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Immigration, Race & Identity in Contemporary Italy

Immigration, Race & Identity in Contemporary Italy Course Overview


CEA Partner Institution: CEA Florence Center
Location: Florence, Italy
Primary Subject Area: Sociology
Other Subject Area: Cultural Studies
Instruction in: English
Course Code: SOC360FLR
Course Details: Level 300
Recommended Semester Credits: 3
Contact Hours: 45
Prerequisites: Prior to enrollment, this course requires you to have completed introductory coursework in any of the following subject areas: Cultural Studies, Sociology, Political Science, or History.
Additional Fee: $50.00
Additional Fee Description:This course requires payment of an additional fee to cover active learning components that are above and beyond typical course costs, such as site visits, entrance fees and other expenses.


In the last years, immigrant and refugee movements have increasingly come to the fore in Italy and Europe changing the human and racial landscape of Italian cities. The recent terrorist attacks in Europe and the thousands of migrants that have landed or drowned off the shores of Sicily have sharpened public awareness and intensively questioned the idea of acceptance and openness of Italian society. In the last years, as politicians have been unable to regulate the incoming flow and have used the idea of "uncontrolled immigration" to capitalize on their side, verbal and physical attacks against refugees and immigrant workers have escalated in the streets of main Italian cities. Immigrants are blamed for robberies, rapes, and other crimes.

As immigrants, asylum seekers, and refugees move within and across Italian borders, they impact the familiar and the 'rigid orders of the self' (in the words of the German novelist Günter Grass), and solicit an array of responses in different contexts and forms. Thus, just as in the U.S., discussions on migration to and from the country are confronted with new challenges and henceforth need to meet in that discursive space where critical concepts like 'home,' 'identity,' 'subjectivity,' and 'otherness' eschew stereotyping.

In order to talk about contemporary Italian society, it is necessary to understand Italy's colonial past and the 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. Moreover, current changes in laws regulating citizenship have influenced immigration as well as definitions of Italian nationality and European belonging.

In this course students will use cross-cultural and multidisciplinary approaches to discuss how identity is formed, challenged and defended in an ever more globalized world. They will also investigate and compare the pressing issues of immigration, race and ethnicity in contemporary Italy, Europe and the U.S.

**This course is cross listed with CUL360FLR

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