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Rome, Italy

Special Topics: Immigration, Race, and Identity in Contemporary Italy

Global Temple Conference

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Fall 2023
Spring 2024
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As immigrants, asylum seekers, and refugees move “within” and across Italian urban borders, they impact the familiar, inciting an array of responses in different contexts and forms. This course assumes that in order to talk about contemporary Italian society, it is necessary to understand Italy’s colonial past and the past emigrations of Italians elsewhere. This historical and cultural foundation is crucial when discussing contemporary politics of migration control, with regards to Northern Africa and the international relations between Italy and Libya at the opposite shores of the Mediterranean.

The course explores how changes in laws regulating citizenship have influences immigration as well as definitions of Italian nationality and European belonging. Employing cross-cultural and multi-disciplinary approaches to the subject of how identity is formed, challenged and defended in an ever more globalized world, learners investigate the pressing issues of immigration, race and ethnicity that have sparked such controversy and passion both in contemporary Italy, Europe and the U.S. 


In Rome, this course is cross-listed with Political Science 2000.