"As did citizens of other imperial powers, Italians routinely represented colonial territories as “empty,” and colonial populations as dwelling in a remote, and yet coeval, past. In the words of Johannes Fabian, they “assign[ed] to the conquered populations a different time” in the process of reconciling the presence of the colonized with the colonial territory’s presumed emptiness. Instead of removing populations physically, this conceptual displacement shifted aspects of the colonial space itself to another temporal frame. Borrowing Anne McClintock’s terms, the colonized were “displaced onto … anachronistic space … a permanently anterior time within the geographic space of the modern empire as anachronistic humans.” Such rhetorical acrobatics allowed Italian colonizers to see the colonized in general as there but “not-now,” which made their presence seem less relevant and less challenging to the colonizers." - Mia Fuller, Moderns Abroad (2005).