Canadian Association for Italian Studies (CAIS)

2019 Conference

Orvieto (TR) Italy

June 13-16


Session Proposals



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Blended Learning in L2/LS and Culture Instruction


In recent years, digital learning has become a permanent feature in the landscape of Italian Studies-related pedagogy, where it has been implemented in different forms and applied to a variety of contexts. Instructors have been increasingly trying to integrate an ever-growing array of (free) digital tools and state-of-the-art online learning strategies into ‘traditional’ Italian language, literature and culture courses worldwide, to the point where technology-enabled blended learning has become a pivotal pedagogical mode in the field.


By means of digital tools, instructors can devise highly engaging activities and design interactive learning environments, which facilitate dialogical exchanges and negotiations in the target language. Different forms of blended learning can be, and have been used to complement more ‘traditional’ pedagogical solutions, and to create blended spaces where students can learn about the target culture while developing their language skills, and even act upon their own sociocultural contexts as a result of following such technology-enabled learning pathways.


This session offers a platform for discussing hybrid/blended modes of instruction in Italian language, literature, and culture courses in global settings. We also welcome approaches of a more theoretical nature.


As we did for all our recent initiatives (i.e. AAIS/CAIS 2017, AAIS 2018), we will endeavour to arrange a publication venue. Publication options may vary depending upon contingencies.


Please submit via email a 200-300-word abstract of the presentation, a brief bio-blurb, and requests for audio-visual equipment to Anita.Virga@wits.ac.za and Brian.Zuccala@wits.ac.za by February 28th, 2019.


ORGANIZERS

Anita Virga, Lecturer, Brian Zuccala, Post-Doc. Fellow

University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa)

anita.virga@wits.ac.za; brian.zuccala@wits.ac.za

Session’s Chair: Samuele Grassi, Università di Firenze



Epos 2.0: mito e miti nell'Italia del XXI secolo


La presente sessione intende esplorare il fervido legame tra mito e cultura contemporanea, focalizzandosi sulle modalita' in cui quest'ultima e' in grado di declinare/rielaborare - in chiave post-moderna - le figure esemplari classiche (Ulisse, Edipo, Fedra…) e post-classiche (Tristano, Faust, Don Giovanni…) e i loro exempla, attraverso la letteratura, il cinema, la musica, il teatro. L'epos di riferimento e' quello greco-romano ma non saranno trascurate le storie bibliche,  le narrazioni orientali, le saghe nordiche. In particolare, sono benvenuti interventi che esaminino come tale "eredita'" sia oggi rappresentata, esaltata, criticata, superata, negata.


Si prega di inviare un abstract (in italiano o inglese) di non oltre 250 parole a Marco Marino (marco.marino@santannainstitute.com) entro e non oltre il 20 febbraio 2019.


ORGANIZERS

Marco Marino and Laura Nieddu

Sant’Anna Institute (Marino), Université "Lumière Lyon 2" (Nieddu)
marco.marino@santannainstitute.com, laura.nie@hotmail.com



Redefining Epic, Romance and Novel in Italian Culture


This panel seeks to continue the fruitful dialogue about the intertwining of epic, romance and novel in Italian culture we started at the AAIS-CSIS 2017 Conference in Columbus, Ohio.


In order to further the scholarship of Bakhtin, Jameson, Doody, and Fusillo among others, we welcome investigations of the widespread presence and reciprocal influence of these three literary forms in the Italian linguistic and cultural space from the Middle Ages to the present day. What motivates their contaminations? What emerges from the collisions of these different styles and worldviews within the Italian context?


We welcome contributions that explore these synergies and contradictions throughout the history of Italian literature as well as different forms of representation including (but not limited to) visual arts, cinema, theatre, television and folk culture.


The primary goal of this panel is to gather innovative contributions on epic, romance and novel (alongside those we already welcomed in 2017) for a collection of essays on the topic.


Please submit a 250-words abstract, biographical information, and technical requirements to Lucia Gemmani (lucia-gemmani@uiowa.edu) and Andrea Privitera (aprivite@uwo.ca). The deadline for submission is February 28th, 2019.


