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In recent years, new research has shed light on Italy’s complex relationship with colonialism and decolonisation. This roundtable panel will discuss changing trends, new approaches, and burgeoning questions in scholarship on Italian colonialism, empire, and decolonialisation. It brings together scholars with distinct, yet intersecting research interests to ask how Italian historiography has adapted to, advanced, and been challenged by theorisations of colonialism and decolonisation. Furthermore, the roundtable asks what modern Italian history might contribute to wider scholarly conversations on these themes. 

Speakers include:

 Valeria Deplano, Associate Professor, Università degli Studi di Cagliari. Deplano is a specialist in the history of colonialism and decolonisation in Italy and Europe. She has also worked on contemporary migration and the history of fascism and colonial culture. 

  • Uoldelul Chelati Dirar, Associate Professor of African History, University of Macerata. Dirar is a historian of Africa who has published widely on imperialism and colonialism from the perspectives of colonial and post-colonial East Africa.
  • Neelam Srivastava, Professor of Postcolonial and World Literature, Newcastle University. Srivastava is a scholar of Italian imperialism, South Asian literature, and anticolonial and liberationist writing. She has written widely on Gramsci and Fanon, and is currently working on a global account of Ethiopia between the two world wars. 
  • Gianmarco Mancosu, Postdoctoral Fellow in Modern and Contemporary History, Università di Cagliari. Mancosu has published on film and fascist empire, considering in particular questions of mobility and decoloniality between East Africa and Italy. 

Chaired by Joseph John Viscomi, Birkbeck, University of London.

Please note that this session was postponed from the 16 February 2022 and will now take place on the 7 June 2022.

All are welcome – this is a free event, but booking is required.