Postcolonial Seas Research Seminar

Date: 10/03/2016 - 17:00 - 19:00
Institute: School of Advanced Study
Type: Seminar
Venue: Holden Room 103, First Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Dr Barbara Spadaro (University of Bristol)

The Centre for Postcolonial Studies is launching its Postcolonial Seas research seminar series with a talk by Dr Barbara Spadaro, focusing on the Mediterranean:

‘Italian Waves in Mediterranean Memory: Geometries and Geographies of Transculturality’

Focusing on memory practices and narratives of Italian cultural belonging, this seminar highlights how ideas of national, authentic and self-contained cultures stem from transcultural frameworks. Questioning uses of the Mediterranean as mnemonic framework, it exposes how geometries and geographies of memory are shaped, over time, by power, emotions and agency. Engaging with the potential of the transnational and transcultural turns in Memory Studies, the seminar aims to contribute to the development of new reading of memory and culture in Modern Languages research.

Barbara Spadaro (University of Bristol) is AHRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow of the project Transnationalizing Modern Languages: Mobility, Identity and Translation in Modern Italian Cultures. Her research investigates the ways in which cultural mobility, memory practices and ideas of the past shape human subjectivity, focusing on historical manifestations of ideas of Italian, Jewish and Arabic belonging from the age of the Empires to the present. Her PhD in History has been published as a monograph (Una colonia Italiana. Incontri, memorie e rappresentazioni tra Italia e Libia, Mondadori, 2013), and her latest publication is The Italian Empire 'at home'. Fascist girls, imperial propaganda and the racialised memory of Italy (1937-2007), in Clare Midgley, Alison Twells and Julie Carlier (eds.) “Women in Transnational History: Gendering the Local and the Global”, Routledge, in press.

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