Welcome to ACIS, the Australasian Centre for Italian Studies – a connection-point for the specialised communities of Italianist scholars in Australasia and beyond.

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ACIS Cassamarca scholarships for postgraduate research in Italy in 2016

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ACIS is offering UP TO THREE scholarships worth $5000 each to provide postgraduate students at an Australian or New Zealand university with the opportunity to work on a research project in Italy in 2016. For one of the awards, the Dino De Poli Scholarship honouring the President of the Cassamarca Foundation, preference may be given to applications for research on any aspect of the culture, history and society of North East Italy. The scholarships are available to students who are citizens or permanent residents of Australia or New Zealand, will be enrolled, full-time or part-time, in Master by research or PhD degrees in a university in Australia or New Zealand in 2016 and will be engaged in research projects in any of the following areas of Italian Studies: archaeology and classical antiquities, language, literature, culture, history, politics and society, including migration studies. Full details of the awards and guidance for writing a research proposal can be found on the pages under Scholarships on the main menu above. The closing date for applications is FRIDAY 30 OCTOBER 2015.


CFP: Italy and China, Europe and East Asia: Centuries of Dialogue

People's_Republic_of_China_Italy_LocatorIncreasing dialogue between China and Italy (as between East Asia and Europe) constitutes a significant issue in today’s world.  The Department of Italian Studies at the University of Toronto is organising a conference, Italy and China, Europe and East Asia: Centuries of Dialogue, April 7-9, 2016, to explore historical and contemporary features of the relationship. The conference will pool current research on China-Italy issues, create a network for collaboration based at the University of Toronto and set an agenda for future research. Further details can be found here. Scholars from both the humanities and social sciences are welcome to participate; selected papers from the conference will be published. Proposals (200 words plus brief author bio) for papers should be submitted to both conference organisers, Francesco Guardiani and Gaoheng Zhang, by November 30, 2015.


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Cassamarca Lectureship at the University of Melbourne

UniMelbLogo CleanerThe School of Languages and Linguistics at the University of Melbourne is seeking to appoint a Cassamarca Lecturer (Level B) in Italian Studies for a three-year fixed-term position to consolidate and further develop the School’s teaching and research programs. The Italian discipline teaches a broad suite of undergraduate and graduate courses, maintains a vigorous research higher degree culture, and has an internationally-recognised research profile. It contributes to interdisciplinary teaching within the School, the Faculty of Arts and the University. The successful applicant is expected to contribute to overall teaching and research excellence within the Italian Program. S/he will be expected to develop, teach and coordinate Italian and European Studies subjects and to enhance the visibility of Italian Studies program at the University of Melbourne and interact across disciplines within the School.

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Italian cinema studies: position in Toronto

cropped-Img042-e1358230241298The Department of Italian Studies and the Cinema Studies Institute at the University of Toronto invites applications for a tenure-stream position in the field of Italian Cinema. The position will be at the rank of Assistant Professor commencing, July 1, 2016. The University of Toronto faculty appointments will be to the Department of Italian Studies (67%) and Cinema Studies Institute (33%). We are seeking a scholar whose major field of research is Italian Cinema and Modern Literature (19th and 20th centuries) and who has a proven record of publications in the field of Italian Cinema Studies. The successful candidate will be expected to teach courses at both graduate and undergraduate levels in the above mentioned areas in both Units as well as Italian language courses. An active research interest in 19th-20th-century Italian Literature and in Language Teaching and Learning would be regarded as a special asset. The candidate must have excellent oral and written Italian language skills. Continue reading

‘A different telling’: voice, dream, theatre

Whyte_MUSEOYou are cordially invited to a reading from A Different Telling, a one-act play by Leisa Whyte, with local actors Sebastian Bertoli and Georgia Whyte, live music by Alison Davey, at Museo Italiano, 199 Faraday Street, Carlton on Tuesday 1 September, 6.30pm (free event but booking essential). About the play: as we grow older, many of us have a desire to know more about our heritage: it helps us define who we are and to make sense of the way we interact with others. Mia, a young university student is deliberating how to tackle her latest assignment on identity. Thinking and questioning out loud, she realises that the voice answering from behind the local bar where she is ‘studying’ is actually that of her great-great-grandfather, Giacomo Rossi, a 19th century Italian immigrant. Initially thinking she must be dreaming, Mia plays along with her imagination, only to find the ‘voice’ is starting to reveal a story she has never known about her ancestors and their journey to a new life in Australia. As the play develops, Giacomo becomes so real to Mia she can almost reach out and touch him: she feels his pain as he talks of the tragedies that befell his family and their resilience despite it all. She is beginning to piece together her story, character by character: to understand more fully her own identity. Or has it, in fact, been just a dream… Continue reading

