10th ACIS Biennial Conference, 7-10 February 2019, Victoria University of Wellington

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The 10th ACIS Biennial Conference will take place on 7-10 February 2019 at the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, on the theme Navigazioni possibili: Italies Lost and Found. Separated by oceans and continents, with profoundly different cultures, histories and languages, what connects Italy, its antipodes, and points in between? Even within Italy, how do those who inhabit the peninsula also inhabit its many pasts? What does it mean to navigate these spatial and temporal distances and how might we reimagine Italian Studies and its cultural, historical and linguistic reference points across them? The organisers invite paper and panel proposals that consider these and related questions from a wide range of disciplines and perspectives within the broad field of Italian Studies.

Topics for papers and panels may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Geographies of italianità
  • Historical memory and forgetting in Italian fiction and film
  • Cultural/social change
  • Italian journeys: departures and arrivals
  • Travel narratives
  • Contemporary and historical Italian visual cultures
  • Italian languages and languages of Italy
  • Learning/teaching Italian language and culture: navigating new pedagogies
  • Old and new Italies; shifting definitions of Italian culture
  • Postcolonial/transcultural literature
  • Genre fiction
  • Lost and found texts
  • Navigating gender and sexual identities in Italian culture

The official conference languages are Italian and English.

Abstracts for papers (ca. 250 words) or panel proposals (which should include the title of the panel as well as title and abstracts for the individual papers) should be submitted by 30 June 2018. The conference home page, with details and the address for submissions, will be operational shortly, along with information on the venue and accommodation.

Submissions from postgraduate students are especially welcome. A contribution towards the costs of travel/accommodation will be available to students whose papers are accepted.

For enquiries and further information contact the VUW organisers, Sally Hill and Claudia Bernardi.