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Borders, Captivity, and Memory in Transnational Italy and the Mediterranean, Part Two: Language, Identity, and Representation in Transnational Italy

About This Event

The second day of the symposium will include four sessions, with the keynote session will feature Amara Lakhous and Ubah Cristina Ali Farah, two prominent Italian writers who have published extensively in scholarly, journalistic, and creative outlets. Lakhous and Scego both center questions of race, cultural heritage, and identity, drawing on their own backgrounds as Algerian-Italian (Lakhous) and Somali-Italian (Scego). Engaging their work in Italian, French, and Arabic (all available in English translation), the session will focus on the topics of multilingualism, multiculturalism, race, migrations, and diaspora in Italy and the Mediterranean. Their discussion will be moderated by Ron Kubati, St. Joseph’s College, and Loredana Polezzi, Alfonse M. D’Amato Chair in Italian American and Italian Studies, SUNY Stony Brook and President of the International Association for Translation and Intercultural Studies.

Information related to the First Day of the Symposium.

Featured Guests

Authors Amara Lakhous and Igiaba Scego, moderated by Ron Kubati (St. Joseph’s College) and Loredana Polezzi (SUNY Stony Brook).


This activity is tied to Day Two of the symposium, and both days are co-sponsored by: At Cornell: -Migrations initiative, the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies and its Institute for European Studies -Department of Romance Studies At the University of Rochester: -Humanities Center -Department of Modern Languages and Cultures -Department of Humanities in the Eastman School of Music External: -Montclair State University Inserra Chair in Italian and Italian American Studies -American Association for Italian Studies Critical Race Studies Caucus

April 8, 2022, 9:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.


LLC35: Borders, Captivity, and Memory in Transnational Italy and the Mediterranean

Audience: Open to the Public

Category: Workshop or Mini-Seminar

Host: University of Rochester

Category: Conference

RSVP by April 8, 2022