Canadian Association for Italian Studies (CAIS)

2019 Conference

Orvieto (TR) Italy

June 13-16


Session Proposals



Contents


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Blended Learning in L2/LS and Culture Instruction


In recent years, digital learning has become a permanent feature in the landscape of Italian Studies-related pedagogy, where it has been implemented in different forms and applied to a variety of contexts. Instructors have been increasingly trying to integrate an ever-growing array of (free) digital tools and state-of-the-art online learning strategies into ‘traditional’ Italian language, literature and culture courses worldwide, to the point where technology-enabled blended learning has become a pivotal pedagogical mode in the field.


By means of digital tools, instructors can devise highly engaging activities and design interactive learning environments, which facilitate dialogical exchanges and negotiations in the target language. Different forms of blended learning can be, and have been used to complement more ‘traditional’ pedagogical solutions, and to create blended spaces where students can learn about the target culture while developing their language skills, and even act upon their own sociocultural contexts as a result of following such technology-enabled learning pathways.


This session offers a platform for discussing hybrid/blended modes of instruction in Italian language, literature, and culture courses in global settings. We also welcome approaches of a more theoretical nature.


As we did for all our recent initiatives (i.e. AAIS/CAIS 2017, AAIS 2018), we will endeavour to arrange a publication venue. Publication options may vary depending upon contingencies.


Please submit via email a 200-300-word abstract of the presentation, a brief bio-blurb, and requests for audio-visual equipment to Anita.Virga@wits.ac.za and Brian.Zuccala@wits.ac.za by February 28th, 2019.


ORGANIZERS

Anita Virga, Lecturer, Brian Zuccala, Post-Doc. Fellow

University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa)

anita.virga@wits.ac.za; brian.zuccala@wits.ac.za

Session’s Chair: Samuele Grassi, Università di Firenze



Epos 2.0: mito e miti nell'Italia del XXI secolo


La presente sessione intende esplorare il fervido legame tra mito e cultura contemporanea, focalizzandosi sulle modalita' in cui quest'ultima e' in grado di declinare/rielaborare - in chiave post-moderna - le figure esemplari classiche (Ulisse, Edipo, Fedra…) e post-classiche (Tristano, Faust, Don Giovanni…) e i loro exempla, attraverso la letteratura, il cinema, la musica, il teatro. L'epos di riferimento e' quello greco-romano ma non saranno trascurate le storie bibliche,  le narrazioni orientali, le saghe nordiche. In particolare, sono benvenuti interventi che esaminino come tale "eredita'" sia oggi rappresentata, esaltata, criticata, superata, negata.


Si prega di inviare un abstract (in italiano o inglese) di non oltre 250 parole a Marco Marino (marco.marino@santannainstitute.com) entro e non oltre il 20 febbraio 2019.


ORGANIZERS

Marco Marino and Laura Nieddu

Sant’Anna Institute (Marino), Université "Lumière Lyon 2" (Nieddu)
marco.marino@santannainstitute.com, laura.nie@hotmail.com



Redefining Epic, Romance and Novel in Italian Culture


This panel seeks to continue the fruitful dialogue about the intertwining of epic, romance and novel in Italian culture we started at the AAIS-CSIS 2017 Conference in Columbus, Ohio.


In order to further the scholarship of Bakhtin, Jameson, Doody, and Fusillo among others, we welcome investigations of the widespread presence and reciprocal influence of these three literary forms in the Italian linguistic and cultural space from the Middle Ages to the present day. What motivates their contaminations? What emerges from the collisions of these different styles and worldviews within the Italian context?


We welcome contributions that explore these synergies and contradictions throughout the history of Italian literature as well as different forms of representation including (but not limited to) visual arts, cinema, theatre, television and folk culture.


The primary goal of this panel is to gather innovative contributions on epic, romance and novel (alongside those we already welcomed in 2017) for a collection of essays on the topic.


Please submit a 250-words abstract, biographical information, and technical requirements to Lucia Gemmani (lucia-gemmani@uiowa.edu) and Andrea Privitera (aprivite@uwo.ca). The deadline for submission is February 28th, 2019.


ORGANIZERS

Lucia Gemmani, Andrea Privitera

University of Iowa, University of Western Ontario, Università di Padova

lucia-gemmani@uiowa.edu, aprivite@uwo.ca



Traces of God in 20th century Italian poetry


During the last two decades, theological, biblical, mystical and exegetical perspective applied to 20th century Italian poetry studies has become more necessary to reach an exhaustive overview of the Italian religious poetry tradition. Despite the obvious importance of the interplay between poetic language, the biblical code and its theological implications in the Italian poetic tradition, there is a dearth of studies addressing the role played by biblical influences and theology implications in contemporary Italian poetry. The aim of the panel is to bring the attention on the exploration of divinity in 20th century Italian poets such as Alda Merini, David Maria Turoldo, Giorgio Caproni, Giovanni Testori, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Mario Luzi, Margherita Guidacci, Cristina Campo and others, through biblical and mystical influences, theological implications and their deep relation with the language. The aim is also to show how poets have employed mystical and biblical symbols and themes to create an intimate conversation with God and to engage with the religious/mystical experience of the divine.

