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Happening in the Community: Seminar - Black Mediterranean Cartographies of Citizenship

  • 24 Feb 2020
  • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Presented by the Department of French & Italian, University of Minnesota. Venue: Folwell Hall (#317), U of MN, 9 Pleasant Street Se, Minneapolis, MN, 55455

Black Mediterranean
Cartographies of Citizenship

 Dr. Camilla Hawthorne

presented by 

Department of French & Italian
University of Minnesota

FEBRUARY 24, 12:00-2:00 PM
Free & Open to the public

In her seminar. Dr. Hawthorne (UCSC) will consider why and how Black Italian activists have taken up national citizenship as a privileged terrain of struggle over race and membership in Italy. Dr. Hawthorne will explore the political possibilities and limits of national citizenship, as well as alternative practices of community that envision the “Black Mediterranean” as a capacious unit of diasporic solidarity capable of bringing together Black citizens-in-waiting and Black refugees.

BioCamilla A. Hawthorne is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Camilla is a critical human geographer and interdisciplinary social scientist whose research explores the racial politics of migration and citizenship, inequality, and social movements, and her scholarship sits at the intersection of critical human geography, Black European studies, and postcolonial/feminist science and technology studies. Camilla's current project, Citizenship and Diasporic Ethics: Youth Politics in the Black Mediterranean, explores the ways that citizenship has emerged as a key terrain of struggle over racial nationalism in Italy, and argues that the apparatus of citizenship is crucial for understanding how racism and race are being reconfigured in the twenty-first century.

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