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 (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

Please submit via email a 200-300-words abstract of the presentation and, a brief bio-blurb, and requests for audio-visual equipment to Rosario Pollicino: rpollici@utk.edu by February 28th, 2019.


ORGANIZER

Rosario Pollicino

University of Tennessee, Knoxville

rpollici@utk.edu



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



Ius linguae: Transcultural Literature in Contemporary Italy


As Igiaba Scego points out in a recent article commenting on Helena Janeczek’s Strega award, the linguistic migration of transcultural writers who choose to write in the language of Dante and Manzoni carries both literary and political implications. At a time of conflict-fraught debates over the question of citizenship by blood (jus sanguinis) or birth (jus solis), as the struggle to define italianità endures in today’s ever-diversifying Italy, these writers—she argues—can claim citizenship in Italian literature jus linguae, based on the language they have embraced, and the literary tradition to which they are contributing with their creative outputs. In stark contrast to this inclusionary perspective, new legislation recently proposed by Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister, Matteo Salvini, reduces jus linguae and jus culturae—in the form of a citizenship test—to a means of implementing the exclusionary policies of the new government.


This panel will address the multiple implications of transcultural writing in Italian, broadly understood as writing that crosses cultures and acknowledges the mutually transformative power of cultures—an orientation that is acquiring increasing importance in the Italian literary context, as the country is increasingly affected by the cultural flows spawned by global mobility. Relevant approaches range from the discussion of overarching theoretical questions to close analysis of specific texts. Pertinent topics also include translation as a means of cultural mediation, and transcultural literature as a pedagogical tool.


Please submit a 250-words abstract (in Italian or English), a brief bio-blurb, and requests for audio-visual equipment to Cinzia Blum (cinzia-blum@uiowa.edu). The deadline for submission is February 28th, 2019.


ORGANIZERS

Cinzia Blum, Deborah Contrada

University of Iowa

cinzia-blum@uiowa.edu, deborah-contrada@uiowa.edu



The Future of Italian Studies


Where are Italian Studies headed?


The most recent MLA census report on enrollments in languages other than English (2016) revealed that Italian enrollments declined 20% between 2013 and 2016. Of all the foreign languages surveyed by the MLA, Italian has the lowest percentage of enrollments at the advanced level, with a ratio of 10 beginning students per advanced student (https://www.mla.org/content/download/83540/2197676/2016-Enrollments-Short-Report.pdf).


At an institutional level, Italian Studies programs face curricular and/or financial cuts and setbacks, reflecting a shift in institutional values.


Graduate students and junior colleagues grapple with an increasingly bleak job market. The 2016-2017 MLA preliminary report on the Job Information List shows that foreign language jobs dropped 20.9% below the 2009-10 level (https://mlaresearch.mla.hcommons.org/2017/10/17/preliminary-report-on-the-mla-job-information-list-2016-17/).


We cannot deny that our profession is undergoing a crisis, yet there remain reasons to be hopeful. For example, some language programs have maintained or increased their enrollment, defying the national trend. Students continue to flock to Italy as one of the top study abroad destinations.


This session welcomes contributions providing constructive responses to the current state of Italian Studies. What are some best and/or new practices that we might adopt now as instructors, researchers, and administrators to confront these challenges? Which initiatives and innovations could pave the way to a brighter future for Italian Studies?


Closing Date for Receiving Proposals for this Session: February 15th, 2019


ORGANIZER

Renée Anne Poulin

Baylor University

ra_poulin@baylor.edu



What is Life All About? Fulfilling Lives in Medieval and Early Modern Italy


Wealth, work, reputation and honor, family, religious belief, love, children, entertainment: How did men and women in Medieval and Early Modern Italy make their lives fulfilling and worth living? What provided lives meaning according to the contemporary cultural conventions, moral beliefs, and philosophical doctrines? To what extent were people able to give voice to personal aspirations, in order to mold their existences, despite their social identity, relationships, and cultural background? This interdisciplinary session aims at exploring some of the ways in which men and women led fulfilling lives. All perspectives on the topic are welcome.


Please submit a 200-250 word proposal (in Italian or English), plus a one-page CV, and audio-visual request by February 28th, 2019 to Paolo Pucci (ppucci@uvm.edu).


ORGANIZER

Paolo Pucci

The University of Vermont

ppucci@uvm.edu



Italian Cinema in the Era of #MeToo


“One of the first women to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault was Italian actress Asia Argento. Hailed in the U.S. for speaking out, she was attacked in her native country by commentators, both male and female.” (NPR Jan. 18, 2018)


According to Tania Modleski, “male power is…consolidated through cycles of crisis and resolution, whereby men ultimately deal with the threat of female power by incorporating it” (O’Rawe 2014, 7). While there is a certain (lamentable) universality to the forms taken by this kind of masculinist incorporation or recuperation of the feminine, on the one hand, or its oppression or negation, on the other, the situation in the Italian cultural context is arguably even more acute than elsewhere. As Stephen Gundle observes, despite changing conceptions of national identity, “feminine beauty has long been associated with Italy, and…‘feminine beauty came to enjoy a near-monopoly of representational functions, symbolic purposes and popular manifestations’” (ibid., 2).


Beginning in 2017, in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal (which Italian actor Asia Argento was amongst the first to break), the ‘#MeToo’ movement emerged in the U.S., quickly spreading around the world. This panel proposes to explore the state of Italian cinema in the era of ‘#MeToo’—whether in terms of style and/or production, reception and/or spectatorship, star studies and/or celebrity culture, cultural vs. film narratives, feminist-psychoanalytic and/or ideological critiques, representation of gender, post-representational approaches, (i.e. affect theory, posthumanist approaches), or other possible topics or approaches. The panel focus is not limited to contemporary Italian film, and historically informed comparisons of older and more recent films are encouraged.


Closing Date for Receiving Proposals for this Session: February 29th, 2019


References

Catherine O’Rawe, Stars and Masculinities in Contemporary Italian Cinema, New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.


ORGANIZER

Russell Kilbourn

English and Film Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University

rkilbourn@wlu.ca



Foreign Bodies: Italian Cinematic Mobilities


In the course of the past two decades, a renewed interest in Italian mobilities has generated a number of compelling volumes intersecting with cinema studies (Restivo 2002; Mc Donald Carolan, 2014; Fullwood 2015), sports (Foot 2011), identity politics (Ben-Ghiat and Hom, 2015), infrastructure history (Moraglio 2017), and cultural studies (Fiore, 2018) — just to name a few. This panel seeks to build on this growing body of literature by examining the presence of broadly construed “foreign bodies” within the national mediascape, from the postwar to the present day. We seek theoretically ambitious papers that wish to investigate the processes activated by mobile subjects from a variety of vantage points.


