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[ecrea] New book Migrant Memories - Cultural History, Cinema and the Italian Post-War Diaspora in Britain by Dr. Margherita Sprio

Wed Nov 06 01:25:54 GMT 2013

I am pleased to announce the publication of Dr. Margherita Sprio’s new book Migrant Memories - Cultural History, Cinema and the Italian Post-War Diaspora in Britain, (Peter Lang, 2013).

This book provides an innovative perspective on the power of cultural memory and the influence of cinema in the Italian Diaspora in Britain. Based on extensive interviews with Southern Italian migrants and their children, this study offers a fresh understanding of the migrants’ journey from Italy to Britain since the early 1950s. The volume examines how the experience of contemporary Italian identity has been mediated through film, photography and popular culture through the generations. Coupled with this analysis of cinema’s relationship to migration, the cultural memory of the Italian diaspora is explored through traditions of education, religion, marriage and cuisine. The volume highlights the complexities of cultural history and migration at a time when debates about immigration in Britain have become politically and culturally urgent.

Kindly consider if this book may be of any interest to you or your networks.

Dr Margherita Sprio is Senior Lecturer in Film History and Theory at the University of Westminster. She studied Fine Art at Goldsmiths (University of London) and the Slade School of Art (University College London) and then worked as an artist internationally before completing her PhD at Goldsmiths. She works on film practice and theory as well as the relationship of film theory to photography, contemporary art and philosophy. Her particular research interests relate to the politics of art and the moving image, globalisation and diaspora, cultural/sexual difference and transnationalism.

Please do not hesitate to contact me for further information.

Kindest regards,

Dr. Sara Marino

Research Fellow at CREAM -
Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media
University of Westminster, Harrow Campus
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