Papers should not exceed 15-20 minutes.


Please submit a 250-words abstract, biographical information, and technical requirements to Valentina Calista (vale.cal@libero.it). The deadline for submission is February 28th, 2019.


ORGANIZER

Valentina Calista

University of Reading

vale.cal@libero.it



Perspectives on Italian Modernism


There are several trends in Italian Modernism and there have been several ways, in which literary criticism has dealt with it. This session aims at retrieving some of those readings and updating them by offering both new interpretations of the literary works by authors who are by now canonic and others who may need to be read again with a different perspective. In poetry, the works by Carducci, Pascoli and D’Annunzio end up running parallel to the works of Futurism and the Crepuscular poets before the advent of Hermetic poetry. In theater, the works by Pirandello pushed several other playwrights, from Giacosa to Rosso di San Secondo, in the background. In narrative, the novels by D’Annunzio, Svevo and Pirandello were only the most conspicuous expression of a fertile season, which included modernist writers such as Fogazzaro and De Marchi, before the decades that preceded World War I. The Italian avant-garde movements did not limit themselves to that great and crucial phenomenon, which Futurism was.


The session is open to papers that intend to explore the works by the aforementioned authors as well as lesser-known authors whom we need to consider with a new critical approach. The session welcomes new critical perspectives on such authors and a comparative and interdisciplinary approach to them.


ORGANIZER

Ernesto Livorni

University of Wisconsin - Madison

elivorni@wisc.edu


La città nella poesia dialettale


La città è un tema che è ricorso spesso in letteratura, soprattutto a partire dalla fine del XIX secolo.


Essa ha trovato plurime occasioni di rappresentazione in lingua standard, ma di meno negli idiomi a valenza regionale/locale.


Il panel sarà dedicato alla città così come raffigurata nella poesia dialettale. In una tale ottica, saranno apprezzate proposte che mostrano la città in modo ampio. Suggerire una scelta non è semplice e il rischio è quello di isolare raffigurazioni degne di analisi. In considerazione di questo, possono essere presentate, ad esempio, proposte in termini di luogo geografico, di simbolo di dinamiche individuali e sociali, di vernacolo in uso, di suoni e ritmi, di tensioni melanconiche/nostalgiche, di memoria, di odio/amore, di sogno. Proposte volte a dare una rappresentazione “altra” verranno salutate positivamente.


Saranno apprezzati i contributi nei diversi dialetti (o presunti tali) italiani, particolarmente quelli che rimangono un po’ più nascosti, e che trattano della città nelle diverse epoche storiche.


Chi volesse partecipare con una relazione (della durata di 15-20 minuti) può inviare a chielmonzone@libero.it un abstract di circa 350 parole e un breve profilo scientifico entro il 28 febbraio 2019.


ORGANIZER

Chiel Monzone

Independent scholar

chielmonzone@libero.it



Reconstructing Theatre Audiences in Early Modern Italy


Theatre in 17th century Italy was a dominant institution that embraced many genres, styles, and modes of performance by amateurs and professional artists, and was directed to many diverse audiences ranging from academic, courtly, religious, and scholarly circles to the broad public. This call for papers invites abstracts from scholars interested in exploring questions relating to the reception that a particular form of theatre received, as well as what such information reveals about the relationship of the audience to the theatrical representations they were witnessing and how they saw themselves reflected in them.


Abstracts could include textual analyses of plays and/or specific performances which probe an historical and theoretical investigation into how audiences shaped, and were shaped by, the heterogeneous Italian theatre of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Lines of inquiry might address the role of metatheatrical devices, the casting of an implicit audience through characterization and emplottment, the construction of a specific audience as evidenced in specific dramaturgical choices, the activation of specific audience responses via textual references and physicality, the politics of space and place in selecting and segregating spectators, and the function of didacticism (both religious and secular) as benchmarks of public engagement in early modern theatre in Italy.


We are also interested in papers dealing with enduring theatrical and performance practices which still influence theatre today.

Please email your abstract (max 250 words) and your bio (max 50 words) in English or Italian to Rosalind Kerr (rkerr@ualberta.ca) and Stefano Muneroni (stefano.muneroni@ualberta.ca) by the deadline of February 28, 2019.


ORGANIZERS

Rosalind Kerr and Stefano Muneroni

University of Alberta (Emerita), University of Alberta (Associate Professor)

rkerr@ualberta.ca, stefano.muneroni@ualberta.ca





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