1) Idealizing Women in the Italian Renaissance 


Organizers: Elena Brizio (Georgetown University - Fiesole Campus); Marco Piana (McGill University)


Session’s Chair: TBA


Between the fifteenth and seventeenth century, Italy witnessed a lively debate regarding the role of women in society, history and religion. Contemporary authors, both men and women, appealed to the authority of classical and medieval philosophers in complex and nuanced ways to redefine the idea of womanhood in a changing society. Despite this open and fruitful dialogue, women were often idealized according to a strict model of female virtue based on a culture of honor and chastity that was reflected in the arts as well as in law and daily life. The aim of this panel, therefore, is that of analyzing how women were idealized, what rhetorical, philosophical, or historical tools were used, and how this vision differs from theory and practice. Papers might focus on (but are not limited to) the following aspects of this comparison across the early modern world from 1400-1700 CE:

  • Iconographic representations of idealized women, and the different requests in male and female art patrons;
  • Idealized women in literature and theatre;
  • Idealized representations of the self in the visual arts and in literature;
  • Idealization of women in philosophical texts as well as in their sources;
  • Personal practices of piety and the devotional trends active within or outside Church orthodoxy;
  • Sumptuary laws and their importance in 'making or breaking' the image of a woman;
  • Manipulation of rules, accommodation of conflicts, social negotiation.
Please send an abstract in English or Italian, a 150-250 word bio, an AV request and, if possible, 1 page CV to eb893@georgetown.edu and/or marco.piana@mail.mcgill.ca by January 10, 2018.




2) Italy in the Mediterranean and the Mediterranean in Italy


Organizers: Rosario Pollicino (University of Western Ontario)


Session's Chair: TBA


The Mediterranean has always been a geographic area of important movements and crossings from the ancient until contemporary times. This session focuses on the relationship Italy has with the Mediterranean intended as link, which goes beyond the simple geographic area by highlighting connections, which have been established through history, and historical facts that are still relevant today. 

In regards to Humanities, this session welcomes any cultural production embedding but not limited to literature, poetry, films and media, artifacts, photography, plays and more but an interdisciplinary approach is also encouraged. We seek to understand what are the messages these artistic expressions manifest and the heterogeneity that comes out of them while still being connected. Although a focus on modern and contemporary period is preferred this panel accepts also presentation of any time period related to Italy and the Mediterranean. A comparative approach is also welcome especially with other nationalities/cultures involved with the theme or through different cultural productions or disciplines.


The presentations may include but are not limited to the following topics through any theoretical approach:

  • Italy and the Maghreb
  • Italy and the Former Yugoslavia
  • Italy and the Dodecanese
  • Migration through the Mediterranean
  • Jews Studies and the Mediterranean
  • Globalization and Nationalism in the Mediterranean
  • Holocaust in the Mediterranean
  • WWI, WWII and the Mediterranean
  • Women and Gender Studies in the Mediterranean

Please submit an abstract in English, Italian or French and a short bio to Rosario Pollicino, Western University, rpollici@uwo.ca by February 15, 2018.




3) Italian Studies in the Digital age

 

Organizers: Isabella Magni (Newberry Library (Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow)); Andrea Penso (Vrije Universiteit Brussel – VUB (FWO Postodoctoral Fellow))


Sessions Chair: TBA


In the past few years we are witnessing a tumultuous development of the digital humanities on an international scale, offering innovative research and teaching methods, often leading to new questions, reading and interpretations. The panel aims to open a discussion to investigate how Italian Studies are dealing with technological and methodological innovations, to understand the developments, risks and potentials, and to discuss future prospects of the discipline. Topics may include: 

  • application of new technologies to any aspect of Italian studies (literature, culture, arts, cinema etc.); 
  • digital editions and digital projects, completed or in progress; 
  • individual case studies or collaborations; 
  • working groups engaged in the digitization process of big amounts of data; 
  • social, gender, cultural and multicultural aspects of digital humanities; 
  • digital methods: achievements and setbacks; 
  • digital humanities in pedagogy and curricula; 

Please send an abstract in English or Italian and a short bio to andrea.penso@vub.ac.be and magnii@newberry.org by January 20, 2018.




