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Digital learning has been increasingly implemented in Italian language teaching in recent years. Instructors have integrated a wide range of digital tools and online learning environments into Italian language courses. Blended learning and technology-enabled learning have thus become a pivotal learning mode in Italian language teaching. The affordances provided by digital tools, including desktop videoconferencing, enable instructors to create highly interactive and personalized learning environments where students can learn about the target culture and develop their language skills. This session aims to offer a platform to discuss how digital learning has been implemented in Italian language courses in international settings.

 Please submit via email a 200-300-word abstract of the presentation, a brief biographical note, and requests for audio-visual equipment to giovanna.carloni@uniurb.it and Brian.Zuccala@monash.edu, by December 1st, 2017.


Name(s): Giovanna Carloni Lecturer, Brian Zuccala Ph.d Candidate and TA

Academic Affiliation(s): University of Urbino, IT (Carloni), Monash University, AU (Zuccala)

Email Address(es): giovanna.carloni@uniurb.it, Brian.Zuccala@monash.edu  

Session’s Chair (Name and Affiliation): Anita Virga, University of the Witwatersrand, S.A.


In the past ten years cases of femminicidio in Italy have reached over 2,000, and increasingly captured

media headlines as well as the attention of authors, film directors, artists and theorists. This session

aims to elaborate a fuller understanding of diversified Italian representations of femminicidio and what

they may say about socio-cultural structures underpinning systemic violence against women. It invites

critical examinations of fiction and non-fiction genres of literature, film and media.

Please send a 150-200 word abstract of proposed paper and a brief biographical note to rpi2@uwm.edu

by December 15, 2017.

Organizer and Chair: Robin Pickering-Iazzi

Affiliation: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Email: rpi2@uwm.edu

3. Title: Mediterranean influences on Italian literature

This session is open to proposals that explore literary traces of the cross-pollinations and commonalities linking Italian literature and culture to other Mediterranean civilizations, in a time characterized by the blurred boundaries, geographic and disciplinary, of a period perhaps best described as one of political, sociological, and economic “globalization.”

Organizer and Chair: Joseph Francese

Affiliation: Michigan State University

Email: francese@msu.edu

4. Title: I colori di Napoli, tra rue e rioni. Forme e immagini della capitale partenopea.

Tornata al centro dell’attenzione del pubblico contemporaneo con i romanzi del ciclo de L’amica geniale di Elena Ferrante, da sempre Napoli alimenta la creatività e l’interesse di molti autori, siano essi napoletani o semplicemente scrittori che in questa città hanno vissuto o brevemente soggiornato. Questo panel vuole esplorare i mille volti della Napoli letteraria tra XX e XXI secolo.

Quale visione di Napoli catturano e traspongono su pagina gli scrittori italiani? In che maniera tale visione ne attraversa i personaggi che si stagliano lungo l’orizzonte partenopeo? Quanta Napoli autentica e quanta Napoli trasfigurata popolano le loro opere? Qual è, in ultima istanza, la rappresentazione dello spazio napoletano in questi autori?

Si prega di inviare un abstract di 200-250 parole e una breve biografia, completa di affiliazione e indirizzo email, a Rossella Di Rosa (rd02085@uga.edu) e Lucia Vedovi (lvedovi@ua.edu) entro il 30 dicembre 2017.    

5. Title: New Approaches in Capuana Studies

In the past decade, the work of Luigi Capuana has attracted renewed scholarly attention not only in the Italian academia but especially in the English-speaking world, where such an interest has been expressed through journal articles, doctoral works and conference papers, not to mention the increased number of English translations. Such scholarship presents notable methodological diversity, being often inspired and informed by gendered, postcolonial, meta-fictional and inter-medial perspectives which enrich and sometimes challenge traditional historical-philological views. Following the success of the Capuana sessions at the 2016 AAIS Conference, this session aims to offer a platform to discuss and expand upon these (and further) new approaches in Capuana Studies.

Please submit via email a 200-300-word abstract of the presentation, a brief biographical note, and requests for audio-visual equipment to Anita.Virga@wits.ac.za and Brian.Zuccala@monash.edu, by December, 01 2017



Name(s): Anita Virga Lecturer, Brian Zuccala Ph.d Candidate and TA

Academic Affiliation(s): University of the Witwatersrand, S.A. (Virga), Monash University, AU (Zuccala)

Email Address(es): Anita.Virga@wits.ac.za           Brian.Zuccala@monash.edu  

Session’s Chair (Name and Affiliation): Annamaria Pagliaro, Monash University (AU)


Italian Jews proudly regard themselves as Europe’s oldest community. Forced into ghettos, they developed a distinctive Jewish culture. While Jews in the modern period developed a strong sense of belonging to the Italian nation, they did not abandon their Jewish heritage; they found new forms of expressing it. In this panel, we will examine how Italian Jews defined Jewishness and Italianness, and how these definitions changed in response to larger developments. How did Italian Jews combine and negotiate different identificatory categories, including Fascist, antifascist, colonizer, and sometimes even Catholic? We welcome papers with comparative and transnational perspectives, shedding new light on Italian Jewish identities.

Please email, by December 1, a 200-300-word abstract of the presentation, a brief biographical note, and requests for audio-visual equipment, to: 

Anna Koch (University of Southampton), a.m.koch@soton.ac.uk and Shira Klein (Chapman University), sklein@chapman.edu

7. TITLE: Roundtable: Maximizing Study Abroad Programs in Italy

Italy is a primary destination of US university students who study abroad. Many of these programs are run by departments others than Italian or modern language departments: such programs focus on art history, fine arts, music, food studies, fashion, business and so on. These programs have little or no language component, and returning students do not take courses in the Italian curriculum of their home institutions. In what ways can Italian departments attract students who choose to study in Italy and have a variety of academic interests and majors/minors? How would it be possible to integrate language and culture learning in programs designed for students in the humanities, social sciences, and professional schools? Finally, how should the curriculum of Study Abroad programs run by Italian departments be reshaped and integrated in order to receive wider interest? 

Please send a 200 words abstract to Nicoletta Pazzaglia, pazzagn@miamioh.edu by December 30th, 2017.

8. TITLE: Reading Italian Landscape Ecology

Geographer Eugenio Turri reads Italian landscape as a “depository of stories.” In the spirit of Turri, we seek contributions with a strong interdisciplinary approach to Italian landscape narratives, histories, and ecologies that connect the disparate representations of landscapes that shape contemporary Italy to both their original articulations and their transformations. Please submit a 250-word abstract and a brief bio to damiano.benvegnu@dartmouth.edu by December 1st, 2017.

Organizer: Damiano Benvegnù, Dartmouth College, damiano.benvegnu@dartmouth.edu

9. TITLE: Altering Consciousness: Addictions in Italian Cinema.

This panel explores national and transnational films centered on portraying a dystopic reality driven by addictions. Addiction consists of a compulsive act that causes harm to the person and those around them and over which the person no longer has control. Addictions can be both psychological and behavioral, such as: alcohol, prescription drugs, marijuana, cocaine, heroin, gambling, stealing, obsessive love, sex and pornography. Can films centered on addiction be considered a new sub-genre of cinema? This panel welcomes papers with a variety of theoretical approaches.

Please, submit a 200-300 word abstract of the presentation, a brief biographical note, and requests for audio-visual equipment to Annachiara Mariani, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, amariani@utk.edu by December 15th 2017.


This panel explores representations of bodies in literary texts, cinema, and sociocultural debates in the dopoguerra (1940s-1950s). As bodies shape critical discussions – from biopolitics to medical disciplines, phenomenology to ecocriticism– we aim to also analyze expressions of corporeal identity, its limits, and its dialogue with the past (i.e. Fascism, Avant-garde, Verism, Humanism) during postwar transformations.

Across disciplines and art forms, we discuss the polymorphic nature of being a body (felt, lived, owned, seen, abused) as both a narrative actor of change and a sociopolitical critique. How and why is the “human body” influencing and challenging Italy’s postwar cultural frames?

Please, submit via email a 250-300 word abstract, a brief biographical note, and requests for audio-visual equipment to migliori@live.unc.edu by Dec. 20th.

Organizer: Giuliano Migliori, PhD Candidate (ABD)

Affiliation: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Email: migliori@live.unc.edu

11. Title: Ferrante’s heirs, or The South’s Got Something to Say

Elena Ferrante has become a global literary juggernaut. But she’s not the only Italian scrittrice penning bold works of fiction. Moreover, many of the most promising Italian novelists also hail from the South, including Valeria Parrella, Rossella Milone, Nadia Terranova and Irene Chias. Like Ferrante, they are bringing us nuanced, provocative female protagonists.

Please send a 200-word abstract to Jeanne Bonner at jeanne.bonner@gmail.com by Dec. 30, 2017.


Moving from Marinetti’s designation of Italy as a "mercato di rigattieri," this panel explores aesthetic, narrative, economic, and environmental implications of misuse, reuse, disuse, repurposing, appropriation, and theft in 20th & 21st century Italian culture. We welcome papers that engage with new materialism, ecocriticism, discard studies, queer theory, and psychoanalysis.  

Please submit a 200-word abstract and a short bio to Rebecca Falkoff (rebecca.falkoff@nyu.edu) and Danila Cannamela (danila.cannamela@stthomas.edu) by December 15th

Organizers: Rebecca Falkoff, Danila Cannamela

Affiliations: New York University, University of St. Thomas

Email addresses: rebecca.falkoff@nyu.edudanila.cannamela@stthomas.edu


Contemporary Italian literature has recently seen the formation and emergence of several projects of collective writings connected to new forms of cultural, political or social engagement. In this panel, we look for contributions that investigate the formation of these communities and their forms of engagement in contemporary Italy. Although the focus is on contemporary Italian literature, we also welcome studies that deepen collective projects’ relationship with other forms of engagement, like social movements or transmedia activism.

Please send a 150-200 words abstract and a short bio to Paolo Saporito (paolo.saporito@mail.mcgill.ca) and Melina Masterson (melina.masterson@uconn.edu) by December 15, 2017.

Paolo Saporito, McGill University, paolo.saporito@mail.mcgill.ca

Melina Masterson, University of Massachusetts Amherst, melina.masterson@uconn.edu

14. Title: Emotions and Italian Culture

This session will proceed from the assumption that examining the theorization of emotions is itself an examination of the politics and significance of a culture. In fact, emotions are demonstrated to be cultural concepts since they are products of people and not of nature. Our purpose is to explore the representation of emotions in Italian literature and visual arts.

Please send 150-200 word abstract of your proposed paper, a brief biographical note, and request for audio-visual equipment to Simonetta Milli-Konewko, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, at smilli@uwm.edu by December 31, 2017.