Various avenues of inquiry are welcome, such as papers that focus on:

  • Performers (actors, dancers, singers)
  • Intellectuals (authors, translators)
  • Influencers (social/media personalities, reality TV stars)
  • Groups (artist collectives, socially-minded organizations, NGOs)

We also encourage reflections on the state of affairs of Mobility Studies in the Italian context, preferably if anchored to embodied mobilities. Panelists can expand on the fields listed above and more, including Transnationalism, Globalization, Postcolonialism, and Media Theory at large.


Please submit proposals (250 words max) accompanied by a short bio (150 words max) via email to alberto.zambenedetti@utoronto.ca by 28 February 2019.


ORGANIZER

Alberto Zambenedetti

University of Toronto

alberto.zambenedetti@utoronto.ca



Contemporary Writing by Italian-Canadian Women


This session invites proposals for academic papers on recent works by Canadian women of Italian heritage. Academics, researchers and graduate students from all disciplines are encouraged to submit proposals in Italian, English or French. Papers from multidisciplinary perspectives are welcome. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Women and the writing process
  • Translation and self-translation
  • Women and cultural memory
  • Roots and traditions in contemporary texts
  • Mothers/daughters and mothering
  • Caregiving (elderly parents, children…)
  • Ordinary people, menial tasks
  • Adaptations (from novel to film, story to play…)
  • Representations of queerness

For academic papers (20 minutes), please send a 200-word abstract and short biographical note (60 words). Preference will be given to papers that discuss new works.


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


ORGANIZER

Licia Canton

Honorary Fellow, University of Hull

Editor-in-Chief, Accenti Magazine

lcanton@accenti.ca



Street Art in Italia Fra Arti Visive, Panorami Linguistici e Implicazioni per la Didattica Linguistica


Spazi dell’abitare e del lavoro, del commercio e della socialità, ma anche spazi politici, antropologici e culturali. Le città sono spazi complessi in cui si innescano importanti fenomeni comunicativi, linguistici, di senso e di significazione che sono parte fondamentale della vita sociale. Analizzare questi fenomeni vuol dire indagare i rapporti che si costituiscono tra città, istituzioni, economia, potere e soggettività subalterne e non.


Per queste ragioni uno sguardo linguistico e semiotico sui fenomeni di senso della città, sul fitto intreccio di forme simboliche e significative da cui questa è attraversata, può aprire un campo di indagine sicuramente vasto, ma anche proficuo per gli esiti e per le potenziali prospettive di studio. Per un verso la Street e Urban Art, fenomeni di significazione e riscrittura urbana, per l’altro i panorami linguistici e semiotici urbani come nuovi fronti della negoziazione sociale del senso coinvolgente l’italiano nel mondo e il contatto con le lingue immigrate in Italia.


In questa relazione tra senso e città, insomma, si apre un intero mondo urbano con tutte le sue tensioni e conflittualità, con tutte le sue lingue, i suoi discorsi e i suoi testi. Un coacervo di significati da perlustrare e districare.


La sessione intende mettere in evidenza gli elementi che caratterizzano lo stato della Street Art oggi in Italia, ponendo attenzione principalmente a due diversi aspetti: a) i rapporti con le analoghe manifestazioni artistiche e simboliche nel Nord America; b) gli usi che se ne possono fare in rapporto allo sviluppo delle competenze linguistiche, per l’italiano L1 e L2. Un’educazione linguistica basata sull’interazione fra tali forme simboliche molto presenti nell’identità delle giovani generazioni può avere una forte capacità di attrazione motivazionale e può generare un quadro di obiettivi educativi mirato effettivamente allo sviluppo dei linguaggi e delle lingue.


Closing Date for Receiving Proposals for this Session: 28 Febbraio


ORGANIZER

Massimo Vedovelli

Università per Stranieri di Siena

vedovelli@unistrasi.it



La trasmissione culturale durante il Ventennio


La sezione intende tratteggiare i vari momenti, personaggi e correnti del mondo della cultura durante il Ventennio sotto un profilo interdisciplinare. La politica culturale del regime subiva cambiamenti notevoli nel corso degli anni, che slittavano verso la realizzazione graduale di un irrigidimento, ancora più radicale a partire delle leggi razziali.


Il regime fascista affidava il compito di rappresentare dentro e fuori i confini nazionali i meriti artistici e scientifici della „rigenerata cultura italiana” anche a istituzioni da esso sostenute o addirittura fondate e in gran parte controllate. La cultura e la scienza italiana godevano, in particolare fino al 1935-36 anche di un certo riconoscimento internazionale. Sono da considerare la produzione intellettuale e artistica, le istituzioni e le organizzazioni in rapporto a quelle internazionali. Oltre alla produzione culturale, letteraria, teatrale, ecc., si cerca di dare uno sguardo alle scelte degli intellettuali nei vari periodi del regime, il loro contributo, il loro coinvolgimento o meno alla politica culturale, all’ideologia del regime, ai vari discorsi culturali, ai miti, all’interesse all’esoterico, alla propaganda politica presente o meno nella cultura.


Si può cercare di focalizzare studi sulla trasmissione culturale, sui rapporti tra cultura e politica, tra cultura e istituzioni, organizzazioni, premi culturali, tra la produzione e il consumo culturale. Infine il ruolo degli intellettuali e degli artisti, le loro condizioni e scelte artistiche e/o politiche permetteranno ulteriori analisi di quel periodo storico.


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


ORGANIZER

Ilona Fried

Università Eötvös Loránd, Budapest, Ungheria, Dipartimento di Italianistica

professore ordinario

fried.ilona@btk.elte.hu



How to Make a Difference: Volunteering, Community Engagement and Service Learning While Studying Abroad in Italy


Session Description (150 words minimum, 250 words maximum): As the world turns increasingly multicultural and interconnected, studying abroad has become a consolidated academic practice among colleges and universities and a highly sought-after opportunity by north American students. Being a global citizen is presented to undergraduate students as a 21st century skill to acquire not only to address the need for graduates to be competitive in a global workplace, but also as a way for them to develop and practice soft skills such as communication, ability to work with others, problem-solving, adaptability, flexibility, independence, open-mindedness, motivation, and selfawareness. In addition, students are encouraged to create connections with people, make a difference in the local community, and take a step further to try and bridge the cultural gap that too often prevents them from really immersing themselves in the host culture. To this end, volunteering and community engagement work have nowadays become a regular offering among Italy-based programs welcoming international students.


