30 Lug 2020 15:00

Vanni Pettinà

Ca' Bembo

1. Please provide a brief outline of your training and scientific activity.
I hold a BA form the University of Florence, an MA and PHD both from the University Complutense of Madrid. I have been a postdoctoral fellow at the John W. Kluge Center of the Library of Congress and a visiting professor at the LSE International History Department, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Ortega y Gasset Research Institute of Madrid. I am currently an Associate Professor at the Center for Historical Studies of El Colegio de México in México City. During the last ten years, my work has looked at the intersection of Latin American countries’ foreign policy and their processes of economic development during the Cold War, with special attention to the cases of Mexico and Cuba. More specifically, my work has a addressed the connections between the Cold War international system and the way in which Latin American countries struggled to adapt their political and economic systems to the new scenario. Transcending the traditional historiography that focuses on US-Latin American relations and combining the study of international and domestic political processes, my research has gradually embraced a global approach, placing Latin American history in a broader context shaped by the its connections with the Third World and the USSR.

2. Please state your reasons for choosing Venice and the Department for your research and teaching stay.
The Department of Linguistics and Comparative Cultural Studies offers a vibrant academic environment, with an extraordinary mix of cultural, international and Latin American studies. I look forward to collaborating with Professors Duccio Basosi and Luis Fernando Beneduzi, whith whom I share several research interests in the field of International and Latin American Contemporary history.

3. Have you ever had a research collaboration with the teaching staff of Department of Linguistics and Comparative Cultural Studies in the past?
In 2019 I hold a presentation of my last book, Historia Mínima de la Guerra Fría en América Latina, at a departmental seminar coordinated by Professor Duccio Basosi.



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