 Organizer and Chair: Simonetta Milli-Konewko

Affiliation: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Email: smilli@uwm.edu


Scrittori, poeti, filosofi hanno spesso pagato lo scotto di aver detto o scritto contro l’ordine costituito: non ultimo il caso di Erri de Luca, messo sotto processo per aver invitato al ‘sabotaggio’ della linea dell’alta velocità in Val di Susa. Il ‘diritto di parola’ è alla base della democrazia moderna, ma trova fondamento nel ‘diritto alle parole’, cioè in quella libertà di espressione del sé su cui si fonda poi la letteratura stessa. Questa session intende affrontare il tema del rapporto tra letteratura e cittadinanza attiva: nello specifico ci si chiede  se la letteratura abbia ancora un ruolo sociale; se la letteratura sia ancora la leva che dà la parola; se la parola sia infine educazione alla libertà. 

Si prega di inviare un abstract di 200-250 parole e una breve biografia, completa di affiliazione e indirizzo email a Marco Marino (marco.marino@santannainstitute.com),  entro il 30 dicembre 2017.


Names: Marco Marino and Domenico Palumbo 

Academic Affiliation: Sant'Anna Institute

Email addresses: marco.marino@santannainstitute.com, domenico.palumbo@santannainstitute.com


This session will analyze how Naples has been seen and perceived in the anglophone world, from the age of the Grand Tour to pop art. Particularly welcome are contributions that intertwine a dialectic rapport between a self-representation established by Naples and Neapolitans over the centuries and the vision in the recent past developed and spread across the anglophone word, in multiple spheres (literature, cinema and visual art), inside and beyond the most common and archaic stereotypes.

Please submit via email a 200-300-word abstract of the presentation, a brief biographical note, and requests for audio-visual equipment toMarco Marino (marco.marino@santannainstitute.com) by December 30, 2017.


Names: Marco Marino and Tehezeeb Moitra

Academic Affiliation: Sant'Anna Institute

Email address: marco.marino@santannainstitute.com

17. Title: "One Poem: Front and Center"

This session is devoted to the exploration of single poems. We  invite papers that focus on a close reading of only one poem from the Modern or the Contemporary period. 

After briefly contextualizing the selected individual poem,  each presenter is invited to focus on the "art and craft" in a single poem, and to discuss the poem's distinctive formal and non formal aspects, line by line.

Organizer: Maria Esposito Frank

Please send a 300-word abstract to Maria Esposito Frank, frank@hartford.edu, by December 30. Please include your affiliation and email address.

18. Title:  "Italian Poetry Today"

This session includes contributions that examine trends or directions in Contemporary Italian poetry, with particular attention to collections published in the last two decades.

Please send a 500-word abstract to Maria Esposito Frank, frank@hartford.edu, by December 30Please include your affiliation and email address.

19. Title: La primavera del Medioevo. Il risveglio della metodologia critica. 

Data la positiva tendenza, negli ultimi anni, ad analizzare il periodo basso-medievale proponendo diverse metodologie critiche con il fine di considerare quei secoli come il primo momento di risveglio teorico e pratico, la sessione accetta ogni aspetto di studio mirato all’applicazione di queste nuove prospettive di ricerca.

Si prega di inviare un abstract di 250 parole e una breve biografia completa di affiliazione e indirizzo email a Valerio Cappozzo (vcappozz@olemiss.edu) entro il 30 dicembre 2017. 


Name: Valerio Cappozzo 

Academic Affiliation: The University of Mississippi

Email address: vcappozz@olemiss.edu

20. Title: Italian Holidays: la vacanza italiana tra cinema, televisione e cultura visuale.

Nel cinema italiano la vacanza si configura come «momento per sperimentare identità, comportamenti e relazioni normalmente impossibili, al limite della finzione e del camuffamento, talvolta anche ben oltre tale limite» (Eugeni 2016). Che si svolga in spiaggia o in montagna, che sia scandita dalle tappe di un viaggio iniziatico o da quelle di un itinerario turistico, nella produzione audiovisiva e nella cultura visuale del nostro paese la vacanza è soprattutto lo scenario privilegiato per osservare, mettere in scena, fissare e interpretare i tratti distintivi della cultura, dell’identità e del carattere nazionali. Il panel raccoglie contributi incentrati su generi cinematografici, singoli film, opere per la televisione, documentari, ma anche immagini fotografiche, nei quali sia dunque affrontata la condizione della vacanza nei termini sopra indicati.

Si prega di inviare entro il 30 dicembre 2017 una proposta di 300-500 parole comprensiva di 5 parole chiave, 3-5 indicazioni bibliografiche e una breve biografia del proponente a christian.uva@uniroma3.it


This session interrogates the notions of ‘transnational’ and ‘popular’ from a twentieth- and twenty-first-century Italian perspective. It explores Italy’s place within and contribution to the connected histories of popular culture and its resultant transnational circulation, and sheds light on the way in which such popular cultural forms also reveal something about the country in which they are produced and the people who consume them at a national level. Papers will thus highlight how popular culture becomes the site for negotiation between local and global identities, both in Italy and beyond.

Please submit via e-mail a 250-300 word abstract, a brief biographical note, and requests for audio-visual equipment to Rachel Haworth (r.haworth@hull.ac.uk) by December 30th 2017.

Organizer: Rachel Haworth

Affiliation: University of Hull

Email: r.haworth@hull.ac.uk


The American Boccaccio Association solicits paper proposals on any aspect of the life and works of Giovanni Boccaccio, with particular interest in topics that touch on Boccaccio’s rich connections to Naples and the Angevin Kingdom of Sicily. The ABA is happy to provide one graduate student or one contingent faculty member whose paper will be accepted in the session with a small subsidy covering both AAIS 2018 dues and conference registration. Applicants must be members of the ABA. Proposals should include 200 word abstract, brief-bio, and indication of A/V needs. Paper proposals are due to panel organizer (Houston@gonzaga.edu by Friday, December 22.

 Organizer: Jason Houston, Gonzaga University in Florence (Houston@gonzaga.edu

Sponsored by the American Boccaccio Association


This roundtable focuses on digital humanities approaches to Italian Studies, offering participants a venue in which to discuss current scholarly projects in the context of broader questions about the intersection of Italian Studies research and digital humanities. What DH tools, approaches, and methodologies are we currently adopting in our scholarship? What is distinctive about the kind of knowledge we are producing with DH-inflected research? What kind of support or resistance are we encountering within our specializations and at the institutional level? What outlets are we utilizing to share our work with colleagues in Italian and beyond?   

Please submit a 200-word abstract and a brief bio to Allison Cooper (acooper@bowdoin.edu) by December 30, 2017.

Organizer: Allison Cooper

Affiliation: Bowdoin College

Email: acooper@bowdoin.edu 

24. Title: Paesaggio in transizione. Trasformazione, riordinamento e continuità nell’architettura della città italiana tra le due guerre.

Dopo la prima guerra mondiale si attuò una netta accelerazione dei processi di cambiamento e di trasformazione sociale che trovò le sue realizzazioni più concrete nell’ambiente costruito. Su questo sfondo, il DNA della città storica offrì uno dei più importanti punti di riferimento per lo sviluppo pratico di una nuova architettura e delle progettazioni urbanistiche e paesaggistiche. Il risultato non fu una sola strategia, ma una molteplicità di principi formali e tendenze cui era comune l’imperativo e il senso della continuità culturale. La sezione propone di chiarire i metodi con cui gli architetti e urbanisti italiani si riappropriarono della propria tradizione edilizia e la resero idonea alla trasformazione moderna del loro paese.

Si prega di inviare un abstract di 200-250 parole e una breve biografia, completa di affiliazione e indirizzo email, a Luigi Monzo (info@luigimonzo.de) entro il 30 dicembre 2017. Lingue ufficiali: italiano e inglese.

Organizzatori e presidenza:

Luigi Monzo, Università di Innsbruck (Austria)

Email: info@luigimonzo.de

Carmen M. Enss, Università di Bamberga (Germania)

Email: carmen.enss@uni-bamberg.de

25. Title: Carlo Michelstaedter e la Storia.

La recente pubblicazione del volume Storia e storiografia di Carlo Michelstaedter ha stimolato diverse discussioni non solo sul concetto di Storia secondo il filosofo goriziano, ma soprattutto sulla valutazione delle metodologie critiche adatte allo studio del suo pensiero e della sua opera. Questa sessione si propone di affrontare tali tematiche con interventi che ne approfondiscano l’analisi con nuove proposte di indagine.

Si prega di inviare un abstract di 200-250 parole e una breve biografia completa di affiliazione e indirizzo email a Valerio Cappozzo (vcappozz@olemiss.edu) e Mimmo Cangiano (cangiano.mimmo@gmail.com) entro il 30 dicembre 2017.


Names: Valerio Cappozzo and Mimmo Cangiano

Academic Affiliation: The University of Mississippi and The Hebriew University of Jerusalem

Email addresses: vcappozz@olemiss.edu, cangiano.mimmo@gmail.com

26. Title: Round table: Queer Italia Network

Description: This session provides some critical reflection on the series of workshops organised as part of 'Queer Italia', the 2016-2018 AHRC-sponsored networking project dedicated to building transnational Queer Italian Studies. Discussion will focus on workshop themes: queer theories and discourses; queer in translation; queer temporalities; queer activism and performance; queer media representations; queerness and the politics of race, migration, and diaspora.

Participants of this roundtable will engage in active conversation with one another and the audience. Participants will respond to each other's pre-circulated questions. Interested participants should send a 150-word abstract specifying any workshop(s) attended and two possible questions for discussion.

Organizers: Julia Heim (Seton Hall), Charlotte Ross (University of Birmingham), SA Smythe (UC Irvine)

Contact email: queeritalia@gmail.com

27. Title: Panel: Queer Precarity in Italian Contexts

This panel centres precarity and queerness within Italian contexts (be they Italian departments at Anglo or Italian institutions, activist groups in Italy, or Italy’s current social climate and its diaspora). Guy Standing's The Precariat speaks of “a creative tension between the precariat [a distinctive social class] as victims, penalised and demonised by mainstream institutions and policies, and the precariat as heroes, rejecting those institutions in a concerted act of intellectual and emotional defiance” (2). We are interested in participants who engage/perform/study queer precarity as it pertains to liminality, migration, “threat,” the body, racialisation, financial insecurity, and tensions between activists with differing relations to the academy.

