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Creole Italy. Igiaba Scego in conversation with Davide Messina



Creole Italy. Igiaba Scego in conversation with Davide Messina

FILL, Festival of Italian Literature in London, comes to Edinburgh with this special event, launching a new exciting partnership with Italian Studies at the University of Edinburgh!

For this opening session, you are invited to a conversation with Italian-Somali writer, scholar, and activist Igiaba Scego, who will be discussing Italian literature today as written by migrant authors.
As first suggested by scholar Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, “in Dante’s understanding of popular Italian as varieties of Creole and his choice of an aristocratic political Creole as ‘Italian’ we can situate our own project of Creolizing Europe within the beginnings of European nationalisms and nation states”. The literary work of Italian ‘migrant’ authors today represents the living link between the Creole ‘origins’ of Italian literature and its transnational future.

The conversation will include the reading of an excerpt from Scego’s new novel and a book signing of the English edition of her acclaimed novel Adua (Jacaranda 2019).

Igiaba Scego is at the forefront of a new generation of authors from different backgrounds who are revitalising Italian literature. She was born in Rome to Somali parents who took refuge in Italy following a coup d’état in their native country. The UK edition of her novel Adua was published in 2019 by Jacaranda Books. After being a speaker at the opening session of FILL 2018, she is now the first speaker of "FILL in Edinburgh" with Italian Studies at the University of Edinburgh.

Davide Messina is Professor of Italian and Comparative Studies at the University of Edinburgh.

The event will be chaired by Carlo Pirozzi, Teaching Fellow in Italian, University of Edinburgh.

The event is free but booking is recommended. Tickets:

Photo © Simona Filippini


Date: Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Time: From 6:00 pm To 8:00 pm

Organized by : Italian Studies, University of Edinburgh

In collaboration with : Italian Institute of Culture in Edinburgh, Associazione Culturale Wimbledon-Festival La città dei lettori, Florence

Entrance : Free


Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh