‘Transnationalism’ broadly refers to multiple ties and interactions linking people or institutions across the borders of nation-states. In the case of Italy, such a phenomenon preceded the idea of ‘nation’ and – due to Italy’s peculiar geo-political configuration – was a condition of the cultural and political cosmopolitanism that characterised intellectual interaction from the Middle Ages to the present day. This conference will investigate the relations Italy has established with other cultures in order to assess how literature, language, historiography, cinema and the visual arts have contributed to the forging and the deconstruction of the idea of Italian national identity. The organizers seek papers in all areas of Italian Studies that will help place Italy in a wider multicultural and multilingual Atlas, in order to ‘read’ Italian culture through its dialogic exchange with other national traditions. The keynote speakers are Nick Havely, Vittorio Coletti, Donald Sassoon, Gisele Sapiro. The conference will be held at the University of Reading, UK, on the 13 and 14 July 2012. Please send a brief CV and a 200-word abstract to firstname.lastname@example.org by the 1 April 2012.
Daniela La Penna
University of Reading
Modern Languages, HumSS Building, Whiteknights Campus, Reading, RG6 6AA.
Phone ++44 118 378 6502 Email: email@example.com
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