International Workshop Citizens and Subjects in the Italian Colonies: Legal Constructions and Social Practices

June 20, 2019 to June 21, 2019

20 June 14:30

Welcome Address:

Stefano Consiglio, Director of the Department of Social Sciences – Università di Napoli Federico II

Gabriella Gribaudi, Board of SISSCo (Società Italiana per lo Studio della Storia Contemporanea)

Olindo De Napoli (Università di Napoli Federico II), Opening Remarks


Legal Constructions Between Metropole and Colonies

Giacomo Demarchi (Università degli Studi di Milano), chair

Federico Cresti (Università degli Studi di Catania)

Subjects or Citizens? The Legal Status of Indigenous Peoples in the First Decade of Italian Occupation in Libya (1911-1920)

Alessia Di Stefano (Università degli Studi di Catania),

Italian Judicial Practice in Libya: a Laboratory for Citizenship

Filippo Espinoza (Università di Bologna),

“A sui generis type of Italian nationality for the Levant assuring the benefits of the protection of a great power without fiscal and military responsibilities": Fascist expansionism in the Eastern Mediterranean and the construction of Aegean citizenship

Carlo Bersani (Università Niccolò Cusano),

Colonial Citizenships and the Advisory Activity of the Consiglio Superiore Coloniale


21 June 9:30

Practices of Citizenship in the Colonies

Daniela L. Caglioti (Università di Napoli Federico II), chair

Roberta Pergher (Indiana University),

The Boundaries of Citizenship across Nation and Empire

Nicola Camilleri (Università degli Studi di Padova),

The rule and the exception. Naturalization processes in Colonial Eritrea

Valentina Fusari (Università di Pavia),

“Meticciato”, Abandoned Childhood and Citizenship: Anthropological and Demographic Consideration about the Eritrean Case Study

Luca Castiglioni (Università degli Studi di Milano),

Conflicting Identities. Colonial Practices of Identity Neutralisation in the Italian Dodecanese


21 June 14:30

Colonial Encounters

Francesco Rotondo (Università di Napoli Federico II), chair

Andrea Tarchi (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam),

“Mixture” in Colonial Benghazi: Forging Racial Boundaries through Public Morality

Bukola Oyeniyi (Missouri State University),

“Including the Marginalized and Marginalizing the Included”: Negotiating Identity and Power in Italian Libya

Michele Sollai (Graduate Institute of International and Development studies - Geneva),

Colonial Encounters in the Countryside. Italian and Ethiopian Farmers at the Crossroads of Empire Building (1937-1944)

Boris Adjemian (Institut des Mondes Africains - Paris),

The Integration of Foreigners into an African Society through the Eye of a Colonial Administration: Armenians and Greeks during the Italian Occupation of Ethiopia (1936-1941)



Anna Baldinetti (Università degli Studi di Perugia), Pamela Ballinger (European University Institute), Simona Berhe (Università degli Studi di Milano), Uoldelul Chelati Dirar (Università di Macerata), Cristina Vano (Università di Napoli Federico II)

Scientific Committee:

Simona Berhe, Daniela L. Caglioti, Giacomo Demarchi, Olindo De Napoli



Contact Info: 

Olindo De Napoli

Department of Social Sciences

Università di Napoli Federico II

vico Monte della Pietà, 1 - Naples - Italy

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