Call for Papers
1st Doctoral Workshop

Genoa, 31 May – 1 June 2022

WORKSHOP FOCUS

This first doctoral workshop is thought of as a forum for PhD students and young post-doc researchers (until 2 years after their thesis defence) to present, receive feedback, and exchange comments on their ongoing research projects in the field of the history of anti-racism in 20th century Italy, with special attention to its different — scientific, moral/religious, political, juridical — dimensions and manifestations in both intellectual debate and mass culture. Proposals may also suggest a cross-disciplinary approach, by considering the contribution of social sciences.

Every presentation will be discussed by an experienced researcher.
We particularly welcome papers that address the following issues — especially through specific case studies, and a transnational perspective:

  • The reception/construction of the term and category of anti-racism in the Italian context (including Italian colonies);
  • The imagery behind anti-racist discourse, with particular attention to the way anti-racist speakers/actors have looked at race, racialisation and the “racism of others” (e.g., segregation/discrimination in the US, apartheid in South Africa, antisemitism in Europe);
  • The history of anti-racist movement (non-institutionalized organisations and institutionalized entities);
  • Global connections between Italian anti-racist movements and foreign movements;
  • The reception of anti-racist programmes by UN, EU and other international institutions;
  • Anti-racist rituals, festivals, and memorials;
  • The rise of scientific anti-racism and the way it has impacted general public;
  • Anti-racism and criminal law, that is the criticism of legal implications of race and the juridical debate about laws against racism and anti-discrimination acts;
  • Interactions between anti-racism and anti-fascism;
  • The relationship between anti-racism, anti-imperialism, Communism and post-colonial legacy;
  • Anti-racism and the public debate on migrations (refugees and foreign immigration);
  • Anti-racism in the labour market;
  • The intersection between anti-racist mobilisation and religious identities;
  • Anti-racism and ‘race-religion constellation’ (antisemitism and Islamophobia);
  • Anti-racism, political violence, non-violence;
  • Teaching anti-racism: school manuals, children’s literature, education;
  • Activists’ self-representation (autobiographies, diaries, press interviews, etc.);
  • Anti-racism and sport;
  • Anti-racism, feminism, and gender.

DEADLINES FOR SUBMISSIONS

  • Submission of abstracts. Participants are invited to submit a proposal (max 300 words) by 25 February 2022, including a title and a short bio-bibliographical note.
  • Submission of papers. Applicants whose abstracts are accepted for presentation need to submit full workshop papers by 12 May 2022.

Please send your applications to centrastudies@gmail.com.

WORKING LANGUAGES

Italian and English

The workshop will take place in Genoa (Italy), on 31 May – 1 June 2022. Workshop attendance will be allowed only upon presentation of a valid COVID-19 “Green Pass” (EU Digital COVID Certificate).
In case of restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the workshop might be held online. Further details will be provided in due time by the organizers.

ORGANISING COMMITTEE

Enrica Asquer (Università di Genova-CENTRA); Simona Berhe (Università di Bologna-CENTRA); Matteo Caponi (Università di Genova/Fordham University-CENTRA); Michele Colucci (ISMed CNR-CENTRA).

CENTRA

Centre on the History of Racism and Antiracism in Modern Italy

info@centrastudies.org