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Diversity and Decolonization in Italian Studies. A Global Roundtable Series

  • 12 Apr 2021 3:16 AM
    Message # 10301581

    [Apologies for cross-posting] 

    Diversity and Decolonization in Italian Studies. A Global Roundtable Series 

    3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12 May 2021

    18:30-20:00 CEST · 12:30-14:00 EDT · 9:30-11:00 PDT 

    Please register online and the Zoom link will be sent to you prior to the conference:

    Organizers: Simone Brioni (Stony Brook University), Marie Orton (Brigham Young University), Graziella Parati (Dartmouth College), Gaoheng Zhang (University of British Columbia)

    Monday, May 3rd, 2021

    Diversifying the Curriculum

    Moderator: Marie Orton

    Changing Corpus, Changing Affect: Feminist Revisions of the Italian Literary Canon in High School Textbooks

    Alberica Bazzoni (ICI Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry)

    Inclusive Pedagogies in Italian Studies: Using Sociolinguistic Data to Decolonize the Curriculum

    Maya Smith (University of Washington)

    Languages for All? A Preliminary Report on a Study of Assumed Norms in the Teaching and Examining of Modern Foreign Languages in the Irish School System

    Mark Chu (University College Cork)

    Finding Connections, Bridging Communities: Diversifying Italian-Canadian Studies through Indigenous and Queer Perspectives

    Paolo Frascà (University of Toronto) 

    Tuesday, May 4th, 2021

    Filming and Performing “Otherness”

    Moderator: Simone Brioni 

    Decolonising Migrant Heritage: Visualising Transcultural Encounters Between Italian Migrants and Indigenous Australians through Documentary and Digital Story-Telling Practices

    Matteo Dutto (Monash University)

    Intersectionality and Hybridity – Moving Italian Studies Forward in the 2020s

    Vetri Nathan (University of Massachusetts Boston)

    The Non-Professional In/And the Canon: Thoughts on Decolonizing Acting

    Catherine O’Rawe (Bristol University)

    Decolonizing Italian Cinema: Revisiting the Canon

    Shelleen Greene (University of California, Los Angeles)

    Kufid (2020): Rethinking Italianità through Documentary Making

    Elia Moutamid (Filmmaker) 

    Wednesday, May 5th, 2021

    Decolonizing Italian Studies

    Moderator: Graziella Parati 

    Against Nostalgia: Anti-Teleological Approaches to Migration in Italian Studies

    Joseph Viscomi (Birkbeck, University of London)

    The Mediterranean Alternative: A Blessing or a Curse for Diversity in Italian Studies

    Valerie McGuire (St. Andrew’s University)

    (De)Colonial Memory and Linguistic Diversity: Reassessing What is “Italian”

    Loredana Polezzi (Stony Brook University)

    Dante, Poet of the Decolonized World

    Akash Kumar (Indiana University)

    The Transformative Impact of Italian Studies

    Rosetta Giuliani Caponetto (Auburn University) 

    Monday, May 10th, 2021

    Transnationalizing Italian Studies

    Moderator: Matthew M. Greene

    Can the Yellow Other Speak? (Un)Marking Westernness, Whiteness, Nationanness in Italian and East Asian Studies

    Toshio Miyake (Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia)

    Wasting the South. Narratives of Italian and Mediterranean Dispensability along the North/South Divide

    Marta Cariello (Università degli Studi della Campania Luigi Vanvitelli)

    São Paulo/San Paolo: Notes on a Transnational Approach to Italian Studies

    Giulia Riccò (University of Michigan)

    Dante’s Early Spread in China: From a Perspective of Globalization

    Qi Chen (Beihang University) 

    Italy and Black America: A New Look at the Transnational Relationship Between Italy and the United States

    Jessica L. Harris (St. John’s University) 

    Tuesday, May 11th, 2021

    Re-Situating Knowledge: Positionality

    Moderator: Graziella Parati 

    Hearing My 16-Year-Old Self Out, Or, What Might a Revised Italian Culture Intro Course Look Like?

    Serena Bassi (Yale University)

    The History of Diversity in Italian Studies and the 2019 Symposium of the John D. Calendra Italian American Institute

    Anthony Julian Tamburri (Queens College, City University of New York)

    I concetti basilari della cultura dei Rom/Roma/Sinti, Celé/Kale, Manouches e Romanichals

    Santino Spinelli (Università degli Studi Gabriele d’Annunzio)

    Anti-Racist Without Race. The Case of Italy.

    Angelica Pesarini (New York University Florence)

    The Revolution and Revitalization of Italian Studies

    Karina Mascorro (Rhode Island College) 

    Wednesday, May 12th, 2021

    Critical Race Studies in Italy

    Moderator: Gaoheng Zhang 

    Racialized Bodies, Vulnerable Subjects: The Italian Zigula

    Kombola T. Ramadhani Mussa (Cardiff University)

    Neocolonial Subjective Gaze in Pasolini’s Appunti per un’Orestiada Africana

    Catherine Adoyo (George Washington University)

    By Way of Implication: La Difesa della Razza, Anno V – N. 7 – 5 Febbraio XX (Numero Speciale)

    Derek Duncan (St. Andrew’s University)

    Black Veronicas: Decolonizing Photography in Italy and Re-Presenting Black Women Anew in Igiaba Scego’s Adua and Maaza Mengiste’s The Shadow King

    Kenyse G. Lyons (Catholic University of America)

    Silence and Reckoning: ItalianAfricans in Popular Culture

    Heather Merrill (Hamilton College) 

    For more information, please contact Matthew M. Greene at 


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