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Critical Race, Diasporas and Migrations Caucus Bookshelf

Premodern race (ca. pre-1800):

Abulafia, David. The Discovery of Mankind: Atlantic Encounters in the Age of  Columbus (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2008).

Arvas, Abdulhamit. “Early Modern Eunuchs and the Transing of Gender and Race,” Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies 19, no. 4 (2019): 116–36. 10.1353/jem.2019.0040.

Davies, Surekha. Renaissance Ethnography and the Invention of the Human: New Worlds, Maps and Monsters (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016).

Earle, T. F. and K. J. P. Lowe, eds. Black Africans in Renaissance Europe (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005).

“Early Modern Race/Ethnic/Indigenous Studies: A (crowdsourced) Annotated Bibliography,” SAA15 Early Modern Race Bibliography Public.

Erickson, Peter. “Picturing Race: Early Modern Constructions of Racial Identity." JEMCS 13.1 (Winter 2013): 151-169.

Fletcher, Catherine. The Black Prince of Florence: The Spectacular Life and Treacherous World of Alessandro de' Medici (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016).

Green MacDonald, Joyce. Women and Race in Early Modern Texts (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002).

Hall, Kim. F. Things of Darkness: Economies of Race and Gender in Early Modern England (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1995).

Heng, Geraldine. The Invention of Race in the European Middle Ages (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018).

Kim, Dorothy (ed. and introduction), “Critical Race and the Middle Ages,” Literature Compass 16.9-10 (2019)

Smith, Justin E. H. Nature, Human Nature, and Human Difference: Race in Early Modern Philosophy (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2015).

Spiller, Elizabeth. Reading and the History of Race in the Renaissance (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011).

Wynter, Sylvia. “1492: A New World View,” in Race, Discourse and the Origins of the Americas: A New World View, eds. Vera Lawrence Hyatt and Rex Nettleford (Smithsonian, 1995), 5–57.

Zemon Davis, Natalie. Trickster Travels: A Sixteenth-Century Muslim Between Worlds (New York: Hill and Wang, 2006).

Modern race (ca. post-1800):

Ali, Ashna. “Activist by Default: An Interview with Igiaba Scego.” Minnesota Review 94 (2020): 157-166.

Brioni, Simone, and Shimelis Bonsa Gulema, eds. The Horn of Africa and Italy : Colonial, Postcolonial and Transnational Cultural Encounters (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2018).

El-Tayeb, Fatima. European Others: Queering Ethnicity in Postnational Europe (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2011).

Fields, Karen E. and Barbara J. Fields, Racecraft: The Soul of Inequality in American Life (New York: Verso, 2012).

Gilroy, Paul. The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double Consciousness (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1993).

Gobodo-Madikizela, Pumla. “Forgiveness is ‘the wrong word’: Empathic Repair and the Potential for Human Connection in the Aftermath of Historical Trauma,” in Alternative Approaches in Conflict Resolution, eds. Martin Leiner and Christine Schliesser (Cham: Springer, 2018),  pp. 111–23. DOI:10.1007/978-3-319-58359-4_11.

Guglielmo, Jennifer and Salvatore Salerno, eds. Are Italians White?: How Race is Made in America (London: Routledge, 2003).

Hawthorne, Camilla. “In Search of Black Italia: Notes on Race, Belonging, and Activism in the Black Mediterranean.” Transition 123 (2017): 152-74.

Lombardi-Diop, Cristina and Caterina Romeo. “The Italian Postcolonial: A Manifesto,” Italian Studies 69, no. 3 (2014): 425–33.

Lombardi-Diop, Cristina and Caterina Romeo, eds. Postcolonial Italy: Challenging National Homogeneity (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012).

Paynter, Eleanor. “The Spaces of Citizenship: Mapping Personal and Colonial Histories in Contemporary Italy in Igiaba Scego’s La Mia Casa È Dove Sono (My Home is Where I Am),” European Journal of Life Writing 6 (2017),

Proglio, Gabriele; Hawthorne, Camilla; Danewid, Ida; Saucier, Khalil; Grimaldi, Giuseppe; Pesarini, Angelica; Raeymaekers, Timothy; Grechi, Giulia; and Vivian Gerrand, eds., The Black Mediterranean: Bodies, Borders, and Citizenship (Cham: Palgrave, 2021).

Scego, Igiaba. La mia casa è dove sono (Turin: Loescher, 2012).

Scego, Igiaba. “Not One Less.” Translated by Aaron Robertson. World Literature Today (Autumn 2019), 48-51.

Scego, Igiaba. Roma negata: percorsi postcoloniali nella città (Rome: Ediesse, 2020).

Scego, Igiaba, ed., Future. Il domani narrato dalle voci di oggi (Rome: Effequ, 2019).

Slade, Alzo. “Black Lives Matter: A Global Reckoning” (2021).

Smythe, SA. "Black Italianità: Citizenship and Belonging in the Black Mediterranean." California Italian Studies 9, no. 1 (2019).

Truglio, Maria. Italian Children’s Literature and National Identity: Childhood, Melancholy, Modernity (New York: Routledge, 2017), esp. chapter 3.

Wong, Aliza S. Race and the Nation in Liberal Italy 1861–1911: Meridionalism, Empire and Diaspora (New York: Palgrave, 2006).

Yimer, Dagmawi. Asmat (2015).

Pedagogical and Professional Resources:

Ashanti Young, Vershawn. "Should Writers Use They Own English?", Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies 12, no. 1 (2010): 110–18.

Baker-Bell, April. Linguistic Justice: Black Language, Literacy, Identity and Pedagogy (New York: Routledge, 2020).

Fitzpatrick, Kathleen. Generous Thinking: A Radical Approach to Saving the University (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2021).

Gibby, Siân and Anthony Julian Tamburri, eds., Diversity in Italian Studies (New York: John D. Calandra Italian-American Institute, 2021).

Horner, Bruce; Lu, Min-Zhan; Jones Royster, Jacqueline; and John Trimbur, "Language Difference in Writing: Toward a Translingual Approach," College English 73, no. 3 (2011): 303–21.

Inoue, Asao B. Antiracist Writing Assessment Ecologies: Teaching and Assessing Writing for A Socially Just Future (Fort Collins: Parlor Press/WAC Clearinghouse, 2015).

Kishimoto, Kyoko. "Anti-racist pedagogy: from faculty’s self-reflection to organizing within and beyond the classroom," Race Ethnicity and Education (2018): 540–54.

Leonardo, Zeus and Ronald K. Porter, "Pedagogy of fear: Toward a Fanonian theory of 'safety' in race dialogue," Race, Ethnicity and Education 13, no. 2 (2010): 139–57.

Olaloku-Teriba, Annie. “Afro Pessimism and the (Un)logic of Anti-Blackness,” Historical Materialism 26, no. 2

Parker, Deborah. “Race and Foreign Language.” Inside Higher Ed (June 21, 2018).

Savini, Catherine. "10 Ways to Tackle Linguistic Bias in Our Classrooms," Inside Higher Ed (January 27, 2021).

Tuck, Eve and K.W. Yang, "Decolonization is not a metaphor," Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society 1, no. 1 (2012): 1–40.

Witte, Esther Grace and Whitney Peoples, “Critical and Anti-Racist Teaching Frameworks and Strategies: A Bibliography,” University of Michigan Center for Research on Learning and Teaching,



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