1985 …2019

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Biography

My main research interests lie in women's/gender history and in the history of Italian Fascism. Amongst other topics, I have published on the role of women in the Fascist Party; the history of the rural world; abortion; labour and business history; imperialism; the Fascist mass mobilising organisations; the Italian Resistance; the history of the private sphere; and on representations of motherhood in Italy and its diaspora. My most recent monograph explores the history of Italian women over the course of the twentieth century.

I was Chair of the Association for the Study of Modern Italy from 2006-09 and I am currently Vice-Convenor of Women's History Scotland.

I serve on the Editorial Board of Modern Italy journal and was a founder member of the Editorial Collective of Gender and History journal.

I have held Fellowships at the Einaudi Foundation (Turin), the European University Institute (Florence), IASH (Edinburgh) and Nuffield College (Oxford)

I was the 2019 Federico Chabod Visiting Professor in Contemporary History at the University of Milan

Teaching

Undergraduate

Modern Imperialism and Decolonisation (Level Two)

Making History (Level Three)

Women and Gender in Twentieth-Century Europe (Level Three)

Fascist Italy (Level Four)

 

Postgraduate

History Skills and Sources

Documenting Dissent

Keywords

  • DG Italy
  • Gender
  • Fascism

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Research Output

Confusione terminologica: “femminismo” ed “emancipazionismo” nell’Italia liberale

Translated title of the contribution: Terminological Confusion: “Feminism” and “Emancipationism” in Liberal ItalyWillson, P., Aug 2019, In : Italia Contemporanea. 290, 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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    Group Portrait: the Ispettrici Nazionali of the Italian Fascist Party 1937-1943

    Willson, P., Jun 2018, In : Historical Journal. 61, 2, p. 431-451 21 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
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    La Mamma: Interrogating a National Stereotype

    Willson, P. (ed.) & Morris, P., Jun 2018, New York: Palgrave Macmillan. 248 p. (Italian and Italian American Studies)

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • La Mamma: Italian Mothers Past and Present

    Morris, P. & Willson, P., 2018, La Mamma: Interrogating a National Stereotype. Morris, P. & Willson, P. (eds.). New York: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 1-27 27 p. (Italian and Italian American Studies).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

  • Activities

    Confusione terminologica: “femminismo” ed “emancipazionismo” nell’Italia liberale

    Perry Willson (Speaker)
    16 May 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Women's Lives, Women's Voices

    Perry Willson (Organiser), Gail Low (Organiser)
    2 Mar 2019

    Activity: Other activity typesPublic engagement and outreach - public lecture/debate/seminar

    University of Milan

    Perry Willson (Visiting lecturer)
    1 May 201922 May 2019

    Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institution

    Difficult Conversations: Thinking and Talking About Women, Genders, and Sexualities Inside and Outside the Academy

    Perry Willson (Keynote/plenary speaker)
    3 Jun 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Thesis

    Second-Wave Feminist Approaches to Sexuality in Britain and France, c.1970-c.1983

    Author: Gurun, A., 2015

    Supervisor: Willson, P. (Supervisor), Johansen, A. (Supervisor), Brown, C. (Supervisor), Bracke, M. (External person) (Supervisor) & Bellavitis, A. (External person) (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

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    The Lass o' Pairts: Social mobility for women through education in Scotland, 1850-1901.

    Author: McCall, A. T., 2013

    Supervisor: Brown, C. (Supervisor) & Willson, P. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

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