Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Presentation of DESTINATION ITALY 5 June 2015, UCL

Dear all,
please join us at UCL on Friday 5 June for the presentation of Destination Italy: Representing Migration in Contemporary Media and Narrative. The editors will be present.

Venue: UCL, Gower Street, WC1E 6BT London  |  South Wing G12 Council Room

The product of a two-year interdisciplinary research project into representations of migration to Italy, this volume brings together scholarly contributions from the fields of migration studies, linguistics, media, literature and film studies as well as essays by practitioners and activists. It provides both a multi-faceted snapshot of how diverse representations of immigration capture experiences and affect decision-making dynamics and an in-depth study of how media, literature and cinema contribute to the public perception of migrants within the destination culture.

Monday, April 27, 2015

List of books to review for the Journal Crossings_deadline September 2015

Dear all,
please see below a list of exciting books to be reviewed for the journal Crossings: Journal of Migration and Culture. If you are interested in reviewing one or more of these books contact me at f.mazzara@ucl.ac.uk.

Joseph Sciorra, Built with Faith: Italian American Imagination and Catholic Material Culture in New York City, Univ Tennessee Press: http://www.amazon.com/Built-Faith-American-Imagination-Catholic/dp/162190119X

Isolina Ballesteros, Immigration Cinema in the New Europe, Intellect & U. Chicago Press, 2015:

Emma Bond, Guido Bonsaver, Federico Faloppa (eds.), Destination Italy: Representing Migration in Contemporary Media and Narrative, peter Lang, 2015: http://www.peterlang.com/index.cfm?event=cmp.ccc.seitenstruktur.detailseiten&seitentyp=produkt&pk=74159&cid=5&concordeid=430961

Aroosa Kanwal, Rethinking Identities in Contemporary Pakistani Fiction, Palgrave, 2015: http://www.palgrave.com/page/detail/rethinking-identities-in-contemporary-pakistani-fiction-aroosa-kanwal/?K=9781137478436

Charles D. Thompson, Jr.,  Border Odyssey. Travels along the U.S./Mexico Divide, University of Texas Press, 2015: http://utpress.utexas.edu/index.php/books/thompson-border-odyssey

Noah A. Tsika, Nollywood Stars. Media and Migration in West Africa and the Diaspora, Indiana UP, 2015: http://www.iupress.indiana.edu/product_info.php?products_id=807469

Susanne Jonas and Nestor Rodríguez (eds.),  Guatemala-U.S. Migration: Transforming Regions, University Texas Press, 2015: http://utpress.utexas.edu/index.php/books/jongua#sthash.acYkHW81.dpuf

Sara Fanning, Caribbean Crossing: African Americans and the Haitian Emigration Movement, NYU 2015: http://nyupress.org/advanced-search/?site=caribbean%20crossing

Philip Connor, Immigrant Faith: Patterns of Immigrant Religion in the United States, Canada, and Western Europe, NYU, 2014: http://nyupress.org/books/9781479883790/

Rebecca C. King-O'Riain, Stephen Small, Minelle Mahtani, Miri Song, Paul Spickard (eds.), Global Mixed Race, NYU, 2014: http://nyupress.org/books/9780814770733/

Jennifer Nugent Duffy, Who's Your Paddy? Racial Expectations and the Struggle for Irish American Identity, NYU, 2014: http://nyupress.org/books/9780814785034/

Brett Hendrickson, Border Medicine a Transcultural History of Mexican American Curanderismo, NYU, 2014: http://nyupress.org/books/9781479846320/

Marilyn Halter and Violet Showers Johnson, African & American, NYU, 2014: http://nyupress.org/books/9780814760703/

Anca Parvulescu, The Traffic in Women's Work East European Migration and the Making of Europe, University of Chicago Press, 2014: http://www.press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/T/bo17436604.html

Joanna Poblete, Islanders in the Empire. Filipino and Puerto Rican Laborers in Hawai’i, University of Illinois Press, 2014: http://www.press.uillinois.edu/books/catalog/59kft5kt9780252038297.html

Joseph Hodes, From India To Israel: Identity, Immigration, and the Struggle for Religious Equality, MQUP, 2014: http://www.mqup.ca/from-india-to-israel-products-9780773543409.php

