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Immigration, Race & Identity in Contemporary Italy – Adult Scholars Program – Fall 2019

550.00 IVA included

Instructor: Lorenzo Rinelli, J.D., Ph.D.

Meets Mon / Wed 10.30 – 11.50 AM

Fall Semester 2019 runs Sept. 9 – Dec. 20


Immigration, Race & Identity in Contemporary Italy

As immigrants, asylum seekers, and refugees move “within” and across Italian urban borders, they impact the familiar, inciting an array of responses in different contexts and forms. This course is based on the assumption that in order to talk about contemporary Italian society, it is necessary to understand Italy’s colonial past and the past emigrations of Italians elsewhere. This is crucial when discussing contemporary politics of migration control, in particular with regards to Northern Africa and the international relations between Italy and Libya at the opposite shores of the Mediterranean.

The course further explores how changes in laws regulating citizenship have influences immigration as well as definitions of Italian nationality and European belonging. Employing cross-cultural and multi-disciplinary approaches to the subject of how identity is formed, challenged and defended in an ever more globalized world, we will investigate the pressing issues of immigration, race and ethnicity that have sparked such controversy and passion both in contemporary Italy, Europe and the U.S.

About the Instructor

Born and raised in Rome where he obtained his JD and MA, Lorenzo Rinelli grew intellectually under the guidance of Michael Shapiro at the University of Hawaii at Manoa where his academic engagement began. Since 2007, he has taught various courses with particular focus on International Law, European Politics and International Relations. His academic interests include urban border studies, migration theory, postcolonial theory and aesthetics in world politics.

He is more recently the founder and coordinator of L’Osservatorio – a research center on civilian victims of armed conflicts.

His monograph entitled “African Migrants and Europe: Managing the ultimate frontier” has been published in 2016 by Routledge for the African Politics and International Relation Series.