Annual Conference of the
Association for the Study of Modern Italy
22-23 November 2013
University of London
Keynote speakers: Fabrice d'Almeida, Pantheon-Assas University, Paris and Maria Antonella Pelizzari, Hunter College (CUNY), New York.
This conference will explore the many different ways in which images and symbols have circulated in modern Italy since 1800. A significant part of the conference will be devoted to photography (Alinari brothers, Luce Institute, humanist photography, street photography and paparazzi images, and glamour imagery) and to iconic photographs (for example, Mussolini harvesting, Aldo Moro as prisoner of the Red Brigades). However, space will also be devoted to other media including popular illustration and cartoons, advertising, party symbols and election posters, postcards, art, magazine and book covers, graffiti and cinema. The aim is to explore the genesis and meaning of images which for one reason or another have become widely known and which occupy - or have occupied - a place in the collective imaginary.
Scholars and researchers from a variety of disciplines (e.g. Italian studies, film, media and communication studies, literature studies, cultural studies, politics, sociology, history) are invited to contribute papers discussing case studies, overview papers exploring developments in Photography as well as contributions of theoretical approaches to the topic.
Papers may be of 20 minutes length, but short (10 minutes) contributions on single images are also welcome.
All speakers whose proposals are accepted will be required to register for the conference and pay the conference fee by 1 November 2013.
Please send your 200-300 word proposals and a brief biography (including present status and any institutional affiliation) specifying if you plan a paper or short presentation in English or Italian by 15 July 2013 via email to:
Alessandra Antola Swan, Royal Holloway University of London,
Martina Caruso, Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts of London,
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