We are sharing this MANIFESTO as a call for translating academic knowledge into “acts of citizenship”.
It is the result of a long-distance collaboration between the members of AISCLI (Associazione Italiana per lo Studio delle Culture e Letterature in lingua Inglese) who gathered at the University of Bari in February 2019, and a wide network of postcolonial scholars who took part in the “Citizenship, Law and Literature” workshop at Villa Vigoni (Loveno di Menaggio, Como) in March 2019. At Villa Vigoni we shared the original Italian document proposed by our AISCLI colleagues Marta Cariello and Luigi Cazzato; we translated and reworked it, having shared a set of preoccupations concerning the way contemporary European societies are moving, as well as our trust in the role academic institutions and the humanities can still play in keeping democracy and freedom in view.
We are sending out this MANIFESTO as a message in a bottle, hoping it may reach as many people as possible. We ask all who read and agree with its contents to sign and disseminate it widely through their own networks, institutions, associations, and in their academic environment, thank you.
Director of the postcolonialitalia project
Editor of From the European South: a transdisciplinary journal of postcolonial humanities
University of Padova