However, what are we actually doing to facilitate our students’ interaction and immersion while in Italy? How can meaningful volunteer service stimulate intercultural growth? How can we work with community partners and create a long-lasting dialogue and collaboration? This panel will bring academics and study-abroad professionals together and will create a forum for sharing and discussing the benefits, challenges, and best practices of volunteering and community engagement opportunities in Italy today.


Please send a 200-300 word abstract (in English or in Italian), brief bio, and request A/V to the session organizers by February 22th, 2019.


ORGANIZERS

Bruno Grazioli, Monica Francioso

Dickinson College, CEA Study Abroad - UNH University of New Haven

graziolb@dickinson.edu, mfrancioso@ceastudyabroad.com


Tra persistenza e mutamento: lavoro e identità femminili


Se nel 1949 Simone de Beauvoir considerava il lavoro come un imprescindibile elemento di indipendenza e autodeterminazione della donna, oggi questa fiducia lascia spazio a numerosi dubbi. I recenti cambiamenti nel mondo lavorativo sembrano incrinare una visione del lavoro come fonte di liberazione e l’universo lavorativo resta uno dei settori in cui è più forte il dislivello uomo/donna. Il recente fenomeno del #MeToo ne è stato l’ennesima prova, svelando quanto sotto le stesse etichette – precariato, globalizzazione - la situazione femminile e maschile sia ancora asimmetrica. Forme di “segregazione orizzontale e verticale” (1), che non consentono alle donne di raggiungere gli stessi risultati professionali, sono radicate e non cessano di rendere più profondo il solco tra i due sessi.


Il panel vorrebbe esplorare le rappresentazioni artistiche (letteratura, teatro, danza, cinema, musica, arti plastiche e grafiche) che, a partire dal 1980, hanno cercato di raccontare il ruolo della donna nel mondo lavorativo italiano e quanto il lavoro influisca sulla condizione e l’identità femminili. In che cosa il precariato rivela una specificità femminile? Cosa ci dicono della condizione femminile i processi di “femminilizzazione del mondo del lavoro”?


Si prega di inviare un abstract (in italiano, in francese o inglese) di non oltre 250 parole a Carlo Baghetti (carlo.baghetti@univ-amu.fr) e Manuela Spinelli (manuela.spinelli@univ-rennes2.fr) entro e non oltre il 28 febbraio 2019.


(1) S. Ventura, Voci di donne al lavoro. Una rassegna bibliografica e tematica, in Il “lavoro della letteratura”. Forme, temi, metafore di un conflitto occultato e di un’emancipazione a venire, in «Ospite ingrato», novembre 2018, pp. 28-29.



ORGANIZERS

Manuela Spinelli, Carlo Baghetti

Université Rennes 2, Université Aix-Marseille

manuela.spinelli@univ-rennes2.fr, carlo.baghetti@univ-amu.fr



Lessico e competenza lessicale in italiano L2


Il lessico è considerato il perno centrale di molte dinamiche acquisizionali, e lo è da più punti di vista. Lo è per l’insegnante che infatti impiega molto del suo tempo in aula per insegnare nuove parole, lo è per il valutatore che riconosce nel lessico il principale e più visibile fattore per giudicare il livello degli apprendenti, e lo è, infine, per l’apprendente medesimo che riconosce nel lessico il fattore della propria competenza maggiormente in grado di fotografarne l’andamento evolutivo (o involutivo). Il ruolo del lessico rimane centrale per gli studenti di tutti i livelli di competenza, da quelli prebasici (nei quali l’accesso alle parole più che alle corrette strutture sintattiche assume forte valenza pragmatica e funzionale), a quelli avanzati (in cui, per esempio, la scelta della corrette cooccorrenze può essere uno dei criteri per discriminare la cosiddetta competenza nativa da quella quasi nativa).


Considerato il quadro sinteticamente delineato, la sessione accoglie contributi che vertano sulla descrizione della competenza lessicale di apprendenti di italiano L2 e sulle azioni messe in atto in vari contesti per promuovere lo sviluppo di tale competenza. In particolare, saranno vagliate proposte sui seguenti temi:

  • descrizione dei profili interlinguistici sul piano lessicale;
  • criteri di selezione del lessico nella didattica rivolta a specifici profili di apprendenti;
  • il lessico utilizzato nei materiali didattici;
  • il lessico nel parlato del docente;
  • criteri di elaborazione di sillabi lessicali;
  • tecniche e strumenti per lo sviluppo della competenza lessicale.

Inviare un abstract di 250 parole e una biografia di 50 parole al seguente indirizzo


Prof. Andrea Villarini

Università per Stranieri di Siena

villarini@unistrasi.it


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


ORGANIZER

Prof. Andrea Villarini

Università per Stranieri di Siena

villarini@unistrasi.it



Ricordando Clara Sereni (1946-2018)


Recentemente e prematuramente scomparsa, Clara Sereni ha intrecciato nella sua opera vicende personali ed eventi storici, quotidianità e impegno politico e sociale, pur senza mai cedere alla tentazione di fare della scrittura un semplice veicolo dell’ideologia. La sessione si configura non solo come un omaggio alla personalità artistica dell’autrice ma anche come un primo tentativo di esaminarne l’eredità, di delinearne l’importanza e il ruolo all’interno della tradizione letteraria dall’ultimo quarto del ventesimo secolo ad oggi. In particolare, pur senza ignorare il fortunato Casalighitudine con i suoi connubi di sapori e saperi, si cercherà di porre in rilievo lavori meno studiati e di discutere le implicazioni dell’ultimo lavoro della scrittrice. Come in un cerchio che si chiude, infatti, con Via di Ripetta 155 (2015) Clara Sereni ha stilato il suo testamento tornando a visitare una stagione cruciale sua e della sua generazione, quegli anni Settanta che avevano già ispirato il suo esordio narrativo, Sigma Epsilon (1974).