ORGANIZERS

Lucia Gemmani, Andrea Privitera

University of Iowa, University of Western Ontario, Università di Padova

lucia-gemmani@uiowa.edu, aprivite@uwo.ca



Traces of God in 20th century Italian poetry


During the last two decades, theological, biblical, mystical and exegetical perspective applied to 20th century Italian poetry studies has become more necessary to reach an exhaustive overview of the Italian religious poetry tradition. Despite the obvious importance of the interplay between poetic language, the biblical code and its theological implications in the Italian poetic tradition, there is a dearth of studies addressing the role played by biblical influences and theology implications in contemporary Italian poetry. The aim of the panel is to bring the attention on the exploration of divinity in 20th century Italian poets such as Alda Merini, David Maria Turoldo, Giorgio Caproni, Giovanni Testori, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Mario Luzi, Margherita Guidacci, Cristina Campo and others, through biblical and mystical influences, theological implications and their deep relation with the language. The aim is also to show how poets have employed mystical and biblical symbols and themes to create an intimate conversation with God and to engage with the religious/mystical experience of the divine.

Papers should not exceed 15-20 minutes.


Please submit a 250-words abstract, biographical information, and technical requirements to Valentina Calista (vale.cal@libero.it). The deadline for submission is February 28th, 2019.


ORGANIZER

Valentina Calista

University of Reading

vale.cal@libero.it



Perspectives on Italian Modernism


There are several trends in Italian Modernism and there have been several ways, in which literary criticism has dealt with it. This session aims at retrieving some of those readings and updating them by offering both new interpretations of the literary works by authors who are by now canonic and others who may need to be read again with a different perspective. In poetry, the works by Carducci, Pascoli and D’Annunzio end up running parallel to the works of Futurism and the Crepuscular poets before the advent of Hermetic poetry. In theater, the works by Pirandello pushed several other playwrights, from Giacosa to Rosso di San Secondo, in the background. In narrative, the novels by D’Annunzio, Svevo and Pirandello were only the most conspicuous expression of a fertile season, which included modernist writers such as Fogazzaro and De Marchi, before the decades that preceded World War I. The Italian avant-garde movements did not limit themselves to that great and crucial phenomenon, which Futurism was.


The session is open to papers that intend to explore the works by the aforementioned authors as well as lesser-known authors whom we need to consider with a new critical approach. The session welcomes new critical perspectives on such authors and a comparative and interdisciplinary approach to them.


ORGANIZER

Ernesto Livorni

University of Wisconsin - Madison

elivorni@wisc.edu


La città nella poesia dialettale


La città è un tema che è ricorso spesso in letteratura, soprattutto a partire dalla fine del XIX secolo.


Essa ha trovato plurime occasioni di rappresentazione in lingua standard, ma di meno negli idiomi a valenza regionale/locale.


Il panel sarà dedicato alla città così come raffigurata nella poesia dialettale. In una tale ottica, saranno apprezzate proposte che mostrano la città in modo ampio. Suggerire una scelta non è semplice e il rischio è quello di isolare raffigurazioni degne di analisi. In considerazione di questo, possono essere presentate, ad esempio, proposte in termini di luogo geografico, di simbolo di dinamiche individuali e sociali, di vernacolo in uso, di suoni e ritmi, di tensioni melanconiche/nostalgiche, di memoria, di odio/amore, di sogno. Proposte volte a dare una rappresentazione “altra” verranno salutate positivamente.


Saranno apprezzati i contributi nei diversi dialetti (o presunti tali) italiani, particolarmente quelli che rimangono un po’ più nascosti, e che trattano della città nelle diverse epoche storiche.


Chi volesse partecipare con una relazione (della durata di 15-20 minuti) può inviare a chielmonzone@libero.it un abstract di circa 350 parole e un breve profilo scientifico entro il 28 febbraio 2019.


