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Italian cinema studies: position in Toronto

cropped-Img042-e1358230241298The Department of Italian Studies and the Cinema Studies Institute at the University of Toronto invites applications for a tenure-stream position in the field of Italian Cinema. The position will be at the rank of Assistant Professor commencing, July 1, 2016. The University of Toronto faculty appointments will be to the Department of Italian Studies (67%) and Cinema Studies Institute (33%). We are seeking a scholar whose major field of research is Italian Cinema and Modern Literature (19th and 20th centuries) and who has a proven record of publications in the field of Italian Cinema Studies. The successful candidate will be expected to teach courses at both graduate and undergraduate levels in the above mentioned areas in both Units as well as Italian language courses. An active research interest in 19th-20th-century Italian Literature and in Language Teaching and Learning would be regarded as a special asset. The candidate must have excellent oral and written Italian language skills. Continue reading

‘A different telling’: voice, dream, theatre

Whyte_MUSEOYou are cordially invited to a reading from A Different Telling, a one-act play by Leisa Whyte, with local actors Sebastian Bertoli and Georgia Whyte, live music by Alison Davey, at Museo Italiano, 199 Faraday Street, Carlton on Tuesday 1 September, 6.30pm (free event but booking essential). About the play: as we grow older, many of us have a desire to know more about our heritage: it helps us define who we are and to make sense of the way we interact with others. Mia, a young university student is deliberating how to tackle her latest assignment on identity. Thinking and questioning out loud, she realises that the voice answering from behind the local bar where she is ‘studying’ is actually that of her great-great-grandfather, Giacomo Rossi, a 19th century Italian immigrant. Initially thinking she must be dreaming, Mia plays along with her imagination, only to find the ‘voice’ is starting to reveal a story she has never known about her ancestors and their journey to a new life in Australia. As the play develops, Giacomo becomes so real to Mia she can almost reach out and touch him: she feels his pain as he talks of the tragedies that befell his family and their resilience despite it all. She is beginning to piece together her story, character by character: to understand more fully her own identity. Or has it, in fact, been just a dream… Continue reading

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Poetry by Simon West: Museo Italiano, 19 August 2015

image008Simon West’s The Ladder, his third collection of poetry and first in four years, will be launched by Lisa Gorton at the Museo Italiano, 199, Faraday St, Carlton, Wed 19 Aug, 6.30pm. Many earlier preoccupations return – the natural environment, Italian art, the dimensions of place. There is a new focus on worldly and artistic responsibility, and a fascination with the ‘certain poise’ of ‘being in between’. At the collection’s heart are the building blocks of language, along with the more literal ones of Rome, where some of these poems were written during a residency at the Whiting Studio in 2012.

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Of lobsters, guinea pigs, treachery and charity

image003Leonardo da Vinci’s fresco of Christ’s Last Supper is among the most immediately recognis­able paintings in the world. Versions are found on T-shirts, biscuit tins, coffee mugs and cushions. Leonardo’s painting, however, was created from within a long tradition of such works. This talk by Diana Hiller, entitled Of lobsters, guinea pigs, treachery and charity: changing Last Supper iconography, at the Museo Italiano, 199 Faraday Street, Carlton on Tuesday 11 August 2015 at 6.30pm, focuses on the iconography of Last Supper images from early secret versions on the walls of Roman catacombs to the large canvases of Tintoretto in some of the grand­est churches in Venice. From the mid-fourteenth century in Tuscany – and above all in Florence – the custom of decorating the end wall of a convent refectory with a Last Supper fresco became so popular that it was unusual for a refectory not to have one. The specific iconography altered with changing contexts; and variations in the works depended on such disparate features as the lo­cal foods available, the wealth of the convent, the ori­gin of the commissioning, where the works were placed and, in some instances, even the gender of the viewers.

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Rizzoli Bookstore Reopens in NYC

Sally Grant   New York

The old Rizzoli Bookstore on 57th St, NYC Photo credit: Rizzoli Bookstore

The old Rizzoli Bookstore on 57th St, NYC
© Rizzoli Bookstore

Book – and bookshop – lovers of the world rejoice! After closing the doors of its beloved 57th Street store last year, Rizzoli New York opened a new flagship in the NoMad district of Manhattan last Monday. While this location, in the nineteenth-century St. James Building at 1133 Broadway, may not be able to replace the now-lost historic charm of its predecessor, with its famed vaulted ceilings (the building has since been demolished to make way for a luxury development – who’d have thought it?), for an independent bookstore to re-open these days is an event to be celebrated.

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Associate Lecturer in Italian Studies: La Trobe University

logoLa Trobe University (Melbourne, Australia) invites applications for the position of Associate Lecturer in Italian Studies. This is a full-time continuing teaching & research position within the Department of Language and Linguistics. La Trobe’s Italian program combines beginner to advanced language studies with the study of Italian culture, literature, cinema, history and translation. In addition to learning the language, students become familiar with cultural life in contemporary Italy as well as historical perspectives on the country. The position description, including key areas of accountability and key selection criteria, as well as information on how to apply, is available here. Enquiries should be directed to Dr Brigid Maher.

The closing date is Thursday 28 May 11.55pm (Australian Eastern Standard Time)

Transnational Italian Studies: Summer School in Venice, 21-24 September 2015

logo_withtextThe Transnationalizing Modern Languages project, based at the University of Warwick, invites applications from PhD students for its upcoming Summer School Transnational Italian Studies to be held in Venice, 21-24 September 2015. The Summer School provides an intensive four-day learning experience for a maximum of 15 students  interested in the study of Italian language and culture from a transnational perspective. The program consists of master-classes, lectures and roundtables given by international experts, as well as sessions in which students will have the opportunity to share their research and gain feedback from lecturers and peers. Participants will be presented with an array of innovative theoretical and methodological instruments which will enable them to analyse linguistic and cultural exchanges with a specific focus on modern Italy. They will also undertake a small research project in sites around Venice to put  these new tools into practice.

Bursaries covering accommodation expenses, lunch and tuition fees will be available. Further details on the course and the application procedure can be found here. The application deadline is 30 April 2015.
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Why Crime Fiction Matters: Melbourne workshop 21 November

Crime-SceneThe final programme and abstracts (open to all) and draft papers (restricted to paper-givers) are available from the Conferences menu above. This is also a reminder to anyone who is not presenting a paper but wants to attend to let Brigid Maher know as soon as possible for catering purposes.

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