This is the first online database of Italophone immigrant writers who write and publish their work in Italy. The site, created in 1996 by Professor Armando Gnisci, is regularly updated. It collects bibliographic data on texts by immigrant writers produced in Italy since the 1990s. The database contains works mainly by writers who have settled in Italy as part of recent mass migration. The database also comprises information on works by foreign writers who have chosen to live in Italy since the second half of the twentieth century, writing in Italian. Users can carry out free research on: writers and their works; critics and their works and dissertations. Additionally, from the same Web page users can access Kuma, an online journal containing: previously unpublished texts by immigrant writers; essays; bibliographies; information on migrant literature, art, and culture. The website "Basili" and the journal "Kuma" would be of significance to postgraduate students and scholars in Italian Studies considering the growing recent academic attention on migration in Italy, migrant writing in Italian and creolization of European culture.
This website is an online archive of short stories and poetry by immigrant authors writing in Italian, and is made available by Eks&tra, an association that aims to promote awareness of immigrants' writing in Italy. The texts deal with themes such as the integration of foreigners in Italian society and culture, and the problems surrounding memory and identity for immigrants. All the authors are contemporary and, on the whole, have not published previously. Prize winners are listed along with the winning stories. Texts are available to view online or to download in PDF format.
Users must first register, which is however free. There is a search facility for the archive or users can browse a list of texts. Upcoming events and meetings are advertised in a News section and users can register for email updates. Eks&tra was established in 1995 and awards prizes annually for immigrant writing, judged by a jury consisting of academics and writers. The association is supported by the Centro di Educazione Interculturale della Provincia di Mantova (The Province of Mantua's Centre for Intercultural Education). The site also allows users to purchase copies of books, which are exclusive to Eks&tra. This site is of particular interest to those studying immigration or modern Italian society, as well as those interested in the literature of marginalized groups in Italy, or the themes of identity and memory in literature.
This is the website for El Ghibli, the first Italian journal of migrant literature (ISSN 1824-663X), with an editorial staff formed by migrant writers. The journal was created in 2003 and is now freely available online. This journal offers short stories and poems by migrant writers living in Italy who write both in Italian and their native language. The journal also makes available original works by international migrant writers. The editors of the site intend to offer translations of some of the content into English, French, Spanish and Arabic. The journal also contains reviews and information on migrant literature, art and culture around the world. It would be of use particularly for postgraduates and scholars interested in multiculturalism and migrant writings in Italy.
The Euro-Islam website provides information on Islam and Muslims in Europe and the United States as part of a European Commission-funded project based at the GSRL (Groupe de Sociologie des Religions et de la Laïcité), a CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) research institute in Paris. Two of the most useful sections are: News, consisting of brief summaries of stories with links to full-text articles; and Country Profiles, presenting comprehensive background information on Muslim populations in 13 European countries and four cities. The country profiles include information on: demographics; the labour market; education; state and church relations; political participation; Muslim organisations; Islamic practice; public perceptions of Islam; media coverage; and legislation relating to Islam. Essays presenting transnational analyses of some of these issues are being developed, and the structure of the country profiles is useful for transnational comparison as well.
The site also includes: information on current and past research projects; an extensive bibliography; and links to websites on Islam as well as to relevant journals, research groups and institutes. The site is a valuable resource for all researchers and students looking for reliable and current information on Islam in Europe and the United States.
The Islam in Western Europe website is a gateway maintained by Martin Riexinger at the Seminar for Arabic and Islamic Studies in Göttingen, Germany. It provides links to a wide range of resources on Islam and Muslims in Europe, organised by country and resource type. Resource categories include: articles, reports and dossiers; organisations; research institutes; local associations and mosques; media; and education and interfaith dialogue. The geographical coverage is quite broad, and the site includes sections on Europe in general as well as Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Ireland, Spain, France, Italy, Austria, Portugal, Switzerland and Scandinavia. Separate pages for Germany and Great Britain also bring together an even wider number of resources, particularly articles and reports, official statistics and documents, and links to organisations and local associations. Although many of the links are not very well annotated, the site is of great value for its collection of published articles related to Islam in Europe from academic and media sources. It is also a good source for initial research on Muslim organisations in European countries.
Kúmá (ISSN 1724-9163) is an online magazine dedicated to migrant writers in Italy. It was developed by Professor Armando Gnisci of the Università "La Sapienza" in Rome. The magazine is divided into sections including: narrative; theatre/cinema; music; poetry; and criticism. The site presents articles, book reviews, interviews, poetry, and fiction written by and on migrant writers. Information is also provided on the latest relevant publications and Italian editors who publish works by migrant authors. Editorials deal with various aspects relating to cultural and literary issues affecting migrants in Italy. Details are given on Web projects, events, and conferences that take migrant studies as their basis. It is possible to subscribe to a newsletter. Users should note that at the time of cataloguing some links on this site were broken. This resource would interest anyone researching migrant literature and culture in Italy, as a source of both primary and secondary material.
The official website of Tariq Ramadan, a well-known European Muslim scholar and public intellectual, provides information on Ramadan and his work as well as other articles and resources related to Islam and Muslims in the West. The site includes: a brief biography; recent and upcoming events listings; descriptions and reviews of Ramadan's books; links to a large number of his articles in academic and mainstream journals; and a good number of audio and video files of Ramadan's lectures, debates and media appearances. It also includes articles by other authors about Ramadan or about issues related to Islam in the West. Although the focus of the site is on the political, intellectual and social questions related to the presence of Muslim populations in Europe and the United States, the site also includes a 'spirituality' section that focuses more on religious questions. This will be a useful source for students and researchers at all levels with an interest in contemporary Islam in Europe and the United States.
"Voci dal silenzio: cultura e letteratura della migrazione" is a website run by a group of people collaborating with CIES-Centro Informazione e Educazione allo Sviluppo, in Ferrara. CIES is an Italian association working for the full integration of immigrants in Italian society. This site aims to give voice to immigrants in Italy through writing and literature. In particular, its main interest lies in two sections entitled "letteratura della migrazione" and "letteratura sull'immigrazione" respectively. The former offers a bibliography of works by immigrant writers in Italy; the latter includes a bibliography of texts (mostly by Italian writers and intellectuals) about migration in - as well as from - Italy. The Italian authors writing on migration who are mentioned on the site are: Sandro Veronesi; Carmine Abate; Santino Spinelli; Armando Gnisci; Massimiliano Melilli; Andrea Camilleri; Melania Mazzucco; and many others. Moreover, the site provides updated information on conferences and events, interviews with intellectuals working and writing on this topic, as well as books and articles reviews. The site contains a lot of good material, although the graphics may prove distracting. It is a good starting point for students interested in migrant literature and multiculturalism in Italy, as well as for scholars who want to be updated on this topic. The site is entirely in Italian.