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La ballata delle balàte in Australia

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Vincenzo Pirrotta will shortly return to Australia to present his play La ballata delle balàte at the Street Theatre in Canberra on 5 April (7.30pm, registration here) and on 7-8 April at the Italian Forum in Leichhardt, Sydney  (7.30pm, registration here). On 6 April at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Sydney (6.00-9.00pm, registration here) Pirrotta will introduce and discuss the play.  La ballata delle balàte is a one-hour monologue in Sicilian dialect (English surtitles), written, interpreted and directed by Pirrotta accompanied by music by Giovanni Parrinello performed by Dario Sulis. The protagonist is a mafioso fugitive who in his hideout proclaims his faith in God while at the same time following the cruel logic of the mafia. The play offers a profound reflection on the relation between mafia and religious devotion with its staging marking the duality between sacred and profane (the blood of Christ and of mafia victims cohabit in the mafioso’s mind) and culminating in the adoration of a monstrance containing a characteristic form of mafia instruction (pizzzini).  The hideout becomes for the mafioso a kind of place of worship, made out of church candles, a table and two chairs, where he prays wearing a crown of thorns and a noose around his neck.  Continue reading

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Italian women in Australian science

212b490a-cd51-472c-b505-0d0674ee04ddIn Italy and Australia women comprise a significant percentage of PhD graduates and early career researchers in science. However the presence of women in senior positions in universities and research institutes is low: less than 20% in Australia and less than 10% in Italy despite the fact that approximately 30% of researchers there are women. Clearly gender equality in the sciences, especially among its senior managers, is a considerable way off. On Thursday March 9 at 6.00 pm the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Sydney, Level 4, 125 York St.  will host a free event, Italian Women of Science,  at which Australian scientists of Italian origin will share their research interests and offer some insights into the career paths that they have pursued from Italy to Australia. Continue reading

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Dante, Petrarch, Machiavelli, Pirandello: Remo Bodei in Melbourne and Sydney

imagesThe philosopher Remo Bodei will be giving talks in Melbourne and Sydney in March. Time, eternity, history: Dante, Petrarch, Machiavelli is the title of his talk (in English) at the Italian Cultural Institute, 233 Domain Rd, South Yarra, on Thursday 9 March at 6.30pm (free, booking essential). On Friday March 10, at Co.As.It. – Museo Italiano, 199 Faraday Street, Carlton, he will be talking (in Italian) on Pirandello e la dissoluzione della personalità (free, booking essential), a lecture to mark the 150th anniversary of Pirandello’s birth. He will also be giving this talk in Sydney on 13 March, 4 – 5.30pm, in the Dept of Italian at the University of Sydney (registration here). On March 15, 6 – 7.30pm, he will talk on Memory and Forgetting: A Conflicting Complicity at the State Library of New South Wales (Metcalfe Auditorium, Macquarie Building: information for registration here) . For details of the contents of the talks Continue reading

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La storia intorno alle foibe

giorno-del-ricordo-febbraio-2017-600x412Istituito nel 2004 il Giorno del ricordo del 10 febbraio, data del trattato di pace del 1947 che assegnò all’allora Jugoslavia l’Istria e la maggior parte della Venezia Giulia,  vuole conservare ‘la memoria della tragedia degli italiani e di tutte le vittime delle foibe, dell’esodo dalle loro terre degli istriani, fiumani e dalmati nel secondo dopoguerra e della più complessa vicenda del confine orientale’. In cosa consiste la ‘più complessa vicenda’? Per la rivista Internazionale il collettivo Nicoletta Bourbaki ha chiesto a sette storici di rispondere alla domanda; le loro risposte, affrontando gli aspetti storici, sociali e politici dei conflitti e delle loro memorializzazioni, si trovano qui.

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War in the Sunshine: the British in Italy 1917-1918

estorick-collection-1024x858This is the title of the current exhibition at the newly renovated Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art in Highbury, London. The Collection, opened in 1998, concentrates on Futurist paintings (Giacomo Balla, Umberto Boccioni, Carlo Carrà) and works by Giorgio De Chirico, Amedeo Modigliani, Giorgio Morandi and Mario Sironi. ‘War in the Sunshine‘ (13 Jan – 19 March) covers the largely forgotten British participation in the final stages of the war on one of its most difficult and dangerous fronts – North East Italy – depicted by official war artists (Sidney Carline, himself a pilot) and photographers (Ernest Brooks and William Brunell).