ORGANIZER

Chiel Monzone

Independent scholar

chielmonzone@libero.it



Reconstructing Theatre Audiences in Early Modern Italy


Theatre in 17th century Italy was a dominant institution that embraced many genres, styles, and modes of performance by amateurs and professional artists, and was directed to many diverse audiences ranging from academic, courtly, religious, and scholarly circles to the broad public. This call for papers invites abstracts from scholars interested in exploring questions relating to the reception that a particular form of theatre received, as well as what such information reveals about the relationship of the audience to the theatrical representations they were witnessing and how they saw themselves reflected in them.


Abstracts could include textual analyses of plays and/or specific performances which probe an historical and theoretical investigation into how audiences shaped, and were shaped by, the heterogeneous Italian theatre of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Lines of inquiry might address the role of metatheatrical devices, the casting of an implicit audience through characterization and emplottment, the construction of a specific audience as evidenced in specific dramaturgical choices, the activation of specific audience responses via textual references and physicality, the politics of space and place in selecting and segregating spectators, and the function of didacticism (both religious and secular) as benchmarks of public engagement in early modern theatre in Italy.


We are also interested in papers dealing with enduring theatrical and performance practices which still influence theatre today.

Please email your abstract (max 250 words) and your bio (max 50 words) in English or Italian to Rosalind Kerr (rkerr@ualberta.ca) and Stefano Muneroni (stefano.muneroni@ualberta.ca) by the deadline of February 28, 2019.


ORGANIZERS

Rosalind Kerr and Stefano Muneroni

University of Alberta (Emerita), University of Alberta (Associate Professor)

rkerr@ualberta.ca, stefano.muneroni@ualberta.ca



Life in Renaissance Venice


The population in Renaissance Venice consisted of citizens, a large immigrant population, for labor, and a constant stream of foreign visitors. While this diversity posed a unique problem for Venetian authorities, it enriched the material culture of the city, making the function and experience of culture and everyday life unique for each inhabitant.


This session welcomes papers employing inter-disciplinary approaches to understanding everyday life in Renaissance Venice.


Possible topics include:

  • Women (elite or ordinary)
  • Citizens and foreigners
  • Trading objects and foreign goods
  • The physical environment
  • Domestic space
  • Fashion and fabric
  • Objects of significance (sacred or profane)
  • Places of significance (bridges, canals, cemeteries, etc.)
  • Art and artists
  • Architecture and culture
  • Culture and controversy
  • Cultural transitions
  • Experiencing and participating in culture

Papers should be 15-20 minutes in duration.


Please submit a 250-word abstract, biographical information or brief CV, and audiovisual requirements to Julie Fox-Horton at foxhorton@etsu.edu. Please do not forget to include your email address, academic affiliation, and institutional contact information with your abstract. Submission deadline is February 15th, 2019.


ORGANIZER

Julie Fox-Horton

East Tennessee State University

foxhorton@etsu.edu



Italian Utopian and Intentional Communities Past and Present


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
  • Italy as utopia
  • 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 100-word abstract for a 20-minute paper, plus a one-page CV. 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 31st.


ORGANIZER

Cristina Perissinotto

University of Ottawa

cperissi@uottawa.ca

cristinaperissinotto.org



Teaching Italian in the Age of Hybrid and Mega Classes


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. Deadline: January 31st.


ORGANIZER

Cristina Perissinotto

University of Ottawa

cperissi@uottawa.ca

cristinaperissinotto.org



Travel in Italy and Italians Traveling Abroad


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
  • Italian non-places

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


Please submit a 100 word abstract for a 20-minute paper, plus a one-page CV. 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 31st.


ORGANIZER

Cristina Perissinotto

University of Ottawa

cperissi@uottawa.ca

cristinaperissinotto.org



The dark side of the hero in Renaissance Literature


Since ancient times heroes cross the immense lands of literature. From place to place famous poets narrated actions and passions of heroes, holding them up to us. The figure of hero has never left literature. It goes through centuries and several literary genres. Although in the collective consciousness the word ‘hero’ has always been connected with courage, fortitude, force, justice, wisdom and other chivalric virtues, during the Renaissance the image of hero changed, assuming new aspects. The Renaissance revalued the study of human beings. In fact, as reason illuminated the complexity of the human spirit, heroes displayed their murky side. Such figures as Tancredi and Orlando arose and showed the deep contradictions of everyone. The Renaissance hero is no longer different from other people by nature but only by degree. This is immediately clear if we compare Renaissance hero to great Homer’s characters. The passions that move Homer’s heroes and more generally Medieval heroes, are very powerful, but they are simple and erupt quickly. On the other hand, even Ariosto and Tasso felt the intricacy of their hearts and described it in their poems.


