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Scholarly Musings: Italian Communists in Sydney

Past Event

Tuesday, 7 March 2017 - 11am to 12pm

Italian Communists in Sydney

With Gianfranco Cresciani

Between 1971 and 1991 the Italian Communist Party strove to mobilise Italian migrants in Australia in order to extend its influence and power, attract their vote and defend their rights. It established an autonomous federation in Sydney, as well as the Federation of Italian Migrants and Families. This resulted in a troubled relationship with the Communist Party of Australia and in ASIO’s grassroots surveillance of Italian migrants.

Join author and academic Gianfranco Cresciani as he discusses his research on this fascinating topic.

Gianfranco Cresciani was awarded in 1978 a Master of Arts with first Class Honours by the University of Sydney. He is a Doctor of Letters, honoris causa, from the University of New South Wales and a member of the Scientific Committee of the journal Altreitalie, published by the Centro Altreitalie, Turin, Italy. He has researched on the history of Italian migration to Australia since 1971, and is the author of many books, articles, exhibitions, radio and television programs and web sites in Australia and Italy on the history of Italian migration to Australia.

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