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Mia Fuller, Program for the Study of ItalyMia Fuller, Ph.D. Berkeley, is Associate Professor of Italian Studies. She is a cultural anthropologist who has combined fieldwork and archival research in her studies of architecture and city planning in the Italian colonies between 1869 and 1943. Her book on the subject, Moderns Abroad: Architecture, Cities, and Italian Imperialism, was published by Routledge in 2006. She is also the co-editor (with Ruth Ben-Ghiat) of Italian Colonialism: A Reader (Palgrave, 2005). Currently, she is preparing an ethnographic, architectural, and oral-historical study of the ‘New Towns’ built in 1930s Italy.



Books Authored

Moderns Abroad: Architecture, Cities, and Italian ImperialismModerns Abroad: Architecture, Cities, and Italian Imperialism, London: Routledge (Architext series, series editors Anthony D. King and Thomas Markus), 2007.




Books Edited

Italian ColonialismItalian Colonialism, anthology of 20 essays co-edited with Ruth Ben-Ghiat, New York: Palgrave Macmillan (Italian and Italian American Studies series, series editor Stanislao G. Pugliese), 2005.





Articles and Book Chapters

Building Power: Italy’s Colonial Architecture and Urbanism, 1923–1940,” Cultural Anthropology 3(4)(1988): 455–87.

  • Republished as “Building Power: Italian Architecture and Urbanism in Libya and Ethiopia,” in Forms of Dominance. On the Architecture and Urbanism of the Colonial Enterprise, edited by Nezar AlSayyad, Aldershot: Avebury, 1992, 211–39.
  • Published in Italian as “Edilizia e potere: l’urbanistica e l’architettura coloniale italiana, 1923–1940,” Studi Piacentini 9(1991): 117–55, 1988.

’’Carlo Enrico Rava, the Radical: First Formulations of Colonial Rationalism,’’ Journal of the Islamic Environmental Design Research Centre 15–16, 1–2(1994–5): 150–9.

“Wherever You Go, There You Are: Fascist Plans for the Colonial City of Addis Ababa and the Colonizing Suburb of EUR ’42,” Journal of Contemporary History 31(2)(1996): 397–418.

  • Published in Italian as “I progetti fascisti per la città coloniale di Addis Abeba e per il quartiere EUR ‘42,” Studi Piacentini 22(1997): 81–103.

“Preservation and Self-Absorption: Italian Colonisation and the Walled City of Tripoli, Libya,” The Journal of North African Studies 5(4)(2000): 121–54.

  • Republished in The Walled Arab City in Literature, Architecture and History: The Living Medina in the Maghrib, edited by Susan Slyomovics, London: Frank Cass Publishers, 2001, 121–54.
  • Excerpted in Italian Colonialism, edited by Ruth Ben-Ghiat and Mia Fuller, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005, 131–42.

“Tradition as a Means to the End of Tradition: Farmers’ Houses in Italy’s Fascist-Era ‘New Towns’,” in The End of Tradition?, edited by Nezar AlSayyad, London: Routledge, 2004, 171–86.

’’Oases of Ambiguity: On How Italians Did Not Practice Urban Segregation in Tripoli,’’ in La Libia tra Mediterraneo e mondo islamico (Atti del convegno di Catania, Facoltà di Scienze Politiche, 1–2 dicembre 2000, Aggiornamenti e approfondimenti), edited by Federico Cresti, Milan: Giuffrè, 2006, 163-81.

“Mediterraneanism: French and Italian Architects’ Designs in 1930s North African Cities,” in The City in the Islamic World, edited by Salma Khadra Jayyusi, Renata Holod, Attilio Petruccioli, and André Raymond, Leiden: Brill; and in Arabic translation of the same volume, (In press).

Notes and Encyclopedia Entries

Mediterraneanism,” Journal of the Islamic Environmental Design Research Centre 8, 9–10(1990): 8–9.

‘’Les chantiers de la colonisation: l’architecture, l’urbanisme et la création de la société moderne dans les colonies italiennes 1869–1943,’’ Correspondances 44(1997): 3–8.

“The Medina and the Islamic City: Colonial Terms and Postcolonial Legacies,” Public Affairs Report 43, 4(2002): 4–6.
(URL: http://www.igs.berkeley.edu/publications/par/winter2002/mia%20fuller.htm)

“Libia,” in Il fascismo. Un dizionario critico, edited by Victoria De Grazia and Sergio Luzzatto, Turin: Einaudi, 2005, 45–8.

“Urbanism,” in The Columbia History of Twentieth Century French Thought, edited by Lawrence Kritzman, New York: Columbia University Press, 2006, 348–51.

“Libya,” in A Historical Companion to Postcolonial Literatures in Continental Europe and Its Empires, edited by Prem Poddar, Rajeev Patke, and Lars Jensen; section on Italy edited by Ruth Ben-Ghiat; Edinburgh University Press and Columbia University Press (In press).

Book Reviews

The Modernist City: An Anthropological Critique of Brasília (James Holston), Anthropological Quarterly 65(3)(1992): 156–7.

Oasi di italianità: La Libia della colonizzazione agraria tra fascismo, guerra e indipendenza (1935–1956) (Federico Cresti), The Journal of North African Studies 6(4)(2001): 93–6.

Une ville du Maghreb entre ancien régime et réformes ottomanes. Genèse des institutions municipales à Tripoli de Barbarie (1795-1911) (Nora Lafi), H-Urban, H-Net reviews, January 2003.
URL: http://www.h-net.msu.edu/reviews/showrev.cgi?path=175091053761785.

La colonia: Italiani in Eritrea, special issue of Quaderni Storici, 109 (2002), (Alessandro Triulzi, editor), Modern Italy 9(2)(2004): 294–7.

Oltremare. Storia dell’espansione coloniale italiana (Nicola Labanca), Journal of Modern History 79(2)(2007): 449–50.

“Afterword,” Pierre Bourdieu; in Paul Rabinow, Reflections on Fieldwork in Morocco. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1985, 163–7.

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