This panel aims to investigate the changes that occurred in the figure of the hero and his/her values. We invite proposals for papers, in English or Italian, on the base of, but not limited to, following themes:

  • the changes in epic form;
  • the values and disvalues of hero or antihero;
  • the chivalric virtues;
  • how Renaissance culture influenced a new concept of hero;
  • the concept of hero in the collective imagination;
  • the expectations of the reader or audience.

Please send a 250-word abstract, a short bio and a request for audio-visual equipment to:  Vincenzo Caputo (vincenzo.caputo@unina.it) and Marcello Sabbatino (marcello.sabbatino@hotmail.it) by February 28th, 2019.


ORGANIZERS

Marcello Sabbatino and Vicenzo Caputo

University of Pisa, University of Naples Federico II

marcello.sabbatino@hotmail.it, vincenzo.caputo@unina.it



The Affirmative Biopolitics of Roberto Esposito


According to Roberto Esposito, there is an emancipatory potential within biopolitics that is yet unrealized. Whereas Foucault, in Il Faut Défendre la Société, links biopolitics to the rise of racism and the state management of the population, Esposito believes biopolitics also provides opportunities for an affirmative politics of life. This session will focus on the meaning and implications of Esposito’s thesis.

Deadline: February 1, 2019.


ORGANIZER

Tim Christiaens

KU Leuven

t.christiaens@kuleuven.be



Transnational and Transcultural Italy through Cinema, Media, Art, Literature and History


In Migration Studies Bach et al. defined transnationalism as “the processes by which (im)migrants and refugees forge and maintain multi-stranded social relations that link together their places of origin and places of settlement.” Starting from this interpretation this interdisciplinary panel seeks to analyze in which way(s) Italian (im)migrants and migrants (to any country) are (mis-)represented and become the source of production of a transnational culture. Transnationalism and/or Transculturalism, then, stretch the idea of Italian nationals and Italian culture expressed in different ways that we aim to analyze through this panel.


This session welcomes any cultural production embedding but not limited to literature, poetry, films and media, artifacts, photography, plays and more. An interdisciplinary approach especially with social sciences but not limited to them is also encouraged. This panel accepts presentations of any time period related to (im)migrants and a comparative approach is also welcome especially with other nationalities/cultures involved with Italy and through different cultural productions or disciplines.


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

  • Italian Migrants abroad
  • Immigrants in Italy
  • Italian Postcolonial Legacies
  • Italian Jews communities
  • Globalization, Glocalization and Transculturalism
  • Italy and its Borders

ORGANIZER

Rosario Pollicino

Western University

rpollici@uwo.ca



Translanguaging in Italian language pedagogy


The increasing number of multilinguals in today’s world has changed the way language education evaluates the importance of the linguistic repertoire present in language classes. Multilingualism brings about a number of positive linguistic, cognitive, and social advantages to students and people with a diverse linguistic and cultural background (Cenoz and Gorter, 2013). The pedagogical implication that derives from this is that we should recognize, accept, and reinforce the link between languages and create softer boundaries between them. One of the names coined to define such a practice is translanguaging (Cenoz and Gorter, 2017). Translanguaging is much more than translating and code-switching: it enables processing and understanding of information in different languages; it also enables complex and interrelated language practices that do not pertain to one or another language but result from the speaker’s total language repertoire, historically, culturally, and socially defined (García and Li, 2014). Originality and creativity are typical characteristics of translanguaging.


