Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Civitas Symposium 2017. Christian Democracy and Labour after World War II

Convegno internazionale  dal 26 ottobre 2017 al 27 ottobre 2017
Aula: NI.110 Nirone -  Ore: 26/10: 14.00-19.30 - 27/10: 9.00 -15.00
Via Nirone, 15, Milano

Industrial capitalism structurally changed after WWII, with repercussions on working conditions and on the quality of workers’ and their families’ life. On the political field, Christian values and the traditional Christian Democratic model were put to the test by new Labour issues. In the Fifties and Sixties, the increase in wealth and the broader demand for individual and common welfare reshaped the concepts of political and social citizenship. The turbulent Seventies challenged the selfhealing qualities of an increasingly globaloriented capitalism, while Communist regimes were on the decline. Finally, the last decades of the XXth century saw a crisis of the representative role of political parties, opening the way to new developments of the democratic system. The symposium is going to discuss how Christian-inspired associations (political parties, movements, trade unions and co operatives) tried to promote over time new political and social projects combining capitalist economy with democratic par ticipation of citizens and workers.

Thursday, 26th October, 2017, room NI.110
2.00 p.m.

Welcome address
Hanns Jürgen KÜSTERS, President of Civitas
Aldo CARERA, Director of Mario Romani Archive
Domenico BODEGA, Dean of Economics Faculty, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Introductory lesson: Lorenzo ORNAGHI, Honorary President of Aseri

Session 1: Politics and Labour

Chair: Andrea Maria LOCATELLI, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
Discussants: Guido FORMIGONI, IULM, Italy, and Michael GEHLER, University of Hildesheim, Germany

Gineth Andrea ÁLVAREZ SATIZABAL, Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico
Development and Integration in the Origins of the CD Organization of America (ODCA). Answers to the Workers’ Concerns?

Isabel CLAVEL, Université Bordeaux Montaigne, France
The Role of the MRP within the Parliamentary Committee on Labour and Social Insurance (1944-1958)

Marcello REGGIANI, Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, Italy
Carlo Donat-Cattin: from the ‘Miracle’ to the ‘hot Autumn’ (1958-1972)


Session 2: CD and Social Changes

Chair: Marco Angelo EMANUELE, Link Campus University, Italy
Discussant: Piotr KOSICKI, University of Maryland, USA

Paco Martino RUZZANTE, University of Cambridge, UK
Transnational Influence on the Welfare Systems of Italy and Spain (1945-1960s)

Marta BUSANI, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
Young Christian Workers, World of Work and Democracy. Some Reflections on the Sixties in Italy

Guido PANVINI, Sciences Po, France
The ‘Young Christian Workers’ Movement’ and the Radicalization of Social Conflict in Mediterranean Europe (1962-1968)



Friday, 27th October, 2017, room NI.110
9.00 a.m.

Session 3: Christian Workers and Trade Unions

Chair: Renato MORO, Università degli Studi Roma Tre, Italy
Discussant: Paolo ACANFORA, Istituto Luigi Sturzo, Italy

James THWAITES, Université Laval, Canada
Christian Clergy and the Labour Movement: some International Cases

Pierre TILLY, Ku Leuven, Belgium
The Concept of Workers’ Control and Self-Management in Belgian Worker Movement during the Seventies and the Public Figure of André Oleffe

Paolo TEDESCHI, University of Milan Bicocca, Italy
Searching Better Work Conditions and a new Workers’ Role in the Italian Industry: the FIM during the Fifties and Sixties in the Eastern Lombardy

Gianpiero FUMI, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
Social Catholicism and Economic Development. The Quest of Occupational Education Policies and on-the-job Training during the Italian ‘Economic Miracle’


Session 4: Enterprises and Human Resources

Chair: Sebastiano NEROZZI, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
Discussant: Jan DE MAEYER, Kadoc-Ku Leuven, Belgium

Peter HEYRMAN, Kadoc-Ku Leuven, Belgium
Christian-Democrats and the ‘Independent Workers’ in Belgium. Securing a Place for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in the Postwar Welfare State, 1945-1970

Anna Pina PALADINI, Università del Salento, Italy
The CD Party and the Policies for Craftsmen in Italy during the Fifties of XX Century

Discussion and conclusion

Referente Informazioni:

Archivio per la storia del movimento sociale cattolico in Italia «Mario Romani»

Recapito telefonico:

02 7234.2278



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