Organizers: Julia Heim (Seton Hall), Charlotte Ross (University of Birmingham), SA Smythe (UC Irvine)

Contact email: queeritalia@gmail.com


Il concetto di sopravvivenza è pervasivo: transita da una sfera discorsiva all’altra e oscilla tra polarità all’apparenza inconciliabili, come mera vita e più che vita, passività e capacità d’agire, vittimismo e eroismo, senso di colpa e trionfo.

Attraverso un dibattito multidisciplinare, in questa sessione esploreremo come le espressioni artistiche e culturali italiane affrontino la questione della sopravvivenza. Si invitano in particolare contributi sulla temporalità del sopravvivere, sulla figura del superstite (in senso ontologico o storicamente determinato), sull’indissolubile intreccio tra sopravvivenza e testimonianza; ma anche, in accezione più ampia, sulla sopravvivenza come problema di traduzione e/o canonizzazione e sulla vita postuma dell’archivio.

Si prega di inviare un abstract di 200-250 parole e una breve biografia completa di affiliazione e indirizzo email a marianim@uchicago.edu entro il 15 dicembre 2017.

Sessione organizzata da Maria Anna Mariani, University of Chicago.

29. Title: Il cuore antico senza futuro: l’Italia tra gli anni Cinquanta e Sessanta.

Il computer Olivetti, i casi editoriali, la civiltà contadina, le olimpiadi di Roma, la cronaca nera, il calcio minuto per minuto. Attraverso delle sonde esplorative la sessione intende analizzare il decennio in cui in Italia, nell’intreccio tra arcaismo e modernizzazione di massa, convivono le tracce della tradizione del passato e i segnali di quel futuro che sarebbe poi stato chiamato “mancato”.

Si prega di inviare un abstract di 200-250 parole e una breve nota biografia (completa di affiliazione e indirizzo email) a Giuseppe Episcopo (g.episcopo@ed.ac.uk) entro il 30 dicembre 2017.

Organizer: Giuseppe Episcopo

Academic Affiliation: University of Edinburgh

Email addresses: g.episcopo@ed.ac.uk


Al centro della produzione letteraria napoletana nel Rinascimento, la figura femminile ricopre un ruolo centrale. Vittoria Colonna, Giulia Gonzaga, Isabella Villa marino, Maria di Cardona non sono soltanto riferimenti ideali, quanto anche parte dei processi creativi in ambito poetico, musicale e artistico in genere. Quale ruolo, dunque, riveste la donna a Napoli in ambito artistico? Quale consistenza ha la figura femminile nelle pagine degli autori e nell’universo dell’epoca? E in ultima istanza: quale spazio le donne-autrici occupano nell’universo maschile napoletano del Cinquecento e del Seicento?

Si prega di inviare, entro il 15 dicembre 2017, una breve biografia e un abstract di 250 parole, anche a carattere interdisciplinare, a Gennaro Tallini, tllgnr52@univr.it

Organizer: Gennaro Tallini

Affiliation: Dipartimento di Culture e Civiltà, Università di Verona

E-mail address: tllgnr52@uivr.it


In Anglo-American film culture, Cesare Zavattini (1902-1989) is mainly, if not exclusively, known as Italian neorealism’s most lucid and talented screenwriter. For a creative figure who over the course of seven decades worked as journalist, editor, essayist, novelist, poet, cultural organizer, and painter, such diminutive record is dramatically deficient. One suspects that it is also severely misleading. The panel aims at a reassessment of the significance of his broad contribution to Italian visual and print culture through specific examinations of his successful, unfinished, and failed projects.

 Please submit via email a 2/300-word abstract of the presentation, a brief biographical note, and requests for audio-visual equipment to giorgiob@umich.edu by December 15th, 2017.

Chair and Organizer: Giorgio Bertellini (University of Michigan): giorgiob@umich.edu


The Holocaust represents one of the most traumatic events in human history, and its impact on the Italian experience was, and continues to be, profound. This session seeks to explore this and other traumas, both in the collective or individual sphere, which have affected Italy and its people and are still relevant today. We seek to understand how traumatic experiences related, but not limited to, historical facts (such as WWI and WWII, colonialism and fascism among others), natural catastrophes, (such as earthquakes, floods and volcanic eruptions) and the ample arena of personal traumas, have shaped the current Italian population living in Italy or abroad. This session welcomes any cultural production including literature, poetry, films and media, artifacts, photography, plays and more. An interdisciplinary or comparative approach is also welcome.

Please submit a 200 – 250 word abstract and a short bio to Rosario Pollicino, Western University rpollici@uwo.ca by December 30th. 

33. TITLE: Posthuman New Materialisms  

Recent conceptual “turns” in ecocriticism and posthumanism have begun to challenge anthropocentrism, seeking to more “ecologically” relocate the human in the flow of things, substances, and bodies.

This panel encourages contributions that reflect on these conceptual turns within an Italian/Mediterranean context, and address our “embeddedness” and material-semiotic interaction with the world.


Enrico Cesaretti, University of Virginia, efc4p@virginia.edu

Matteo Gilebbi, Dartmouth College, matteo.gilebbi@dartmouth.edu

Please submit to both organizers a 250-word abstract, a short bio, and specify if you need audio-visual equipment by December 15th , 2017.

34. Title: Italian Heroes and Antiheroes across the Media (XV-XXI Centuries)

Description: Heroes and antiheroes as cultural products appropriate and affect reality by constructing narratives and mythologies in which national identities are produced and reinforced. This session welcomes presentations on across media representations of Italian heroic and antiheroic figures as receptacles and perpetrators of modes of behavior, hegemonic, and/or anti-hegemonic cultural practices. Please submit a 250-300 word abstract to Paola D'Amora (pdamora@olemiss.edu) or to Pasquale Palmieri (pasquale.palmieri@unina.it) by December 30th

Organizers: Paola D'Amora, Instructional Assistant Professor of Italian, University of Mississippi, pdamora@olemiss.edu 

 Pasquale Palmieri, Assistant Professor of Early Modern History, Università di Napoli                    "Federico II", pasquale.palmieri@unina.itpasquale.palmieri@utexas.edu

35. Title: WSC sponsored panel: Modelli educativi nella letteratura per le bambine: Dalla Contessa Lara a Giana Anguissola.

Organizers: Cosetta Seno (University of Colorado, Boulder)

Il tema dell’educazione della donna rappresenta uno dei campi mano esplorati della storiografia pedagogica. A questa dimenticanza si è unita spesso  la scarsa rilevanza data a quelle figure femminili che hanno svolto, in varie epoche, una funzione intellettuale di primo piano, contribuendo alla creazione di nuovi modelli pedagogici.

Sono benvenuti gli  interventi (in italiano o in inglese) su tutte le scrittrici che hanno contribuito, con la loro opera, al dibattito sulla specificità educativa femminile. Sono incoraggiati gli approcci di tipo ineterdisciplinare. Please send abstract (150/200 word) and short bibliographical blurb by December 30,  2017, to


36. Title: Women's Studies Caucus Round Table

“Teaching Paola Masino: a methodology” This round table seeks to address methodological questions on the teaching of Paola Masino’s  texts. Such questions might include, but are not limited to, the following: • Which ? • In which type of courses would it be appropriate to include the studying of Masino’s works (Women’s Studies, Italian Literature Courses, History of women, others)? • How do you organize and approach the teaching of these texts? • Are there any particular challenges in teaching Paola Masino’s texts? • Do you select texts in translation or in Italian? • What are students’ reactions when they read Paola Masino? The round table will have an open format, and will include shorter presentations (5-6 minutes) that focus on the panelist’s area of interest in relation to the topic, followed by a 45-minute discussion. Please send expression of interest, topics and a brief bio to cosetta.seno@colorado.edu by December 30 2017


This panel investigates contemporary Italian TV studies, focusing on the relationship between texts and their contexts of production, distribution, marketing, and consumption, and aims to trace what takes place behind, before, and after broadcasting (or the release on digital platforms such as Netflix). To this end, this panel welcomes abstracts that consider Italian television studies from the following national and transnational perspectives: creative and commercial needs; casting; co-production; scheduling; marketing; ratings; fan studies; reception; financing; critical and social discourses; advertising. Proposals are welcome on special case histories, research methods, and the impact of external factors on Italian television.


Luca Barra, Università di Bologna, luca.barra@unibo.it

Dana Renga, The Ohio State University, renga.1@osu.edu

38. Title: Representations of Naples in Italian Literature and Cinema

Organizer: Nicola Di Nino, University of Kansas, Lawrence

This panel aims to explore how the city of Naples and its surroundings have been represented in Italian literature and cinema. From Boccaccio to Ferrante, from Assunta Spina to Gomorra. La serie, Naples has aroused both interest and repulsion and has been a source of inspiration for Italian and international writers and directors. For some Naples has become a symbol of freedom and mundane joy, whereas for others the urban environment has represented mere anguish, fear, and homelessness. This panel is open to contributions on any period of Italian literature and cinema. Some of the questions we would like to discuss include: How does the author depict the urban landscape and everyday life? Is the city space only physical or imaginary? How do characters interact with this landscape? How did representations of Naples change after the revolution of 1799? Is the myth of Parthenope still alive (Matilde Serao) or has Naples definitely lost its “armonia” (Raffaele La Capria)?

We are particularly interested in interdisciplinary and comparative contributions on literature, language, and visual arts that address social and political issues.

If interested, please send a title, an abstract of 200-250 words, a brief biography in English or Italian, and requests for audio-visual equipment to: dinino@ku.edu, by December, 30 2017.


Italian Studies engages intently with local and global networks in Italian culture and history. As recent scholarship on (post-)colonial Italy, the Mediterranean, and Italian mobilities demonstrates, the local can be studied from a global perspective and vice versa. This session aims to examine case studies from any time period which focus on how transnational, regional, national, and local processes in Italian culture and society are articulated through global processes. Ultimately, we wish to assess the methodological, theoretical, or cognitive gains we may obtain from approaching Italian Studies in global frameworks.


Valerie McGuire (San Francisco State University), vmcguire@sfsu.edu

Gaoheng Zhang (University of British Columbia), gaoheng.zhang@ubc.ca


Since his 1975 debut with Piazza d’Italia, time has been a central motif to Tabucchi's works.  Recently defined as posthumous author, Tabucchi is a writer in and of the present tense. As Francese observes, ‘Tabucchi’s literature does not exist for the present but as witness to the present’.

The panel intends to problematize the writer’s reception by addressing the following questions: What present does Tabucchi narrate? How is the present represented? How does it relate to present day Italian scenario and literature?

Please send a 150-200 words abstract and a short bio to Veronica Frigeni (v.frigeni@kent.ac.uk) by December 20, 2017.

Organizer: Veronica Frigeni

Affiliation: University of Kent

E-mail: V.frigeni@kent.ac.uk


Dante’s works are thick with visionary and visual scenes. Readers are encouraged to see with Dante as he narrates his love for Beatrice in the Vita Nuova, and to look at and through the Commedia as visual artefact (‘Aguzza qui, lettor, ben li occhi al vero, / ché 'l velo è ora ben tanto sottile, / certo che 'l trapassar dentro è leggero.’, Purg. VIII, 19-21). Dante himself is commanded to look innumerable times throughout the poem. The visual textures of Dante’s texts have also provoked a long tradition of visual responses to his works. Building on seminal contributions in recent scholarship (Iannucci, 2004; Braida and Cale 2007;  Lehner, 2017), this panel seeks interventions expounding the role played by the visual arts in the cross-cultural mediation and interpretation, appropriation and popularisation of Dante’s textuality and imagery from the early modern era to postmodernity. The intention is historicize the modes of visualisation of Dante’s poetry in both traditional and more experimental forms of representation ranging from painting, illustration and sculpture to film, graphic novels and videogames. In mapping the dynamics of this Dante’s productive responses in visual arts, the panel will discuss:

●      The visuality of Dante’s works: from the lyrics to the Commedia, in terms of their material imagery, visual and visionary language, episodes of ekphrasis, synaesthetic and optical illusions and effects. Dante’s seeing, and the reader as observer.

●      ·The construction of the visual canon: from Botticelli’s Disegni per la Divina Commedia (1480-1495) to Robert Rauschenberg Thirty-Four Illustrations for Dante’s Inferno (1958-1960) and beyond.

●      The dialectic of centrality/marginality at play within the canon: i.e., the macroscopic predilection for the representation of the Commedia over the Vita Nuova and other minor works; as well as the microscopic selection of episodes and passages from the poem itself. 

●      The multiple uses of illustration as commentary: from early modern manuscripts to nineteenth-century illustrated editions for young and adult readers.

●      The postmodern reactivation of Dante’s medieval vision in the digital world: cinematic and graphic reinventions of the Commedia.


Please submit abstracts of not more that 200 words, a brief biographical note, and requests for audio-visual equipment to David Bowe (University of Oxford) david.bowe@mod-langs.ox.ac.uk and Federica Coluzzi (University of Manchester) federica.coluzzi@manchester.ac.uk by 20 December 2017.

42. Title: Contemporary Italian Women Writers in a Global Context

The works of contemporary Italian women writers interweave an imaginary that is profoundly rooted in Italian culture with some of the emergent topics and issues of globalisation. This session welcomes a range of interdisciplinary approaches that articulate the narrative exchange between the local and the global, with a specific focus on the tensions emerging between local identity and national and transnational belonging; migrant and immigrant subjectivities; the negotiation of language and place; the public formation of female destinies; patriarchal violence; the ties with the mother and notions of one’s own maternity, a new element of the family novel; female friendship.


Please submit a 150-200 word abstract and a mini-bio by December 30, 2017 to derogatis@unistrasi.it, smilkova@oberlin.edu and katrin.wehling-giorgi@durham.ac.uk

Organizers: Tiziana de Rogatis, Stiliana Milkova and Katrin Wehling-Giorgi

Affiliations: Università per Stranieri di Siena, Oberlin College, Durham University

43. Title of Roundtable: Il sessismo nei media italiani prima e dopo il caso Weinstein

Il caso Weinstein ha (ri)messo in evidenza l’atteggiamento marcatamente sessista della maggior parte dei media italiani. Al tempo stesso ha innescato dibattiti e discussioni che potrebbero dare un contributo significativo alla costruzione di nuovi linguaggi e nuove di modalità di narrazione e rappresentazione della violenza sulle donne. Questa tavola rotonda si propone di fare il punto sulla situazione sollecitando interventi non solo da parte di studiose e studiosi con diversi background e interessi di ricerca (dai media studies ai women studies, dai cultural studies ai social studies) ma anche da parte di professioniste e professionisti della comunicazione.    

Si prega di inviare entro il 30 dicembre a entrambe le organizzatrici una breve biografia (specificando affliation e recapito e-mail) e un abstract di 250 parole (con eventuale richiesta di apparecchiature audio e video).

Organizers: Antonella Valoroso (The Umbra Institute, valorosa@umbra.org), and Francesca Calamita (University of Virginia, fc4j@virginia.edu)

44. Title: Rereading love stories

This session invites papers in English or in Italian dealing with the representation of love in the Italian literature from middle ages till present day. As what kind of feeling is love represented: delightful, destructive, liberating, holy, mundane, sinful? How are the female and male subjects represented? Which factors influence upon the conception and representation of love: societal, literary tradition and/or genre?

Please, submit via email a 250-300 word abstract, a brief biographical note, and requests for audio-visual equipment to marjaharmanmaa@gmail.com by Dec. 20th.

Organizer: Marja Härmänmaa

Affiliation: University of Turku, Finland

Email: marjaharmanmaa@gmail.com


This session invites contributions on innovative teaching practices that integrate creative and/or performative forms of oral production such as theater, music, podcasts, film, etc. in the language classroom.

Approaches that highlight students’ engagement, active learning, collaborative work, holistic assessment methods, and meaningful explorations of cultural materials are especially welcome.


Please submit via email a 200-300 word abstract, a brief biographical note, and requests for audio-visual equipment to anna_santucci@brown.edu and ronzanim@uncsa.edu by December 30th, 2017.

Organizer and chair: Anna Santucci, Brown University, anna_santucci@brown.edu

Organizer: Michela Ronzani, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, ronzanim@uncsa.edu

46. Title: Luigi Malerba's “literature of invention"

Ten years after his passing, Luigi Malerba (1927-2008) continues to foster critical thinking about key aspects of our post-modern experience, from politics to environment, from gender issues to historical memory.  Through the deceptive irony that has characterized his writing, from its experimental beginnings to the posthumous aphorisms, Malerba engages his readers in the political and ethical role of “l’ingombrante, evolutiva letteratura dell’invenzione.” This session invites submissions in Italian or English on the multifaceted legacy of Malerba's work. 

Please submit title, abstract (150-200 words), AV equipment needed, and a brief biographical blurb to Margherita Heyer-Cáput, University of California, Davis (mheyercaput@ucdavis.edu) by December 28, 2017.


Questa sessione mira ad analizzare lo sfruttamento della letteratura nell’insegnamento dell’italiano L2/LS.

I partecipanti sono invitati a presentare contributi che mettano in luce le molteplici potenzialità del testo letterario nell’apprendimento linguistico, nonché proposte didattiche che mirano ad evidenziare gli approcci e le tecniche più utilizzate.

Si prega di inviare un abstract di 200-300 parole e una breve biografia, completa di affiliazione e indirizzo email  a fabiola@accademia-italiana.it entro il 30 dicembre 2017.    

Organizers: Fabiola Tiberi – Licia Scarpellino – Ciro Annunziata

48. Title: WSC sponsored panel : Anna Maria Ortese

Organizer: Cosetta Seno (University of Colorado, Boulder) 

Anna Maria Ortese, nel suo percorso poetico, ha rivisitato e trasformato tutti i generi letterari da lei esplorati: Il reportage, la fiaba, l'autobiografia, il romanzo storico, il romanzo giallo. Sono benvenuti gli interventi (in italiano e in inglese) su ogni aspetto dell’opera dell’autrice e sono incoraggiati gli approcci di tipo interdisciplinare. 

Please send abstract (150/200 words) and short biographical blurb by December 30, 2017 to cosetta.seno@colorado.edu

49. Title: Dante’s readers: a material approach 

This session aims to explore the Medieval and Early-modern European fortune of Dante’s work through the lens of material culture. It invites examinations of manuscripts, printed editions, and works of art showing how Dante’s corpus was read, understood, and elaborated on from the Middle Ages up to the Renaissance time.

Please send a 150-200 words abstract and a short bio to Natale Vacalebre (natalev@sas.upenn.edu) and Lorenzo Dell’Oso (lorenzo.dell’oso.1@nd.edu) by December 30, 2017.

Organizers: Natale Vacalebre, PhD; Lorenzo Dell’Oso, PhD Student (ABD)

Affiliations: University of Pennsylvania, University of Notre Dame 

Email Addresses: natalev@sas.upenn.edu, lorenzo.dell'oso.1@nd.edu 

50. Title: Eroticism in Italian Cinema (L’erotismo nel cinema italiano)

This session invites papers in English or Italian dealing with the representation of eroticism in Italian cinema from the beginnings to the present. Possible research questions are: Which forms and types of eroticism can be found in different stages of italian cinema, what kinds of erotic discourse are directly or indirectly represented, what distinguishes male and female representations, how is cinematic eroticism received in the press and in the censorship..

Questa sezione – alla quale è possibile partecipare con comunicazioni in lingua inglese o italiana – si focalizza intorno alla rappresentazione dell’erotismo nel cinema italiano dalle origini fino all’attualità. Tra i possibili ambiti di intervento vi sono le forme e i modelli di erotismo riflessi nelle distinte stagioni del cinema italiano, le tipologie discorsive con cui l’erotismo filmico diviene oggetto di rappresentazione diretta o indiretta, le raffigurazioni visive di un erotismo declinato al maschile e/o al femminile e le modalità con cui l’erotismo filmico trova eco nella stampa e nella censura.

Please, send a 150-200 word abstract of proposed paper and a brief biographical note to  angela.fabris@aac.at by December 30th, 2017.

Organizer: Angela Fabris

 Affiliation: Alpen-Adria-Universitaet Klagenfurt, Austria

 Email: angela.fabris@aau.at

51. Title: Look at the ’70s: Photography, Mass Media, and Audiences

A week after newspapers published the photo of a young man shooting a P38 in Milan’s via De Amicis on May 14, 1977, Umberto Eco wrote in the magazine L’Espresso “questa è una di quelle foto che passeranno alla storia e appariranno su mille libri,” foreseeing the future of an image that indeed became symbolic of the Italian Years of Lead. This and other iconic images have forged the cultural imagery of the 1970s, influencing processes of collective memory and individual recollection of the same period. This panel expands the scope of inquiry on this rich and complex decade of Italian history by looking more broadly at the role played by photography in representing and narrating its events, subjects, and spaces. What function did photographic images have in the chronicles of the time? How did media narratives shape the audience’s perception of those images? We welcome papers that explore these and other questions from a variety of approaches and via different methodologies, including historical, political, philosophical, and aesthetic perspectives; and cultural, gender, queer, and audience studies. 

Please send abstracts of 250 words and a short bio to amontalbano@ua.edu and pbonifazio@austin.utexas.edu by December 30th.  

Organizers: Alessandra Montalbano (University of Alabama) amontalbano@ua.edu and Paola Bonifazio (University of Texas at Austin), pbonifazio@austin.utexas.edu

Chair: Paola Bonifazio (University of Texas at Austin) 


While the study of youth and subcultural movements has been central in British and U.S. cultural studies, it has not met similar academic interest in Italian Studies. And yet, contemporary Italian youth is ever-more interconnected—both nationally and transnationally—through participation in subcultures. This session focuses on Italian subcultural movements from unification to today and welcomes panels that engage with, for example, the visual arts, literature, music, and fashion. Proposals considering the relationship between subcultures and mainstream cultures are also welcome.

Please send proposals including title, abstract (250 words), a brief biographical note, and requests for audio-visual equipment to Enrico Zammarchi, zammarchi.1@osu.edu , by December 30th, 2017.

Organizer: Enrico Zammarchi

Affiliation: The Ohio State University

E-mail: zammarchi.1@osu.edu

53. Title: Corpi estranei: anti-normative bodies in Italian cinema from the economic miracle to berlusconi

Regardless of the film-makers’ political stance, post-war Italian cinema has traditionally cast disabled, queer, non-white and “ugly” characters as signifiers of social and moral alterity to the aspirational models of Italian identity. Yet, the presence of anti-normative bodies on screen has also produced a powerful critique of the dominant narratives of economic progress and social mobility. This session invites discussions of how anti-normative bodies have been represented, and how they have offered sites of resistance, in the Italian cinema of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.

Please submit a 200-300 word abstract, a brief biographical note, and requests for audio-visual equipment to claudia.bernardi@vuw.ac.nz and sally.hill@vuw.ac.nz by December 30, 2017.

Organizers: Claudia Bernardi and Sally Hill

Affiliation: Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Emails: claudia.bernardi@vuw.ac.nz; sally.hill@vuw.ac.nz


This panel explores female eloquence and the ways in which women expressed themselves in early modern Italy. We invite papers investigating how women employed the vernacular, whether by engaging themselves with writing or through male literary voices. From Alberti’s dialogues to Tarabotti’s letters against patriarchy, this session seeks to unpack gendered language dynamics in vernacular writings, written by male and female authors. Topics include the relationship between genres and gender, uses of the vernacular in conduct literature, the metaphorical value of silence, styles in public and private writing, women and vernacular grammars, women as translators, literary representations of female voices.

Organizer: Eugenio Refini (Johns Hopkins University) erefini1@jhu.edu 

Please send a 200-300 word abstract and a short bio to Eugenio Refini (reefing@jhu.edu), Chiara Girardi (cgirard4@jhu.edu), Beatrice Variolo (bvariol1@jhu.edu) by December 30th 2017.

55. Title: Il cinema delle donne

Questa sessione si propone di analizzare film di registe italiane e metterne in evidenza le peculiarità di contenuti e stili. Lo scopo è chiarire se il loro sguardo “da donne sulle donne” dia vita a un cinema di genere che si differenzia dal cinema di registi che pure hanno fatto delle donne le loro protagoniste principali. Si incoraggiano interventi che contestualizzino la produzione di registe italiane tenendo presente le teorie femministe e l’industria cinematografica in cui operano. 

Si accettano proposte sia in inglese che in italiano. Si prega di inviare abstract di 200-250 parole e una breve biografia completa ad Anna Paparcone apaparco@bucknell.edu entro il 30 dicembre.

Organizzatrice: Anna Paparcone

56. Title: Donne nel mirino: registe e registi a confronto

Questa sessione si concentra su film di registe e registi italiani i cui protagonisti sono donne con l’intento di evidenziare i distinti aspetti formali e contenutistici dei loro lavori. Principale obiettivo è esaminare  se e come il loro sguardo sulle donne sia diverso. Si incoraggiano articoli che contestualizzino film di autrici e autori tenendo presente riflessioni teoriche sul cinema e l’industria cinematografica in cui tali professionisti lavorano. Si accettano interventi sia in inglese che in italiano. 

Si prega di inviare un abstract di 200-250 parole, una breve biografia completa di affiliazione e indirizzo email ad Anna Paparcone apaparco@bucknell.edu entro il 30 dicembre.

Organizzatrice: Anna Paparcone


La città di Napoli è stata da sempre uno straordinario laboratorio di ricerca e sperimentazione teatrale: dalla commedia dell’arte alla grande drammaturgia di Eduardo De Filippo, dal teatro delle guarrattelle di Brunello Leone alle officine teatrali degli anni ’60-‘70, dalla geniale sperimentazione di Roberto De Simone fino alla nuova scena dei Ruccello, Moscato, Patroni Griffi, Carpentieri, Martone, Servillo, Cirillo, Latella, Cappuccio, Cerciello, Laudadio, Ianniello, Di Palma e (Andrea) Renzi. Questa sessione si propone di riflettere su una tradizione lunga quanto la storia stessa del teatro sollecitando in particolare una riflessione sul teatro napoletano del terzo millennio.

Si prega di inviare a entrambe le organizzatrici entro il 30 dicembre una breve biografia (specificando affliation e recapito e-mail) e un abstract di 250 parole (con eventuale richiesta di apparecchiature audio e video).

Organizers: Antonella Valoroso (The Umbra Institute, valorosa@umbra.org) e Monica Brindicci (Independent Scholar, mollybrindicci@gmail.com


This session invites contributions on any aspect of industrial culture in modern Italy. The relationship between industry and culture has been heavily theorized, from early cinema to futurism to the economic boom and beyond. On the one hand, industry has been accused of corrupting culture, while on the other hand it has been celebrated as a new material basis for cultural production. Industrial culture remains embedded in contemporary society, while its expulsion, through delocalization and abandonment, amplifies the tensions at the heart of new ideologies like “Make America Great Again”. This session intends to explore Italian industrial culture(s) across media, including fine arts, music, theater, literature, cinema and design.

Please send a 200-300 word abstract, a brief biographical note and any requests for audiovisual equipment to Jim Carter at jimrc@umich.edu by December 30th.

 Organizers: Jim Carter & Daniele Forlino

Chair: Jim Carter

Affiliation: University of Michigan (Carter), Southern Methodist University (Forlino)

email: jimrc@umich.edu

59. Title: Il ritorno della critica tematica: la famiglia nel romanzo contemporaneo

 Partendo dal modello morantiano di Menzogna e sortilegio fino a romanzi più recenti, si intende esaminare in questa sessione l’immagine della famiglia nel realismo contemporaneo.  La spesso usata citazione tratta dal' Anna Karenina quanto sia interessante il raccontare le storie di famiglie infelici caratterizza, infatti,  l’impianto e la tematica familista di alcuni romanzi contemporanei italiani. In questi testi, fra cui ricordiamo almeno La ferocia di Nicola La Gioia, Di questa vita menzognera di Giuseppe Montesano, e Con le peggiori intenzioni di Alessandro Piperno, la tentata rottura di una silenziosa adesione dei diversi membri della famiglia a degli schemi di comportamento sociali –pure implacabilmente narrati- costituiscono l’impalcatura su cui si poggia l’intera struttura romanzesca. Il realismo concepito come eterna possibilità immaginativa dona al tema della famiglia una rilevanza spesso sottovalutata sia nelle sue dinamiche interne (vari rapporti) che in quelle esterne (rapporto con, e nella politica e società) che ne determinano la sua disfunzionalità. 

Sono richiesti una sinossi di 250 parole e minimi cenni biografici da mandare via email a Stefania Lucamante entro il 30 dicembre 2017.

Organizzatrice: Stefania Lucamante

Istituzione: The Catholic University of America


In recent years, the works of Paola Masino – such as her Nascita e morte della massaia (now translated into English together with several short stories) – have garnered the interest of American scholars thanks to her unique style and critical stance regarding Italian society and the fascist regime. Her works have also been rediscovered in Italy thanks to the recent editions of Periferia, Anniversario and the previously unpublished Album di vestiti. This session aims to explore the autobiographical roots of Masino’s writings (where the private and public dimensions are transfigured through allegory, the surreal and the oneiric) as revealed by her memoirs, the place of her works in current scholarship, and the modernity in her treatment of topics such as the female body, family, and the state. 
Organizers: Marinella Mascia Galateria (Università La Sapienza); Tristana Rorandelli (Sarah Lawrence College)

Please send a 200-300 word abstract of the proposed paper, a brief biographical note and requests for A/V equipment to trorandelli@sarahlawrence.eduby December 15, 2017


Un tema cruciale nell’ambito della cultura del Rinascimento interessa la scrittura di

opposizione al potere costituito. La sessione mira ad analizzare il fiorire di produzioni

letterarie che più o meno apertamente hanno avanzato critiche al potere variamente inteso

e alle istituzioni.

Si invitano gli interessati a far pervenire proposte di intervento, corredate da una breve

biografia entro e non oltre il 20 dicembre 2017, all'indirizzo paola.baseotto@uninsubria.it

Co-Organization: Paola Baseotto e Omar Khalaf

Affiliation: Università degli Studi dell'Insubria, Dipartimento di Diritto, Economia e

Culture, Como

e-mail: paola.baseotto@uninsubria.it; omar.hashem@uninsubria.it

62. Cinematic Rome 2.0

Cinematic City per eccellenza, Roma sullo schermo asseconda innumerevoli  scambi tra la ‘real city’ e l’imagined city’. In questa sessione ci si vuole concentrare sulle modalità di rappresentazione cinematografica dell’Urbe nel Terzo Millennio. 

Si prega di inviare un abstract di circa 400 parole, in italiano o in inglese, entro l’8 gennaio 2018 a Federica Capoferri (fcapoferri@johncabot.edu) e Carolina Ciampaglia (cc863@cornell.educ.ciampaglia@italiaidea.com

Organizers: Federica Capoferri, John Cabot University Roma
               Carolina Ciampaglia, Cornell University in Rome/Italiaidea


This session invites papers in either English or Italian on the presence of sexism or the combating of such, in Italian works of literature from any period. Of particular interest are presentations/papers that speak to the portrayal of sexism, sexual harassment, rape culture, and discrimination in Italian literature by women.

Please, submit via email a 250-word abstract, a brief biographical note, and requests for audio-visual equipment tomaureen.melita@marist.edu, by December 30, 2017.

