During the Spring Semester, Dr. Fiore participated in several activities related to her interests in e/immigration, transnational mobility, and (post)-colonialism, while also presenting on her ongoing projects.
Fiore participated in the two-part virtual symposium Borders, Captivity and Memory in Transnational Italy and the Mediterranean in different capacities. On March 18, she was one of the two respondents to the keynote panel “Racial Justice and the Black Mediterranean” featuring Camilla Hawthorne and Angelica Pesarini. Fiore also co-led the student session in the afternoon. On April 8, Fiore presented her project Memoria Presente: The Common Spanish Legacy in Italian and Latin American Cultures, as part of the roundtable titled: “Translation, Testimony, and Storytelling across Borders” with political activists, literary scholars, and archivists.
On April 22, Fiore presented at a roundtable entitled “Where Is Italian Studies Going? A Transnational State of the Art,” included in the SIS (Society for Italian Studies) annual conference. Fiore addressed her recent experience of teaching a graduate seminar at Yale titled “Transnational Italy: Imperial Legacies and Migratory Routes,” which introduced students to a different approach to transhistorical and transmedial content and to the design of final projects. Chaired by Francesco Chianese, the roundtable participants included Clorinda Donato, Loredana Polezzi, and Simone Brioni.
On June 8 at the Rizzoli Bookstore, Fiore was a co-respondent on the panel featuring Edoardo Albinati (Strega Prize 2016) and Jhumpa Lahiri (Pulitzer Prize 2000), included in “Multipli Forti: Voices of Contemporary Italian Literature,” organized by the Italian Cultural Institute of New York, CIMA (Center for Italian Modern Art), and Rizzoli Bookstore NY. The conversation centered on issues of translation; language, art and writing as ways to keep sane in conditions of imprisonment; and the discovery of joy in the interstices of pain. Designed, among others, by Alessandro Giammei (Yale University) and Chiara Benetollo (Bryn Mawr), the festival included a wide array of impressive new and established voices of the Italian literary scene, and included the presentation of The Bridge Prize, for which Dr. Fiore has been a jury member and a nominated author in the past.
On June 9, she introduced the 1971 film Sacco and Vanzetti, directed by Giuliano Montaldo at CIMA Center for Italian Modern Art in New York, as part of the film series designed in connection with the current exhibit Staging the Revolution: Italian Art 1880-1917. The introduction highlighted the importance of reading the film through the lens of the 1920s Red Scare as well as the radical era of the 1970s in Italy. This was also an opportunity to reflect on the current relevance of the film 50 years after its release, for its ability to address critical issues such as war (and rejection of it), immigration, labor rights, international political movements, and power structures at large.