Niccolo Mignemi
(EHESS of Paris)

The origins of the International Institute of Agriculture and the Italian development model at the beginning of the twentieth century

February 5, 2018 - 4:00 p. m. - 7:00 p. m.


Istituto Storico Italiano per l’età Moderna e Contemporanea
Palazzo Antici Mattei di Giove
via Michelangelo Caetani 32, Roma


Beyond diplomatically focused interpretations, the seminar aims to analyze the origins of the International Institute of Agriculture in the context of debates on the economic and social development of the countryside between the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Crossing the national and international points of view, we will explore how Italy has come to make Rome one of the centers of reference in agricultural and food matters on a global scale.
Niccolò Mignemi is part of the team of Recherches pour l' Histoire du Monde Rural at EHESS (Paris). His research focuses on the economic and social history of the countryside in Italy and France starting from the second half of the nineteenth century, with particular attention to the forms of organization and agrarian association at different levels. Post-doc researcher at the École française de Rome (2014-2017), he developed a project on the history of the International Institute of Agriculture, active in Rome between 1905 and 1946. He is also a member of the Ru-Lav Group (Work and rural workers) of SISLav.

Suggested preliminary readings:

  • Niccolò Mignemi and Juan Pan-Montojo (eds.), « International organizations and agriculture, 1905 to 1945 », Agricultural History Review, Volume 65, Number 2, December 2017, pp. 237-339.
  • Pierre-Yves Saunier, « Les régimes circulatoires du domaine social 1800-1940 : projets et ingénierie de la convergence et de la différence », Genèses, n° 71, 2008, pp. 4-25.
  • Luciano Cafagna, « I modelli interpretativi della storiografia », in id., Dualismo e sviluppo nella storia d’Italia, Venezia, Marsilio, 1989, pp. 385-400.