Closing Date for Receiving Proposals for this Session: February 25, 2018


ORGANIZER

Laura Benedetti

Georgetown University

lb227@georgetown.edu



Irony in Italian Culture: Between Games and Commitment, Masks and Unmasking


Irony is one of the most debated terms in academic theory, difficult to read in its multifacetedness and ambivalence. Directly or indirectly, many critical appraisals are informed by an evaluation of irony as a diffracted authorial intention or coded underlying meaning. The more it is explicitly foregrounded and thematised, displayed in an ambivalent and self-reflexive language, the more the question as to its ultimate significance becomes pressing. Irony has been proposed as an important deconstructive tool, that pairs openness to self-reflexivity by feminist, utopian, fantastic and postmodern literatures. Nonetheless, this serious play is often targeted as a mask, a way of dissociating the artist from the artistic product, of refusing commitment through the tongue-in-cheek adoption of a conservatory stance and a strategy of indirection.


Irony is as pivotal as it is prismatic in academic theory and practice. Claims on irony as pertaining to specific genres ((post)modernism), epochs or periods (modernity), forms (the novel) have been manifold, but the more pervasive the claims for – and the putative domains of – irony, the more difficult it is to distinguish and to decide on its significance. To whom does irony pertain? Who does it strike? How ‘open’ is irony? Does an ironic reading possess the potential of shifting authorities and power relations within a cultural artifact? Is irony a mere rhetorical strategy, a heuristic or epistemological tool, or an ontological given?


This panel invites contributions on irony in Italian, Italian-American and Italian-Canadian literature, movies, theatre and criticism.


Closing Date for Receiving Proposals for this Session: 28th of February


ORGANIZER

Elio Baldi

Lecturer at University of Amsterdam (Italian Studies)

E.A.Baldi@uva.nl



Formazione di insegnanti di italiano a stranieri


A un insegnante di italiano a stranieri non solo sono richieste conoscenze relative alla lingua e alla cultura italiana, alle teorie sull’acquisizione di una seconda lingua e ai principali approcci e metodi per insegnarla, ma anche consapevolezza e capacità di natura operativa e gestionale.


I contributi attesi dovranno riguardare pertanto la formazione degli insegnanti di italiano a stranieri. La sessione costituirà un’occasione di analisi e presentazione delle buone pratiche maturate nei diversi contesti di insegnamento e uno scambio di esperienze.

  • Le proposte potranno riguardare i seguenti ambiti:
  • corsi di laurea specifici per l’insegnamento dell’italiano a stranieri
  • master, corsi di perfezionamento e scuole di specializzazione in didattica dell’italiano a stranieri
  • certificazioni glottodidattiche per docenti di italiano L2
  • corsi di formazione e aggiornamento per insegnanti di italiano lingua non materna.

Si prega di inviare un abstract di 150 parole e una breve biografia a valentina.marasco@unistrapg.it e a n.santeusanio@unistrapg.it entro il 25 febbraio 2019 compilando il paper proposal form presente on line.


Closing Date for Receiving Proposals for this Session: 25 febbraio 2018


ORGANIZERS

M. Valentina Marasco, Nicoletta Santeusanio

Università per Stranieri di Perugia

valentina.marasco@unistrapg.it, n.santeusanio@unistrapg.it



Wartime encounters in the contact zone


Mary Louise Pratt defined ‘contact zones’ as ‘social spaces where cultures meet, clash, and grapple with each other, often in context of highly asymmetrical relations of power, such as colonialism, slavery, or their aftermaths’ (1991). Although the term was originally used in the context of the seventeenth-century Spanish colonial conquest of the New World, it can be profitably used to address modern wartime occupation scenarios as well.


This session aims to investigate multicultural encounters taking place in contact zones caused by or emerging from conflicts in the twentieth-century. Specifically, the panel intends to explore, within the space of a military occupation in which the Italians were involved, how ideas of otherness and identity shaped the relationship between occupiers and occupied, how the various actors entangled in these zones of conflict interacted, and how their perceptions of the other developed and changed over time.


We welcome proposals investigating these issues from a variety of different perspectives including works on history, literature, cinema, oral history, memory studies, visual media, and any other field of the Humanities. We favour papers related but not limited to the following scenarios:

  • Italian colonialism;
  • The First World War;
  • The Italian occupations in the Axis War;
  • The Nazi occupation of Italy;
  • The Allied occupation of Italy;
  • Italian involvement in contemporary conflicts.

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


ORGANIZERS

Fabio Simonetti; Guido Bartolini

University of Reading and Imperial War Museums; Royal Holloway University of London

f.simonetti@pgr.reading.ac.uk, guido.bartolini@rhul.ac.uk



New Realities and the Avant-Garde


This panel intends to continue a debate carried out by various scholars interested in the Avant-Garde. In 2018, for example, some members of the European Avant-Garde and Modernism Studies — David Ayers, Moritz Baßler, Sascha Bru, Ursula Frohne and Benedikt Hjartarson — have proposed an edited volume exploring the concept of ‘reality’ in international Avant-Garde and Modernism. Their project originates from the idea that “[t]he historical avant-gardes defined themselves, and are defined by us, largely in terms of their relationship to various versions of realism,” even though “at first glance [these movements] seem[ed] to take a counter-position against [it].”


This panel will examine ‘reality’ while focusing on the Italian Avant-Garde in comparative and interdisciplinary context. Some of the animating questions of the panel may include: how is ‘reality’ interpreted by single figures or specific contingents, and how does this notion differ from earlier and / or later interpretations? Is ‘reality’ connected to a new way of conceiving the sciences, spirituality, politics and aesthetics, and if so why?


Closing Date for Receiving Proposals for this Session: February 22, 2019


ORGANIZER

Paola Sica

Connecticut College

psica@conncoll.edu



Nuovi testi, metodi e processi nell'insegnamento della Divina Commedia a studenti stranieri


La presente sessione intende prendere in esame le novità editoriali, nonché i nuovi metodi e processi di insegnamento della vita e dell'opera di Dante Alighieri a studenti stranieri, universitari e non.


Particolarmente interessanti risulteranno le proposte di intervento relative alla valutazione dell'apprendimento, alle nuove tecnologie e ai tentativi di attualizzare la didattica della Commedia, “agganciandola” alla realtà contemporanea


Closing Date for Receiving Proposals for this Session: 20 febbraio 2019


ORGANIZER

Natia Sità, Marco Marino

Edizioni Edilingua, Sant’Anna Institute

natia.sita@edilingua.it, marco.marino@santannainstitute.com



Italian academic discourse as used abroad and in Italian universities


Language, as used in an academic context, is unique in nature – reflecting standard language norms as well as elements of scientific language for specific purposes. In fact, recent studies have highlighted the specificity of the academic context with respect to syllabuses, the characteristics of learners, and disciplinary practices.


