Javier P. Grossutti

Università degli Studi di Udine

Italian mosaic and terrazzo workers in New York: the transplantation of an aesthetic and artisanal heritage.


Javier P. Grossutti was born in Argentina in 1967 and graduated in Political Sciences from the University of Buenos Aires in 1991. Also in 1991, he "returned" to Friuli and attended a specialization course at the Degree course in International and Diplomatic Sciences at the University of Trieste in Gorizia. He received his Doctorate in Political Geography from the University of Trieste (1994-1996). His research thesis, "I 'rientri' in Friuli da Argentina, Brasile, Uruguay e Venezuela (1989-1991)", was published in 1997. His main field of study includes: Friulian emigration, return migration and problems connected to Friulian and Italian communities abroad, where he has conducted numerous surveys for the Universities of Trieste, Trento and Udine. He has carried out research in collaboration with the Universities of Caen (France), Buenos Aires, Quilmes, Cuyo-Mendoza and Patagonia (Argentina) and Itaja" (Brazil). He participated in the projects "Regional Development and Cultural Landscape Change: the Example of the Alps - Evaluating and Adjusting EU and National Policies to Manage a Balanced Change" and "Future in the Alps", collaborating with universities and research centers in Austria, France, Germany, Liechtenstein, Switzerland and Slovenia. He has held courses on Italian emigration and return migration for the University of Udine. Currently he is contracted researcher at the University of Udine, Faculty of Economics, and contracted professor at the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, also at the University of Udine. His main publications include: Una forma particolare di immigrazione: i 'rientri' in Trentino dall"America Latina 1989-1994 (Milan 1997); Una scelta difficile. Egidio Feruglio in Argentina (Udine 1997); L"emigrazione dal Friuli. Saggio bibliografico (Pordenone 1997); Les coopératives de travail des maçons frioulans en France (Caen 2001); Friulani d"Argentina: l"altra patria oltreoceano 1875-1914 (Roma 2004);Vivir en dos lugares al mismo tiempo. Los enfermeros de Pantianicco (Friuli) en Buenos Aires (siglos XIX-XX) (Buenos Aires 2005); Flussi migratori di rientro e trasformazione dell"economia friulana tra shock petrolifero, terremoto e apertura dell"Est Europeo (San Marino 2007). He was also the scientific editor of the section "Emigration and work" of the Provincial Museum of Country Life "Diogene Penzi".