The Visible and the Invisible in Italian Culture

Vuw-logoThe History and Italian Programmes at Victoria University of Wellington invite papers for a two-day workshop, ‘The Visible and Invisible in Italian Culture, to be held on 8-9 July 2016.  John Foot (University of Bristol) will be the keynote speaker. The meeting aims to investigate how Italy has dealt with the ambiguities, anomalies and contradictions of its social and political life since Unification, and with how it has engaged, or failed to engage, the people at its margins. The organisers, Sally Hill and Giacomo Lichtner, welcome papers and/or panel submissions from a variety of disciplines and viewpoints, including comparative and transnational perspectives.

Topics for discussion can include:

  • Italy’s Divided Memories;
  • The ‘Other’ in Italian society and culture;
  • Postcolonial and subaltern studies perspectives on the histories of Italy and the Italian diaspora;
  • Absences, silences, traces, post-traumatic repression and/or ‘collective amnesia’ in Italian art, cinema, literature, photography, television;
  • Italian archives and their ‘absences’: the dual role of the archive between preservation and closure;
  • The history and representation of the ‘Italian anomalies’;
  • Coping with post-war Italy’s mysteries: does Italy embrace the absence of resolution as resolution? Is ambiguity a specifically Italian interpretative key?;
  • Gender, gendered language and ‘normality’ in discourses about Italian identity.

The format of the event, which will include a public screening of Ettore Scola’s Una giornata particolare, will be flexible. The organisers welcome contributions adopting any format, such as oral presentations, video essays and roundtable discussions. Please send a brief abstract to Sally Hill and Giacomo Lichtner  by 1 April 2016.

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