Academic discourse is being studied across a variety of disciplines, since the interest in the topic has seemingly increased in recent years, resulting in the addition of numerous academic contributions. 


In light of this,  a need for further instruction has arisen. That is, Italian academic discourse classes targeted at native and non-native speakers alike, the aim being to stress professional jargon, both in terms of spoken and written language.


The panel welcomes contributions made on Italian academic discourse that pertain to socio-linguistics or language education and teaching.


Research on the characteristics of academic language and on the modalities and specificities of the instruction of Italian academic discourse is particularly appreciated (regardless of whether subjects are native or non-native speakers, and  regardless of the country of instruction).


The session welcomes new critical perspectives and a comparative and interdisciplinary approach.


The languages that are considered for the abstract proposals are English, Italian, and French. 


Please submit a 150-words abstract, biographical information, and technical requirements to Paolo Nitti (pnitti@uninsubria.it) and Elena Ballarin (ballarin@unive.it). The deadline for submission is February 28th, 2019.


Closing Date for Receiving Proposals for this Session: 28/02/2019


ORGANIZERS

Paolo Nitti, Elena Ballarin

Università degli Studi dell’Insubria, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia

pnitti@uninsubria.it, ballarin@unive.it



Religion and Ideas in Southern Italy: the Thin Line Between Erudition and Heresy. 16th-18th Century


As part of the Spanish Empire, the Kingdom of Naples was not under the secular government of the Pope, but was intimately connected to its spiritual power. The lands of Southern Italy were a frontier space for the Counter-Reformation Church. Rome sent missions to the south in order to solve what they viewed as threats for the control of the Catholic faith: misuses of ecclesiastical benefits, lack of discipline among the regular clergy, errors of faith and heresies. This large-scale attempt at daily control opened many encounters and frictions between secular authorities and the ecclesiastical hierarchy, especially when the time came to settle the distinction between what would be an effervescent intellectual life and what would instead be pursued and condemned as an incubator of heretic thought.


This call for papers invites abstracts that address issues of intellectual life and ecclesiastical control in Southern Italy during the early modern period.

  • Possible topics include:
  • Circulation of ideas
  • Circulation of books and writings
  • Networks of authors/thinkers
  • Intellectual life in religious orders
  • Cultural environments in southern cities
  • Ecclesiastical control of books/libraries
  • Disputes between secular and Church authorities
  • Roles of women in the diffusion of ideas/writings
  • Latin/vernacular translations
  • Boundaries between acceptable and unacceptable writings

We are particularly interested in papers that analyze an unedited, newly founded, or little-known source (manuscripts or printed books, letters, archival documents), in papers describing a singular cultural and intellectual milieu and giving attention to prosopographical reconstructions, or papers that present a social network analysis.


Papers should be 15-20 minutes.


Please email your abstract (max 300 words) and a short CV (max 1 page) in English, French, or Italian to Isabel Harvey (isabel.harvey@hu-berlin.de) and Milena Sabato (sabato.milena@libero.it) by the deadline of February 28, 2019.


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


ORGANIZERS

Milena Sabato; Isabel Harvey

University of Salento; Institut für Geschichtswissenschaften, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin 

sabato.milena@libero.it, isabel.harvey@hu-berlin.de



Networks and Relationships of Women in Medieval and Early Modern Italy


In the Medieval and Early Modern period, expectations on women to remain chaste and virtuous meant that respectable women limited most of their social interactions to other women. Women created these social circles and networks with each other out of both desire and necessity. The complex relationships between mistress and servant, concubine and wife, mother and daughter, wet-nurse and newborn among others are revealed in the interactions of women. How were these complex relationships deepened by women’s confinement to designated female spaces? How porous was the line between the public and the private sphere for women in varying social positions? Interactions between women of differing social classes reveals the structures of power within households and between women, especially as a microcosm to the public sphere. This panel aims to explore how networks of women were formed and functioned in Medieval and Early Modern Italy across social classes and geographic locations.


We welcome papers on Medieval and Early Modern topics relating to relationships between women, with a focus on networks and interactions of women from differing social classes. All perspectives on a wide variety of topics relating to women are welcome. Please submit a 200-250 word abstract and a one-page CV to Elena Brizio at eb893@georgetown.edu and Angela Zhang at angelayr@yorku.ca and include your name, institution affiliation, contact information and audiovisual requirements. Submission deadline is February 28, 2019.


Closing Date for Receiving Proposals for this Session: February 28


ORGANIZERS

Angela Zhang, Elena Brizio

York University, Georgetown University - Fiesole Campus

angelayr@yorku.ca, eb893@georgetown.edu



Food culture and Italian Studies: interdisciplinary approaches to research and teaching


In the past decade, food culture has established an increasingly significant presence in Italian Studies, both as a research field and as the subject of many new courses at the undergraduate and graduate level. As a highly interdisciplinary field, Food Studies lends itself to a variety of approaches that encourage collaborative and cross-disciplinary projects, connecting Italian Studies with a variety of other academic fields, from Arts and Literature to History, from the Social and Behavioral Sciences to STEM disciplines, often engaging in the key current discussion around issues of sustainability. This offers an extraordinary platform of opportunities for innovative research approaches and teaching perspectives that are capable of attracting to the orbit of Italian Studies students with a wide range of academic backgrounds and interests.


This session invites proposals for presentations of research projects on Italian food culture and history of gastronomy from a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives, or that explore innovative teaching approaches of this sub-field of Italian Studies. Please send abstracts to Roberto Ludovico (ludovico@frital.umass.edu) by February 28th, 2019.


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


ORGANIZER

Roberto Ludovico

UMass Amherst

ludovico@umass.edu



Letteratura e coscienza civile nelle riviste del nord Italia del ‘700 e dell ‘800


Fra gli aspetti caratterizzanti la densa vitalità culturale, sociale e politica del XVIII e XIX secolo vi è l’esperienza delle riviste. Considerate un circuito di secondo livello rispetto ai cenacoli elitari, spesso salottieri, cui partecipano i nomi più in vista sul piano locale e internazionale, rappresentano un fenomeno che esplode proprio in questo periodo.


