We study Italy's many diasporas, focusing on the history of migration(s) and on the investigation of various cultural aspects of the Italian communities in the world. We privilege the study of the working class and of material culture. We promote a new vision of the South of Italy through the lenses of the Italian Diaspora.
We aim to discover and to disseminate a new transnational discourse on Italy through educational projects such as courses, seminars, conferences and workshops open to international students, scholars and professionals. We also want to encourage the re-discovery of the South of Italy, and especially of Calabria, through a series of guided tours and educational field trips.
What We HAVE ACCOMPLISHED
Since 2014, every Fall term: CLIA course – Cultura e Letteratura italo-americana (Italian American Culture and Literature)–, a full 9-credit course in the Master of Arts in Modern Philology, Dept. of Humanities, University of Calabria. Every year, the course hosts up to six visiting professors from the US and Canada.
Every June-July since 2015: Italian Diaspora Studies Summer Seminar, a three-week training workshop for doctoral, post-doctoral students and professionals. The Seminar includes seven full courses from leading scholars and a series of guest speakers.
June 2017: first Symposium IASA in Italy
Several field trips in June 2015, 2016 and 2017, the most important one being the Umbertina tour, on June 18 2017, based on the novel by Helen Barolini.