May 2017

Symposium and Concert

The Last Exile of History: Rethinking Colonialism and Migration in Italy

  • Thursday, 25 May 2017 - 3:00pm to 8:00pm
AAR Lecture Room and Courtyard

Italian colonialism's past history seems buried in dusty archives and rarely addressed in political and public arenas. In spite of efforts to keep these issues in the collective consciousness, colonialism and its legacies are systematically removed from the public eye. By bringing together leading scholars, artists, and migrants dealing with Italian colonial and postcolonial society, we hope to promote awareness of the heritage of a colonial past and its links with the present through recuperation of stories and sounds. Combining scholarship and art, we hope to explore the consequences of collective memory loss and to raise consciousness of contemporary issues of migration and national identity.

3pm - Introduction to and screening of the film La quarta via
Kaha Mohammed Aden
4pm - Presentations
Milena Belloni - Migration/Diaspora - The Italian Exception: Contemporary Migration from Eritrea through Italy
Sabrina Marchetti - The Girls From Asmara. Domestic Labour and Postcoloniality in the Narratives of Eritrean Women in Italy
Alessandro Triulzi - African Immigration and the Resurfacing of the Colonial Question in Italy

5:30pm - Concert
Traditional music from Kurdistan by master musician Abdurrahman Ozel, "Mamosta” from the  Ararat Cultureal Center and by Dunia

For the full program, please consult

The event is organzied in collboration with the Archivio Memorie Migranti. It is made possible by the Fellows Project Fund of the American Academy in Rome.

Please note: valid photo ID is required for entry into the American Academy in Rome. Backpacks and luggage with dimensions larger than cm 40 x 35 x 15 (inches 16 x 14 x 6) are not permitted on the property. There are no locker facilities available.