Anti-Racism Across Cultures Speaker Series: Translation and the Lived Geographies of the Black Mediterranean

Anti-Racism Across Cultures Speaker Series: Translation and the Lived Geographies of the Black Mediterranean

Anti-Racism Across Cultures Speaker Series: Translation and the Lived Geographies of the Black Mediterranean

Date and Time

  • Monday, April 26, 2021 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

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5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110

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Free

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A new generation of Black activists is currently seeking to assert itself, gain national visibility, combat Italian racism, and acquire legitimacy as Italians by birth who are also Black. Their efforts in turn raise challenging questions about the promises, limitations, and contradictions of national citizenship. How can Black Italians mobilize for citizenship when the Italian nation-state is a thoroughly racial formation? Where does global Black diasporic solidarity intersect with the politics of local or national belonging in Italy? Can Black Italians enact forms of Blackness that resist an all-too-easy incorporation into race-blind Italian Mediterraneanisms?

In this talk, Dr. Hawthorne will focus on a set of productive tensions: the tensions Black Italians encounter as they articulate the specificities of Black subjectivity (and anti-Black racism) in Italy in relation to 1) the myth of a supposedly “colorblind” Mediterranean Italy on the one hand; and 2) the overwhelming dominance of Black Atlantic geographies and North American understandings of race in conversations about Blackness on the other hand.

Camilla Hawthorne, PhD is Assistant Professor of Sociology at UC Santa Cruz. She is a principal faculty member in the UCSC Critical Race and Ethnic Studies Program, and a faculty affiliate of the UCSC Science & Justice Research Center and Legal Studies Program. Camilla serves as Chair of the Black Geographies Specialty Group of the American Association of Geographers, and is a project manager and faculty member for the Black Europe Summer School in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She received a PhD in Geography and Science & Technology Studies from UC Berkeley in 2018. Camilla’s current project explores the ways that citizenship has emerged as a key terrain of struggle over racial nationalism in Italy, and—bringing together insights from critical migration/citizenship studies and Black studies—argues that citizenship is crucial for understanding how racism and race are being reconfigured in the twenty-first century. 

This lecture is part of the Antiracism Across Cultures Speaker Series presented by the Humanities Center and Department of Languages, Cultures and Literatures. 
Organized by the Italian Program on behalf of the Department of Languages, Cultures and Literatures and co-sponsored by the ESFI fund.
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