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2023 Vico Lecture – Italy and the Black Mediterranean: Race, identity and citizenship

The Vico Lecture, a public event presented by the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies (LA&PS), returns this March with Dr. Angelica Pesarini’s special talk, “Italy and the Black Mediterranean: Race, identity and citizenship,” which will focus on the presence of Italy within the Black Mediterranean, considered a racialized physical and symbolic space marked by histories of colonialism and diasporic memories.

Dr. Angelica Pesarini is an Assistant Professor in Race and Cultural Studies/Race and Diaspora and Italian Studies at the University of Toronto and works on the intersections of race, gender, citizenship, and identity in Italy. Her work explores dynamics of race performativity with a focus on colonial and postcolonial Italy.  She also investigates the racialization of the Italian political discourse on immigration.

This event will be hosted by David Mutimer, associate dean of Faculty Affairs in LA&PS, with a question-and-answer period moderated by Abril Liberatori, Mariano A. Elia Chair in Italian-Canadian Studies and assistant professor of Italian Studies.

You have the option to attend this event virtually via Zoom (7 pm start for Dr. Pesarini’s talk) or in person (6:30pm start, includes post event reception) at York’s Keele campus.

Register Here