Sia lodato il Grande Torino. La tragedia di Superga e la costruzione della comunità immaginata cattolica [Il Grande Torino be praised. The tragedy of Superga and the construction of the imagined Catholic community]
- Daniele Serapiglia
- Im@go – A Journal of the Social Imaginary
- Number 11
- Language: Italian
- ISSN: 2281-8138
Paper included in the themed issue “The Sports Heroes in the Social Imaginary“, edited by Luca Bifulco and Mario Tirino.
On 4 May 1949, all the players of the top Italian team of the time, Il Grande Torino, died in an air crash. The tragedy of Superga seemed to be representative of Italy in the immediate post-war period and for this reason it managed to connect with almost the entire nation. The images of the carcass of the plane at the base of Turin’s basilica evoked the war images broadcast by the newsreels between 1940 and 1945. The Torino players were heroes and as heroes were celebrated at their funeral, which seemed to indirectly refer to the cult of the fallen in fascist culture. The funeral held in Turin was attended by 500,000 people and managed to unite a large part of the population in a public rite, during which not only did the deaths of the Grande Torino appear to be celebrated, but also those who had died in the Second World War. Public funerals such as those of the Grande Torino gave Italians the opportunity to openly vent intimate emotions linked to personal experience, helping to build the new nationalCatholicpost-war community.
Imagined Catholic community; History of football; post-war; Catholic Church; death
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Temporary exhibition about the impact of World War I in Portuguese healthcare, including among ex-combatants. From the Trenches to the Hospital: Portugal, Health and the Great War The Portuguese
Temporary exhibition about the impact of World War I in Portuguese healthcare, including among ex-combatants.
From the Trenches to the Hospital:
Portugal, Health and the Great War
The Portuguese participation in the Great War had political, economic and social consequences that were felt in the following decades, and that also had an impact on health. Through the mobilisation of over 100 000 men, the young Portuguese Republic (1910) hoped to obtain international recognition and protect its African colonies from British and German interests.
Although it might seem contradictory, the First World War triggered a set of technical and scientific advances in healthcare. But this total war would also forever mark the lives of many men, who returned with physical and psychiatric traumas, and who were soon consigned to oblivion.
Through a set of objects, photographs and videos, this exhibition explores this double impact of the Great War on health, in Portugal.
Dates: 29 Julho a 29 de Setembro de 2019
Schedule: 10-13h / 14h-17h de Segunda a Domingo
Venue: Santo António Hospital – Auditorium Prof. Doutor Alexandre Moreira do Centro Hospitalar Universitário do Porto
July 29 (Monday) 10:00 am - September 29 (Sunday) 5:00 pm
Institute of Contemporary History — NOVA FCSH and Centro Hospitalar Universitário do Porto
Aug 2, 2019
The IHC is a partner of one of the winning projects of the first Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees-Partnership with Japan about History in the Public Sphere.
Jul 29, 2019
For the first time, the IHC will participate in the programme Science in the Summer.
Jul 22, 2019
The exhibition From the Trenches to the Hospital, curated by Helena da Silva and José Picas do Vale, will be inaugurated on the 29th of July.