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Modern Italy: book review editor positions

cmit20.v019.i02.coverFounded in 1995 by the Association for the Study of Modern Italy (UK), Modern Italy is a leading journal of Italian studies, published by Cambridge University Press (from 2016). The journal’s focus is the society, economy, culture, history, and politics of Italy from the eighteenth century to the present.  The journal’s recently-appointed general editors, Penelope Morris (Glasgow) and Mark Seymour (Otago), seek new book review editors to join their editorial team. We envisage a total of three book review editors who will collectively oversee all aspects of this important section of the journal: soliciting books from presses, commissioning reviews from scholars and editing reviews before they go to press.   Continue reading

Italian Australian: Creating Culture, Defining Diaspora

image005An exhibition, Italian Australian: Creating Culture, Defining Diaspora, will open at the Museo Italiano, 199 Faraday Street, Carlton, on Wednesday 26 August at 6.30pm with a talk by Professor Ghassan Hage from the University of Melbourne (booking required). The exhibition will run from 27 August to 16 October 2015 (free entry; opening hours: Tuesday – Friday 10-5; Saturday 12.30-5). Wogs, Dagos, Post-War migrants, New Australians, Zips, Marios and Marias, I-Ties, Multicultural Australia. All these phrases have been used to categorise and describe the Italian diaspora in Australia. This exhibition addresses these labels, some embraced, some forgotten, some derogatory, by asking the question: Can we define ourselves? Is it possible to document the commonalities of experience and of culture and to start to trace the transition from migrant group to diaspora? Documentary and street photography by Melbourne photographer, Gracie Lolicato along with the portraits and recorded interviews of around 200 volunteers result in an exhibition that may confirm but also challenge your impressions of Italian-Australians. This is not a nostalgic gaze into tradition, nor is it a definitive contemporary docu­ment, but rather an introduction to the idea that it is possible to be both Australian and Italian and to feel like you are neither.

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Poetry by Simon West: Museo Italiano, 19 August 2015

image008Simon West’s The Ladder, his third collection of poetry and first in four years, will be launched by Lisa Gorton at the Museo Italiano, 199, Faraday St, Carlton, Wed 19 Aug, 6.30pm. Many earlier preoccupations return – the natural environment, Italian art, the dimensions of place. There is a new focus on worldly and artistic responsibility, and a fascination with the ‘certain poise’ of ‘being in between’. At the collection’s heart are the building blocks of language, along with the more literal ones of Rome, where some of these poems were written during a residency at the Whiting Studio in 2012.

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Of lobsters, guinea pigs, treachery and charity

image003Leonardo da Vinci’s fresco of Christ’s Last Supper is among the most immediately recognis­able paintings in the world. Versions are found on T-shirts, biscuit tins, coffee mugs and cushions. Leonardo’s painting, however, was created from within a long tradition of such works. This talk by Diana Hiller, entitled Of lobsters, guinea pigs, treachery and charity: changing Last Supper iconography, at the Museo Italiano, 199 Faraday Street, Carlton on Tuesday 11 August 2015 at 6.30pm, focuses on the iconography of Last Supper images from early secret versions on the walls of Roman catacombs to the large canvases of Tintoretto in some of the grand­est churches in Venice. From the mid-fourteenth century in Tuscany – and above all in Florence – the custom of decorating the end wall of a convent refectory with a Last Supper fresco became so popular that it was unusual for a refectory not to have one. The specific iconography altered with changing contexts; and variations in the works depended on such disparate features as the lo­cal foods available, the wealth of the convent, the ori­gin of the commissioning, where the works were placed and, in some instances, even the gender of the viewers.

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