Professor Alessandro Portelli. lecture Oct 9.2015. UWO

Did you miss Professor Portelli’s lecture in October? Watch the full lecture here.

Professor Alessandro Portelli, world renowned and highly influential oral historian and musicologist, discusses the role of migrant sounds from Afghanistan, China, Ecuador, Philippines, India, Kurdistan, Romania, Senegal, and Somalia in Italian folk music. Can the migrant music we hear in Italian cities and rural areas be recognizied as the new folk music of a multietnic and multicultural country?
In 2015, Professor Portelli was awarded the prestigious Dan David Prize for his extraordinary work over the last three decades in linking oral history and collective memory, completely changing and enriching the way we look at history and the past. With his research, Professor Portelli has transformed the way subjectivity and history coalesce to form meaning. He has been a pivotal figure in the investigation of history and society via eyewitness testimony.



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