Religion(s) and Cultural Production(s) of the Italian Diaspora(s)


DAY I – 19 May 2017
9.00 – 10.00 Registration

Drift 21, Sweelinckzaal, 0.05


10.00 – 11.00 Opening of the Exhibition

Drift 23, 0.12

From Ore to God: Giuseppe Moretti’s Sculptures and the Italian Migrant Experience in the Birmingham District


Opening Remarks

Carmela Callea (Director, Italian Cultural Institute in Amsterdam)

Philiep Bossier (Chair Italian Studies, Utrecht University)

Matteo Brera, Monica Porzionato (Utrecht University, Exhibition Curators)


11.00 – 12.30 PLENARY SESSION I

Drift 21, Sweelinckzaal, 0.05


Chair: Martha Frederiks (Utrecht University)


Eleonora Belligni (Università di Torino)

Off the Beaten Path: Francesco Porto’s Migrations and Religious Indifferentism in 16th Century Europe.


Anne Sommer (Heidelberg University)

Spiritual Journeys: Myth and Religion in Italian American Narratives of Return.



12.30 – 13.45 Lunch Break


14.00 – 15.15 Keynote Address

Drift 21, Sweelinckzaal, 0.05


Loredana Polezzi (Cardiff University)

Translating Catholicism: Written and Visual Performances of Italian Religious Identity in the United States.


Respondent: Onno Kosters (Utrecht University)


15.15 – 15.30 Coffee Break


15.30 – 17.00 PLENARY SESSION II


Chair: Maria Bonaria Urban (University of Amsterdam)


Monica Jansen (Utrecht University)

Italian Colonialism and Religion during Fascism: Sacred Art and the Mission of Modernity.


Laura Pennacchietti (University of Manchester)

Jaca Book and Edizioni Lavoro: African Literature, the Catholic World, and the Deprovincialization of Italian Culture.


Matteo Brera (Utrecht University)

Religion and Identity Building in the American Southeast: From Old Loyalties to the New Deal.


20.00 Conference Dinner

Delphi’s Restaurant, Neude 29


DAY II – 20 May 2017
9.00 – 10.00 Registration

Drift 21, Sweelinckzaal, 0.05


10.00 – 11.15 Keynote Address  

(Italian Research Seminar Series)


Stefano Luconi (Università degli Studi di Firenze)

Overcoming ‘Campanilismo’: Italian Americans’ Religious Experience and Ethnic Identity.


Respondent: Rachel Gillett (Utrecht University)


11.15 – 11.30 Coffee Break




Chair: Natalie Dupré (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven)


Barbara Spadaro (University of Liverpool)

Language, Religion and Transculturation. Jewish Trajectories in Italian Libya at the Edge of the Empires. 


Federica Frediani (Università della Svizzera Italiana)

The Italian Jewish Diaspora in Tunisia: Past and Contemporary Patterns of Immigrant Flows into the Mediterranean.


Cecilia Schwartz (University of Stockholm)

Deserts and Oases: The Mediation of the Italian Colonisation of North Africa as worldmaking.



13.00 – 13.30 Closing Remarks

Monica Jansen (Utrecht University)


13.45 – 14.45 Lunch


15.00 – 17.00 Expert Meeting