Italian culture and society have long been suffused by a powerful sense of place. Whether one thinks of the waves of diasporic Italians who have journeyed to encounter new cultural vistas around the globe, or of the even larger numbers of women and men who have remained in the places where their families have lived for centuries, Italians have always been acutely sensitive to their spatial and physical settings.
The organisers of the 8th Biennial ACIS Conference, Fertile Spaces, Dynamic Places: Mapping the Cultures of Italy, to be held at the University of Sydney, 1-4 July 2015, invite participants to consider the myriad ways in which Italians have been influenced by – and left their mark upon – the spaces and places around them. We welcome papers on any period in the general areas of: Italian Art History, Cinema, Cultural Studies, Economics and Business, History, Italians in Australia, Language Teaching and Acquisition, Linguistics and Socio-Linguistics, Literature, Migration Studies, Politics and Sociology and Anthropology.
Please submit panel sessions or proposals for individual papers (250-300 words in Italian or English) by 31 January 2015 to:
Proposals for panels should contain: the panel title; name of the convenor; brief description of the theme; indication of the participants and the provisional titles/contents of their papers. Confirmation of acceptance of proposals will be sent out by 31 March 2015.