Imaginaries of Expatriation: Contemporary Italian Cultural Production Outside of Italy in the 2010s

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Imaginaries of Expatriation: Contemporary Italian Cultural Production Outside of Italy in the 2010s

In this talk, Caterina Romeo explores different imaginaries that are disseminated through the cultural production of recent Italian expats. In the past two decades, the escalation of outgoing migrations from Italy – a country that, to a high degree, has shaped its national identity at a transnational level – has prompted a reflection on the continuity existing with Italian past emigration, but also with contemporary immigration to the country. Starting from these considerations, Dr Romeo examines how the terminology deployed to refer to contemporary emigrations – which differentiates past 'migrants' from recent 'expats' – signals a different perception of and self-perception by recent (e)migrant subjects. In the second part of the lecture, Caterina Romeo analyses literary texts, blogs, web series and documentary films produced in the 2010s by recent Italian expatriates to scrutinise the kind of national imaginaries these texts circulate and what (trans)national identity they project.

This event will be the second talk of the Italian Studies @ Melbourne seminar series. The series is aimed at giving the Italian Program more visibility and recognition for its contribution to Italian culture, history, and language in Australia and Italy.

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