Virtual Salons: Discourses on Black Italia
In collaboration with NYU Florence
Il domani narrato dalle voci di oggi
Ndack Mbaye, legal consultant & cultural mediator
Alesa Herero, poet, writer, performer
Addes Tesfamariam, researcher, activist, educator
Angelica Pesarini, NYU
Moderated by Candice Whitney, writer and translator
Future. Il domani narrato dalle voci di oggi (2019, effequ), edited by Igiaba Scego, contains fiction and creative non-fiction stories written by African descendant women living in Italy from across generations, featuring Italy's established and up-and-coming voices. In this salon, the following writers will discuss their contributions to the anthology: Angelica Pesarini, NYU Florence, Alesa Herero, Poet and Performer, Addes Tesfamariam, Researcher and Activist, and Ndack Mbaye, Legal Consultant and Cultural Mediator.
About Virtual Salons: Discourses on Black Italia
How can one unpack the intersectional layers of race, identity and citizenship in Italy? Inspired by Professor Angelica Pesarini’s course at NYU Florence, Black Italia, each episode will provide leading scholars, writers, artists and activists an opportunity to dig deep into questions about race, racialization, identity, citizenship, and more in Italy. By the end of the series, viewers will learn: an overview of how race and identity exist in colonial and post-colonial Italy; how racialization impacts immigrants and youth of immigrants with Arab backgrounds; strategies used by artists and journalists of the Mediterranean to tell a story about Italy; the diversity of experiences of Afro-Italian women, as featured in Future, edited by Igiaba Scego; how Black Lives Matter Movement has impacted anti-racism activism and citizenship rights in Italy. This series will be co-facilitated by Candice Whitney, Writer, Translator, and Fulbright Researcher to Italy 2016-17 and Professor Angelica Pesarini, NYU Florence.