Center for the Study of Migration and Racism in Italy
News and upcoming events
11 Sept. 2013. 18.30-20.00 – AUR Auditorium, Via P. Roselli 16.
Nomatemba Tambo, South African Ambassador “Multiculturalism, citizenship and integration – the South African experience”
Beginnings and Aims of the Center
The idea for the Center came out of the Fall 2008 Conference on “Racism in Italy; Past and Present” organized by Isabella Clough Marinaro and James Walston. Many participants suggested that there was a need for both academic research and an institute to monitor the situation. This impression was confirmed in the subsequent conferences so we decided to create an informal arrangement, which would act as an umbrella for activities, which go from research and university teaching to work in the Roman community to coordination with other interested bodies. Members of the diplomatic community were interested in sharing experiences and from our part, we felt that it could be useful to use other countries’ experiences so that dealing with immigration in Italy would make use of those experiences.
We also felt that as an international institution which already bridges cultures and one of whose primary goals is to do just that, AUR could use its Ghana development projects integrated into its teaching, research and community work in Rome since the final aims were similar.
The Center provides information for the media, the diplomatic community and visiting specialists as well as going out into the Italian community. It works with local government and other academic institutions on research, policy development and implementation.
Today, after more than four years of activity, the Center brings together people from civil society in Rome and elsewhere in Italy, local authorities, voluntary associations and NGOs working for integration, cooperation and development.
- To underline AUR’s mission as a center for ethical multiculturalism and to provide a forum in English to present new research and discuss pressing issues with policymakers, academics and commentators.
- To create teaching opportunities for AUR students and other opportunities for working with immigrants in Rome and beyond.
- To provide opportunities for AUR faculty and student research and for research from other institutions.
- To enhance AUR’s mission to work within and for the Rome environment. The Center is a way in which AUR contributes to the integration of immigrants in the city and in the wider Italian context.
- To work with Italian and foreign institutions to encourage exchanges of ideas and best practices in dealing with issues of immigration and racism
Conferences, courses and seminars in AUR
- Nov 2008. First one-day conference “Racism in Italy today and in the past”. Seventieth Anniversary of the Racial Laws. The highlight of the conference was the testimony of Pietro Terracina, survivor of the October 1943 roundup of Roman Jews; Mr. Terracina was taken to Auschwitz and came back in 1945.
- April 2009. Second one-day conference “Racism in Italy. The role of the media”. One session was broadcast by RAI International. Mass media italiani e razzismo – 3 aprile 2009
- Nov. 2009. Third one-day conference “Racism in Italy. The Second Generation”. Published in Bulletin of Italian Politics.
- Nov. 2010 Two day conference: “Rome Today: Changing Faces of the Eternal City”. Papers on immigration and racism in Rome. Proceedings to be published.
- April 2011. Two day conference: “Italy at 150”. Various papers on changing Italian identity
- Summer Semester 2011. Silvia Scarpa teaches POL309 “Migration and Multiculturalism in Europe”
- October 2011. Two one day seminars on Leadership in the Immigrant Communities of Rome. Organized with Roma Capitale, and Group of Adjunct City Councillors.
- November 3, 2011. Silvia Scarpa delivers a lecture on “Migration” at the NATO Regional Cooperation Course organized by NATO Defense College of Rome.
- February – May 2012. “Agorà, perCorso di sviluppo sostenibile” seminars on sustainable development, Fair Trade, migration and ethical finance, mostly in Italian, for students and workers in the NGO and voluntary sector. The seminars were held in AUR and different Rome City libraries. Organized by Gabriella D’Amico.
- 20 March 2012 Seminar on Multicultural Rome for Post-Graduate Certificate of Education trainee teachers from the University of Exeter, conducted by Bjørn Thomassen and James Walston.
- 3 September 2012. Presentation by James Walston on Center for US Representative Virginia Foxx (Rep. N.C).
- 11 September 2012. Ethical finance and Fair Trade, meeting with Banca Etica. Presented by Gabriella D’Amico.
- 8 November 2012. James Walston invited to participate in round table discussion “Immigrazione e integrazione” at the Aspen Institute, Italy, chaired by Giulio Tremonti (President Aspen Italy) with introductory presentations by Andrea Riccardi (Minister for Integration), Guidalberto Guidi (industrialist), Luigi Abete (former President of Confindustria).
- 30 January 2013 “Fair Trade chocolate” event for AUR and Italian students on the fairtrade cocoa chain, with Italian Worldshop Association and the support of Provincia di Roma. Organized by Gabriella D’Amico.
- Spring Semester 2013. Silvia Scarpa teaches POL309 “Migration and Multiculturalism in Europe” at AUR.
- 28 May. James Walston. Lecture to Northeastern University Honors students Rome Field Studies Course on “Immigration and racism in Italy”.
- Bulletin of Italian Politics Volume 2, number 1, Summer 2010 Symposium: The Sons and Daughters of Migrants: Italy’s Second Generations articles from the Nov. 2009 conference, edited by Isabella Clough Marinaro and James Walston
- “New Italians” blogs by James Walston.
- 4 Nov. 2011 “New Italians” – Leadership in the Immigrant Communities
- 3 Dec. 2011 “New Italians”. The Good News and the Bad.
- 18 Dec. 2011 “New Italians”, Old Racism and New Violence
- 6 Jan. 2012 “New Italians”. The Paradox of Immigration and Crime in Italy.
- 1 July 2012 A true-born Italian.
- 3 July 2012 True born Italians – a reply
- 6 April 2013 Fascism in Italy – Old and New.
- 28 April 2013 Letta’s Government – Unsettled Spring Weather.