Il panorama dell’editoria periodica restituisce un’immagine pletorica di fogli, gazzette, riviste femminili, testate militanti, giornali letterari, cronache locali e culturali che non godono ancora di una sistemazione organica e si incardinano in un quadro aperto verso un pubblico sempre più ampio. La stessa articolazione di queste innumerevoli esperienze è tale da non rendere facile il tratteggio di una linea di sviluppo univoca, che tuttavia mostra almeno due costanti, marcate diversamente a seconda del momento storico: la letteratura e l’impegno politico-civile (Gaeta, 1966; Castronovo, Ricuperati, Capra, 1976; Galante Garrone, Della Peruta, 1979; Gozzini, 2011).


In una prospettiva di divulgazione a scopo educativo, orientamento culturale e organizzazione del consenso, gli argomenti di cui si discute acquistano un valore determinante: la letteratura è spesso piegata a scopi che oltrepassano l’edonismo artistico e traccia una strada su cui rimangono impressi in filigrana o in modo esplicito i cambiamenti politici.


Emerge la complessità di una società sensibile alle nuove istanze culturali, permeata da uno spirito partecipativo sotteso ai mutati obiettivi politici. L’imperante censura che si impone sulle linee di pubblicazione non riesce ad arginare un clima ormai molto diverso: i giornali testimoniano la ridefinizione di una dimensione culturale sempre più impegnata in direzione di cambiamenti epocali in cui la letteratura, con la sua ecletticità, ricopre un ruolo determinante.


Il panel intende approfondire lo sguardo nel frastagliato ambiente giornalistico del periodo e nella cultura da esso veicolata; accoglie interventi che analizzino il profilo di singole o più riviste, l’esperienza dei collaboratori e i loro legami con la classe dirigente, filoni tematici che attraversano i periodici e percorsi esegetici tesi a definire alcuni tratti dei contorni di questi argomenti.


Chi volesse partecipare al panel può inviare una proposta di comunicazione (max. 250 parole) a Francesca Bianco (francesca.bianco@unipd.it) e Andrea Penso (andrea.penso@vub.be), completa di una breve biografia.


Closing Date for Receiving Proposals for this Session: 24 Febbraio


ORGANIZERS:

Bianco Francesca

Fellow at Università degli Studi di Padova

francesca.bianco@unipd.it


Motta Attilio

Department member at Università degli Studi di Padova

attilio.motta@unipd.it


Penso Andrea

Fellow at Vrije Universiteit Brussel

andrea.penso@vub.be



Italian Studies in the Age of Digital Humanities: Pedagogy, Teaching, and Research


The intersection of the fields of Italian Studies and Digital Humanities is increasingly at the center of scholarly discussions both in print (for example, the 2017 monographic issue of the journal Humanist Studies & the Digital Age titled “Networks and Projects: New Platforms in Digital Humanities”) and at professional conferences. However, what seems to be lacking is a discussion of the kinds of work being done in the Italian studies classroom (in courses on culture, history, and/or literature) in this space of intersection.


This panel wants to provide a forum for a discussion of developing and newly developed digital projects that provide innovative points of access to research and pedagogical resources in Italian Studies. We welcome papers that share and critique projects, ideas, successes and challenges/limitations of what works (or not) in the classroom, and how to best engage students in these digital practices to enhance their exploration, analysis and presentation of course content.


Please send a 200-250 words abstract and biographical information to Davida Gavioli (dgavioli@bowdoin.edu) by February 27, 2019


Closing Date for Receiving Proposals for this Session: February 27, 2019


ORGANIZER

Davida Gavioli

Bowdoin College

dgavioli@bowdoin.edu



Italianistica e Digital Humanities


Il panel intende esplorare il ruolo e l’impatto che l’informatica umanistica sta avendo sugli studi d’Italianistica. Le Digital Humanities stanno senza dubbio conoscendo uno sviluppo e una diffusione senza precedenti, e si stanno imponendo come paradigma metodologico fondamentale per la creazione di nuovi progetti di ricerca, l’esplorazione di vasti datasets, l’apertura di nuove piste esegetiche ed ermeneutiche. Dalla stilometria alle metodologie di autorship attribution (si pensi a quanto è stato fatto a Padova per Elena Ferrante nel 2017), dalla mappatura e visualizzazione di dati con approcci GIS (Geographic information systems), fino alla paleografia e alle sempre più numerose edizioni critiche digitali, sono numerosissime le possibili intersezioni tra le discipline. La sessione accoglie dunque proposte di paper relative a ogni aspetto legato al rapporto tra Italian studies e DH. Possibili argomenti includono, ma non sono assolutamente limitati, a:

  • Progetti digitali in corso
  • Nuove proposte metodologiche legate all’universo digitale
  • Collaborazioni e gruppi di ricerca “digitali”
  • DH e interdisciplinarità
  • DH e studi di genere
  • Database e risorse digitali
  • DH e didattica

Chi fosse interessato a partecipare può inviare un abstract (in italiano, inglese o francese) di non oltre 250 parole, corredato da un breve profilo biografico, ad andrea.penso@vub.be


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


ORGANIZER

Andrea Penso

Vrije Universiteit Brussel

andrea.penso@vub.be



La valutazione delle competenze linguistiche


La valutazione dell’italiano LS e L2 implica riflessioni di carattere docimologico e considerazioni relative al language testing. La conoscenza di diverse tipologie di prove e l’applicazione di differenti metodi e tecniche di verifica rientrano all’interno di un quadro di competenze richieste all’insegnante-valutatore, chiamato ad attribuire punteggi attraverso scelte consapevoli compiute durante il percorso formativo sia in entrata, sia in itinere, sia ancora in uscita.


I contributi attesi dovranno riguardare esperienze, approcci, case studies e analisi di scenario riferiti alle pratiche valutative presenti in contesti di apprendimento, tanto formali quanto non formali.


La sessione intende così rappresentare un momento di condivisione delle buone prassi maturate nei diversi contesti di verifica e valutazione delle competenze linguistiche.


Le proposte potranno riguardare i seguenti ambiti:

  • Connessioni tra insegnamento e valutazione
  • Valutazione sommativa e valutazione formativa
  • Processi valutativi per utenza specifica
  • Certificazioni linguistiche
  • Offerta formativa relativa al language testing


Si prega di inviare un abstract di 150 parole e una breve biografia a lorenzo.rocca@unistrapg.it roberta.rondoni@unistrapg.it e danilo.rini@unistrapg.it entro il 25 febbraio 2019 compilando il modulo “Paper proposal form” presente on line.


