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2019 AAIS Conference news

Women's Studies Caucus (WSC) Award: Deadline Extension!

The Women's Studies Caucus (WSC) Award is open to ABD doctoral students who will present their Women’s Studies doctoral research in any of the WSC sponsored panels at the annual AAIS conference in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, March 14-16, 2019. (http://aais.wildapricot.org/conference). The Women’s Studies Caucus will award $500 to the best paper read at the 2019 AAIS conference. 

Please send your complete paper (15 pages maximum) to the WSC secretary Juliann Vitullo  (Juliann.Vitullo@asu.edu) by February 15, 2019. Your paper will then be forwarded, without your name, to the WSC members of the jury.  

Please, take into consideration that you will have to attend the conference in order to receive the award and that no paper can be read in absentia. The winner will be announced at the Women’s Studies Business meeting at the AAIS conference. 

Doctoral Student Travel Award: Deadline Extension!

The AAIS is pleased to announce a call for applications for travel awards for doctoral students who are ABD and will present their research at the annual AAIS conference at Wake Forest University, March 14-16, 2019. The AAIS will award six travel grants of $500.00 each. 

Please send the following to Valerio Ferme (valerio.ferme@nau.edu) and Dana Renga (renga.1@osu.edu) by February 1

  • A 250-word abstract of the proposed paper.
  • A brief statement (150 words maximum) describing how the paper is related to the doctoral dissertation.
  • A brief biographical blurb.
  • A letter of acceptance of the papers from the panel/roundtable organizer. 
  • A brief letter of support from the primary dissertation advisor. 

AAIS Conference 2019

at Wake Forest University

14-16 March, 2019

Wake Forest University, Winston Salem, NC

Full CFP, including dates and deadlines, available here.

Official 2019 Conference Website: http://spanishitalian.wfu.edu/aais

The American Association for Italian Studies is now accepting session and roundtable proposals for its next conference, which will take place from 14-16 March, 2019 at Wake Forest University, NC. The conference will be held on the new campus Wake Downtown, conveniently located near hotels and restaurants in downtown Winston Salem. In keeping with the mission of the AAIS, conference organizers invite members to organize sessions and roundtables that approach Italian Studies through interdisciplinary lenses and represent a wide range of interests and time periods. We encourage participation from colleagues working in, for example, African and African American studies, anthropology, art, architecture, classics, comparative studies, environmental studies, film and media, geography, history, music, queer studies, theater, women’s, feminist, and gender studies, and more. Please consult Conference Guidelines for complete norms for organizers, chairs, and speakers.

  • In order to organize a session or roundtable, you must be a member in good standing of the AAIS. Non-members may not organize sessions.
  • Sessions and roundtables with fewer than three speakers or participants will not be accepted.
  • In proposing sessions and roundtables, please include no more than two individuals from any single institution.
  • Graduate students are encouraged to submit proposals ONLY if they are ABD and have already embarked on the writing of their dissertations. They are asked to submit to session organizers a brief statement form their advisor affirming their ABD status.
  • All participants in a session or roundtable must be AAIS members by February 1, 2019. Sessions including non-members will not be included in the program.

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Race and Foreign Language

In this article, Deborah Parker, Professor of Italian at the University of Virginia, describes how it feels to be an Asian faculty member in Italian, a field in which there are very few minorities, and how greater diversification offers a way forward. 

Read the full article on Inside HigherEd.

2017 AAIS Book Prizes Awarded

Three AAIS Book Prizes were awarded at the conference in Sorrento for the best books in Italian studies published in 2017: 

Renaissance, 18th and 19th Centuries: Barbara Spackman. Accidental Orientalists: Modern Italian Travelers in Ottoman Lands. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2017.

20th and 21st Centuries: Teresa Fiore. Pre-Occupied Spaces: Remapping Italy's Transnational Migrations and Colonial Legacies. New York: Fordham University Press, 2017.

Film and Other Media Studies: Timothy C. Campbell. The Techne of Giving: Cinema and the Generous Form of Life. New York: Fordham University Press, 2017. 

2018 Book Prize announcement:

The American Association for Italian Studies will award up to four Book Prizes for books published in 2018. The categories are: 

    • Medieval
    • Renaissance, 18th, and 19th Centuries
    • 20th and 21st Centuries
    • Film and other Media Studies

Please send five copies of your volume (or bound photocopies if the publisher cannot spare additional copies) by February 1, 2019 to: Dana Renga, Department of French and Italian, 200 Hagerty Hall, 1775 College Road, Columbus, OH 43210-1340. Winners will be announced at the 2019 AAIS conference. Please note that edited volumes and translations are not eligible for consideration.



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