Leah Schmalzbauer, The Last Best Place? Gender, Family and Migration in the New West,  Stanford UP, 2014: http://www.sup.org/books/title/?id=24493

Adriana N. Helbig, Hip Hop Ukraine, Music, Race and African Migration, Indiana University Press, 2014: http://music.columbia.edu/HelbigHipHopUkraine

Gregory D. Smithers & Brooke N. Newman (eds.), Native Diasporas. Indigenous Identities and Settler Colonialism in the Americas, University of Nebraska Press, 2014: http://nyupress.org/books/9781479847112/

Mary Gilmartin and Allen White (eds.), Migrations: Ireland in a Global World, Manchester University Press, 2013: http://www.manchesteruniversitypress.co.uk/cgi-bin/indexer?product=9780719085512

Carole Boyce Davies, Caribbean Space: Escapes from Twilght Zones, University of Illinois Press, 2013: http://www.press.uillinois.edu/books/catalog/84hbr8xw9780252038020.html

Sylviane A. Diouf, Servants of Allah: African Muslims enslaved in the Americas, NYU, 2013: http://nyupress.org/books/9781479847112/

Karma R. Chavez, Queer Migration Politics: Activist Rhetoric and Coalition Possibilities, University of Illinois, 2013: http://newbooksinpoliticalscience.com/2014/03/10/karma-chavez-queer-migration-politics-activist-rhetoric-and-coalitional-possibilities-illinois-university-press-2013/

Lynne Pearce, Corinne Fowler and Robert Crawshaw (eds.), Postcolonial Manchester Diaspora space and the devolution of literary culture, Manchester University Press, 2013: http://www.manchesteruniversitypress.co.uk/cgi-bin/indexer?product=9780719088155

Hector Amaya, Citizenship Excess: Latino/as, Media, and the Nation, NYU Press, 2013: http://nyupress.org/books/9780814724132/

John Percival (ed.), Return Migration in After Life.  International Perspective, Polity Press, 2013: http://www.policypress.co.uk/display.asp?k=9781447301226

Leah Sarat, Fire in the Canyon: Religion, Migration and the Mexican Dream, NY University Press, 2013: http://nyupress.org/books/9781479839780/

Sarah Hackett, Foreigners, Minorities and Integration: The  Muslim Immigrant Experience in Britain and Germany, Manchester UP, 2013: http://www.manchesteruniversitypress.co.uk/cgi-bin/indexer?product=9780719083174

Lynne Pearce, Corinne Fowler and Robert Crawshaw (eds.), Postcolonial Manchester. Diaspoar Space and the Devolution of Literary Culture, Manchester UP, 2013: http://www.manchesteruniversitypress.co.uk/cgi-bin/indexer?product=9780719088155

Vivek Bald, Miabi Chatterji, Sujani Reddy and Manu Vimalassery (eds.), The Sun Never Sets: South Asian Migrants in an Age of U.S. Power, New York UP, 2013: http://nyupress.org/books/9780814786444/

Dominic Thomas, Africa and France, Postcolonial Cultures, Migration, and Racism, Indiana UP, 2013: http://www.iupress.indiana.edu/product_info.php?products_id=806597

Eric Morier-Genoud, Michel Cahen (eds.), Imperial Migrations: Colonial Communities and Diaspora in the Portuguese World, Palgrave, 2012: http://www.palgrave.com/page/detail/imperial-migrations-eric-moriergenoud/?K=9780230353695

Thursday, April 23, 2015

MELA: European Museums in an Age of Migrations

Dear all,
I want to bring your attention to an amazing four-year Research Project funded by the European Commission that has been recently completed. The project called MELA included 9 European Partners and aimed to delineate new approaches for museums in relation with the conditions posed by the migrations of people, cultures, ideas, information and knowledge in the global world.
There were 6 research fileds, the second of which is called "Cultural Memory, Migrating Modernity and Museum Practices", based at the Università L'Orientale of Naples and directed by prof. Iain Chambers, putting together a great number of bright researchers. You can access a brochure that explain in detail the aims and objectves of the project (Research Field 2) here.
You can also access an amazing list of documents including publications as results of the research project, such as The Ruined Archive (ed. by Iain Chambers, Giulia Grechi, Mark Nash); The Postcolonial Museum (ed. by Iain Chambers, Alessandra De Angelis, Celeste Ianniciello, Mariangela Orabona and Michaela Quadraro); Cultural Memory, Migrating Modernities and Museum Practices, (ed. by Beatrice Ferrara).
For those interested in cultural heritage, memory, migration and museum practices this is an indispensable source.
Well done Iain Chambers and his team!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

