Migrating Archives and Documenting Moving Lives

A Roundtable Discussion in association with the Department of Literature’s 2015 James K. Binder Lecture by Dagmawi Yimer featuring:

Martin Repnecz and Sara Solaimani

Friday, 8 May 2015 // 3:30PM

Reception will follow.

UC San Diego / Literature Bldg De Certeau Room #155, La Jolla, California


DAGMAWI YIMER born and grew up in Addis Ababa. A second year law student when left his country, after the 2005 post-election unrest in which hundreds of young people were killed and put in jail. After a long journey across the Libyan desert and the Mediterranean, he came ashore on the island of Lampedusa on 30 July 2006. In Rome, after having participated in a video-making workshop in 2007, he co-authored the film Il deserto e il mare (The desert and the sea) along with 5 other migrants. Subsequently he was co-director with Andrea Segre and Riccardo Biadene for the 2008 pluri awarded documentary film Come un uomo sulla terra (Like a man on earth). He shot the documentary C.A.R.A. ITALIA (Dear Italy) in 2009 and Soltanto il mare (Nothing but the sea) in 2011, along with several other short films. In 2011 he coordinated the collective film project Benvenuti in Italia (Welcome to Italy), and directed one of the five episodes. Va’ pensiero walking stories 2013 an interwoven account of two racist attacks in Milan and Florence. Asmat- Names 2015 short film in memory of al victims of the sea.

MARTIN REPINECZ joined the faculty at USD in 2013. His research focuses on questions of race and migration in modern Spain and Italy, as well as postcolonial, Mediterranean and Southern European cultural studies. At USD, he teaches courses on Spanish
literature and film, as well as all levels of Spanish language.

SARA SOLAIMANI, a PhD student in Visual Arts at UCSD “wants artists to cross boundaries, both internally and internationally.” Her newest project is devoted to stories about trans-­‐border events called Storylines TJ-­‐SD. She has said "The website is not just devoted to art and art practice, but the narrative of the border in general," she says. "We still want to be actors in the field. We want to still be artists and curators while also doing something that's historiography. At the same time, we don't want it to be a traditional archive. We want it to be insightful and documentative—a moving archive and something to which future students and artists can contribute."

The James K. Binder Lectureship in Literature is made possible by Mr. Binder’s generous bequest and honors his wishes that we bring leading European intellectuals to UC San Diego to provide a forum for rigorous discussions of literary topics.

Image Credit:
Sara Solaimani, 2015
Photo by Alex Kershaw.

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