Closing Date for Receiving Proposals for this Session: 25th February 2019


ORGANIZER

Lorenzo Rocca

CVCL – Università per Stranieri di Perugia

lorenzo.rocca@unistrapg.it



The Ethics and Aesthetics of the Senses in the Middle Ages and Renaissance


This panel explores the connection between the senses and their ethical implications in Medieval and Renaissance Italian literature, philosophy, and theology. How do our senses and perceptions inform our experience and understanding of the world? Do sensations lead us towards ethics or towards an immoral behavior?  What role does the power of the will play in our choices? Can the pleasure deriving from an aesthetic experience shape our judgment and mislead us? Or can it guide us to the good?


We seek contributions from various literary, philosophical, and theological perspectives spanning from the Middle Ages to the Late Renaissance.


We invite proposals for twenty-minute papers, in either English or Italian, which include, but are not limited to, the following themes:

  • The connection between esthetic and ethics
  • The physical and the internal senses
  • The pleasures and dangers of literature
  • The senses in didactic and religious literature

Please, send a 200-word abstract and a brief bio to Eleonora Buonocore (eleonora.buonocore@ucalgary.ca) and Giulia Cardillo (cardilgx@jmu.edu) by February 21st.


Closing Date for Receiving Proposals for this Session: Feb 21st


ORGANIZERS

Eleonora Buonocore, Giulia Cardillo

University of Calgary, James Madison University

eleonora.buonocore@ucalgary.ca, cardilgx@jmu.edu



The Baroque Actor: historical enquiry and contemporary practices.


This call for papers invites abstracts from scholars and practitioners interested in exploring issues around acting and actors of the Baroque period. We understand “actor” in its wider meaning, to include performers of commedia dell’arte, opera and dance. We are looking for proposals not only from scholars of historical figures or performance practices, but also from practitioners invested in exploring and reviving the acting practices of the Seicento. A major goal of this panel is to encourage dialogue between researchers and practitioners. Preference will be given to papers focusing on Italian actors and practices, but as the Baroque era is characterized by the intense circulations of Italian performers throughout Europe, we will take into consideration proposals covering other geographical areas, if there is an Italian connection. Papers can be presented in Italian, French or English.


Please email your abstract (max 250 words) and your bio (max 50 words) in Italian, French or English to Guillaume Bernardi (gber@yorku.ca) by the deadline of February 28, 2019.


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


ORGANIZER

Guillaume Bernardi

York University

gber@yorku.ca



Tecnologie per l’informazione e comunicazione e progetti cooperativi in ambito educativo tra l’Italia e il Nord America


La diffusione della tecnologia in ambito educativo ha moltiplicato e modificato radicalmente gli scenari nei quali si svolge oggi il processo di apprendimento. Il progresso tecnologico ha reso fruibili ambienti nei quali l’apprendimento avviene in modo spontaneamente attivo, esperienziale e collaborativo.


Le Tecnologie per l’Informazione e Comunicazione (TIC) rendono possibile il dialogo tra docenti ed apprendenti che si trovano in paesi geograficamente lontani. La “mobilità virtuale” consente ad un numero sempre maggiore di persone di avere un’esperienza interculturale significativa, di incrementare la comprensione reciproca, di sviluppare la capacità di comunicare e lavorare in un contesto culturale diversificato.


Le proposte potranno riguardare i seguenti ambiti:

  • Progetti di collaborazione in ambito educativo e didattico tra l’Italia e il Nord America tramite l’uso delle TIC (ad es. COIL, teletandem ecc.)
  • Sperimentazioni e buone pratiche didattiche basate su un uso consapevole e cooperativo della tecnologia (CBYOD, flipped teaching, digital storytelling, coding ecc.)
  • L’uso di strumenti e risorse digitali per lo sviluppo del plurilinguismo e della comunicazione interculturale in classi multietniche e ad abilità differenziata
  • L’uso di dispositivi e risorse tecnologiche nei corsi di italiano L2/LS (ad es. corsi 3D, Skype, Surface Hub ecc.)


Si prega di inviare un abstract di 150 parole e una breve biografia a borbala.samu@unistrapg.it entro il 25 febbraio 2019.


Closing Date for Receiving Proposals for this Session: 25 febbraio 2019


ORGANIZERS

Daria Coppola, Borbala Samu

Università per Stranieri di Perugia

dariacarmina.coppola@unistrapg.it, borbala.samu@unistrapg.it



The Italian Canadian Archives: Realizing a Project


ICAP, the Italian Canadian Archives Project, is seeking contributions for a roundtable devoted to the question of collecting and preserving the stories of Italian Canadians. We would like to address the following points:


  • Experiences of migration in the Italian Canadian community.
  • The Italian Canadian Archive: collecting, preserving, disseminating.
  • How to get communities interested in preserving their local history
  • How to support them in the process
  • How to make the work of academics in this field recognized as such by university administrations.
  • Where and how to store materials other than on the ICAP website.
  • How to fund students / people involved in collecting Italian Canadian stories.
  • How to integrate the Archives Project in our courses
  • Experiences of Issues, obstacles and solutions


Presenters should limit their remarks to 10 minutes each, so to leave time for discussion.


Please submit a short abstract and bio to Cristina Caracchini ccaracch@uwo.ca by February 25, 2019.


Closing Date for Receiving Proposals for this Session: February 25


ORGANIZER

Cristina Caracchini

Western University

ccaracch@uwo.ca



La filantropia femminile tra ‘800 e ‘900


In molte delle espressioni dell’attività filantropica femminile di fine ‘800 e inizio ‘900 si riconosce una valenza politica legata all’impegno per l’emancipazione della donna e delle classi sociali più disagiate. Tale impegno prende spesso la forma d’istruzione pubblica e si traduce in iniziative che vanno dall’organizzazione di conferenze alla creazione di vere e proprie scuole.


Partendo da quest’ottica interpretativa, si sollecitano comunicazioni che, appoggiandosi su documenti di natura letteraria, epistolare, giornalistica o archivistica, prendano in esame esempi di filantropia femminile, di carattere individuale o associazionistico, realizzati a cavallo tra i due secoli.


Si prega di inviare un abstract di 250 parole e un breve profilo biografico a Cristina Caracchini ccaracch@uwo.ca entro il 25 febbraio 2019.