- Other non-academic articles
- Forthcoming: Global Rome, Changing Faces of the Eternal City articles from the Nov. 2010 Conference, edited Isabella Clough Marinaro and Bjørn Thomassen
Research and Development Projects
- 2011 “Sustaining education – educating for sustainability” Development program in Cape Coast School for the Deaf and the Kokrobitey Institute, Ghana. With support from the Latium Regional government.
- 2013 Multiculturalism and integration. Project with Centro Interculturale, Mondoinsieme, Reggio Emilia.
- Feb. 2013 Nicole Riker, IR major at AUR – “The US and Italian Constitutions compared”. Presentations at Istituto Cattaneo-Dall’Aglio and the Liceo Moro, RE. Opening event part of Centro Interculturale Mondoinsieme’s Primavera senza razzismi.
- 21 March 2013. James Walston invited speaker at “Primavera senza razzismi” Centro Interculturale Mondoinsieme’s concluding day for their “Settimana Mondiale Contro il Razzismo” activities.
- 15 April 2009 Book presentation by Milissa Grant of her At the Elbows of My Elders. One Family’s Journey Toward Civil Rights
- 22 April 2009. Biblioteca Basaglia, XIX Circoscrizione, Via F. Borromeo 67, 00168 Roma. 17.00 – 19.00. Part of the AUR’s activity as a member of the City of Rome’s “Comitato Cittadino per la Cooperazione Decentrata” Educare alla cooperazione interculturale. (Terzo incontro presso le Biblioteche di Roma). “Due esempi della cooperazione culturale: portare studenti in Ghana per imparare. Collaborare alla fattoria di una scuola per sordi”.
- 2 June 2009. Rome City Council Roma Protagonista. Internazionalizzazione e Sviluppo. James Walston represented AUR speaking on “Il modello americano”
- 29 Sept. 2009 screening of “Inside Buffalo” at AUR. Documentary by the Italo-Ghanaian director Fred Kuwornu on the 92nd Division of the US Army. These were the black soldiers who fought on the Gothic Line in Tuscany and who inspired Spike Lee’s film “The Miracle at St. Anna”. The director presented the film.
- 15 Jan. 2010. Screening of “Inside Buffalo” at the W.E.B. Dubois Centre, Accra in collaboration with the Italian and US embassies in Ghana.
- 23 March 2010. The Open Society Institute organized a conference in Rome entitled “Diritti umani in Italia: una Consultazione con la Società Civile”. The Center was represented by James Walston who chaired the session on “Minacce alla libertà di espressione” and by Isabella Clough Marinaro who spoke on roma issues.
- Spring Semester 2011. AUR student, Alessandra Potenza takes part in volunteer teaching (of Italian) scheme for irregular immigrants at the ex-SNIA works on the via Casilina in Rome. Most of the learners had been the victims of the racist attacks on migrant workers in Rosarno in Calabria in January 2010. They were moved to other parts of Italy, some to Rome where AUR students taught Italian.
- 2 March 2011 Seminar for Italian university students “The American Dream, the Italian Dream” organized by the US Embassy, Rome and the Center for American Studies, Rome. James Walston gave one of the two presentations “Light and shade in the American Dream” which dealt with immigration and integration.
- 21 March 2011. Centro Benny Nato, Rome, “Uniti contro le vecchie e nuove discriminazioni “ James Walston spoke on “Razzismo in Italia”
- 24 March 2011. British Embassy, Rome. One day seminar: “Integrazione: come tradurla in realtà?” chaired by James Walston.
- 27 January 2012. Michael Lapsley, “Young People and the Art of Peace”. Lapsley campaigned against apartheid and was a member of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission and founder the Institute for Healing Memories.
- 7 March 2012. Angelina Motshekga, South African Minister of Basic Education “South Africa. Education and Women’s Empowerment”.
- 29 March 2012. Screening of “An African Election” by Jareth Merz presented by the director and discussed with the Ghanaian Ambassador. The film describes the 2008 Ghana Presidential elections which were exceptionally closely fought and were resolved without violence or court action. Part of the “Educating for Sustainability” project with Ghana.
- 13 February 2013. Silvia Scarpa briefing on Human Trafficking and Prostitution for the Danish Parliamentary Commission for Equal Opportunities.
- 19 March 2013. James Walston meets with with Tanisha Rush, Marshal Memorial Fund Fellow, briefing on Center’s activities.
- 21 March 2013. Silvia Scarpa delivers a lecture on “Demography & Migration” at the NATO Regional Cooperation Course organized by NATO Defense College of Rome.
- 11 April 2013. Screening of “18 Ius Soli” Fred Kuwornu’s documentary on Italian born children of immigrants who do not have Italian citizenship unless the apply for it when they are 18. Presented by the director and discussed with him and Hon. Cécile Kyenge, Italian deputy. Comment in Al Jazeera by Marina Forti Italy: Ease nationality obstacles for immigrants.
Members of Center
Isabella Clough Marinaro
John Cabot University
Sociologist and political scientist, expert on Italian society, Roma issues in Italy.
The American University of Rome
Sociologist, expert on second generation athletes in Italy.
Development and international relations.
Coordinator AUR education for sustainable development and integration programs.
John Cabot University, The American University of Rome
Political Scientist specializing in international human rights law, expert on human trafficking. Author of research on trafficking and manuals and trainer for police and immigration officials.
University of Roskilde
Anthropologist and political scientist. Widely published on political theory and identity politics
The American University of Rome
Chair of the Department of International Relations.
Political scientist. Expert on Italian society and politics. Coordinator AUR Ghana program.