“Black, Jewish, and Italian: Intersections in Igiaba Scego and Claudio Magris” for the Columbia University Seminar in Modern Italian Studies, New York, December 13th, 2019 (upcoming).
“From Franz Kafka to Pietro Grossi: What Italian Talking Animals Reveal about the Human Crisis” for “Talking Animals in Modern and Contemporary Italian Literature” at NeMLA (Northeast Modern Languages Association) in Washington D.C., March 2019.
“Scego, Sausages, Jewish Italy, and Us” for the panel “Teaching Scego” at AAIS (American Association of Italian Studies) at Wake Forest, N.C., March 2019.
“Ferrante as Jewish Author” for “Form and Genre in Recent and Contemporary Jewish Literature” at the ACLA (American Comparative Literature Association) conference in Los Angeles, April 2018.
Names, Mediation, and Italian Literature in Emila Galotti: From Dante’s Galeotto to Lessing’s Galotti, Lessing Yearbook/Jahrbuch. XLIII (2016):161-182.
Roundtable for AAIS (March 14th-16th, 2019) at Wake Forest.
Award-winning author, academic, activist, and journalist, Igiaba Scego has produced wide-ranging work that plays a vital role in current debates on Italy’s colonial past, its sexist and racist legacy, and the identity of Italians of African origins. It also raises the question of fiction’s place in these discussions. This roundtable invites participants to address how we teach Scego, from a variety of perspectives. Issues might include the significance of the contexts in which we teach Scego’s work: in courses on colonialism, migrant literature, the novel, short fiction, women authors, children’s literature, Jewish Studies, Italian literature, journalism, transnationalism, European literature, etc. What distinct elements of Scego’s work do these courses highlight? Which texts do you pair or contrast with Scego’s and why? What are students’ reactions to reading Scego? What are the difficulties involved in teaching Scego’s work to an American audience? How do you navigate American and Italian concepts of race? Do you include her work in courses taught in English or Italian? Presenters will give brief presentations (7-8 minutes) to allow ample time for discussion. All presenters will provide a paragraph from Scego’s work before the conference, so we can have some specific texts to ground our conversation.
Please send a 100-300 word abstract, brief bio, and request for A/V to the round table organizer by December 30th.
Organizer: Saskia Ziolkowski
sez6 AT duke.edu