27-29 June 2019
“Between Immigration and Historical Amnesia,” the third conference of the international symposium Diaspore Italiane—Italy in Movement, will reflect on the role of migration today both in contemporary Italian society and in societies that host Italian communities.
Italians keep emigrating: this is a fact, proven by statistical data.
The 21st century has witnessed a surge in numbers of Italians leaving their country. In parallel, Italy, like other Western European countries, has become a regular migration destination, not only for people searching for work but also as a place to settle and create a “community of destiny.” For this reason we can speak of communities of “new Italians”.
At the same time a negative perception of migration has been growing in Italy, as in Western societies in general; in parallel, we have developed an amnesia, a memory loss regarding the fact that historically we are a country of emigrants.
Today the institutions that preserve memory—museums, archives, study centres, universities and associations—are called upon to reflect on how to transmit this memory and thus contribute to our self-awareness as a community that partakes of all aspects of migration: negative experiences such as uprootedness, culture shock, exploitation, and discrimination; but also positive ones such as meritocracy,
resilience, and the Italian influence on contemporary culture and societies at a global level.
1. Migration in contemporary society: a curse or an opportunity?
2. The reasons of amnesia: why have we forgotten what we were?
3. Preserving and promoting the memory of emigration as an antidote to racism and xenophobia: what is the role of memory institutions?
4. How to create a “migrant memory”? The role of institutions and the role of associations in the case of “new Italians.”
5. What does it mean today to be Italian, in Italy and abroad?
6. How can we counteract the amnesia that leads to the loss of heritage and identity?
Abstract + short bio to be sent before 31 December 2018 to firstname.lastname@example.org
Full call for papers here.