Race and Razza: A Dialogue on How Difference is Imagined in Italy and the U.S.

Photo: Grey Area (Black Version) by Fred Wilson (1993) Reproductions of a bust of Nefertiti. Tate Modern.

Ann Morning is a sociologist at NYU. She is primarily interested in the issues of race, demography and the sociology of science, particularly with regards to the way censuses around the world classify ethnic groups as well as how individuals think about their own differences. She has written pieces on race as a social construct, refuting ideas, especially in the modern age, with its highly developed understanding of the human genome, of race as a purely biological separation. Not only that, but Ms. Morning has also studied and written on the way different parts of the world perceive ethnicity, specifically through the way the governments classify groups of people in their censuses. For example, ethnicity can be perceived as being more related to race, so in the U.S. citizens are asked whether they are “Caucasian, African American, etc.” which is code for “White, Black, etc.” This is because, in the U.S., the government sees ethnicity as essentially representing race. Alternatively, other countries will ask whether someone is “Polish, Pakistani, etc.” whereby the ethnicity is defined by nationality rather than race. Furthermore, in keeping in line with her interest in ethnic classifications in censuses, Ms. Morning is also interested in how multiracial individuals identify themselves and how they should be classified.

Join Ann Morning and Marcello Maneri from the University of Milan Bicocca for a discussion on Monday, October 10 about how young people in Italy and the U.S. think about differences between major groups in their respective societies. Event page here

“Race and Razza: Discussing Difference in the U.S. and Italy”, Villa Sassetti, October 10, 6pm. rsvp lapietra.dialogues@nyu.edu

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