Given that multilinguals develop a sophisticated type of language knowledge (Grosjean, 1985; Cook, 1992), separating languages in the curriculum means adopting a strategy that does not reflect the multilinguals’ experience. Users of different languages naturally resort to their entire language repertoire. Holistic language knowledge and metalinguistic awareness are familiar realities to them and should be the guidelines of reference when organizing pedagogical activities in class.


This session welcomes research experiences that address the concept of translanguaging in Italian language pedagogy. Please send the abstract of your paper (250 words) along with a brief bio to gsalvato@uwindsor.ca by January 31st, 2019.


ORGANIZER

Giuliana Salvato

University of Windsor

gsalvato@uwindsor.ca



Ricordare Fabrizio De André vent'anni dopo: musica, letteratura e anarchismo


Scomparso nel 1999, il cantautore genovese è sempre più accettato anche dall'accademia come un artista degno di attenzione critica e letteraria. Il pannello si propone di esplorare gli aspetti letterari e musicali della produzione del cantautore genovese. Prendendo in considerazione il contesto musicale e culturale degli anni '60, '70 '80 e '90, questa sessione si propone di esplorare i diversi aspetti dell'opera del cantautore, la sua importanza nel panorama musicale, letterario e culturale italiano.

Inviate entro il 21 febbraio 2019 un sunto di 150 parole a Francesco Ciabattoni a fc237@georgetown.edu.


ORGANIZER

Francesco Ciabattoni

Georgetown University

fc237@georgetown.edu


The Italian canzone d’autore: Musicological and/or Literary Perspectives


Critical studies on the Italian canzone d’autore are increasing in academia both within and without Italy. This panel invites a critical reflection on the status of the art from the linguistic, literary, or sociological perspective. The goal is to contribute to define possible academic approaches to this rich field of interdisciplinary scholarship and to begin to provide background, perspective and commentaries in English or Italian on the repertory of Italian cantautori. A possibly helpful too is the following website, which collects translations of and critical context to Italy’s most famous songs: http://italiansongwriters.com


Send 150-word abstracts to fc237@georgetown.edu

Closing Date for Receiving Proposals for this Session: 21 February 2019

ORGANIZER

Francesco Ciabattoni

Georgetown University

fc237@georgetown.edu



“Ogni Gioco Esige Solo Distaccata Soavità”: Games, Toys and Play Ethic in Italian Culture. A Multidisciplinary Panel


From nuclear deterrence to Gamblers Anonymous support groups, play and games have permeated aspects as disparate as economics, political strategy, philosophy, education, esoterica, etc. Games impose rules, but also encourage ways to sidestep them; at the same time, they exalt the players’ super-ego, or simply their capacity to deceive and bluff.


Games are often sublimations of violence and power struggles (e.g. chess, card games, Risiko, World of Warcraft, etc.). Games may also relate to courtship and sexuality, upsetting gender roles between antagonists. Toys are also symbolically charged objects: they may remind of a traumatic childhood, sexual innuendoes, social differences, evoke a suspended state between life and death, reconcile humans with their physicality, and so forth.


A universal form of behaviour among human and non-human animals, game and play are moments of initiation to a competitive life, but they are also expression of equality, suppression of distances, re-direction of violent instincts, harmony with the human and more-than-human agencies.


This panel invites contributions on game, toys, play and gambling in Italian culture from a variety of disciplines, including, but not limited to:

  • Literature;
  • Gender Studies;
  • Ecocriticism and Environmental Humanities;
  • Anthropology;
  • Language Learning;
  • Comparative Studies;
  • Material Cultural Studies;
  • Media Studies, etc.

The contributions will help identify the concept of ‘play ethic’, and how games reflect alternative ethical purposes.

Please send a 250-word proposal and a 50-word biography to the following email addresses:


Dr Samuele Grassi: samuele.grassi@monash.edu

Dr Luigi Gussago: lgussago3@gmail.com


Closing Date for Receiving Proposals for this Session: 28 February 2019


ORGANIZERS

Dr. Luigi Gussago, Dr. Samuele Grassi

Monash University

lgussago3@gmail.com, samuele.grassi@monash.edu


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