Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies
Professor Alessandro Portelli
Professor of American literature, University of Rome, Sapienza
Guests. Migrant music and new folk cultures in Rome.
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 from 4:00 to 5:30
Room: JHB100, Jackman Humanities Building
The lecture presents the current state of a 10-year field work and archival project dedicated to the music of immigrants in Rome. While still a country of emigration, Italy has also become a country immigrants, and the music that is heard in the streets, the subways, the churches and temples in Rome now comes from Ecuador, Kurdistan, Senegal, Rumania, Ukraine, and more than 25 other countries. While it retains tracts of the cultures of origin, this new urban multicultural folk music has wings as well as roots, and evolves with the impact of the immigration experience, the dialogue with Italian culture as well as the contact with other migrant traditions and cultures. It also changes our concept of folklore, given the different relationships that the various immigrant cultures entertain between folk and popular music. The lecture will be illustrated with musical examples.
For further information, contact the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies at 416 946 8464.