Archipelagos of Empire: Lampedusa and the Frontiers of Italy and Fortress Europe

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Archipelagos of Empire: Lampedusa and the Frontiers of Italy and Fortress Europe
Stephanie Malia Hom Website Poster

March 6, 2015
Prof. Stephanie Malia Hom (Presidential Professor of Italian, University of Oklahoma).
Emmanuel 119, Emmanuel College
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With the generous support of the Emilio Goggio Chair in Italian Studies

This talk considers how mobility forges an unsettling connection between Italy’s neglected colonial past in Libya (1911-1943) and the politics of the present. It attends to the ways that mobility was and is a crucial technique for negotiating the tensions between the production of exclusionary spaces and the legislative and subjective limits of citizenship, on one hand, and on the other, the de-territorialized movements toward social inclusion within contemporary Italy.

Professor Malia Hom is currently the Marta Sutton Weeks Fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center, while on sabbatical from her position as Presidential Professor of Italian at the University of Oklahoma. She is the author of The Beautiful Country: Tourism & the Impossible State of Destination Italy (U of Toronto Press, 2015) and co-editor with Ruth Ben-Ghiat of Italian Mobilities (Routledge, under contract, 2015). She is currently at work on her second book manuscript, The Empire Between: Mobility, Colonialism, and Space in Italy and Libya, which, in addition to support from the Stanford Humanities Center, has been awarded the 2014-2014 Charles A. Ryskamp Fellowship from the ACLS and the 2012-2013 Lauro De Bosis Fellowship in the History of Italian Civilization at Harvard University.

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