Ana-Maria Milčić

PhD student

Thesis: D’Annunzio’s Futurists: Modernism and Fascism in an Occupied City, 1919–1920

Supervisor: Prof. Sarah Wilson

CHASE AHRC funding award (20172020)

The Courtauld Scholarship (20172020)

One of the most exciting moments related to Futurism and politics occurred in the city of Fiume (present-day Croatia) when the Italian poet-soldier Gabriele D’Annunzio, with Futurists in the military ranks, occupied the city in 1919. Circumstances were favourable for developing a utopian version of Futurism as a civic practice.

This thesis takes part in research which sees the occupation as a moment of Futurist theory coming into practice and Futurism and fascism as manifestations of the Italian struggle for modernity. I will participate in the arena of critical studies by exploring art’s position within the ideology of fiumanesimo, arguing that some practices were part of the Futurist movement while others escaped such categorisations. In addition, I will argue that the occupation made evident Marinetti’s and D’Annunzio’s different approaches to art, but similar approaches to politics. This critical study of Fiume during the Italian occupation will also re-evaluate the historical context by prioritising questions of gender, labour and the traces left by the Fiume experiment on Futurism. Furthermore, the research will look at satirical representations of the occupation in the Croatian and Italian press claiming that similar tropes were found in caricatures of both countries.


2017–present: PhD Candidate, Courtauld Institute of Art, London.

2011–2014: MA in Art History, University of Rijeka, Croatia.

2008–2011: BA in Art History, University of Rijeka, Croatia.

Research interests

  • Futurism and fascism
  • Futurism and feminism
  • Interwar avant-garde art and politics
  • Political satire and caricature


2018/19 and 2019/20: Teaching Assistant, Core Methodologies (MA), The Courtauld Institute of Art.

2019/20: Teaching Assistant, Foundations (BA1), The Courtauld Institute of Art.

2020/21: Teaching Assistant, Frameworks for Interpretation (BA2), The Courtauld Institute of Art.

2020/21: Associate Lecturer, Techniques and Meaning in 20th Century Art (BA1), The Courtauld Institute of Art.


Biennale mladih jugoslavenskih umjetnika u Rijeci, 1960.-1991.’, Peristil, vol. 58, 2015, pp. 171-182.

From Gowns to Uniforms and from the Palace to the Brothel: Women’s Lives and Political Allegory in D’Annunzio’s Rijeka, 1919-1921’, Casopis za povijest Zapadne Hrvatske, vol.13, 2018, pp.13-35.

Conference Papers

‘Droppings from the Sky: Futurist Interwar Protests and Fears’, IAS-sponsored session, 108TH CAA ANNUAL CONFERENCEChicago,12–15 February 2020.

‘Regenerating Italian Masculinity after the First World War: Gabriele D’Annunzio and the Futurists during the 1919 occupation of Fiume (Rijeka)’, 2021 AAH ANNUAL CONFERENCE (online event), forthcoming.

Curated exhibitions

D’Annunzijeva mučenicaPomorski i povijesni muzej Hrvatskog primorja, Rijeka, 2019.

Other Academic Activities

Co-Editor-in-Chief, immediations, the peer-reviewed postgraduate journal of the Courtauld Institute of Art, 2019.

Co-organizer, Researching Conflict in the Humanities: Challenges, Practices and Methods, CHASE DTP funded project.