Organizer: M. Marina Melita

Affiliation: Marist College

Email address: maureen.melita@marist.edu

64. Title: Queer Representation in Italian Media

Issues of same-sex marriage and adoption are hot button topics among Italians. Their depiction in mainstream media continues to provoke anger and hatred. One recent example is the homophobic attack that Italian film director Sebastiano Riso experienced, because he is both gay and makes films centering gay narratives. These mainstream works, however, often do not present the myriad queer subcultures and communities within Italy. This panel seeks works that investigate queer or LGBTQIA+ representations in both Italian mainstream and non-mainstream media, works that discuss Italian LGBTQIA+ audience reception and the media, and queer theoretical approaches to Italian media and remediation. 

Please submit 250 word abstract and brief bio to AAISQueerStudiesCaucus@gmail.com by December 30th.

Organizer: Queer Studies Caucus

65. Title: Epistemologies of the Italian Closet

National Coming Out Day has been celebrated annually in the US since 1988. To date, Italy commemorates no such event. While some use this as evidence of Italy’s extremist homophobia relative to the US, others argue that the “in/out” binary is an imposed Americanization of queer Italian experiences. This panel seeks investigations that trouble the notion of visibility as always progressive or beneficial. Papers could discuss: examples that challenge acts of coming out as unequivocally positive; the notion of “coming out” as necessary in the Italian context; coming out as acts that challenge normative assumptions within the West more generally. 

Please submit 250 word abstract and brief bio to AAISQueerStudiesCaucus@gmail.com by December 30th.

Organizer: Queer Studies Caucus

66. Title: Labor, culture and theory in Italian society

 From Fordism to late capitalism up to internet-era literature, cinema and philosophy have been at the forefront in analyzing and representing the effects of labor—and the lack thereof—on society. This panel welcomes all contributions that aim to explore the intersections between different disciplines in the portrayal of workers and work paradigms.

Please submit 250 word abstract and brief bio to sferrarese@wm.edu by December 30th.

 Sergio Ferrarese, William and Mary, sferrarese@wm.edu

67. Title: Cesare Pavese in the 21st century

This panel welcomes all critical contributions that discuss the relevance and legacy of Cesare Pavese in the new millennium.

Please submit 250 word abstract and brief bio to sferrarese@wm.edu by December 30th.

Sergio Ferrarese, William and Mary, sferrarese@wm.edu

68. Title: Figure e temi del giornalismo italiano nell'Ottocento

In this panel we seek to discuss Italian journalism in pre and post-Unification Italy, and the different forms it took as production processes evolved. Contributions can be devoted to specific figures (Eugenio Torelli-Viollier, Matilde Serao, Edoardo Scarfoglio, Virginia Treves-Tedeschi, Ernesto Teodoro Moneta, la Marchesa Colombi, among others), specific genres (dailies, musical periodicals, illustrated weeklies), thematic trends, the evolution of the medium in technological and economic terms, and/or reflections on journalism as an art and as a profession.

Please send your proposal including a title, brief abstract (150-200 words), and short biographical blurb by December 30, 2017 to Silvia Valisa svalisa@fsu.edu and Morena Corradi Morena.Corradi@qc.cuny.edu

69. Title: American Remakes of Italian Films 

Remakes are a growing field of studies as shown by the increasing number of publications on the topic. But we still lack a systematic examination of American remakes of Italian films. Such a study would make it possible to identify wider social and cultural issues which these remakes have raised especially over the last sixty years. Any remake of an international film is grounded in what is deemed artistically and financially significant about the Other in a specific target culture. Consequently, this panel on the intersection of American and Italian cinema will consider the reception of Italy in the United States in artistic as well as financial terms. Papers that discuss American remakes of Italian films  focusing on genres like comedy, crime, drama, horror, musicals, and westerns are especially welcome.

Please send abstract (150-200 words) and short biographical blurb as well as requests for audio-visual equipment to cgaudenz@memphis.edu by December 30, 2017


Saracens in the chivalric epics, Turks, Arabs, or the foreign European Powers invading Italy in political writings, Muslims or Heretics in religious thought: the presence of many “others” crowded the life and the imaginary of the Italian Renaissance reverberating in to texts which represented “otherness” in different ways. This panel aims to analyze the different depictions of “otherness” in Italian Renaissance literature and art with the purpose of unveiling a peculiar aspect of the Renaissance able to shed light on the Renaissance itself and, hopefully, to address more contemporary issues at stake in the globalized world.

 Please send a 150-200 word abstract of proposed paper (either in English or Italian), a brief biographical note , and requests for audio-visual equipment to lbacchi1@jhu.edu by December 30, 2017.

 Organizer and Chair: Lorenzo Filippo Bacchini

Affiliation: Johns Hopkins University

Email: lbacchi1@jhu.edu

71. Title: Global New Waves and Italian Cinema

After the Nouvelle Vague, it became common practice to refer to local emergent cinematographies as ‘new waves.’ At first a critical tool to map European new auteurs (Britain, Czechoslovakia, Germany), it later expanded to more peripheral cinemas (Japan at first, Iran, Taiwan, Mexico, Argentina, up to the recent successes of Thai and Philippine cinemas at European film festivals), replicating the flows of globalization. All these ‘waves’ are generally defined by some common traits: emphasis on youth; rethinking of the mise-en-scene through less conventional, anti-narrative practices; a both existential and political confrontation with contemporary social issues; shooting on location and low-budget production. Because of the stress on local social and economic landscapes, western critics and audiences have usually considered these films and their authors as the embodiments of their respective national cinemas. However, the shared qualities display transnational patterns. 

While neorealism set the stylistic coordinates for the later movements, Italian cinema did not produce a proper new wave that could encompass its prominent auteurs from the ’60s up until the ‘80s. Our panel seeks to explore the structural and cultural reasons for such a lack and the interrelation of Italian cinema and global waves.  

Possible topics may include: 

  • Influence of Nouvelle Vague (and other new waves) on Italian cinema. 
  • Italian “economic boom” films and cinemas of other emerging economies. 
  • Relationship between the institutions of Art cinema and New Waves. 
  • Role of national and transnational funding in the development of new waves and national cinemas. 
  • Italian film festivals and global waves. 
  • Critical reception in Italy of new wave cinemas. 
  • Development and institutionalization of distinctive new wave stylistic practices. 

Please send a 200-300 word abstract and a short bio to Luca Zamparini (lzamparini@gradcenter.cuny.edu) and Riccardo Antonangeli (ra1225@nyu.edu) 


Italy’s linguistic landscape involves both the dialects/minority languages historically present within national boundaries and the languages brought by migration. Multilingual fiction in Italy has a long history, but it has rarely been translated. At present, however, Camilleri’s novels, TV series such asGomorra, and classics such as Meneghello’s Libera nos a Malo are receiving international recognition. What type of fiction circulates across cultural/linguistic boundaries? What remains untranslated? What are mechanisms that regulate the selection and translation of these texts? What processes of cultural renegotiation are at work? How do issues of translatability affect canon formations?

Session organizers: Elisa Segnini (University of Glasgow) and Gigliola Sulis (University of Leeds)

Please send an abstract (15-200 words) and a short bio by December 30th to Elisa.Segnini@glasgow.ac.uk and G.Sulis@leeds.ac.uk.


Recently David Johnston (1996), Sirkku Aaltonen (2000), and Cristina Marinetti (2013) have contributed significantly to scholarship on theatre translation. Translations for the stage — often a collaborative endeavour between playwrights, actors, translators, directors and academics — addresses transcultural practices that challenge boundaries between translations, adaptations, and cultural appropriations. It can also involve complex negotiations between multilingualism and standardization. We invite contributions that address questions such as: what is the role of the translator in the theatre? How do self- and collaborative translations function in a performative context? How do theatrical systems, audiences and communities influence translation strategies? 

 Session Organizers: Elisa Segnini (University of Glasgow) and Enza De Francisci (University of Glasgow)

Please send an abstract (15-200 words) and a short bio by December 30th to elisa.segnini@glasgow.ac.uk and enza.defrancisci@glasgow.ac.uk.

74. Title: Torquato Tasso

Sessione in onore del poeta nato a Sorrento, città che ospita il convegno di quest’anno. Sono benvenuti interventi in italiano e in inglese su tutti gli aspetti dell’opera del poeta  e sono incoraggiati studi interdisciplinari. 

Session in honor of the poet who was born in Sorrento, the city that is hosting this year conference.Presentations in Italian and English are welcomed on all aspects of the poet’s work and interdisciplinary studies are encouraged.

 Please submit a 200 word abstract and a short bio by December 30th to Irene Marchegiani, Stony Brook University: irene.marchegiani@stonybrook.edu

Organizer: Irene Marchegiani (Stony Brook University)

75. TItle: Sites of Transit in Italy from WW2 to the present: History, Politics, Topography

The former POW, concentration and refugee camp at Fossoli is a key example in the complex 20th-century history of peoples and prisoners in transit. Proposals are welcome on the reconstruction of the history, politics and topography of this and other sites of transit in the European and Mediterranean context from WW2 to the present.

Please send a 200-300 word abstract and a brief biographical note to matteo.cassani2@unibo.itroberta.mira@unibo.it and daniele.salerno@unibo.it by December 30, 2017.


Fondazione ex Campo Fossoli - via Giulio Rovighi, 57 41012 Carpi – MO direttore@fondazionefossoli.it - www.fondazionefossoli.org

Matteo Cassani Simonetti – Dipartimento di Architettura - Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna –matteo.cassani2@unibo.it

Roberta Mira – Dipartimento di Storia Culture Civiltà - Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna - roberta.mira@unibo.it

Daniele Salerno – Scuola Superiore di Studi Umanistici - Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna - daniele.salerno@unibo.it


The genesis of architectural ornament derives from ritual and a human instinct for imitation (Gottfried Semper, 2004). Early architectural ‘enclosures’, or ‘space dividers’ were first plant fiber woven mats and then woven tapestries. Woven patterns used as edging for Roman tapestry walls are replicated in Pompeiian fresco designs. The ritual uses of tapestries and relics in religious ceremonies of the Sorrentine peninsula are memorialized and transformed as decorative and structural motifs on walls, in mosaics, liturgical elements, and building facades.  Interdisciplinary papers exploring the relationship of ornament to ritual and sacrament from ancient to modern times are welcome.

Proposals due to edapont@norwich.edu by December 30, 2017 should include title, brief abstract (200-250 words), and short biographical blurb.

Chair: Eleanor D’Aponte, AIA, Associate Professor, Norwich University, edapont@norwich.edu

77. Title: Primo Levi

The session organizer solicits papers in either English or Italian on any aspect of Primo Levi’s works or life.

Please submit a 250-word abstract and brief bio to j.druker@ilstu.edu by December 30th.

