NYU will host “Legacies of the Italian Occupation of Ethiopia,” a one-day symposium, on Fri., Oct. 24, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò.
The symposium examines the legacies of the Italian occupation of Ethiopia as experienced by Ethiopians and conveyed through artistic expression. In the east African country, visual and storytelling cultures, rather than traditional historical accounts, have been primary vehicles of postcolonial expression. The event’s three panels look at how performance, writing and storytelling, and visual arts have narrated this period and its legacies for several generations.
The schedule is as follows:
9:30-11:00: Plays and Performance
Writer and performer Bewketu Seyoum in dialogue with researcher Heran Sereke-Brhan and Dagmawi Woubshet, a professor of English at Cornell University
11:30-1:00: Literature and Storytelling
Shiferaw Bekele, a historian at Ethiopia’s Addis Ababa University, in dialogue with Dagmawi Woubshet and Heran Sereke-Brhan
2:30-4:00: Visual Arts
Addis Ababa University’s Abiyi Ford, in dialogue with NYU Professor Ruth Ben-Ghiat, novelist Maaza Mengiste, and Shiferaw Bekele
4:00: Closing Remarks by Abiyi Ford and discussion with the audience
The symposium is organized by NYU Professor Ruth Ben-Ghiat, author of Fascist Modernities: Italy, 1922-1945 and the forthcoming Italian Fascism’s Empire Cinema, and Ethiopian novelist Maaza Mengiste, a faculty member in NYU’s Creative Writing Program and author of Beneath the Lion’s Gaze, among other works.
The event is free and open to the public. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call 212.998.8730. Subways: 4, 5, 6, L, N, Q, R (Union Square).
The symposium is supported by NYU’s Global Research Initiative, the university’s Departments of History and Italian Studies, the Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, NYU’s Africa House, and NYU’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences.