Mon, February 26, 2018
19:15 – 20:30
Villa La Pietra
Via Bolognese, 120
50139 Firenze, Italia
A Dialogue with Prof. Angelica Pesarini, NYU Florence,
Pesarini will discuss the connections between contemporary Italian political discourse on race, citizenship and belonging; the history of Italian colonialism in East Africa; and the complications of using the category ‘mixed race’.
In connection with Black History Month Florence
NYU FLORENCE LECTURER
Professor Pesarini was awarded a Ph.D. in Sociology in 2015 from the Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies at the University of Leeds. Pesarini’s work investigates the visual racializing practices located at the intersection of ‘race’, gender and identity in colonial and postcolonial times, with a specific focus on Italy. In her current research, Pesarini examines phenomenological experiences of Black ‘mixed race’ embodiment lived by two generations of women born from a White Italian and a Black East-African parent in the former Italian colonies in East Africa (Eritrea, Somalia and Ethiopia). Using Black feminist epistemology and qualitative research methods, Pesarini interrogates the limits of Franz Fanon’s idea of the ‘white look’ and focuses on the gendered connotations neglected by Fanon and useful to understand the intersectional construction of racialized and gendered bodies in colonial and postcolonial Italy.