Echi Oltremare: Italy and the Mediterranean... Interactions and Intersections
June 14-15, 2013; Rome, Italy
At a time when Western values and Italianness are increasingly challenged by the forces of globalization, it is necessary to reconsider former epistemologies of space and ontologies of identity that now seem to be obsolete. In this context, the Mediterranean paradigm is (re)-emerging as a crucial framework through which Italy can re-examine its cultural traditions, while charting future paths based on the transnational exchanges with other cultures from the Mediterranean basin. Italian diasporic experiences - especially to the Americas - also assume a particular relevance. Even in the past, by leaving their homes Italian emigrants have always challenged traditional boundaries of nationality and ethnicity, triggering complex processes of negotiation of identity.
Comparative and interdisciplinary analyses pertinent to Italian and Diasporic Studies are welcome and may encompass literature, film studies, Italian-American studies, history, art history, philosophy, anthropology, music, political science, religion, gender studies, food studies, visual arts, architecture and urban studies, intercultural studies, and any other relevant discipline.
Possible topics may include but are not limited to the following:
*Old and New Mediterranean Cultural Traditions:
in Literature (from the scuola siciliana, Dante, Boccaccio and Vico to Salgari, Pirandello, Deledda, Sciascia, Consolo), in Cinema (from Pastrone to Lina Wertmüller, Amelio, Tornatore, Salvatores, Martone, Ozpetek, Rubini, Giordana), in Anthropology (Lombroso, Niceforo), in Folklore (Gallini) and Religion (Di Nola, De Martino).
*Theorizing the Mediterranean:
Mediterranean Studies, Residual vs. Emergent Mediterranean Paradigms, Pensiero Meridiano, Mediterranean Geo-philosophies, Subalternity & South-alternative, Orientalism and Neo-Orientalism, Food between Territory and Cultural Transmission.
*Mediterranean Histories and Politics:
Immigration and Emigration, Colonization and Imperialism, Italian Politics between US and EU, Racism, Perceptions of the State, Resistance to Modernity and its effects, Regionalism vs. Globalization, Global/Local/Glocal.
*Intra and Inter-Mediterranean Encounters and Diasporas:
Intra-Mediterranean and Transatlantic Relations, Old and New World, Italian Migration Studies, Italian Communities in the world (Africa, Australia, Canada, Europe, South America, United States).
* Mediterranean Narratives and Narrations:
The role of new media in developing closer communication, creative art industries and ideas, new technologies and local community initiatives for sustainable cultural dialogue in the Mediterranean basin
Please send an abstract (1-2 paragraphs) in English, Italian, Spanish or French by May 10th, 2013 to:
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