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Associate Professor Mark Seymour

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Room 2S11, Arts 1 (Burns) Building
Tel 64 3 479 8605
Email mark.seymour@otago.ac.nz
 

Academic Qualifications

2001: Ph.D. University of Connecticut
1994: M.A. University of Connecticut
1992: B.A. (Hons), University of Sydney
 

Research Interests

Mark specialises in modern Italian history (19th and 20th Centuries), with a particular interest in the relationships between personal experience, politics, and modernity. His first book, Debating Divorce in Italy (Palgrave, 2006), analysed the long struggle to introduce a divorce law in Italy, using the question to explore traditional fault-lines in Italian society from new angles. In other publications he has explored foreign perceptions of Italy, the construction of Italian masculinity, feminism in Italy prior to the ‘second wave’, late nineteenth-century love letters, and historiographical 'uses' of Giuseppe Garibaldi. His current research makes microhistorical use of the records of a sensational 1879 murder trial, focusing on the history of emotions.
 

Courses Taught

HIST 102 The Global Twentieth Century
HIST 225 Totalitarian Regimes: Europe 1922-1945
HIST 325 Modern Italy
HIST 452 Rethinking History

 
Editorial Responsibilities

Mark is co-editor (with Penelope Morris) of the journal Modern Italy.

He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Modern Italian Studies.
 

Areas of Research Supervision

Europe from 1789; Modern Italy; Italian settlement in New Zealand.
 

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Publications

Seymour, M. (2015). After respectability: Women, sexuality and the circus in pre-sexology Italy. In V. P. Babini, C. Beccalossi & L. Riall (Eds.), Italian sexualities uncovered, 1789-1914. (pp. 80-100). Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

Seymour, M. (2015). Personal and political: Love’s revolutions in recent historical research [Review of the books The overflowing of friendship: Love between men and the creation of the American republic; Love in the time of revolution: Transatlantic literary radicalism and historical change, 1793-1818; The English in love: The intimate story of an emotional revolution; and Love in the time of communism: Intimacy and sexuality in the GDR.]. Journal of Women's History, 27(3), 194-203. doi: 10.1353/jowh.2015.0035

Seymour, M. (2013). Contesting masculinity in post-unification Italy: The murder of Captain Giovanni Fadda. Gender & History, 25(2), 252-269. doi: 10.1111/1468-0424.12021

Seymour, M. (2012). Emotional arenas: From provincial circus to national courtroom in late nineteenth-century Italy. Rethinking History, 16(2), 177-197. doi: 10.1080/13642529.2012.681190

Seymour, M. (2006). Debating divorce in Italy: Marriage and the making of modern Italians, 1860-1974. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 290p.

Authored Book - Research

Seymour, M. (2006). Debating divorce in Italy: Marriage and the making of modern Italians, 1860-1974. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 290p.

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Edited Book - Research

Morris, P., Ricatti, F., & Seymour, M. (Eds.). (2012). Politica ed emozioni nella storia d'Italia: Dal 1848 ad oggi. Roma, Italy: Viella, 310p.

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Chapter in Book - Research

Seymour, M. (2015). After respectability: Women, sexuality and the circus in pre-sexology Italy. In V. P. Babini, C. Beccalossi & L. Riall (Eds.), Italian sexualities uncovered, 1789-1914. (pp. 80-100). Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

Seymour, M. (2004). Till death do them part? The Church-State struggle over marriage and divorce, 1860 -1914. In P. Willson (Ed.), Gender, family and sexuality: The private sphere in Italy, 1860 -1945. (pp. 37-50). Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

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Journal - Research Article

Seymour, M. (2013). Contesting masculinity in post-unification Italy: The murder of Captain Giovanni Fadda. Gender & History, 25(2), 252-269. doi: 10.1111/1468-0424.12021

Seymour, M. (2012). Emotional arenas: From provincial circus to national courtroom in late nineteenth-century Italy. Rethinking History, 16(2), 177-197. doi: 10.1080/13642529.2012.681190

Morris, P., Ricatti, F., & Seymour, M. (2012). Introduction: Italy and the emotions. Modern Italy, 17(2), 151-156. doi: 10.1080/13532944.2012.669210

Seymour, M. (2010). Epistolary emotions: Exploring amorous hinterlands in 1870s southern Italy. Social History, 35(2), 148-164. doi: 10.1080/03071021003719139

Seymour, M. (2010). Introduction: Perspectives on Garibaldi and Italian unity. Modern Italy, 15(4), 395-399. doi: 10.1080/13532944.2010.506290

Seymour, M. (2005). Keystone of the patriarchal family? Indissoluble marriage, masculinity and divorce in Liberal Italy. Journal of Modern Italian Studies, 10(3), 297-313.

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Journal - Research Other

Seymour, M. (2015). Personal and political: Love’s revolutions in recent historical research [Review of the books The overflowing of friendship: Love between men and the creation of the American republic; Love in the time of revolution: Transatlantic literary radicalism and historical change, 1793-1818; The English in love: The intimate story of an emotional revolution; and Love in the time of communism: Intimacy and sexuality in the GDR.]. Journal of Women's History, 27(3), 194-203. doi: 10.1353/jowh.2015.0035

Seymour, M. (2013). [Review of the book The enemy of the new man: Homosexuality in fascist Italy]. American Historical Review, 118(1), 276-277. doi: 10.1093/ahr/118.1.276

Seymour, M. (2012). All roads, different Romes [Review of the books Whispering city: Rome and its histories and Rome]. History Australia, 9(1), 233-236. [Book Review].

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Seymour, M. (2012, September). After respectability: Women, sexuality and the circus in pre-sexology Italy. Verbal presentation at the Italian Sexualities Uncovered: The Long Nineteenth Century (1789-1914) Conference, Bologna, Italy.

Seymour, M. (2011, December). Dilemmas of virility: National character on trial in liberal Italy. Verbal presentation at the Association for the Study of Modern Italy (ASMI) Annual Conference: The Italian 'Character': Virtues and Vices, London.

Seymour, M. (2010, July). Emotional arenas: Love, lust and murder between province and capital in 1870s Italy. Verbal presentation at the Emotional Styles: Communities and Spaces Workshop, Berlin, Germany.

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Other Research Output

Seymour, M. (2014, October). 'Emotional arenas': A new concept for historicizing emotions. Centre for the History of European Discourses, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. [Research Seminar].

Seymour, M. (2011, June). Feeling Italian? Emotional styles between province and capital in 1870s Italy. Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin, Germany. [Public Lecture].

Seymour, M. (2010, 15 September) History of emotions. Radio New Zealand National: Nights with Bryan Crump. Retrieved from http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/nights/20100915. [Radio Broadcast].

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Other - Edited Journal

Morris, P., Seymour, M., & Ricatti, F. (Eds.). (2012). Modern Italy: The Emotions, 17(2) [Special Issue]. [Guest Editor].

Seymour, M. (Ed.). (2010). Modern Italy, 15(4) Special issue: Commemorating Garibaldi and the unification of Italy [Guest editor]. [Journal Editor].

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