A panel discussion and reading of excerpts of plays by Italians of African Descent, with Nalini Vidoolah Mootoosamy (Playwright, The Foreigner’s Smile), Margherita Laera (Translator & Senior Lecturer in Drama and Theatre, University of Kent, Canterbury), Elena Bellina (Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Italian Studies, NYU) Isabella Livorni (Faculty Fellow, Department of Italian Studies, NYU). Moderated by Laura Caparrotti (Kairos Italy Theater).
Black Italia is a series of events (book discussions, theatrical performances, film screenings, lectures) sponsored by Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò in collaboration with NYU’s Department of Italian Studies. It aims to promote conversations on the intersections of race, identity and migration in Italy. Conceived in connection with courses taught in the Department of Italian Studies, Black Italia revisits the format launched by Casa Italiana’s Virtual Salons: Discourses on Black Italia, held virtually during the pandemic, by bringing together artists and scholars in order to address questions about race and racialization across Italian history and its multifaceted diasporic geography.