Welcome to ACIS, the Australasian Centre for Italian Studies – a connection-point for the communities of Italianist scholars in Australasia and beyond.
Lasting reconciliation with former enemies after a war is a difficult and distressing process. Yet, beyond the war crimes trials, public discussion of Second World War crimes in West Germany, Italy and Japan in the post-war period was extremely sparse. Controversies over the responsibilities for key events remain today. CO.AS.IT, in collaboration with the University of Melbourne, will host, as a free event, a discussion of the project Civil Society and Reconciliation introduced by its directors Claudia Astarita and Akihiro Ogawa (Asia Institute, The University of Melbourne) on Thursday 28 March 2019, 6.30-8pm at 199 Faraday Street, Carlton, VIC, followed by the screening of the project’s documentary and remarks by Riccardo Brizzi (University of Bologna) and Laura Fontana (European Holocaust Research Infrastructure, Paris). Continue reading
On 20 March, Professor John Kinder will launch a special lecture series to celebrate 90 years of Italian Studies at the University of Western Australia. It was a Venetian, Francesco Vanzetti, who offered the first courses of Italian at the University back in 1929. It should be noted that his was the first appointment of a lecturer in Italian at any university anywhere in Australia. Supported by the Institute of Advanced Studies and by Italian Studies at UWA, the full programme of lectures is available here. Professor Kinder’s lecture is entitled ‘Italians in Nineteenth-Century Western Australia, and how a Venetian Industrial Chemist Came from Kalgoorlie to Teach Italian at the University of Western Australia’. It will be held in the Fox Lecture Theatre, UWA Arts Building, 18:00-19:00 pm.
There is an exciting new opportunity for a Faculty of Arts postgraduate student at the University of Melbourne to take part in the Venice Biennale Champion’s Program to be held in Venice, Italy. Taking place between 29 September – 3 October 2019, the Champions’ Program offers access to events and opportunities to engage with contemporary art works at the 58th Venice Biennale and allows for a deeper engagement with Venice’s hidden treasures. The program would be relevant to University of Melbourne students undertaking research in the fields of contemporary visual art, art history, international art biennales, fundraising, donor relations and history. Applications close 12 April. For further information and how to apply, please visit the Venice Biennale Champions Program page.
There is an exciting new opportunity for a Faculty of Arts postgraduate student at the University of Melbourne to take part in the Venice Biennale Champion’s Program to be held in Venice, Italy. Taking place between 29 September – 3 October 2019, the Champions’ Program offers access to events and opportunities to engage with contemporary art works at the 58th Venice Biennale and allows for a deeper engagement with Venice’s hidden treasures. The program would be relevant to University of Melbourne students undertaking research in the fields of contemporary visual art, art history, international art biennales, fundraising, donor relations and history. Applications close 12 April. For further information and how to apply, please visit the Venice Biennale Champions’ Program webpage.
The Languages and Cultures Network for Australian Universities (LCNAU) are holding their fifth biennial conference on the theme ‘Exchanges: People, Knowledge and Cultures‘ at the University of Western Australia on 27-29 November, 2019. The conference convenors, John Kinder and Nicola Fraschini, are now calling for submissions for papers. Click here for further information.
Despite Wellington being touted as the windiest city in the world, the elements were gentle on the 80 participants who flew in from across the world to take part in the 10th biennial ACIS Conference, Navigazioni possibili: Italies Lost and Found at Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand. Many congratulations to Sally Hill and Claudia Bernardi for hosting a delightful, stimulating, and welcoming ACIS conference. It was a conference which witnessed several firsts: our first ACIS group photograph; our first traditional Maori pōwhiri at the Te Herenga Waka Marae on the university’s Kelburn campus; and the first ACIS keynote lecture delivered barefoot within a marae. Being greeted individually with the hongi set the tone for what was to follow – stimulating conversations, keynotes, and individual papers delivered in an atmosphere of great collegiality which demonstrated quite clearly that Italian Studies in Australasia are flourishing. It was also announced that ACIS 2021, the celebration of twenty years of ACIS’s foundation, will be held in the location of its inaugural conference at the Australian National University, Canberra and will be hosted by Susanna Scarparo and Josh Brown – watch this space.
In partnership with the Italian Cultural Institute and Artist Film Workshop, Co.As.It. will present a screening of Vogliamo anche le rose on Friday 15 February 2019, 6:30pm, 199 Faraday Street, Melbourne (free event, RSVP here). The film’s director, Alina Marazzi, known for her explorations of the intricacies of female subjectivity, motherhood and memory, will be present to talk about her work. Her first feature-length film, Un’ora sola ti vorrei (2002), is a documentary she made about her mother who took her own life when Alina was four years old, told through her mother’s diaries and home movie footage in the Italy of the 1960s and 1970s. Vogliamo anche le rose (2007) is organised around accounts by three very different women, Anita, Teresa and Valentina, who feel themselves similarly socially and culturally displaced in the 1970s. The film is a penetrating critique of the Italian family life of the time and of the expectations on women to be efficient mothers, obedient wives and virtuous daughters.
ACIS is delighted to announce that Professorial Fellow Yasmin Haskell (foundation Cassamarca Chair in Latin Humanism) is returning to the University of Western Australia after two years at the University of Bristol, United Kingdom. In Bristol she was Chair of Latin in the Department of Classics and Ancient History and served as Director of the Institute of Greece, Rome and the Classical Tradition. Some highlights of her time in Europe were commissioning an historically-informed concert performance of the Viennese baroque Jesuit musical drama, Mulier Fortis (Strong Woman) in collaboration with her former UWA PhD student, Dr Makoto Harris Takao (Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin); and several invited talks on Latin humanist topics, for instance at the Accademia Vivarium Novum (Frascati), European University Institute, Florence; University of Bologna; Catholic University of Milan; and most recently, to the Virgil Society, London. In November 2018 she gave the 39th annual Erasmus lecture at the Royal Academy of the Netherlands, Amsterdam, on ‘Erasmus and the Health of Scholars: Physical, Emotional, Spiritual’, and an associated masterclass for selected graduate students on ‘Passions for and of Learning in the Early Modern Period’. We wish Prof. Haskell a gentle landing on Australian soil, and look forward to hearing about her further activities in the coming year.
Il Comitato scientifico delle International Conferences on Jewish Italian Literature (Icojil) intende organizzare nella ‘Scola’ di Cuneo, alla Biblioteca e Centro Studi sugli Ebrei in Piemonte “Davide Cavaglion”, 26-28 giugno 2019, il suo dodicesimo convegno. Come indica il titolo, Letteratura ebraica in Piemonte: da Artom a Zargan, sarà dedicato ai lavori degli scrittori ebrei piemontesi. Terra in cui è nato uno dei nuclei storici della Resistenza antifascista e che ha visto un’intensa attività partigiana nella seconda guerra mondiale ma ha anche sentito le aspre ripercussioni fasciste, il Piemonte è una regione nella quale la presenza ebraica (ritrattata in “Argon”) data da molti secoli ed ha contribuito sia all’Unità d’Italia che ai principali movimenti intellettuali del Novecento. Continue reading