The 9th Biennial ACIS conference, Scontri e incontri: the dynamics of Italian transcultural exchanges, hosted in association with the School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics, Monash University and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, La Trobe University, will be held at the Monash University Centre in Prato, Italy, on 4-7 July 2017. The conference will explore sites of contact, connection and exchange in the Italian context. Some can be understood as open sites of interaction and juxtaposition in which people, goods and ideas from across the globe come and go and which are shaped by important trajectories of trade or distinctive histories of colonialism, imperialism or globalisation. When encounters occur in contexts of asymmetrical relations of power, no exchange or contact is present without an inherent confrontation. Language is used to create or manipulate perceptions that are formed when worlds collide. It turns contact into an uneven exchange, such as colonisation, modern warfare and even gender relations. What are the repercussions of such uneven exchanges? How can examining these notions and their representations help illuminate common debates around identity (politics), ideology, globalisation and crisis, human rights, memory and history, the environment, and individual bodies, among others? Conversely, how can we better understand the potential of modern diasporas to connect cultures and lead to collaboration and renewal, through the establishment of wider-ranging networks and positive forms of exchange? The organisers are now calling for paper and panel proposals, to be submitted here, by 31 October 2016.
Attenzione early-career academics in Italian Studies! You may be interested in this special workshop, being held in its own time-slot on the third day of the ACIS conference at the University of Sydney. This will be an informal discussion of the challenges facing early-career academics and the many ways in which you can create your own opportunities. It will also contribute to the formation of an early-career network within ACIS. All perspectives on early-career academic issues are welcome, and so as to broaden the outlook as much as possible, the session will feature guest speakers who are also early-career academics in a range of disciplines, bridging Italian Studies, Linguistics, English, History, Studies in Religion, Politics and Science. While early-career academic life has its difficulties, the aim of this session is to be constructive: to propose strategies, new approaches, ways of diversifying work and skills, or steps you can take to get help and advice, while staying true to your interests and beliefs. It will also be an opportunity to meet and connect with other early-career academics in the field of Italian Studies from across Australia and New Zealand and further afield, and to start thinking about the future shape of the discipline.
Just a reminder that proposals for panels and papers for the 8th ACIS Biennial Conference at the University of Sydney, 1-4 July 2015, are due by 31 January 2015. The address to send them to is here. The details of the call for papers, accommodation and registration are available on the conference web pages.
Italian culture and society have long been suffused by a powerful sense of place. Whether one thinks of the waves of diasporic Italians who have journeyed to encounter new cultural vistas around the globe, or of the even larger numbers of women and men who have remained in the places where their families have lived for centuries, Italians have always been acutely sensitive to their spatial and physical settings.
The organisers of the 8th Biennial ACIS Conference, Fertile Spaces, Dynamic Places: Mapping the Cultures of Italy, to be held at the University of Sydney, 1-4 July 2015, invite participants to consider the myriad ways in which Italians have been influenced by – and left their mark upon – the spaces and places around them. We welcome papers on any period in the general areas of: Italian Art History, Cinema, Cultural Studies, Economics and Business, History, Italians in Australia, Language Teaching and Acquisition, Linguistics and Socio-Linguistics, Literature, Migration Studies, Politics and Sociology and Anthropology.
Please submit panel sessions or proposals for individual papers (250-300 words in Italian or English) by 31 January 2015 to:
Proposals for panels should contain: the panel title; name of the convenor; brief description of the theme; indication of the participants and the provisional titles/contents of their papers. Confirmation of acceptance of proposals will be sent out by 31 March 2015.
ACIS will be holding its 8th Biennial Conference at the University of Sydney from 1-4 July 2015, with the title Fertile Spaces, Dynamic Places: Mapping the Cultures of Italy. Visiting speakers include John Foot (University of Bristol), Mari D’Agostino (University of Palermo) and Niall Atkinson (University of Chicago). The call for panel and paper proposals will go out shortly. Further information will also be found here.
A quick post to alert all Delegates, Speakers and VIPs that the 2013 ACIS conference photos are now available. Click here to view them.
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