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lecture by Alessandro Portelli

sat 06 april 2019 from h 11.00 to h 13.00
Casa Cava
Via S. Pietro Barisano, 47 Matera (MT)
Free - while seats last

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Alessandro Portelli is the last guest in the cycle of five lectures delivered by some of the most distinguished contemporary historians. The lectures will investigate the European dimension by reflecting on the human urge to cross borders, whether driven by curiosity or despair, hunger or the desire to conquer and always transforming themselves and others.

In the mid-1700s a boy is kidnapped in Benin, West Africa, put onboard of a slave ship, deported to England and then sold in America. He manages to break free, returns to Europe, fights for the abolition of the slave trade, travels all over the Mediterranean and writes his autobiography, which then becomes a literary classic. His name is Ouladah Equiano. He is a traveller, a deportee, an explorer and a migrant across three continents. This model biography is intertwined with the stories of today’s migrations: yesterday’s slave ships and today’s makeshift boats in the Mediterranean Sea, slavery in plantations and seasonal labouring in Rosarno or Latina and the imagery of Olaudah akin to that of today’s authors of African-Italian books.

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