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Introduction by Simone Brioni, Stony Brook University

Migration Studies and Queer Studies - Alberica Bazzoni, University of Warwick-Seton Hall

“Italian social movements: queer and feminism in Non una di meno” 

This contribution explores the intersectional political practices and perspective developed by Italian feminist social movement  Non una di meno. The movement, linked to the international network  Ni una menos that started in Argentina in 2015, is currently the largest grassroots movement in Italy, with over 50 active groups and 200.000 people demonstrating in marches. Using the notion of patriarchal violence as its overarching frame, it aims at bringing together feminist, LGBT+ and transfeminist struggles, as well as forming alliances with other active groups and causes, including workers' and migrants' rights and environmental sustainability.

Translation Studies and Queer Studies - Serena Bassi, Yale University

“Queer Translanguagers VS Gender-Inclusive Language: The Gender Pronoun Debate and the Autonomist Queer Movement in the Long 1970s in Italy”

In this talk, Bassi looks at pamphlets, posters and slogans by the Marxist Autonomist queer collectives Coordinamento Omosessuali della Sinistra Rivoluzionaria (Network of Homosexuals of the Revolutionary Left) from Turin and the Collettivo Frocialista (Faggottarian Collective) from Bologna. Both collectives were part of a larger Italian ‘youth proletarian’ movement in the 1970s, which originally and poignantly rethought the intersections between gender, sexuality and class. In their writings, the two queer collectives also experimented with language and gender in ways that simultaneously challenged heteronormativity, cisnormativity and dominant ‘language ideologies’. For this reason, she proposes that we turn to this queer political archive for what it may contribute to contemporary Anglophone debates on gender pronouns and the creation of more inclusive languages.  

Respondent:  Mary Jo Bona, Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies, Stony Brook University

Q&A Session


Alberica Bazzoni Alberica Bazzoni is British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Warwick and Visiting Fellow at the Alberto Institute at Seton Hall University. Her first monograph, Writing for Freedom: Body, Identity and Power in Goliarda Sapienza’s Narrative, won the “2015 Peter Lang Young Scholars Competition in Women’s Studies”.She co-edited the volume Goliarda Sapienza in Context and is currently co-editing a volume on the notion of authority from a gender perspective entitled, Gender and Authority Across Disciplines, Space and Time, and on a project on the Italian literary canon entitled ‘The Gender of Literature’.
Serena Bassi Serena Bassi is Postdoctoral Associate at the Yale Translation Initiative at Yale University. She obtained her PhD in Italian Studies from the University of Warwick (2014). She was research fellow at the Warwick Institute for Advanced Studies and Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at Cardiff University. Her research focuses on contemporary Italian literature and cultural studies, translation theory, translation history, LGBTQ history and queer studies. Her first book, Mistranslating Minority: Queer World-Making in Italy after 1968, traces the travel from the United States into Italy of theories of “sexual identity politics” at the end of the social movement era.