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Empire's Mobius Strip


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Stephanie Malia Hom is Executive Director of the Acus Foundation. She is author of The Beautiful Country and tweets @empirestrip.


"Carefully researched and elegantly written, Empire's Mobius Strip deservedly received the American Association of Italian Studies book prize.... Hom's research offers a model and an opportunity for scholars to start unraveling the Mobius strip of imperial formations that underlie the discipline of Italian Studies. It is an urgent and critical mandate."

* Annali d'Italianistica *

"One of the most striking aspects of Empire's Mobius Strip was its artful blend of different discourses: theoretical, historical, journalistic, and personal reflection. At times, the writing is hauntingly poetic."

* La Voce di New York *

"Empire's Mobius Strip offers numerous original perspectives... [and] effectively documents and humanizes the struggle endured by subjects caught up in the twisted loops of imperial formations."

* H-Italy *

"A compelling discussion... Hom's book stands out for its focus on specific sites in Italy and Libya and for the use of archival and ethnographic research to uncover the layers of these palimpsests. Most significantly, Hom disrupts the notion of 'post,' tracing the modern state's continued use of the techniques of empire through detention and bordering practices. For Hom, the infinite loop of the mobius strip represents the influence of colonialism on present-day structures, borders, and movements."

* Italian Studies *

"Its brilliant prose makes [Empire's Mobius Strip] easily accessible to anyone interested in today's migration crisis in the Mediterranean and elsewhere in the world."

* American Historical Review *

"The 'migrant crisis' of the past decade has been depicted far too reductively by those who want to frighten people or exploit their sentimentality. But journalists and scholars are now giving us sharper focus and deeper insights... Stephanie Malia Hom, in Empire's Mobius Strip shows with analytical elegance how the treatment of migrants in Italy has roots in the colonial past."

* Times Literary Supplement *

"Today, she argues, the harsh detentions imposed both on the Roma and on Mediterranean migrants echo Italy's brutal incarceration - and subsequent genocide - of nomadic Bedouin between 1929 and 1933."

* Survival: Global Politics and Strategy *

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