Federica Di Blasio to Discuss People Smuggling in Europe from World War II to the Present

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Join us on Thursday, April 11th from 12 to 1:30 PM as Federica Di Blasio sheds light on the role the people smugglers have played in illegal migration across Europe since World War II.

Still of a migrant crossing through the snowy Alps
Migrant crossing through the snowy Alps, by Simone Padovani

Professional people smugglers, called passeurs in French, have been bringing people across the border of the Schengen region in Europe since the 1920s and have brought with them tales of life-threatening border crossings. The contemporary migration crisis that is threatening to destabilize the European Union is reviving political attention around these passeurs and the hazardous journeys they lead, particularly across the Alps at the French-Italian border. Federica Di Blasio will present some of the narrative of these people smugglers and the role they have played in transporting migrants of all nationalities since World War II.

Still of Federica Di Blasio, Ph.D. Candidate and Teaching Associate in the Department of Italian at UCLA
Still of Federica Di Blasio, Ph.D. Candidate and Teaching Associate in the Department of Italian at UCLA

Federica Di Blasio is a Ph.D. Candidate and Teaching Associate in the Department of Italian at UCLA. She is interested in the depiction of mobility and global space in contemporary literature and has been working on stories of border crossings in Italian and European cinema. In her dissertation, Di Blasio applies a geopolitical lens to the Italian literary canon, investigating how “no-global” and “no-border” attitudes work in the aesthetics of authors like Pavese, Calvino, Pasolini, and Celati.

Join us to hear more about Di Blasio’s thoughts on the immigrant crisis in Europe and its long history.


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Federica Di Blasio to Discuss People Smuggling in Europe from World War II to the Present
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