ANN: updated program for Borders, Captivity and Memory in Transnational Italy and the Mediterranean, virtual symposium 8 April

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We invite you to join us for day 2 of the virtual symposium Borders, Captivity and Memory in Transnational Italy and the Mediterranean. No need to have attended the first day. Register here and find the full program at this site. Please share with colleagues and students who may be interested. We look forward to another day of lively, engaged presentations and discussion with the audience.

Language, Identity, and Representation in Transnational Italy

9:45am – 11:30am ET Welcome and Roundtable 1: translation, testimony, and storytelling across borders. Speakers include scholars and representatives from foundations in the U.S. and Italy who create, translate, and work with narratives across borders. Projects and groups include DIMMI at the Italian National Diary Archive, Open Letter at Three Percent, the NEH-sponsored project Memoria Presente, and NGO/grassroots-run initiative Guide Invisibili.

12:00pm – 1:30pm ET keynote: Language, Identity, and Representation in Transnational Italy, featuring Amara Lakhous and Ubah Cristina Ali Farah in dialogue, with Ron Kubati and Loredana Polezzi as discussants. The speakers will engage one another and the audience on work across languages and across scholarly, journalistic, and creative outlets on questions of race and cultural heritage.

1:30pm – 2:15pm ET student reflection session open to undergraduate and graduate students at any institution. Ron Kubati and Loredana Polezzi will facilitate.

2:45pm – 4:15pm ET Roundtable 2: readings and discussion to celebrate the launch of the volume Contemporary Italian Diversity in Critical and Fictional Narratives. Featuring readings of creative work and a discussion of the creative and academic contributions that the volume puts side by side, hosted by Marie Orton and featuring Basir Ahang, Vera Lúcia de Oliveira, Caterina Romeo, Marta Cariello, and Enrico Zammarchi.


For any questions, contact organizers Elena Bellina ( and Eleanor Paynter ( 

This symposium is organized through the Central New York Humanities Corridor (LLC35), with co-sponsorship from Montclair State University Inserra Chair in Italian and Italian American Studies, the AAIS Critical Race, Diasporas, and Migrations Caucus, Cornell's Migrations initiative, the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies and its Institute for European Studies, the Cornell Department of Romance Studies, the University of Rochester’s Humanities Center, Department of Modern Languages and Cultures and the Humanities Department at the Eastman School of Music.