Closing Date for Receiving Proposals for this Session: February 25


ORGANIZER

Cristina Caracchini

Western University

ccaracch@uwo.ca



LA SCENA DEI CORPI TRA KRONOS ED AION -

Il tempo, il corpo e la Storia nel teatro italiano dagli anni Settanta ad oggi


A partire dalla seconda metà degli anni Sessanta, si osserva una rivoluzione in campo teatrale con la pubblicazione di come testi come Il manifesto per un nuovo teatro di Pasolini, Il ventre del teatro di Testori e L’orecchio mancante di Bene. I tre elementi comuni sono le nozioni di tempo, di corpo umano e di Storia su cui si fonda il teatro di narrazione che caratterizza l’odierna scena italiana.


Il tempo si dilata, assolutizzandosi: non si cerca più una cronologia degli eventi, si preferisce disintegrarli. Il racconto scenico si struttura come un “flusso di coscienza” i cui epigoni più celebri sono oggi Ascanio Celestini e Ricci/Forte. Venendo meno la bussola temporale, anche le nozioni di uomo cambia: l'umano regredisce ad uno stato primitivo o inorganico; l’autore ricorre a una lingua che si disarticola, sublimandosi nella sua funzione espressiva come il grammelot di Fo, il pastiche di Testori, o le glossolalie di Bene. Nello slittamento scenico da un tempo-kronos ad un tempo-aion, la nozione di corpo viene parimenti dilatata e attraversata da disarticolazioni destinate a mutarne la scrittura scenica per approdare alla “macchina attoriale”, lungo assi che molto hanno in comune con la nascente body-art.


La sessione accoglierà degli interventi atti a sondare gli archetipi e le odierne evoluzioni di uno sconfinamento scenico nel “presente-assente” in cui l’autore si appropria d’un bagaglio espressivo destinato ad investire radicalmente l’anatomia della lingua e la grammatica del corpo nel tentativo di attribuire una fisionomia più precisa e veritiera della recente storia italiana.


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


ORGANIZERS

Riccardo Antoniani, Flavia Crisanti

Paris Sorbonne

riccardo.antoniani@gmail.com, flavia.crisanti@hotmail.it



Italian Peripheries in the World


Italy’s troubled process of unification and strong regional diversity entails that Italian culture is still, to some extent, defined by the dialogue between its center - whatever the term may indicate - and the peripheries established around it within and beyond the boundaries of the Italian territory.  This panel questions how those peripheries talk to Italy, and how they talk about themselves. It is built on the general assumption that a complete understanding of Italian cultural history needs to include a “rigorous reconsideration of the influence of its outbound and inbound migrations as well as its colonial and imperial experiences, all of which [are to be viewed] as phenomena that are not marginal with respect to the country’s national formation, but that rather are congenital to its complicated birth and development” (Fiore 2017, 4).


Its scope is the idea of the Italian periphery both in the sense of the contested spaces at the edge of Italian cities and of the spaces extending outside of Italy. This includes diasporic communities looking to establish a connection with an Italian centre through multiple iterations of a shared cultural heritage; as well as a Mediterranean world with an endless history of Italian connections, now being cast as both periphery and border, in the age of the refugee crisis. The panel welcomes submissions from the areas of cultural studies, literature, and visual arts investigating how Italy’s many peripheries represent themselves, establish themselves as cultural landscape and communicate themselves to an established mainstream of Italian culture.


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


ORGANIZERS

Andrea Ciribuco, Francesco Chianese

National University of Ireland Galway, California State University Long Beach

andrea.ciribuco@nuigalway.ie, Francesco.Chianese@csulb.edu



Ferrante Unframed


Ferrante’s engagement with feminist thought, classical sources and contemporary issues prove the validity of her contribution to Italian and World Literature at large. “Ferrante fever”, however, somehow still needs explaining. In this session I would like to think of how we can strip the “Ferrante phenomenon” of all of the preconceived, stereotypical and limiting ideas we have formed until now and think instead of the literary issues at stake. In the proliferation of writings that the “fever” triggered, there was no real engagement in stylistic or linguistic analysis. In this session, I seek to fill that gap. Regardless of the identity and gender of the author, I should explore the weight of Ferrante’s writing in our age, while pondering the author’s comparative interests in classical, European and Latin American literature and culture. From a linguistic viewpoint, Ferrante’s privileging of Italian as opposed to (segmented) dialect is also something that could be addressed here. Sociologically speaking, one could analyze Ferrante’s contribution to the journalistic world, (i.e.; her year-experiment as weekend columnist at The Guardian) and explore the possible intertextual connections in the author’s production at large. Finally, Ferrante’s coining of the expressions frantumaglia and smarginatura certainly would need more expounding and understanding at this stage in her writing career.


Papers on comparative literature, feminism, classical reception, linguistic or sociolinguistic, world literature, magical realism, translation studies and sociology are welcome. The whole of Ferrante’s corpus can be addressed, with no exceptions. In English.


Closing Date for Receiving Proposals for this Session: 26th February 2019


ORGANIZER

Costanza Barchiesi

Yale University

costanza.barchiesi@yale.edu



Post-Mortem? Traces of Postmodernism in Contemporary Italy


It is a diffused opinion, among many Italian scholars, that postmodernism is nothing more than an old story: its forms and claims – concerning, for instance, metanarrative, pastiche, irony, disenchantment, self-referentiality – seem to have lost both their subversive power and their aesthetic value. Romano Luperini clearly declared the end of such trends in his essay La fine del postmoderno (2005); Raffaele Donnarumma, in his groundbreaking work Ipermodernità (2014), further developed such conclusions and analyzed the search for new paradigms of truth and sincerity, in literature and cinema, by a large number of Italian authors and intellectuals. Notwithstanding such reflections, the debate on the end of postmodernism can by no means be intended as concluded, as Pierpaolo Antonello and Florian Mussgnug have strongly claimed (2009).


This panel aims to engage with the ongoing discussion on such topic, focusing on the continuities/discontinuities of postmodern legacies within contemporary Italian cultural context. It wishes to address the following questions: can we really consider postmodernism as a legacy from the past? Can we actually talk about ‘Return to Reality’ and return to impegno as new shared manifestos? Or differently, some of postmodern features are still well established among contemporary writers and film directors? Furthermore, can we really consider impegno and postmodernism as two separate spheres? And finally, could the phenomenon of post-truth influence such debate, anyhow?


The panel invites contributions in the fields of (mainly, but not only): film studies, literary criticism, reception theory, intermediality, Italian, Italian-American and Italian- Canadian literature and culture.


Closing Date for Receiving Proposals for this Session: 28th of February


ORGANIZER

Emiliano Zappalà

University of Warwick

e.zappala@warwick.ac.uk


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