CALL FOR PAPERS

CALL FOR PAPERS

Eye-centricity and the Visual Cultures
of Italy and Its Diaspora
April 25-27, 2019
JOHN D. CALANDRA ITALIAN AMERICAN INSTITUTE

Queens College, City University of New York  

25 West 43rd Street, 17th floor (between 5th and 6th Avenues), Manhattan

This interdisciplinary conference proposes to explore the visual cultures Italians have created, consumed, and been the subject of from early modernity to the contemporary "post-text" era. Italians--including inhabitants of the nation-state, members of the diaspora, and former colonial subjects--have been conceptualized, rendered, and understood to a large degree by the visual. Landscapes (e.g., Roman ruins, the "old neighborhood"), individuals (e.g., the picturesque contadina, the criminalized immigrant), objects (e.g., fascist architecture in Asmara, pizza), and cultural concepts (e.g., bella figura, the evil eye) have been the stuff of visual arts, media, advertisement, tourism, and vernacular renderings concerning Italy's histories and identities, within and beyond the country's geopolitical boundaries. These and other visual frames are didactic modes by which tropes of Italy and Italians are promoted and consumed, contested and re-imagined.  
 

This conference builds on the work of Visual Culture Studies scholars with their concern for scopic regimes, commodities, and the visual manifestations of race, gender, and sexuality. We are looking for papers that engage with a wide range of visual characterizations as found in literature, the visual arts, media (e.g., television, online gaming, the Web), graphic design, entertainment, and other areas and technologies. Italy, and by extension italianità, is a hyper-visualized locus that is well suited for critical interventions on visual culture.

 

SUGGESTED PAPER TOPICS INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:
 

*    The touristic gaze 

*    Tropes of the picturesque and the folkloric 

*    Visualizing landscapes and chronotopes, e.g., the "Old Country" 

*    Postcards, comics, graphic novels 

*    Scopophilia and eye-centricity (e.g., the passeggiata

*    Digital humanities and visual culture 

*    Advertisements and consumerism 

*    Architecture and the visual 

*    Art periods, styles, and movements (e.g., the Baroque, Futurism)  

*    Visual culture and literature  

*    Religious iconography (e.g., bleeding statues, ex-votos)

 

The official language of the conference is English. All presentations are to last no longer than twenty minutes, including audio and visual illustrations. Thursday evening is dedicated to welcoming comments and reception; sessions and panels will take place all day Friday and Saturday. 
 

NOTA BENE: There are no available funds for travel, accommodations, or meals. There is no conference registration fee. The conference does not make arrangements with local hotels, so participants are responsible for booking their own accommodations.


 

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: SEPTEMBER 14, 2018. 
 

Abstracts for scholarly papers (up to 500 words, plus a note on technical requirements) and a brief, narrative biography should be emailed as attached documents by September 14, 2018, to calandra@qc.edu, where other inquires may also be addressed. We encourage the submission of organized panels (of no more than three presenters). Submission for a panel must be made by a single individual on behalf of the group and must include all the paper titles, abstract narratives, and individual biographies and emails. 

 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, SEE OUR WEB SITE: WWW.QC.EDU/CALANDRA  


The John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, Queens College, is a university-wide research institute of The City University of New York, dedicated to the history and culture of Italians in the United States. 

 

Call for Papers: Eye-centricity and the Visual Cultures of Italy and Its Diaspora
Call for Papers: Eye-centricity and the Visual Cultures of Italy and Its Diaspora

April 25–27, 2019

JOHN D. CALANDRA ITALIAN AMERICAN INSTITUTE Queens College, City University of New York
25 West 43rd Street, 17th floor (between 5th and 6th Avenues), Manhattan

Mostra: MIGREYE - Un occhio aperto sulle migrazioni del passato e del presente
Mostra: MIGREYE - Un occhio aperto sulle migrazioni del passato e del presente

Il Consiglio Regionale del Piemonte e l’Associazione AMMI organizzano un evento di apertura della mostra “MigrEye – 50 anni di Migrazioni a Torino“. l’incontro/dibattito previsto per il giovedì 5 luglio 2018, ore 17.00, presso la Sala Viglione di Palazzo Lascaris (via Al eri 15) a Torino, ha come titolo ” Un occhio aperto sulle migrazioni del passato e del presente“.

Nuove migrazioni, nuovi ritorni
Nuove migrazioni, nuovi ritorni

Le diaspore italiane
nelle Americhe dopo il 1945

22 giugno 2018

ore 15.30

SALA SBRICCOLI / BIBLIOTECA DIDATTICA D’ATENEO / PIAZZA OBERDAN, 4 MACERATA

Presentazione: New Italian Migrations to the United States
Presentazione: New Italian Migrations to the United States

Giovedì 7 Giugno
Ore 16:30

Centro Altreitalie sulle Migrazioni Italiane

Palazzo D’Azeglio

Via Principe Amedeo 34 Torino

VACANCIES: nccr – on the move
VACANCIES: nccr – on the move

The National Center of Competence in Research– The Migration-Mobility Nexus has two open positions at the University of Neuchatel.

Belgio

Nell’intimità della memoria. Marcinelle 1956-2006

Foto di Marina Cavazza

 

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