Author Archives: Francesco Ricatti

Emotional geographies of Italian transnational spaces

Francesco Ricatti   University of the Sunshine Coast

CSR 19(2)The new issue of Cultural Studies Review (volume 19 issue 2) includes a section I have co-edited with Maurizio Marinelli on Emotional geographies of the uncanny: reinterpreting Italian transnational spaces. Our aim was to read transnational spaces constructed and inhabited by Italian migrants and settlers to Australasia as emotional spaces of uncanny perceptions, memories, narratives and identities. Drawing inspiration from the Freudian suggestions about the uncanny (das unheimliche), and later interpretations by Heiddeger, Derrida, Kristeva, Bhabha, Žižek, and Ahmed, we refer to the uncanny as the emotional reaction to something that is, at the same time, familiar and unfamiliar, homely and unhomely. The uncanny then becomes an aesthetic frame through which experiences of migration and colonialism can be read and interpreted. Continue reading

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“Coming out” in Italian families – a film screening and community event

On Sunday 28 April 2013, between 1.00pm – 6.00pm at Trades Hall, Lygon St, Carlton, AGMC Inc. will host a free community event. The event will bring together a group of Italian-Australian GLBTIQ individuals and their families (parents, partners and children) to talk about their “coming out” experiences

The Australian Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer Multicultural Council (AGMC Inc.), is the peak body that represents the interests of Australian GLBTIQ individuals/groups from multicultural and multifaith backgrounds.

AGMC Inc. recognises that the Italian-Australian community is one of Australia’s largest migrant groups; and like many other migrant groups where there is an intersection of faith and culture, GLBTIQ individuals often face additional difficulties when addressing issues related to their sexual identity.

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DisLocated Readings: Translation and Transnationalism

ASAL mini-conference, 21-22 February, 2013 – Monash University Caulfield Campus

Translation & Interpreting Studies and the National Centre for Australian Studies


The transnational reception of Australian literature within global literary markets and and readerships suggests that national frameworks are being superseded and mediated by an increasingly ‘transnational’ imaginary.
This ASAL mini-conference seeks to map the wider coordinates of the transnational currents of Australian literature. Contemporary literary scholarship is interested in how the effects of globalization might shape Australian literature in its broadest definition: including travel writing, life-writing, migrant, refugee and Indigenous fiction, as well as writing and translations in languages other than English.
This 1.5 day symposium will explore the effects of translation (in both inter- and intralingual forms) on our textual relationships with the region and the world.
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Call for papers: new perspectives on gender in Italian culture and society

A one-day symposium at Victoria University of Wellington

15 February 2013

Questions of gender and sexuality are increasingly prevalent and wide-ranging in Italian Studies, with scholarly work both interacting with and informing new and existing cultural and theoretical discourses. This one-day symposium aims to bring together researchers working in these areas in New Zealand and Australia as an opportunity for sharing ideas, exploring interests and building contact between departments. Continue reading

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Portelli, ‘a life in progress and the stories of oral history’

Francesco Ricatti   University of the Sunshine Coast

Harlan CountyAlessandro Portelli recently retired from his position as Professor of American Literature at the University of Rome La Sapienza. Portelli has been highly influential in the development of oral history. Follow the link to listen his recent lecture at Royal Holloway University of London, which marked the launch of the Public History Centre. In it, Portelli highlights some of the experiences that have contributed to the development of his oral history methodology. Continue reading

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New Perspectives on Gender in Italian Culture and Society

Friday 15 February 2013

Victoria University of WellingtonVIC-LOGO Landscape AW PMS-343 v3.eps

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