April 9th, Friday, 12-1PM
Mediterranean Dialogue Virtual Book Launch
Please register here: https://ucsb.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_7Z_gCRwvTCWl8toSJ7IEEQ
On behalf of the Program in Italian Studies at UCSB, please join us for a virtual discussion with Prof. Claudio Fogu (UCSB) and Prof. Valerie McGuire (St. Andrews) about their respective new books. Prof. Fogu’s book, The Fishing Net and the Spider Web: Mediterranean Imaginaries and the Making of Italians (Palgrave 2020) explores the role of Mediterranean imaginaries in one of the preeminent tropes of Italian history: the formation or “making of” Italians. Prof. McGuire’s new book, Italy’s Sea: Empire and Nation in the Mediterranean, 1860-1945 (Liverpool 2020) reveals the inextricable links between nation, race, and empire that coalesce in Italy's little-studied project to establish a nationalist empire in the Aegean Sea on the islands of Rhodes and the Dodecanese.
Bio: Claudio Fogu is Associate Professor of Italian Studies at UC Santa Barbara. He is the author of two books, The Fishing Net and the Spider Web (2020) and The Historic Imaginary: Politics of History in Fascist Italy (2003) as well as many wide-ranging interdisciplinary publications spanning history and theory to memory studies, Italian modernism, digital humanities, and Mediterranean studies. Valerie McGuire is Lecturer in Italian and Comparative Literature at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. In addition to her book, Italy’s Sea (2020), she has published extensively on questions of post-coloniality, citizenship, race, belonging, and multilingualism in the Mediterranean.