Talk on music of migration

(Exvoto about migration by Daniel Vilchis)

June 29 | 7 PM
With Chrissy Arce, Eugenio Marino e Lorella Di Gregorio
Free entrance | Aula consiliare, Grammichele

An international conversation between Eugenio Marino, author of Andarsene sognando. L’emigrazione nella canzone italiana, Chrissy Arce, a scholar of cultural production related to Mexico-United States emigration, and Lorella Di Gregorio, interested in comparing the two exoduses and their cultural phenomenology.

Eugenio Marino is the Head of the National Democratic Party for Italians abroad. He graduated in Modern Literature with a thesis on the relationship between literature and Italian song writing. After graduation, he earned a master’s degree in journalism and communication. He has worked with newspapers and Internet portals on issues of politics, culture and music and has published several studies on diaspora and emigration in music. His book, Andarsene sognando. L’emigrazione nella canzone italiana, is a historical reconstruction of Italy in the last 150 years through the Italian songs that deal with emigration. (More on:

Chrissy Arce received her Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in Latin American literature and cultural studies, and is an associate professor at the University of Miami. She works on issues of race and gender in Mexican, Caribbean and Brazilian cultural production and has a vital interest in immigration and non-Western epistemologies. Her book, México’s Nobodies, was recently published by Suny Press in the series “Genders in the Global South,” and has also published articles in such journals as Callaloo and Aztlán. (More on:

Lorella Di Gregorio is a Ph.D. student in Romance Languages at the University of Miami where she teaches Spanish and conducts her research on 20th and 21st Mexican and Southern Italian cultural production related to migration and organized crime: corridos, exvotos, sceneggiata, canzone neomelodica, etc. Recently, she presented a research paper titled “‘Pa’l norte’ o ‘A’merica’” at the University of California – Irvine, for the XXII Annual Juan Bruce-Novoa Mexican Studies Conference. Her further interests are related with her first MA in Contemporary Art, with a focus on Outsider Art. (More on: