Edinburgh workshop programme

Workshop Four: The Stereotype Abroad: Mammismo in the Italian Diaspora

followed by

Public Event: Maw or Mamma? Mothers and Motherhood in the Italian-Scottish community


Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High St, Edinburgh, EH1 1SR

Saturday 17 May 2014



9.00am -1.00pm


Session 1: Chair Penny Morris (University of Glasgow)

Perry Willson/Penny Morris introductory remarks

Maddalena Tirabassi (Centro Altreitalie, Turin) ‘The good mammas in Italian migrant families in the USA and Canada’

Susanna Garroni (Università di RomaTre) Paper title tbc

Silvia Barocci (Università di Urbino), ‘Stirring the tomato soup with the wooden spoon: portraits of a mom in Tina De Rosa’s Paperfish




Session 2: Chair Perry Willson (University of Dundee) 

Francesco Ricatti (University of the Sunshine Coast), ‘Voices of Italian women in Australia’

Adalgisa Giorgio (University of Bath) ‘Italian parenting and motherhood in New Zealand’


There are a small number of places available for persons wishing to attend the morning workshop and to participate in the debate but without presenting a paper. There is no fee for the workshop but numbers are limited.

To book a place at the morning workshop, please send a short c.v. to Emily Ryder, La Mamma Project Administrator. Her email address is lamammaitaliana@gmail.com.

Small bursaries may be available to fund the travel and subsistence expenses for UK postgraduate students. If you wish to apply for a bursary please contact Emily Ryder.






2pm – 5pm

Maw or Mamma? Mothers and Motherhood in the Italian-Scottish community


Speakers will include Mary Contini (of Valvona & Crolla and author of Dear Francesca: An Italian Journey of Recipes Recounted with Love and Dear Olivia: An Italian Journey of Love and Courage), Prof Margaret Rose (Milan State University), Laura Pasetti (Piccolo Teatro, Milan) and members of the Italian Scottish Community.


The full programme for this event will appear shortly