monograph or a special issue of an internationally distributed scienti c journal, in Open Access format, during 2025.

In line with the project’s areas of interest, proposals of abstracts addressing themes related to relations, entanglements, and exchanges between nationalism, populism, and Catholicism with a particular focus on institutional, cultural, and devotional aspects between Europe and Latin America will be particularly welcome. More speci cally, the following thematic lines are suggested, without being exclusive:

  1. The role of Catholic thought and Vatican diplomacy in shaping perceptions and actions towards nationalist-populist regimes.
  2. The role of political devotions in the elaboration of forms of legitimization of nationalisms and populisms.
  3. Comparative analysis of nationalist/populist movements in European and Latin American contexts, such as Salazarism, Varguism, Francoism, and Peronism.
  4. The new meanings assumed by religious practices within nationalist and populist ideologies.
  5. The in uence of Catholicism on the cultural, ideological, pastoral, and political dimensions of nationalist-populist regimes.
  6. The representation of national identity and religious symbolism in nationalist-populist propaganda and rhetoric.
  7. Circulations, exchanges, and hybridizations of devotional practices between the two shores of the Atlantic.

In evaluating proposals, the adoption of a transnational perspective between Europe and Latin America will be privileged. Furthermore, contributions that address original case studies and adopt unpublished or underexplored sources will be given greater consideration.

The selected works will contribute to a deeper understanding of the historical dynamics and contemporary implications of nationalisms, populisms, and Catholicism, enriching the historiographical and scienti c debate on these topics.

Submission guidelines

Proposals must be submitted by May 31, 2024,

to celinaines.albornoz@gmail.com - nicola.riccardi@unimore.it

by sending an abstract of 800-1,000 words presenting the proposed intervention, along with a brief biography of the author. Authors of accepted proposals will be noti ed by July 31, 2024. The nal contribution (4,000-6,000 words) must be submitted by November 30, 2024. Publication is scheduled for autumn 2025.

Scientific Committee

TBA

This action is part of the PRIN 2022 project CATO-POPULISMOS – Nationalisms and Populisms in the Pius XII Pontificate: Cultural Circulations, Religious Perceptions and Devotional Practices across Europe and Latin America (1939-58), funded by the European Union – Next Generation EU. 


Date(s)

  • Friday, May 31, 2024

Keywords

  • nacionalismos, populismos, catolicismo, pioXII, américa latina, europa

Contact(s)

  • Celina Albornoz
    courriel : celinaines [dot] albornoz [at] gmail [dot] com

Information source

  • Nicola Riccardi
    courriel : nicola [dot] riccardi [at] unimore [dot] it

License

CC0-1.0 This announcement is licensed under the terms of Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal.

To cite this announcement

« Nationalisms, Populisms, and Catholicism in Europe and Latin America During the Ponti cate of Pius XII (1939-1958) », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Thursday, May 16, 2024, https://calenda.org/1164237

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