~~Panels and roundtables presented in this category will take place ONLY online. ~~
The history of the Italian colonies was, for a long time, restricted to military and diplomatic historians. While the field has recently expanded to the province of social and cultural historians as well as literature, art, and film scholars, it has still received “far too little attention,” as Ruth Ben Ghiat and Mia Fuller stated in their recent volume Italian Colonialism. This panel calls for papers on new research pertaining to Italy’s empire. My paper examines encounters between Italian and Libyan Jews in Benghazi. Please send proposals (title, 150-200 word abstract, and short bio) to Shira Klein firstname.lastname@example.org by January 31, 2022.
SCREENING AND NARRATING MATERNAL CHOICES IN CONTEMPORARY ITALIAN AND TRANSNATIONAL CONTEXT/S
This panel aims to examine how contemporary Italian and transnational works of cinema, literature, and theater portray women’s bodies, behavior, and identity when maternal choices and reproductive rights are at stake. We welcome papers that investigate a variety of crucial topics that include but are not limited to maternal desire, infertility, assisted reproductive technologies, surrogacy, abortion, childbirth options, and examine how women face and defy societal expectations. This session’s format is virtual. Papers can be presented in English or Italian. Send a 200-word abstract and short bio to Laura Lazzari email@example.com and Giulia Po DeLisle firstname.lastname@example.org by January 20, 2022.
Giulia Po DeLisle, UMass Lowell, email@example.com
NARRATING BODIES, SPACES, AND MARGINS IN CONTEMPORARY ITALY
This session invites scholarship on the themes of moving and porous subjects, trans-formative and trans-value identities, in particular on how the interplay between bodies, spaces, and agency redefines Italian literary, visual, and sociopolitical discourses in the 20th and 21st centuries.
This platform supports ideas that consider topics of perception, sensing spaces, bodies and gender, border and forms of resistance, porosity, to name a few.
We welcome approaches across disciplines including theories of space and place, body studies, migration, diaspora studies, affect theory, media, and cinema studies.
Please, send an abstract (150-200 words, in English or Italian) with title and short bio to Giuliano Migliori, firstname.lastname@example.org, and Alessia Martini, email@example.com by January 24th, 2022. Notification of acceptance of abstracts will be sent out to authors by 31st January, 2022.
TEXTS IN THEIR TIMES
Close readings of a text provide invaluable insight into the choices made to construct and relate meaning. However, a text's internal mechanisms equally provide insight into the historical context of the text’s own production. What does a text’s response to the issues it tackles reveal about its own milieu? Open to considerations of all genres and time periods, this panel invites papers that address the way sociocultural contexts are inscribed in a text. Please send proposals (150-200 word abstract and short bio) by January 31, 2022.
MATERIAL CULTURE AND ‘ITALIAN’ COLLECTIVE IDENTITY:AN INTERDISCIPLINARY CONVERSATION
This panel addresses the evolution of collective Italian identity through a range of material culture and ‘products’ associated with Made in Italy. This imaginary of ideological constructions and desires, while perpetuating exclusivity and the consumption of luxury or Italian goods, contributes to formations of collective identity. Products associated with Italy, across the realms of art, design, fashion, food, automobiles, and craftsmanship, sustain notions of national essence, but are also sites of collaboration and global influence. We invite papers that interrogate this iconic collective imaginary in analyses of Italian material culture, and ask how these ‘products’ contribute to practices of representation.
Dr. Cecilia Winterhalter, Accademia Costume & Moda, Rome, firstname.lastname@example.org
CHALLENGING THE CANON: SECOND GENERATIONS TEXTUAL AND VISUAL NARRATIVES
This virtual panel aims to explore how the so called G2 or second generation Italian writers, filmmakers, and documentarists have articulated questions of race, migration, home and belonging while challenging Italy’s postcolonial present. We welcome papers that investigate how textual and visual narratives challenge the homogeneity of Italian identity and culture aiming at creating a more diverse and hospitable society.
Please send a 150-200 words abstract and short bio in English or in Italian by January 31, 2022 to the session organizer Elena Benelli: email@example.com
FROM NEEDLE AND THREAD TO SWORD, HELM AND SHIELD: GENDER OUT OF GENRE
From Cristine de Pizan’s exemplary heroines in The City of Ladies to Moderata Fonte’s Floridoro, to Margherita Sarocchi’s Scanderbeide, to Costanza Moscheni’s Castruccio, women writers have often ventured out of the literary genres and topics traditionally associated with their gender, and questioned their socially imposed roles and areas of intellectual interest. This panel invites papers focusing on Italian women writers from the 16th to the 19th century who have authored chivalric and epic poems, historical fiction or moral treatises challenging the expectations of their readers.
-Dr. Andrea Fedi, Stony Brook University -- firstname.lastname@example.org