Organizer: Jonathan Druker

Affiliation: Illinois State University


Beginning with the Marshall Plan during the reconstruction period following World War II, Made in Italy became an international fashion sensation and later developed into one of the world’s most recognizable brands. The purpose of this panel is to address the period immediately preceding the rise of Made in Italy by re-theorizing fashion in the 19th and early 20th century­­, a time when the texture of modernity was woven alongside an Italy designed for international consumption. We invite papers in English or Italian from history and cultural studies as well as fiction, periodicals, visual arts. Deadline: Dec 30, 250 words. 

Co-Organizers: Maria Grazia Lolla, Harvard University, mglolla@fas.harvard.edu

John Welsh, Independent Scholar, welsh.21@gmail.com

79. Title: Machiavelli Today: Contemporary Representations of the Most Unsettling Aspects of Power

 Niccolò Machiavelli is the first modern writer who describes the unsaid and secret aspects of power. 

This panel aims to explore contemporary representations of such aspects of power through cinema, literature, and media in Italy as well as abroad.  

We welcome papers analyzing representations of the most unsettling aspects of power taken from contemporary sources, for example: TV series such as Borgen, Game of Thrones, Gomorra, House of Cards, Romanzo criminale etc.; films, such as Sorrentino’s Il divo, or even newspaper articles and essays analyzing the political fortune of controversial figures such as Berlusconi, Renzi, Trump, etc. 

Contributions, in Italian or in English, do not have to refer to Machiavelli necessarily.

Please send title, brief abstract (150-200 words), and short biographical blurb to Andrea Polegato (Andrea.Polegato@unt.edu) by December 30

Organizer:  Andrea Polegato (University of North Texas)

80. Title: The Political Language in Medieval and Renaissance Italy

One of the greatest challenges for a scholar is to be able to describe thoughts, feelings, and ideas of past ages without projecting on them the modern meaning they have assumed. This is the case with words such as stato, popolo, patria, libertà, and prudenza, whose premodern use is quite different from theircurrent meaning.

This session is open to any contribution in Italian or English that presents a concrete example of such a challenge. Each contribution can address the thought of one author or a specific concept, and it can focus on any literary genre, e.g., political treatises, comedy, poetry, etc.

Please send title, brief abstract (150-200 words), and short biographical blurb to Andrea Polegato (Andrea.Polegato@unt.edu) by December 30

Organizer:  Andrea Polegato (University of North Texas)

81. Title: “Dovrai fare il servizio militare, tu?”

Milioni di italiani hanno prestato il servizio militare dall’unificazione sino al 2005. Non sorprende quindi che l’impatto della coscrizione abbia attraversato gli spazi militari riarticolandosi ad esempio nella letteratura (e.g. I Malavoglia di Verga, Pao Pao di Tondelli), oppure nel cinema (e.g. Padre Padrone dei fratelli Taviani, 1977). Anche le artiste hanno interagito con la coscrizione, ben prima del servizio militare femminile del 2000. Già nel 1904, Deledda in Cenere interpreta negativamente l’innamoramento di una ragazza per un coscritto appena rientrato dal Continente. Ferrante intreccia invece prospettive femminili con le inquietudini della partenza per la coscrizione in Storia del Nuovo Cognome (2012). Questo panel guarda alle rappresentazioni dell’impatto del servizio militare nella cultura e arte italiana (e.g. letteratura, cinema, musica, ecc.) e nei media (TV e giornali).

Si prega di inviare un abstract di 250 parole, in italiano o inglese, e breve biografia a Mattia Roveri (mattia.roveri@nyu.edu) entro il 30 dicembre 2017.

Organizer: Mattia Roveri, NYU, mattia.roveri@nyu.edu

82. Title: Le donne parlamentari e la costituzione della cittadinanza democratica in Italia (1946-1963)

A partire dal 1946 le donne italiane entrarono nelle massime assemblee rappresentative nazionali.  Il loro impegno fu decisivo per definire le basi e consolidare il nuovo Stato democratico specie in tema di diritti e politiche sociali. Ricostruire la loro azione parlamentare consente di meglio comprendere le origini dell’Italia repubblicana. 

Si prega di inviare un abstract di 250 parole, in italiano o inglese, e breve biografia a Michela Minesso (michela.minesso@unimi.it) entro il 30 dicembre 2017.

Organizer: Michela Minesso, Università degli Studi di Milano, michela.minesso@unimi.it


This panel invites papers that examine self-representation in Italian literature, film and media. How does the self depend on its representation to and in the outer world? What is the relationship between the self of social media and its expression in literary or filmic autobiography and in painting or photography?  How are its reconstructions informed by oral traditions – such as in voice, song, or personal histories? What can expressions of the collective self tell us?  How do the categories of gender and race inflect these representations?

Please send an abstract of no more than 200 words, a brief biographical note, and requests for audio/visual equipment to Silvia Carlorosi (silvia.carlorosi@bcc.cuny.edu) and Kathleen LaPenta (klapentalong@fordham.edu) no later than December 30th, 2017

Organizers: Silvia Carlorosi, CUNY BCC (silvia.carlorosi@bcc.cuny.edu) and Kathleen LaPenta, Fordham University (klapentalong@fordham.edu)​

Chair: Kathleen LaPenta, Fordham University (klapentalong@fordham.edu)

84. TitleOER Projects in Italian: Innovative Approaches for a Shared, Low-Cost, and Customizable Italian Curriculum

Challenged by a fast-changing learning environment, as well as the rise in students’ debt and declining enrollments, language programs across the US have been struggling to keep up with a learning model that is distancing itself more and more from a traditional, textbook-based approach.

In this roundtable, we invite proposals that explore solutions to this trend. Specifically, we welcome examples of OER (Open Educational Resources) projects that propose teaching materials created to respond to students’ and teachers’ need for accessibility, adaptability, and cost reduction. Examples might include, but are not limited to, websites and shared online repositories that offer digital and non-digital material designed to be shared, modified, reused, and tested within our programs, and offered for free to students.  

The goal of this roundtable is to shine a light on initiatives that are already existing in the Italian online community, and to discuss the pros and cons of such projects. 

Send a proposal (300 words max) by December 30, 2017, in English or Italian, to Daniela Bartalesi-Graf (dbartale@wellesley.edu) and Camilla Zamboni (czamboni@wesleyan.edu).

Organizers: Daniela Bartalesi-Graf, Wellesley College (dbartale@wellesley.edu); Camilla Zamboni, Wesleyan University (czamboni@wesleyan.edu).

Session’s Chair: Camilla Zamboni, Wesleyan University

85. Title:  Genere, Sessualita e studi postcoloniali in Italia: Un Approccio Interdisciplinare (Gender, Sexuality and Post-Colonial Studies in Italy:  An interdisciplinary Approach)

The goal of this panel is to apply post-colonial perspectives to the study of sexuality and gender in Italy, broadly defined.  Post-colonial studies and ideas about decolonization hold great promise for examining sexuality and gender within Italian culture and culture history.  With this in mind we seek to examine the extent to which sexuality and gender intersect issues of migration, nationality, political change, and race.  The scope of the panel is open and we are hoping to receive papers from literature, social sciences, art, linguistics and history.  Some possible areas of interest are sexuality and gender among migrant communities, migrant women, Italian colonialism and representations of women, the Risorgimento, migrant GLBTQ communities in Italy and other European countries, women studies, textual analysis from any era, and representational practices of migration in film.

L'obiettivo di questo panel è di applicare le prospettive post-coloniali allo studio del genere e della sessualità in Italia; ampiamente definite. Gli studi post-coloniali e le idee sulla decolonizzazione sono una grande promessa per il studi della sessualità e del genere nella storia della cultura e della cultura italiana. Con questo, cerchiamo di esaminare dove la sessualità e il genere intersechino le questioni di migrazione, nazionalità, cambiamento politico e razza. La proposta del tavola rotonda è aperta e speriamo di ricevere articoli di letteratura, scienze sociali, arte, linguistica e storia. Alcune possibili topic di interesse sono: studi di genere e della sessualità nelle migrazioni, la donna migrante, la condizione dei LGBTQ migrante in Italia e in altri Paesi europei, il colonialismo italiano e le rappresentazioni della donna, il Risorgimento, l'analisi testuale di ogni epoca e le pratiche rappresentative della sessualità, del genere, delle migrazioni attraverso il cinema.

300-500 word abstracts in Italian or English. By December 26th. Send to bjgilley@indiana.edu.

Organizers:  Giuseppe Masullo, Universita degli Studi di Salerno

 Brian Joseph Gilley, Indiana University Bloomington


Italian food is globally viewed as a treasure of Italian national identity. While Italy’s economy has shrunk, the green economy is booming. What is the influence of social elements on the organic food market? What is the role of memory, nostalgia for the past, and the desire to show “distinctive” taste and consumer behavior? Can the organic, ethically sourced, and sustainable market feed the world? Doesn’t the “from farm to table” trend often become a “from farm to fable” lie as many investigations have revealed? And lastly, is the phenomenon recent, or is it rooted in the past?

Please submit a 200 word abstract and a short bio to Patrizia La Trecchia patrizia@usf.edu by December 30, 2017.

Organizer: Patrizia La Trecchia, University of South Florida, patrizia@usf.edu

87. Title: Teaching Dante Outside of Italy.

Teaching Dante to non-Italian students presents challenges that go beyond the mere choice a suitable translation. Which aspects of the poem should teachers stress or downplay? What pedagogic strategies do we employ and what are our goals when teaching students who may not have the background for advanced literary study?

Please submit a 200 word abstract and a short bio to Francesco Ciabattoni (fc237@georgetown.edu) by December 30, 2017.

Organizers: Francesco Ciabattoni (Georgetown University)

Chair: Paola Ureni (The Graduate Center, CUNY)


 La sessione intende puntare l’attenzione sugli interessi che scrittori, giornalisti, drammaturghi e critici hanno mostrato nei confronti delle arti figurative lungo l’ampio arco cronologico che va dal Cinque al Novecento. In particolar modo l’indagine sarà indirizzata su alcuni generi letterari, i quali appaiono specificamente deputati alla registrazione del vischioso rapporto tra scrittura e immagini. Si prenda in considerazione la biografia e il dialogo o ancora la memorialistica e, più in generale, il resoconto giornalistico. Dalla raccolta di vite – fortemente significativa per un ipotetico incipit – di Giorgio Vasari, edita per la prima volta nel 1550 (Firenze, Torrentino), alla densa stagione autobiografica dell’Otto e del Novecento (si pensi, in area meridionale, alle opere di pittori come Domenico Morelli) la letteratura ha sempre mostrato, in modi e interessi diversi, un’attenzione peculiare al linguaggio della pittura, scultura e architettura.