New Book (in Italian) on Said edited by R. De Robertis and B. Brunetti

Identità, migrazioni e postcolonialismo in Italia a partire da Edward Said is the title of an interesting and important volume on the study of Said. 

The book offers a critical reconsideration of the Italian literary canon (from Marinetti to Calvino) and of the 'orientalist' practices that have contributed to the building of the inferiority of the South (of Italy) and of the institutional and intellectual racist discourse on migration that have allowed the de-humanization of migrants, the islamophobic discouse and the governmental policies regarding migration into Italy today. 

For more information click here (In Italian).

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Refugees - Conference UCL 13 March 2015

Dear all,
I have been invited to contribute to this half-day conference organized by the Psychoanalysis Unit at UCL. Come along if you can.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Lampedusa: Migratory Space, Memory and Aesthetics_A UCL one-day Symposium 23 October 2014 3-6pm.

Dear all,
It's my pleasure to share with you the details of a one-day symposium I am organizing at UCL on the 23th of October 2014. The event is sposored by the UCL School of European Languages, Culture and Society and by the UCL Italian Department.

Lampedusa: Migratory Space, Memory and Aesthetics
The spatial dimension of Lampedusa and the Mediterranean has never been of greater political relevance than it is today. While boat migrants and refugees approaching Lampedusa are de-individualised by the media, detained by law enforcement, or find their anonymous resting place in the waters of the Mediterranean, recent documentaries, festivals, video-art and heritage sites - on and beyond the island - have attempted, in different ways, to put a face on the migrant and review the Mediterranean passage.
This one-day conference aims to facilitate a crucial conversation about the aesthetic potential of the contemporary nomadic condition of migrants as a way to resist imperial and Eurocentric subjugation of these subjects. This conversation will consider various perspectives on the issue of migration in Lampedusa, from the geographical discourse around space to the conservation of memory and the legacy of migration in aesthetic forms.

Speakers include: Sandro Triulzi (Director of the Migrant Memories Archive): Claire Dwyer (UCL Geography); Ilaria Vecchi (film-maker and activist) and Valentina Zagaria (writer and director).

For full programme see below. For further details pease contact me: f.mazzara@ucl.ac.uk

:::All Welcome:::

Lampedusa: Migratory Space, Memory and Aestheics
23 October 2014
UCL Chandler House, 2 Wakefield Street
London , WC1N 1PF, room 118

3.pm -3.15pm
Welcome and Introduction
Federica Mazzara (UCL SELCS)

3.15pm - 3.45pm
Alessandro Triulzi (Director of Migrant Memories Archive)
Working with migrants in Italy: sharing thoughts and problems

3.45pm -4.15pm
Claire Dwyer (UCL Geography)
Space, migration and memory

4.15pm – 4.30pm

4.30pm – 5.00pm
Ilaria Vecchi (film-maker and activist)
The collective Askavusa: The museum of migration and the Lampedusa in festival

5.00pm – 5.30pm
Valentina Zagaria (writer and director)
Performing Lampedusa in ‘Miraculi’

5.30pm – 6.00pm
Round Table with all the speakers
Chair: Federica Mazzara (UCL SELCS)

Other useful links:
Porto M (Museo delle migrazioni a Lampedusa  |  Museum of Migration in Lampedusa)

Io sto con la sposa | On the Bride's Side

Io sto con la sposa (On The Bride's Side), a documentary by Gabriele del Grande,  Khaled Soliman Al Nassiry and Antonio Augugliaro, telling how a group of Syrian refugees staged a fake wedding to cross Europe safely and reach Sweden, is out in Italian cinema from the 9th of October, after an amazing success at the Biennale in Venice!
Find out more about the film and the crowdfunding project behind it here
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