Pre-occupied Spaces: Remapping Italian Transnational Migrations in the Mediterranean and the Americas Teresa Fiore, Montclair State University

January 30 4:45 pm – 6:15 pm

Life Science 142 Bonchek Lecture Hall

Adapted from Fiore’s recent book Pre-occupied Spaces, this lecture poses Italy as a unique laboratory to rethink national belonging at large in our era of massive demographic mobility. Italy's formation and development are analyzed on a transnational map that spans the Mediterranean to the Americas through the interrogation of cultural texts addressing travel, living, and work spaces. By demonstrating how immigration in Italy today is preoccupied by its past emigration and colonialism, the lecture aims at stressing commonalities and dispelling the preoccupations that are increasingly accompanying discussions about migrants at the global level. 

Teresa Fiore is the Theresa and Lawrence R. Inserra Chair in Italian and Italian American Studies at Montclair State University, New Jersey, USA. The recipient of several fellowships (De Bosis, Rockefeller, and Fulbright), she was Visiting Assistant Professor at Harvard University, NYU, and Rutgers University. She is the author of Pre-Occupied Spaces: Remapping Italy's Transnational Migrations and Colonial Legacies (May 2017) and the editor of the 2006 issue of Quaderni del ‘900, devoted to John Fante. Her numerous articles on migration to/from Italy linked to 20th- and 21st-century Italian literature and cinema have been published in Italian, English and Spanish in both journals (Bollettino d’italianistica, Annali d’Italianistica, Studi italiani, El hilo de la fabula, Diaspora, Zibaldone, Journal of Italian Media and Cinema Studies) and edited collections (Postcolonial Italy; Teaching Italian American Literature, Film, and Popular Culture; The Cultures of Italian Migration). Recent publications include two articles on the new migration flows from Italy to the U.S. in edited volumes on Italian emigration to the U.S. by Routledge and the University of Illinois Press. She coordinates a regular program of cultural events and educational initiatives on campus that focus on the circulation of people, ideas, products from/to Italy: montclair.edu/inserra  

Sponsored by the Department of Italian Studies and the programs in International Studies and Africana Studies and the Miller Humanities Fund