Updated: Aug 7
Despite Italy’s rich history of cultural diversity, dominant social and political
discourses continue to perpetuate the country’s self-perception as a culturally,
racially, and religiously homogenous nation. In this context, Italian youth of migrant
background are caught in an in-between position where they are not immigrants
(being born and/or raised in Italy), but they are nonetheless excluded from complete
belonging. This is particularly apparent in the case of Italian youth of African descent
who are also subjected to both systemic and everyday racialisation.
In this talk, Margherita Angelucci presents findings from her doctoral research
suggesting that cultural practices like Hip Hop music offer alternative forms of
belonging and identification that allow Afroitalian youth to articulate complex
transcultural identities spanning beyond the dichotomy Italian / immigrant.
Through practical examples from songs, music videos and lyrics, we will see how
Afroitalian rappers are introducing new cultural and linguistic elements in Italian
music, standing as evidence of the increasing transculturality in contemporary Italy.
The event will be ONLINE at this link: