From Auto-Ethnography to Global Politics: A Personal Journey through the Italian Diaspora

Luisa Del Giudice (Independent Scholar, Los Angeles)

This paper offers a personal and scholarly journey of meaning-making to better understand immigration and ethnic history, family, class, and culture to contribute to a global politics of migration and human rights. As a triangulated Italian migrant—Italy to Canada to the United States—and a folklorist who has engaged in academic activities and public sector programming, I explore my growing sense of social and political advocacy from a diasporic and transnational perspective over three decades. My profound awakening about global citizenship and politics emerges directly out of my folklore work, a journey I explore in this paper.

Part of 03-13 Engaging the Personal in the Cultural Politics of Italian Migrations, Thursday, October 13, 2:30 pm–4:30 pm