4) Travel in Italy and Italians Travelling Abroad

 

Organizers: Cristina Perissinotto (University of Ottawa)


Sessions Chair: TBA


Papers are sought that address the discourse of travel, identity and the individual in Italian

culture. We seek papers about travel in Italy, as well as about Italian travelers abroad. We would like to see papers from a wide range of theoretical and cultural perspectives, including anthropology, women’s studies, literary criticism and cultural studies. Papers may be presented in English, French or Italian.

 

Possible topics might include:

  • alienation and displacement
  • cartography
  • orientalism
  • women's travel
  • travel and identity formation
  • travel and the construction of the other
  • travel as pilgrimage
  • travel and languages

If you need audiovisual equipment, please indicate your requirements in your submission.


Please submit a 150-word abstract for a 20-minute paper, plus a one-page CV to cperissi@uottawa.ca. Submissions will only be accepted if pasted in the body of an email message (regretfully, no attachment will be opened). Please don’t forget to include your email address and institutional contact information. Submissions expected no later than January 20th, 2018.




5) Teaching Italian in the Age of Hybrid and Mega Classes


Organizer: Cristina Perissinotto (University of Ottawa)

 

Sessions Chair: TBA


Discussion of teaching methods of Italian in the era of hybrid courses, mega classes, and MOOCs. It will be an occasion to analyze strategies, best practices, and exchange information. Brief presentations of books published in this field by the participants are welcome. 


If you need audiovisual equipment, please indicate your requirements in your submission.


Please submit a 150-word abstract for a 20-minute paper, plus a one-page CV to cperissi@uottawa.ca. Submissions will only be accepted if pasted in the body of an email message (regretfully, no attachment will be opened). Please don’t forget to include your email address and institutional contact information. Submissions expected no later than January 20th, 2018.




6) Italian Utopian and Intentional Communities Past and Present


Organizer: Cristina Perissinotto (University of Ottawa)

 

Sessions Chair: TBA


Papers are sought that address the topic of intentional and utopian communities past and present in Italian geography, culture and literature. These spaces can be physical, mental, linguistic, political, cultural, spiritual, virtual and literary. Papers may be presented in English, French or Italian.


Possible topics might include:


  • Preplanned cities of the Renaissance
  • Intentional communities in Italy
  • Terra di Lei
  • Nomadelfia
  • Intentional communities and urban development
  • Films on utopian communities
  • Utopian representations of geographical, imaginary or spiritual places
  • Ideal representations of communal life
  • Religious and secular intentional communities
  • The Internet and the formation of Intentional Communities
  • Utopia and dystopia in Italian culture and society
  • Literary utopias past and present
  • La città del sole by Campanella
  • La città felice by Francesco Patrizi da Cherso
  • Sforzinda
  • Pienza
  • Palmanova


If you need audiovisual equipment, please indicate your requirements in your submission.


Please submit a 150-word abstract for a 20-minute paper, plus a one-page CV to cperissi@uottawa.ca. Submissions will only be accepted if pasted in the body of an email message (regretfully, no attachment will be opened). Please don’t forget to include your email address and institutional contact information. Submissions expected no later than January 20, 2018.




7) Works in Progress

 

Organizer: Benedetta Lamanna (University of Toronto)

 

Sessions Chair: TBA

 

This session seeks to showcase papers by current undergraduate and graduate students of Italian Studies and related programs. While the session will focus on PhD theses currently in progress, the session also welcomes papers by students who have not yet begun the thesis stage of their degree. Papers from across disciplines and time periods are welcome.

 

Please submit a 150-word abstract in English, Italian or French and a short biographical blurb to b.lamanna@mail.utoronto.ca by January 15th, 2018. Please include your email address, institutional contact information and any audiovisual needs in your submission.

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