Calabria-Lucania, May 15-29, 2019
Have you ever fancied wanting to write your history or the history of your family, sifting through childhood memories, digging into your roots and past lives of people close to you? Have you ever started a writing project of any type, but could not complete? Are you intrigued by the study of origins and the phenomenon of mass diaspora in the world? Have ever wanted to explore hidden parts of South Italy and its rich culture, and to learn more about the Italian diaspora? For all of the above and other related pursuits, The University of Calabria’s Italian Diaspora Studies Seminar is pleased to launch a new residential program dedicated to the topic of Cultural Heritage and Memory. Whether you are of Italian origin or not, this program offers you an incomparable opportunity to sojourn in Calabria and Lucania to live a unique experience than will enhance your life, enrich your culture and stimulate your creativity. With the Patronage of the Canadian Embassy of Rome, and with the expected renewal of the Patronage of the US Consulate Naples, this seminar, from now on referred to as IDs, will be held in the northern part of Calabria and in Lucania, with a day-trip in Matera, European Capital of Culture 2019, from May 15th to May 29th, 2019. It is a two-week program. The first week is held in Morano Calabro (CS), in the National Park of Mount Pollino, and the second week in Albidona (CS), on the Ionian Coast of Calabria, at the border with Lucania, with several planned field trips in the surrounding areas.
Building on the past activities, this year’s IDs is aimed at establishing a broad transnational perspective on the Italian diaspora, through a Community-Engaged Scholarship program characterized by the mission of focusing on the South of Italy and on the importance of material culture and of historical heritage that can be experienced only by visiting the specific locales of the diaspora, such as landscapes, spaces, food, music, and dance. Our program is founded on an intersectional perspective and relies on the interpretative tools of Gender, Class and Ethnicity.
I am so grateful to my beautiful friends for allowing me the opportunity to experience such a magnificent part of the world. Had it not been for their wedding and getting married in the most darling village, I’d never know about Morano Calabro and San Basile. So grateful.
Travel always has a way of bringing people closer together.