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Orlando, Rinaldo and Angelica arrive in Sydney

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Il gran duello di Orlando e Rinaldo per amore della bella Angelica‘, narrated by Mimmo Cuticchio, master in the art of the Teatro dei Pupi Siciliani (Sicilian puppet theatre) and of the cuntu (oral tale),  will be presented for the first time in Australia at the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, 1 Powerhouse Road (entry via Shepherd Street) in Sydney on Sunday 23 October at 11am and 5pm (bookings here). The show, the great duel between Orlando and Rinaldo to win Angelica’s heart, is an example of modification of the narrative structure of the Opra de’ Pupi, born out of the need to adapt the performance to a new audience. The language of the show is condensed in order to give more prominence to the staging quality than to a thorough development of the traditional story.   Continue reading

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Translating the self: story-telling, language and identity

imageredirectThe School of Languages, 200px-cristinawikiLiteratures and Linguistics (Monash)  and ACIS are organising a seminar Translating the self: story-telling, language and identity with presentations by the Somali-Italian writers Ubax Cristina Ali Farah and Kaha Mohamed Aden on Thursday 17 Nov from 1.00 pm – 5.00 pm at Monash’s Caulfield Campus Building S, 2nd floor, Room 230 (participation free but registration required). Ubax Cristina Ali Farah will discuss the role played by bilingual vision in her writing practice, especially in her novel Madre piccola. Kaha Mohamed Aden’s talk draws on her own experience and the complexities of understanding and misunderstanding that writing between two cultures generates. The abstracts of the two presentations, with the draft programme, map of the location and the short registration form, can be found here.

 

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Reminders: ACIS deadlines in October

????????????????????????????????????Just reminders for a couple of approaching deadlines. The applications for the ACIS Cassamarca scholarships for postgraduate research in Italy in 2017 are due by FRIDAY 14 OCTOBER. And the proposals for panels and papers for the  ACIS 9th Biennial Conference in 2017 at Monash Prato must be submitted to the organisers (details on the conference page HERE) by MONDAY 31 OCTOBER. Two proposed panels at the conference have also called for further submissions as soon as possible. ‘From Iamsilla to Ferrante: Anonymity and Pseudonymity in Italian Literature’ will investigate anonymity as a complex cultural and social convention, and address methodological issues connected with studying texts without the mediation of the ‘author’: send title, abstract and brief bio to Andrea Rizzi. And the organisers of the panel on  ‘Crossing Points & Subversion’ have called for further submissions (title, abstract, bio) to be sent to Gregoria Manzin and  Mark Nicholls. And applications for the Monash position (Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor) in Italian Studies close on SUNDAY 30 OCTOBER.
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Immigrati italiani morti nel 1901, commemorati nel 2016

14391112736_c345b8f66e_b‘Dopo 115 anni è arrivato il tempo di onorare la memoria di uomini, donne, madri, padri, figli e figlie che hanno perso la vita in uno dei più tragici incidenti della storia degli Stati Uniti’. Queste sono le parole del sindaco che accompagnono un Memorial Service per commemorare almeno cento immigrati italiani morti in un devastante incidente ferroviario a Seneca (Michigan) la sera del 27 novembre 1901. La notizia della tragedia fece subito il giro del mondo ma le vittime, sconosciute e di un numero imprecisabile per l’intensità dell’impatto e delle fiamme, finirono nell’oblio, i pochi resti sepolti in cinque bare in un angolo anonimo del cimitero locale. Ieri, il 24 settembre 2016, il sindaco del paese ha dedicato una scultura-monumento alla loro memoria accanto al posto dove furono sepolte.

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Italian film festival: Australian cities, 13 Sept – 19 Oct 2016

220px-Perfetti-Sconosciuti-Poster-Locandina-2016How well do we really know those close to us? At a dinner party seven friends decide to find out. Each puts their phone on the table and agrees to make all texts and calls public in an attempt to prove they have nothing to hide… Perfect Strangers, Paolo Genovese’s film which opens the 17th Lavazza Italian Film Festival in Sydney on 13 September, explores what happens. The Film Festival, sponsored by Lavazza and driven by FIAT, will take place in seven Australian cities, 13 Sept – 19 Oct. The details of the films, cities, dates and session times can all be found here.

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