Lecture: 'AfroItalia: Voices and Images Across the Mediterranean'
February 15, 2017
4:30 pm-6:00 pm
UMass Amherst Campus
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Interdisciplinary Studies Institute
Alessandra Di Maio speaks on "AfroItalia: Voices and Images Across the Mediterranean," which is related to her most recently edited poetry collection, Migrazioni/Migrations, and addresses the migrations, connections and trespassings that have marked the relationship between Italy and the African continent.
The recent arrival in Italy of migrants from Africa, while sparking controversy and igniting a heated debate on immigration to the EU, has urged Italians to reconsider their historical connections with the African continent and assess new cultural relationships. Among the first communities who crossed the Mediterranean and found a new home in Italy are Nigerians. In Migrazioni/Migrations, renowned Italian and Nigerian poets, headed by Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka, join their voices in telling the choral story of how Africa and Italy have always been united by a common sea and a shared experience of migration.
Di Maio is an associate professor of English at the University of Palermo, Italy, and is an alumna of the University of Massachusetts. Her research includes postcolonial, black, diasporic, migratory, gender studies and transnational cultural identities.