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Cfp: Gendered Revisions panel, AATI 2016 Conference, Naples, 22-27 June

Patrizia Sambuco   Monash University

aati_bannerRevisions and rewriting of narratives, be they literary, historical, national, transnational or personal, are part of the shaping of individual and collective memory; they challenge established knowledge through alternative readings. The panel Gendered Revisions at the AATI 2016 Conference in Naples, 22-27 June 2016, invites papers on the revision of cultural heritage, historical events, and personal memory in Italian modern and contemporary culture. Topics at the junction of cultural memory and gender studies and addressing cultural heritage, trauma and nostalgia as rewriting of the past are particularly welcome.

Please send an abstract of 200-300 words, plus a brief bio, to Patrizia Sambuco by 28 January.

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Forging Faith(s) in Global Borderlands

ucsb_logoThe Borderlands Research Focus Group at the University of California, Santa Barbara, is holding its 5th Biennial Borderlands International Graduate Student Conference, Forging Faith(s) in Global Borderlands, on March 11-16 2016. The organisers invite graduate scholars from all disciplines (including Italian Studies) to submit abstracts for papers addressing the conference title theme by December 20 2015 (submission details below). Continue reading

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Words of Violence in Early Modern Italy

pordenone_detail-1-jpgA one-day international conference, Words of Violence in Early Modern Italy, will be held at Palazzo Rucellai, Florence, on 11 December 2015, 9.00am-6.00pm. It will focus on written injurious words: humanist invectives, religious and political smear, slanderous libels and pasquinades. Social historians have engaged with the meanings and practices of verbal slur, gossip, and physically violent acts such as homicide, suicide, and punch-ups. This conference explores instead the conventions of written texts and how hurling textual insults was an effective (and affective) way to establish identity and gain consensus across diverse social echelons. The conference will qualify the type of violence unleashed by these slanderous texts and examine the connection between page and social context, as suggested by Judith Butler. In order to comprehend which words wound, one needs to understand the ritualization of linguistic injury and a sphere of practice that goes beyond the moment of utterance or the written page.

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CfP: Transnational Italies: Mobility, Subjectivities and Modern Italian Cultures

logo_withtextTransnational Italies: Mobility, Subjectivities and Modern Italian Cultures, a conference to be held at the British School at Rome, 26-28 October 2016, with Ruth Ben-Ghiat and Marina Warner as keynote speakers, is issuing a call for papers.  The conference is part of the AHRC-funded project ‘Transnationalizing Modern Languages: Mobility, Identity and Translation in Modern Italian Cultures‘ and opens the project exhibition at the British School at Rome.  The history of Italians and of Italian culture stems from multiple experiences of mobility and transnationalism. Such experiences reflect the history of Italy as an ‘emigrant nation’ (Choate), an imperialist power, and a European country facing the challenges of world system transformation from its Mediterranean location. These histories of mass movements also represent millions of individual and collective trajectories, traced through micro-processes of cultural translation, acts of transmission, and memory mediation of subjects from a variety of national, linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

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Old-Time Accomplices: Mentors & Mentees

220px-Age_Teaching_YouthIn his essay De auditu (On Listening to Lectures) Plutarch warned that ‘the correct analogy for the mind is not a vessel that needs filling, but wood that needs igniting – no more – and then it motivates one towards originality and instills the desire for truth’. Once sparked, this fire requires feeding and care, a task often fulfilled by mentors. Already appearing in the Odyssey, the idea of mentoring owes much to the figure of Socrates but has lost none of its force in the contemporary world where mentoring and coaching abound in all professional organisations. The University of Melbourne is therefore organising a conference, Old-Time Accomplices: Mentors & Mentees, on 25-27 August 2016 to explore the theme and the practice of mentoring in literature, history, art, performing arts, social sciences, and in the professional world. We are now calling for paper and panel proposals, to be submitted by Monday 16 November 2015. Continue reading

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CFP: Italy and China, Europe and East Asia: Centuries of Dialogue

People's_Republic_of_China_Italy_LocatorIncreasing dialogue between China and Italy (as between East Asia and Europe) constitutes a significant issue in today’s world.  The Department of Italian Studies at the University of Toronto is organising a conference, Italy and China, Europe and East Asia: Centuries of Dialogue, April 7-9, 2016, to explore historical and contemporary features of the relationship. The conference will pool current research on China-Italy issues, create a network for collaboration based at the University of Toronto and set an agenda for future research. Further details can be found here. Scholars from both the humanities and social sciences are welcome to participate; selected papers from the conference will be published. Proposals (200 words plus brief author bio) for papers should be submitted to both conference organisers, Francesco Guardiani and Gaoheng Zhang, by November 30, 2015.

 

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Futures Past: Postgraduate and ECR conference, Sydney, 26-27 Nov 2015

8301073_origFor historians, how our subjects speculate about their futures can provide a rich source of information about the past. How can we harness the hopes and fears people had about the future in our representations of past lives and their contexts? What do such thoughts and feelings tell us about the role of the future in shaping human narratives? With the past’s future and our own in mind the Department of History at the University of Sydney will be holding a two-day conference, The Futures’ Past,  on 26-27 November 2015, for postgraduates and early career researchers interested in addressing these issues and impulses in history and related disciplines. We hope to open up a discussion about the way in which we currently write our histories, and the subjects, values, themes and methods that we use. Accordingly, we invite abstracts from those working within history and related disciplines, which will inform us about the histories they are writing, and the ways that these histories are being informed by both past, present and future forces.

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Foreign Artists in Italy 1900-2015

120px-Marina_Grande_SorrentoThe Canadian Society for Italian Studies Conference, Sorrento, 19-21 June 2015, invites papers for an interdisciplinary session on Foreign Artists in Italy 1900-2015. Papers may focus on foreign residents or long-term visitors to Italy working within any branch of the arts (music, literature, film, visual art, theatre/performance). The panel will examine the creative practice of these artists in Italy, their motivations for being there and the significance of their Italian work within the broader contexts of their output, as well as their contribution to Italian creative practice and discourse and their collaboration with Italian and foreign colleagues. How analysis of the works of ‘the artist resident abroad’ can contribute to debates about international creative collaboration, cosmopolitanism and notions of national and diasporic art will be an issue for discussion. Papers on Campania-based foreign artists are welcome but not required.

Abstracts (250 words) of proposals should be sent to Mark Nicholls by December 31 2014.

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Pasolini’s Legacy: Call for Papers for Conference at Yale

PPP_NY04-pn98j4-196x300Yale University’s Department of Italian is calling for papers for a conference entitled ‘The Legacy of Pier Paolo Pasolini‘, on 6-7 March 2015 to mark the fortieth anniversary of his death. Papers from all disciplines addressing any aspect of Pasolini’s work are welcome, especially those which encourage dialogue between the disciplines. Information on the conference and speakers, plus details on the submission of proposals, can be found here. The deadline for submission of proposal abstracts is 20 December 2014.

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Call for Papers: The University of Sydney Postgraduate History Conference, 27-28 November 2014

copy-cropped-university_of_sydney_new_logo_stacked-e1349229780295The University of Sydney Postgraduate History Conference is currently accepting proposals for its upcoming ‘Histories Past, History’s Future’ conference, to be held on 27-28 November, 2014, in the Quadrangle at the University of Sydney. We welcome abstracts from postgraduates and early-career researchers involved in history, including those with an interest in interdisciplinary approaches. Abstracts should be between 200-250 words and along with a 100-word bio are to be submitted via our website here. The Call for Papers has recently been extended, with submissions accepted up until 8 August by 5:30 p.m. Please direct any related inquiries to the conference organisers.

 

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