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1914-1918: centenario e commemorazioni

copertina grande guerraL’Italia sta commemorando in molti modi e in molti luoghi il centenario della guerra 1914-1918. La mostra al Vittoriano a Roma nel 2014, per esempio, partendo da un archivio digitale, riunì materiali spesso inediti riguardanti la partecipazione italiana: scritture di guerra (illustri ma anche lettere di soldati dal fronte); documenti diplomatici; foto e filmati, compreso il primo docu-film della storia del cinema italiano, ‘Eroi del mare nostro‘ (Istituto Luce, 1927); e il lavoro dei tribunali militari. Adesso è uscito un e-book, Gli iblei nella Grande Guerra, (BAPR/Cliomedia Officina)  scaricabile gratis qui, che ripercorre la storia degli arruolati di una delle province più lontane dal fronte principale – Ragusa (allora circondario di Modica). Sul totale di c.33.000 arruolati i caduti furono 3.541, metà per ferite, un quarto per malattie, un quinto disperso senza lasciare traccia.

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Creative writing: Mosaici 2015

logoThe 2015 Creative Writing edition of Mosaici – Learned Online Journal of Italian Poetry has been published and is available online here. The poems and essays in the 2015 edition, directed by Theodore Ell, address two themes: Poesie e saggi ispirati a Mario Luzi e la sua generazione and Poesia come risveglio di memorie perdute. The contributions represent a wide array of styles and genres and are the work of authors writing in Italian and English in Italy, the United Kingdom, the United States and Australia. The contributors are Marta Arnaldi, Marco Ausili, Gian Matteo Baldi, Stefano Bellin, Mario Ceroti, Maurizio Masi, Tommaso Meozzi, Mena Mitrano, Paola Musa, Paolo Rigo, Margherita Scattolari, Luigia Sorrentino and Paolo Totaro.

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Thematic Portals: Italy’s state archives

rmis20.v018.i02.coverCan we distinguish libraries from archives? hooks for fishing from compasses for orientation? ICAR from SAN? A contribution to the latest issue (2015, 5: 732-739) of the Journal of Modern Italian Studies by Mauro Tosti Croce & Maria Natalina Trivisan, ‘Thematic Portals: Tools for Research and Making the Archival Heritage Known‘, guides us through these distinctions and the ways to access digitalised resources from Italy’s state archives. It lists, with information and web addresses, nine thematic portals covering acts of violence, company archives, fashion, music, architecture, the records of former psychiatric hospitals, ancestors, cartographies and property records, and the music of Verdi.

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Translators and Printers in Renaissance Europe: Framing Identity and Agency

120px-Domenico_Ghirlandaio_-_St_Jerome_in_his_studyAn international conference, Translators and Printers in Renaissance Europe: Framing Identity and Agency, to be held at the IMLR, University of London, 29–30 September 2016, is calling for papers (details below). The European Renaissance witnessed a new significance accorded to the tasks of textual translation and the printing and dissemination of the resultant works: religious tracts, literary and historical works, and popular manuals of instruction. As a consequence the same period saw a dramatic increase in the importance, even prestige, claimed by translators, both women and men, for their skills. Translators and printers made these claims in frontispieces, prefaces, letters of dedication, and the like. In their direct appeal to the reader, such framing devices yield rich information about the material culture of sixteenth-century books, and the scope of translators’ endeavours.

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Port of no return

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Michelle Saftich will present her historical novel, Port of No Return (Odyssey Books, 2015), at the Museo Italiano  199 Faraday Street, Carlton, at 6.30pm on 10 February 2016, to coincide with Italy’s Giorno del Ricordo (free event; booking here). The day remembers those Italians killed or forced to leave their homes when Yugoslavia claimed their territories in north-east Italy at the end of World War II. Saftich’s story based is on the experiences of her father and his family fleeing Fiume in 1945 and their years as displaced people in the aftermath of war in Europe. Continue reading

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Francis Towne’s Rome, 1780-1

Born in 1739 to a London grain merchant, apprenticed to a coach painter, interested in landscape painting, Francis Towne went to Rome in 1780, painted 52 watercolours of its sights and monuments, sold none of them, applied 11 times to join the Royal Academy, failed each time, died in 1816, disappeared from art history, his paintings dispersed. Laura Cumming summarises his life as a pointer to the first complete exhibition of those watercolours since 1805, Light, Time, Legacy: Francis Towne’s Watercolours of Rome at the British Museum (21 Jan – 14 Aug 2016).

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Vale Ettore Scola (1931-2016)

Gino Moliterno   ANU

220px-Ettore_ScolaAll Italianists and indeed film-lovers everywhere will have been saddened by the news of the recent death of Ettore Scola – ‘il poeta che amava la democrazia‘ – in Rome on 19 January 2016. Coming after the deaths of Mario Monicelli in 2010 and Carlo Lizzani in 2013, Scola’s passing marks the definitive end of the era of the great screenwriter-directors of the golden age of Italian post-war cinema.

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Fondazione Giorgio Cini: borse di studio

biblioteca_del_longhena-190x120La Fondazione Giorgio Cini di Venezia offre borse di studio residenziali da 3 e 6 mesi a PhD e post-doc interessati a trascorrere un periodo di studio a Venezia per lavorare su temi di storia dell’arte, storia di Venezia, musicologia, letteratura, teatro, libri antichi. Oltre a queste borse, vi è un bando specificamente rivolto a studenti di origine italiana. Per ulteriori informazioni, contattare Marta Zoppetti del Centro Vittore Branca della Fondazione.

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Cfp: Gendered Revisions panel, AATI 2016 Conference, Naples, 22-27 June

Patrizia Sambuco   Monash University

aati_bannerRevisions and rewriting of narratives, be they literary, historical, national, transnational or personal, are part of the shaping of individual and collective memory; they challenge established knowledge through alternative readings. The panel Gendered Revisions at the AATI 2016 Conference in Naples, 22-27 June 2016, invites papers on the revision of cultural heritage, historical events, and personal memory in Italian modern and contemporary culture. Topics at the junction of cultural memory and gender studies and addressing cultural heritage, trauma and nostalgia as rewriting of the past are particularly welcome.

Please send an abstract of 200-300 words, plus a brief bio, to Patrizia Sambuco by 28 January.

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Spunti e Ricerche, vol. 30, 2015

Spunti cover 2015The publication of vol. 30 (2015) of Spunti e Ricerche, ‘The Shaping of Memory’, is imminent. It contains articles by Mirna Cicioni (Telescopes, Microscopes and Film Reels: Memory and History in Three Testimonies of Jewish Childhoods in Italy, 1938-45), Rossella Riccobono (‘Il filo di Arianna’: La stanza del figlio and the Healing Value of Nanni Moretti’s Cinema of Poetry), Sergio Russo (Un’indagine nella memoria: Per una lettura de Il soffio della valanga di Santo Piazzese), Sonia Floriani (Verso la costruzione di una memoria postcoloniale italiana? Linee di analisi fra letteratura e sociologia) and Maria Sergi (From Raw Emotions to Narrative Transformations: A psychoanalytic interpretation of the horse trope in Gianna Manzini’s narrative), plus book reviews by Patrizia Sambuco, Stephen Kolsky, Michela Barisonzi, Brian Zuccala and Antonio Pagliaro. For information on how to order a copy contact Antonio Pagliaro.

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