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Photo: Palermo, Vucciria, by Antonino Ciatto @ninociatto.

History, narratives and investigations 

Three decades since the mafia bombing campaign of the early 1990s, this year’s ASMI conference will explore the relationship between mafias and the State in the context of modern and contemporary Italian history. In tension between continuity and change, the mafias occupy a central role in public discourse today as they did in post-unification Italy. To what extent do existing approaches and models of analysis account for political, cultural and social processes of change? How do mafias respond to developments in legislation, policy and law enforcement strategies? To what extent can we consider the mafia a product of political, judicial and cultural construction? These are just some of the questions this conference will address.  

The programme includes short films by Federica Schiavello and Giovanni Izzo and a roundtable discussion on ‘The Forgotten Actors: Re-evaluating the role of women in the mafias’. 

Keynote speakers: Claire Longrigg (Deputy Editor, The Guardian) and Maurizio De Lucia (Chief Prosecutor, Palermo, Italy)   

Download full 2 day programme (pdf)

This is an in-person conference, with the possibility to attend online a limited number of hybrid panels*.  

Advance online registration essential (fees apply). To register for the conference click on the Book now button at the top of the page. When registering, please select the appropriate conference fee. Registration fees cover both or either day of the conference and include lunch on 8 and 9 December as well as refreshments as indicated on the programme.  

Deadline to register to attend in person: 22 November 2023.  After this time, if you would like register and join the conference as an online attendee (only) please email Jenny Stubbs (

Social Dinner on Friday 8 December is £30 (+£3.22 Eventbrite fee, totalling £ 33.22) and must be booked in advance here: 728376763507?aff=oddtdtcreator 

Kindly note that participants are expected to join ASMI. Details about membership are available at the following link:

For further info, please contact the conference organisers (Felia Allum and Rossella Merlino) at:  

*Please note that online attendees can only join hybrid panels and plenary sessions, and not the full conference programme. The online zoom link will be emailed to you 2 days before the conference. 



Waged 2 days £75       

Un-waged 2 days £40

Waged Friday £45

Un-waged Friday £28

Waged Saturday £45

Un-waged Saturday £28

*Online speaker or attendee £25

(online attendance fee of £25 covers limited access on both days)