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  • 10 Sep 2018 9:15 PM | Dan Paul (Administrator)

    CALL FOR PAPERS: AAIS Conference

    at Wake Forest University

    14-16 March, 2019

    Wake Forest University, Winston Salem, NC

    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.


    Please follow us here:

    Twitter: @AAIS_Official
    Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AAISOfficial/
    Official 2019 Conference Website: http://spanishitalian.wfu.edu/aais
    Conference guidelines (with norms for Organizers/Chairs/Speakers): https://aais.wildapricot.org/conference_guidelines
    Email for general conference inquiries: conference.aais@gmail.com


    Deadlines

    December 1, 2018: 

    Call for sessions and roundtables must be sent to Rémi Lanzoni: lanzoni@wfu.edu

    Completed sessions and roundtables may also be sent at this time.

    December 30, 2018: 

    Proposals due to Session and Roundtable Organizers to include title, brief abstract (150-200 words), and short biographical blurb.

    January 15, 2019

    Completed sessions and roundtables submitted to Rémi Lanzoni: lanzoni@wfu.edu

    Use the following for each proposed session or roundtable:

    TITLE OF SESSION OF ROUNDTABLE (IN CAPS)

    100-word maximum description of session or roundtable (descriptions over 100 words will be returned for editing)

    Organizer, Affiliation, Email address

    Include the following information for each completed session or roundtable:

    TITLE OF SESSION OF ROUNDTABLE (IN CAPS)

    Organizer: Name, Affiliation, email address

    Chair (if different from Organizer): Name, Affiliation

    Name, Affiliation, Title of presentation in quotation marks for each session participant

    Name, Affiliation for each roundtable participant

  • 30 Jul 2018 6:06 PM | Dan Paul (Administrator)

    Italian Culture, the official publication of the American Association for Italian Studies, welcomes two new co-editors: Lorenzo Fabbri (The University of Minnesota) and Ramsey McGlazer (The University of California-Berkeley).

    Their contact email is italianculturejournal@gmail.com. They are now actively welcoming submissions for forthcoming issues!

  • 10 Jul 2018 10:43 AM | Dan Paul (Administrator)

    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.

  • 23 Mar 2018 9:21 AM | Dan Paul (Administrator)

    JoAnne Ruvoli, former fellow of the “Cultures in Transnational Perspectives” Mellon Postdoctoral Program in the Humanities at UCLA, passed away unexpectedly on March 15, 2018. Diagnosed in December with a severe strain of leukemia, JoAnne was completing a second round of chemo, reportedly feeling tired but hopeful about full recovery.

    JoAnne Ruvoli was a brilliant scholar, teacher and creative thinker. She received her Ph.D. in English and multi-ethnic literature from the University of Illinois at Chicago, with an Interdepartmental Concentration in Gender and Women’s StudiesHer dissertation, entitled “Framing Ethnicity: Storytelling in Italian American Novels,” was co-directed by Chris Messenger and Mary Jo Bona. JoAnn also had an M.A. in English from Loyola University in Chicago, and previously earned her B.A. in English from Northwestern University.  JoAnne’s family migrated from Sicily to the United States in the early 1900s, and she grew up in the suburbs of Chicago.

    JoAnne’s diverse interests included early cinema (D.W. Griffith, Mary Pickford, Theda Bara, Tina Modotti), “mafia movies,” comics and graphic novels.  She was at work on a book about a diverse group of writers including Mario Puzo, Tina De Rosa, Adria Bernardi, Carole Maso and Don DeLillo, who address the post-modern condition through Italian-American culture and history.

    JoAnne was recipient of the prestigious Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at UCLA for 2011-12 and 2012-2013 academic years. The Mellon program “Cultures in Transnational Perspectives” at UCLA was created and directed by Françoise Lionnet and Shu-mei Shih. As a Mellon Fellow at UCLA, JoAnne co-organized and took part in several conferences and monthly seminars and presented her work to fellow Mellon scholars–researchers trained in literature, history, ethnomusicology and political science, all exploring questions of transnationalism from both contemporary and historical perspectives. JoAnne returned in subsequent years to UCLA for reunions with the other Mellon fellows, taking part in related Mellon scholarly conferences. Many friendships and intellectual bonds developed out of those events.

    At UCLA, JoAnne also developed and taught four innovative, stimulating and successful classes for the Italian and English Departments, including “Transnationalism and Beat Literature: Writing Italian American Currents,” “Italian American Circuits: Codes, Crimes and Contradictions,” “Italian Migrations and Interethnic Encounters,” and “Narratives of Diaspora in Italian American Literature and Culture.” She mentored several graduate students in Italian who worked as her teaching assistants, including Monica Streifer and Renata Redford. 

    JoAnne demonstrated her wide-ranging talents as an interdisciplinary scholar across fields and genres.  Her profound dedication to teaching–which started when she was just out of college and taught high school in Los Angeles–continued in her work at Ball State University, in Indiana, where she shared her excitement about transnational Italian and Italian-American studies and multiethnic art forms. Recent essays by JoAnne include “The Italian American Family and Transnational Circuits,” for the Routledge History of Italian Americans (2018) and an essay on Alison Bechdel 's graphic memoir Fun HomeA Family Tragicomic for the volume of the MLA “teaching approaches” series.

    I will always remember JoAnne as an amazing colleague, and a generous, unassuming and warm person who shared many insights over coffee or tea between or after classes, and provided endlessly rewarding suggestions for books to read, films to see and how to deal with students and improve syllabi. I feel very fortunate to have known her, and I know she will be deeply missed by all those whose lives she touched.  Our condolences go to her husband, Henry Gruba, and to her twin sister, JoEllen.

    Lucia Re

  • 23 Aug 2017 8:53 PM | Dan Paul (Administrator)

    CALL FOR PAPERS: AAIS Conference
    14-17 June 2018
    Sant’Anna Institute, Sorrento Italy

    The American Association for Italian Studies is now accepting session and roundtable proposals for our next conference, which will take place from 14-17 June 2018 at the Sant’Anna Institute in Sorrento, Italy. 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.

    Please be advised that due to capacity limits at the Sant’Anna Institute the following guidelines will be strictly enforced:

    • 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 15, 2018. Sessions including non-members will not be included in the program.


    Please follow us here:

    Twitter: @AAIS_Official
    Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AAISOfficial/
    Conference website: (includes Norms for Organizers/Chairs/Speakers, Proposed Sessions, Lodging Information): https://aais.wildapricot.org/conference_guidelines 
    Email: conference.aais@gmail.com
    Sant’Anna Institute: www.santannainstitute.com 


    Deadlines

    December 1, 2017: Call for sessions and roundtables must be sent to: conference.aais@gmail.com. Completed sessions and roundtables may also be sent at this time.

    December 30, 2017: Proposals due to Session and Roundtable Organizers to include title, brief abstract (150-200 words), and short biographical blurb.

    January 15, 2017: Completed sessions and roundtables submitted to: conference.aais@gmail.com


    Please use the following for each proposed session or roundtable:

    TITLE OF SESSION OF ROUNDTABLE (IN CAPS)
    100-word maximum description of session or roundtable (descriptions over 100 words will be returned for editing)
    Organizer, Affiliation, Email address

     

    Please include the following information for each completed session or roundtable:

    TITLE OF SESSION OF ROUNDTABLE (IN CAPS)
    Organizer: Name, Affiliation, email address
    Chair (if different from Organizer): Name, Affiliation
    Name, Affiliation, Title of presentation in quotation marks for each session participant
    Name, Affiliation for each roundtable participant


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