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

Joseph Sciorra, Built with Faith: Italian American Imagination and Catholic Material Culture in New York City, Univ Tennessee Press:

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:

Aroosa Kanwal, Rethinking Identities in Contemporary Pakistani Fiction, Palgrave, 2015:

Charles D. Thompson, Jr.,  Border Odyssey. Travels along the U.S./Mexico Divide, University of Texas Press, 2015:

Noah A. Tsika, Nollywood Stars. Media and Migration in West Africa and the Diaspora, Indiana UP, 2015:

Susanne Jonas and Nestor Rodríguez (eds.),  Guatemala-U.S. Migration: Transforming Regions, University Texas Press, 2015:

Sara Fanning, Caribbean Crossing: African Americans and the Haitian Emigration Movement, NYU 2015:

Philip Connor, Immigrant Faith: Patterns of Immigrant Religion in the United States, Canada, and Western Europe, NYU, 2014:

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

Jennifer Nugent Duffy, Who's Your Paddy? Racial Expectations and the Struggle for Irish American Identity, NYU, 2014:

Brett Hendrickson, Border Medicine a Transcultural History of Mexican American Curanderismo, NYU, 2014:

Marilyn Halter and Violet Showers Johnson, African & American, NYU, 2014:

Anca Parvulescu, The Traffic in Women's Work East European Migration and the Making of Europe, University of Chicago Press, 2014:

Joanna Poblete, Islanders in the Empire. Filipino and Puerto Rican Laborers in Hawai’i, University of Illinois Press, 2014:

Joseph Hodes, From India To Israel: Identity, Immigration, and the Struggle for Religious Equality, MQUP, 2014:

Leah Schmalzbauer, The Last Best Place? Gender, Family and Migration in the New West,  Stanford UP, 2014:

Adriana N. Helbig, Hip Hop Ukraine, Music, Race and African Migration, Indiana University Press, 2014:

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

Mary Gilmartin and Allen White (eds.), Migrations: Ireland in a Global World, Manchester University Press, 2013:

Carole Boyce Davies, Caribbean Space: Escapes from Twilght Zones, University of Illinois Press, 2013:

Sylviane A. Diouf, Servants of Allah: African Muslims enslaved in the Americas, NYU, 2013:

Karma R. Chavez, Queer Migration Politics: Activist Rhetoric and Coalition Possibilities, University of Illinois, 2013:

Lynne Pearce, Corinne Fowler and Robert Crawshaw (eds.), Postcolonial Manchester Diaspora space and the devolution of literary culture, Manchester University Press, 2013:

Hector Amaya, Citizenship Excess: Latino/as, Media, and the Nation, NYU Press, 2013:

John Percival (ed.), Return Migration in After Life.  International Perspective, Polity Press, 2013:

Leah Sarat, Fire in the Canyon: Religion, Migration and the Mexican Dream, NY University Press, 2013:

Sarah Hackett, Foreigners, Minorities and Integration: The  Muslim Immigrant Experience in Britain and Germany, Manchester UP, 2013:

Lynne Pearce, Corinne Fowler and Robert Crawshaw (eds.), Postcolonial Manchester. Diaspoar Space and the Devolution of Literary Culture, Manchester UP, 2013:

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:

Dominic Thomas, Africa and France, Postcolonial Cultures, Migration, and Racism, Indiana UP, 2013:

Eric Morier-Genoud, Michel Cahen (eds.), Imperial Migrations: Colonial Communities and Diaspora in the Portuguese World, Palgrave, 2012:

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:

:::All Welcome:::

Lampedusa: Migratory Space, Memory and Aestheics
23 October 2014
UCL Chandler House, 2 Wakefield Street
London , WC1N 1PF, room 118 -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
Read also:
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Monday, September 8, 2014

Migrant Bodies of Lampedusa: Policy, Space and Aesthetics (Book)

I am so glad to share with you a piece of good news.  The Publishing house Peter Lang (Italian Moderities) has accepted my book proposal on Lampedusa. It's now time to work hard on my project and if everything goes well and smooth it should be out around April 2016. Please write to me if you want to know more or have any suggestions.
See below for a (rough) abstract:

Migrant Bodies of Lampedusa: Policy, Space and Aesthetics
 Lampedusa, a tiny island that belongs politically to Italy and geographically to Africa, is today one of the most controversial places within the Mediterranean. It lives off tourism for nearly seven months a year but it is forced to deal regularly with what is commonly perceived, in public opinion, as an ‘invasion of Europe’ by migrants mainly from the African continent.
Migrant Bodies of Lampedusa is a study of how migrants and Lampedusa are represented across different media, how the political and legal systems respond to such representation and what is left out of it. While the body of the migrant is de-individualised by the media, detained by law enforcement, or finds its anonymous resting place in the waters of the Mediterranean, Lampedusa’s migrants are also recently claiming different perspectives and voices in documentaries, festivals, video art and heritage sites, and also in the island thanks to the recent attention that local cultural associations and even the mayor are performing towards the migrants.
Migrant Bodies of Lampedusa will discuss the link between on the one hand the legal and political discourses aiming at regulating – mostly according to a logic of exclusion – the migrant subjects’ passage within the Mediterranean and, on the other hand, the representation of these subjects in visual discourses, from mass media to video art. From the perspectives of geography, politics, law and the media, migrants are most commonly considered and represented as ‘bodies without words’ (Agamben 2005). This book will propose that aesthetic representations (including cultural heritages, visual and documentary art, photography, literature and theatre) in dialogue with cultural, geographical and legalistic conditions and discourses offer privileged and pressing opportunities for the migrants to claim a voice and effectively ‘talk back’.
Finally, this book intends to answer pressing questions revolving on the one hand around the common fear of the Other in Italian society and the related resistance to making national borders more porous, and on the other hand the ‘resistance to this resistance’ performed through interstitial acts of aesthetics and social agency that interrupt the fictitious 'order' of the Italian Nation.