Si prega di inviare, entro il 30 dicembre 2017, una breve biografia e un abstract di 250 parole a Vincenzo Caputo, vincenzo.caputo@unina.it

Organizer: Vincenzo Caputo  

Affiliation: Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici, Università di Napoli Federico II 

E-mail address: vincenzo.caputo@unina.it


Lungo la parabola del cinema italiano, le grafie femminili hanno inciso sugli schermi segni profondi e tuttavia in larga parte ignorati. Eppure moltissime donne hanno con entusiasmo partecipato alla pratica della scrittura filmica, dando forma all’immaginario, non soltanto cinematografico, dell’Italia. Giornaliste, romanziere, scrittrici hanno dato vita a un lavorio tenace e oscuro, destinato a consumarsi nel passaggio dalla pagina allo schermo. A partire da questa presenza evanescente eppure tenace prende le mosse questa proposta che accosta, come in una costellazione, figure di scrittrici per e accanto al cinema, lontane nello spazio e nel tempo eppure brillanti della stessa luce.

Si prega di inviare un abstract di 250 parole e breve biografia a Chiara Tognolotti (chiara.tognolotti@unifi.it) entro il 30 dicembre 2017.

Organizer: Chiara Tognolotti, Università di Firenze, chiara.tognolotti@unifi.it


This session is intended to create an interdisciplinary conversation on the relation between art and literature on one side, and resistance practices in times of wars, revolutions and popular uprising on the other. Of particular interest are reciprocal influences between Spain and Italy from the Italian Risorgimento to the fall of Fascism. Although the two countries have experienced different epochal events, a similar polarization and therefore clash of ideologies has shaken them, finding expression in art forms that may share similar languages and aim. Caricatures, propaganda, newspaper articles, literary pieces, popular songs and photographs are only a few examples of ways in which the resistance found an expression and a meeting point for different social groups.

Please submit a 200-300 word abstract and a brief bio to lcarlesi@colgate.edu by December 30th, 2017. Also, include any requests for audio-visual equipment.

As per conference guidelines, we encourage graduate students to submit proposals only if they are ABD.

Organizers and Chairs: Lianca Carlesi, Colgate University

Antonio Bentivegna, Colgate University

91. Title: Falling Stars, Rising Celebrities: Post-war Italian Stardom, 1945-1954


Post-war Italian feminine stardom has inherent characteristics: A generation of inter-war stars disappeared; prominent personalities reshuffled their persona; and discourses on authenticity, media exposure, and feminine identity re-defined stardom.

The session discusses:

  • Stardom and Italian/European media industry.
  • Stardom, gender, and national/transnational identity.
  • Training, performance, and stardom.

Abstracts due by January 6th.


Francesco Pitassio, Università degli Studi di Udine, francesco.pitassio@uniud.it

92. Title: Strangers Estranging: Italian Migrants as Colonisers

This session explores the roles Italian migrants and their descendants played, and still play, in influencing and condoning, as well as questioning and confronting, racist and colonialist ideologies on national, community, familial and interpersonal levels. Presentations on individual, interpersonal and family histories of Indigenous/First Peoples’ individuals and families with Italian heritages, and the resulting intersections, conflicts and connections; and strategies of resistance, re-definition and re-clamation that have been buried in colonial, racist and multicultural versions of Italian socio-political history.

I am absolutely clear about what I am NOT doing in this research:  I am not interrogating the ‘authenticity’ or ‘legitimacy’ of Indigeneity as needing to be based on skin colour and ‘blood quantum’. This colonial imposition of racial identity classifications is unacceptable. Such determinations must be the prerogative of Indigenous people themselves, and the acknowledgment of Italian heritage in this research does not delete, denigrate or deduct from the right to identify as Indigenous.

Please send a 200-300 word abstract of the proposed paper, a brief biographical note and requests for A/V equipment to mariapc@deakin.edu.auby December 30, 2017.

  • Organizer:

Name(s): Dr Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli                                                         

Academic Affiliation(s): Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia          

Email Address(es):   mariapc@deakin.edu.au

Session’s Chair (Name and Affiliation): TBA

93. Title: On the Modernity of Postwar Italian Film Culture (1945-1955)

he focus of this panel is the complex relation of postwar Italian film culture to the experience of modernity.

Film history has painted Neorealism as a turning point in modern cinema, the crucial event that separates the old from the new. For Gilles Deleuze, Neorealism was the quintessential expression of the modern condition after WW2, one of obstructed agency and paralysis. On a different note, critics such as P. Adams Sitney praised postwar Italian cinema for providing a radical alternative to the logic of capitalist standardization and rationalization of Hollywood cinema. Drawing on Miriam Hansen’s discussion of Vernacular Modernism, one could argue that much of Italian cinema of the postwar period aimed at mediating the experience of modernity and some of its perceived contradictions at the end of WW2, including its projects of mass annihilation, production and consumption. One could also mention the sensory conditions under which Italian cinema of the postwar period presented itself to the world: its liberating impulses, its glimpses of an expanding, inclusive collectivity, and the promises of a new sensorial experience (Schoonover).

This panel  seeks papers that rethink the relation between modernity and postwar Italian cinema. We are, in particular, interested in papers that  explore this connection in theoretical and comparative ways, and which seek to produce new paradigms through which we may read Italian modernity.
Occupying a precarious place between the promises and the traumatic consequences of modernity under fascism and those of the economic boom (late 1950s and 1960s), the relation of postwar Italian films postwar period to the question of modernity raises important questions:

Please send a 200-300 word abstract to
by December 30th.

Organizers: Sergio Rigoletto (University of Oregon) and Filippo Trentin (University of Pennsylvania)


Organizzatrice: Barbara Alfano, Bennington College, balfano@bennington.edu

Che cosa dicono le donne dell’essere autrici, o autori, e come si pongono di fronte all’autorevolezza? Questa sessione invita saggi sulla questione autoriale nella letteratura femminile italiana del Novecento e del nuovo secolo. Possibili temi da considerare, ma non è necessario limitarsi a questi:

  • ·       Intersezioni con problematiche di genere, inteso sia come genere letterario che gender.
  • ·       Opere scritte da donne che includano rappresentazioni di autrici o autori.
  • ·       Rappresentazioni autobiografiche dell’autrice in quanto tale.
  • ·       Teorie al femminile sulla funzione autoriale.

Gli interessati possono inviare una proposta di 200-250 parole e una nota biografica a balfano@bennington.edu entro il 10 gennaio, 2018.

95. Title: The Allied Occupation of Italy: History and Cultural Memory

Approaching the 75th anniversary of the Allies’ occupation of Southern Italy, this panel seeks to explore the profound cultural legacy that resulted from this protracted, ambiguous, global encounter. From 1943-1945, the Allies used Italy as a testing ground for their administration of occupied territory, as they were forced to put into practice their ambivalent, often contradictory policies. As Allies and Italians alike began to confront their long-held myths on the politically shaky ground of the Italian peninsula, they also began to represent the encounter, resulting in a vast and varied corpus that includes canonical works as well as thousands of unknown or understudied texts—a corpus that only continues to grow today. That corpus, like the historical encounter it seeks to describe and interpret, is ripe for reassessment.


We welcome papers that take a comparative and/or interdisciplinary perspective, including work on literature, film, visual media, and music, as well as history and theory.


Papers may focus on

-representations of specific occupied cities or regions

-the transnational dimension of (representing) occupation

-race, gender, and sexuality

-colonial soldiers

-the myth of America / the myth of Italy

-occupation versus liberation

-popular genres and the occupation

-representations of the occupation and the Cold War

-the Jewish question

-the mafia and occupation

-Occupation and Resistance

-The Allies and the Axis

Please send a 200-300 word abstract, a brief bibliographical note and any requests for audiovisual equipment to Marisa Escolar <escolar@email.unc.edu> and Charles Leavitt <c.l.leavitt@reading.ac.uk>  by December 30th.

 Organizers: Marisa Escolar and Charles Leavitt

Affiliation: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and University of Reading

96. Title: Nation and Translation

We are seeking contributors and panelists who are interested in exploring how translation, as a cultural practice, has often been tied, in Italian literary and cultural history, to the politics of Nationhood. Contributions will be considered for development and inclusion in the Special Issue of Annali d’Italianistica, 2020.

Nation and Translation I, The Origins

In this panel, we seek contributions that explore Dante’s ideas about language in the De vulgari eloquentia, and the impact that translations and Bembo’s Questione della lingua had on the attempts at codifying Italian, exemplified most famously by the Vocabolario of 1612 produced by the Accademia della Crusca.

Nation and Translation II, The Birth of a Nation

This panel seeks contributions that explore the obvious nexus (and controversies) between translation and nationhood as they emerged in the 18th and 19th centuries. Submissions might explore individual authors, texts and translators, or look more broadly at the intersections between nationalistic discourse and translation, and how they related to the creation of the Italian nation-state.

Nation and Translation III, Fascism and Beyond

In this panel, we seek contributions that speak both to fascist policies pertaining to translation and national linguistic and cultural practices; and to contemporary practices and theories tying together policies of nationhood and translation, especially as they emerge in the writerly and communicative practices of Italians who are bilingual authors and translators. 

Organizers: Valerio Ferme and Norma Bouchard

Send abstracts by January 10, 2018 to: Valerio Ferme (valerio.ferme@nau.edu) or Norma Bouchard (nbouchard@mail.sdsu.edu)

97. Title: The Theory and Practice of Contemporary Feminisms in Italy (Women’s Studies Caucus Sponsored Panel)

 This panel explores contemporary feminist theories and practices in Italy.   How are Italian feminists addressing larger global questions about human rights and what it means to be human?  How are feminists using and analyzing digital media?   How does feminist activism address the everyday realities of sexual harassment and domestic violence?  

Please send a 150-200-word abstract, brief biographical note, and requests for audio-visual equipment to Juliann.vitullo@asu.edu by January 7th, 2018.

 Organizer:  Juliann Vitullo

Academic Affiliation:  Arizona State University

Email Address:  Juliann.vitullo@asu.edu

98. Title: Gender Studies and the Anthropocene (Women’s Studies Caucus Sponsored Panel) 

 This panel examines the dialogue between gender studies and ecocriticism in Italian thought and society within a broader globalized context.  What does gender studies tell us about the concept of the Anthropocene?  What is the impact of ecocriticism on gender studies?  How does a cross-cultural approach change the dialogue?

Please send a 150-200-word abstract, brief biographical note, and requests for audio-visual equipment to Juliann.vitullo@asu.edu by January 7th, 2018.

 Organizer:  Juliann Vitullo

Academic Affiliation:  Arizona State University

Emil Address:  Juliann.vitullo@asu.edu



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