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History & Politics

Citizenship Now!

Activism and the Battle for State Recognition

December 2, 2020
2:00 pm

Virtual Salons: Discourses on Black Italia
In collaboration with NYU Florence
Citizenship Now!
Activism and the Battle for State Recognition

Benedicta Djumpah, activist, member of #italianisenzacittadinanza
Selam Tesfai, activist, Abba Vive
Camilla Hawthorne, Assistant Professor, UC Santa Cruz

Moderated by
Candice Whitney, writer and translator
Angelica Pesarini, NYU

The episode will be broadcast live on Casa’s Facebook Page and website

Why do immigrant youth fight for citizenship in Italy? How is this fight connected to the death of migrants in the Mediterranean Sea? This conversation will feature a panel of activists and scholars who will explore existing immigration laws and proposed reforms, and obstacles and accomplishments in the movement for citizenship. It will also address how citizenship is a component of Black Lives Matter and cannot be separated from the situation occurring in the Meditarranean. Speakers in this salon include Camilla Hawthorne, Assistant Professor,Sociology and Critical Race & Ethnic Studies, UC Santa Cruz, Benedicta Djumpah, Activist, #ItalianiSenzaCittadinanza, and Selam Tesfai, Activist, Abba Vive.


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.