CfP: An Eye on Italy: Continuities and transformations in Italian visual culture, 24-25 Nov 2016

Italian conference banner_v2Flinders University, Griffith University, Victoria University of Wellington and the Australasian Centre for Italian Studies are holding an international conference, An Eye on Italy: Continuities and transformations in Italian visual culture, on 24-25 November 2016 at Flinders in the City, 182 Victoria Square, Adelaide, South Australia. The conference will explore recent developments in Italian visual culture with the aim of bringing together expertise in the areas of photography, the fine arts, film and media studies, fashion and design in order to encourage novel exchanges and collaborations. Among the keynote speakers will be Giancarlo De Cataldo. We welcome papers from a variety of disciplinary, interdisciplinary and comparative perspectives, including the teaching of visual arts and the use of visual cultural products in teaching Italian language and culture. Abstracts, following the format below, should reach the organisers, Luciana d’Arcangeli (Flinders), Claire Kennedy (Griffith) and Sally Hill (VUW) by 30 May 2016 (extended from 15 May).

Possible topics for papers include, but are not limited to:
· technologies of visual culture
· visual representations of marginalised groups
· Italy seen from elsewhere
· the impact on today’s Italy of the nation’s long visual history
· multidisciplinary perspectives on teaching visual arts

Submissions containing 250-300 word abstracts, with a brief bibliography (3-4 titles) and a brief author bio, are invited for 20 minute papers (in English or Italian). Please send an email with the title “An Eye on Italy Abstract Submission” to Luciana d’Arcangeli and in copy to Claire Kennedy (Griffith) and Sally Hill (VUW) by 15 May 2016.

Abstracts (on work in progress as well as completed projects) should contain, in this order:

a) author(s)
b) affiliation,
c) email address
d) title of abstract
e) body of abstract
f) bibliography (3-4 titles)

We will acknowledge the receipt of all paper proposals submitted. If you have not received a reply within two weeks of submission, please contact us in case it has gone astray.

Conference registration: $100

Postgraduate students are especially welcome. A contribution towards the costs of travel/accommodation will be available to students whose papers are accepted. Please contact Luciana d’Arcangeli for details.

We plan to organise the programme around a number of coherent themes suitable for publication proposals to publishing houses and journals.

As we have done in the past, we would like to place on the ACIS website drafts of the papers to be presented so that participants may download and read them in advance and thus benefit from more in-depth discussion at the event. Only registered conference participants will be able to access the drafts which will be placed on a password-protected page. Please indicate in your proposal if you would be willing to take advantage of this option, in which case you should provide us with the full text by 30 October 2016.

For enquiries please contact Luciana d’Arcangeli (Flinders) or Claire Kennedy (Griffith).

Please note that this conference will be preceded in the same venue by the symposium Postcolonial Italy: between Assimilation and Integration on 23 November 2016. All attendees are welcome to attend the screening of Kaha Mohamed Aden’s documentary, La quarta via, on 23 November at 6.30p.m. The screening is supported by the Dante Alighieri Society of S.A. Inc and is free and open to the community.

For further information please refer to the symposium and conference website.

Sponsors: The Australasian Centre for Italian Studies (ACIS), Flinders University, Istituto Italiano di Cultura (Melbourne), Consolato d’Italia (Adelaide), Dante Alighieri Society of S.A. Inc.

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