Interstitial Italy: Reassessing Global Questions through the ‘Peculiar’ Italian Case (an Interim SIS conference)


The conference will take place at the British School in Rome on 27-28 March 2014. For inquiries, please contact and

Organised by the UK Society of Italian Studies

Day 1 – 27 March

Morning (9:00-12:30)

Ania Mendrek, The Teatro Greco
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I. Parenthood: Legacies and Generational Positionings

Katrin Wehling-Giorgi (Warwick), ‘Come una lingua straniera mal nota’: Oblique Considerations on Mother-tongue and Generational Detachment in Ferrante and Sapienza

Saskia Ziolkowski (Duke), Parental Bonds: Kafka and the Family in Modern Italian Literature

Kate Willman (Warwick), The Death of the Father and Genna’s ‘Italia De Profundis’

Coffee break

II. Italian ‘Difference’: Intellectual and Cultural Genealogies

Sharon Hecker, Shifting Borders: What Art History Can Contribute to Rethinking Italian Studies

Laura Rorato (Bangor), Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio and The Commodification of High Art in a Globalized Society

Marina Spunta (Leicester), Luigi Ghirri, Giorgio Messori e l’esperienza del luogo


Afternoon (13:30-18:30)

III. Italian ‘Difference’: Intellectual and Cultural Genealogies (continued)

Daragh O’Connell (Cork), Interstitial Vico: Settecento Naples between Jurisdictionalism and Post-Humanism

Federico Casari (Durham), Benedetto Croce as a ‘civilisational centre’. Towards a network of Italian culture, 1903-1953

Giacomo Tagliani (Siena), ‘Actuality’ of Biopic Italian Style

IV. Italian ‘Difference’: Centrality and Ex-centricity

Francesca Billiani (Manchester), Dialettiche della modernità e arte di regime nell’Italia fascista

Damiano Benvegnù (Notre Dame), Una modernità animalesca: Italian Studies and Animal Studies

Coffee break

V. Transnational Italy: Deterritorialization

Emma Bond (St Andrews), Moving Beyond Borders: The Case for Trans-nationality in Contemporary Italian Writing

Renata Redford (Los Angeles), The Italian Case: Women’s “Transnational” Literature from East to West

Adalgisa Giorgio (Bath), Italian Difference Abroad: The New Zealand Case

Evening Event (19:00-20:00)

Roundtable: Intellectual Mobilities (title tbc)

Francesca Billiani (Manchester), Gianluca Briguglia (Vienna), Jennifer Burns (Warwick), Antonio Scurati (Milan)

Day 2

Morning (9:00-13:00)

Graeme Churchard, Rooftops of Florence
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VI. Transnational Italy: Transcultural memory

Carlo Pirozzi (St Andrews), Traces of “Tally’s blood” in

Ancient Caledonia: Archival Materials, Photos, Letters and Family Memories

Margaret Hills de Zarate (Queen Margaret, Edinburgh), Embodied Objects in the Construction of Transcultural Memory

Derek Duncan (St Andrews), Human Cargo and the Possession of Transcultural Memory

Coffee break

VII. Transnational Italy: Transnational Spaces

Daniele Salerno (Bologna), Cultural Responses to Migration by Boat: Kater I Rades case and the Memorialisation of Albanian Diaspora

Simone Brioni (London), Alternative Italian Colonial Histories in Enrico Brizzi’s ‘L’inattesa piega degli eventi’

Barbara Spadaro (Bristol), ‘Una casa normale’. Remembering Jewish Domesticity in Libya, Questioning ‘Italian’ Postcolonial Frameworks

Caterina Romeo (Rome), The Italian Postcolonial Condition in a Global Context


Afternoon (14:00-18:00)

VIII. Italian Studies: Redefining the Limits of the Canon

Florian Mussgnug (London), Against Genre: Mimicry and Microspection in Contemporary Italian Fiction

Caterina Sinibaldi (Manchester), Modernity’s Crimes: Writing and Translating Crime Fiction under Italian Fascism

Michael Jolliffe (Leicester), In Medias Res: Emanuel Carnevali’s Transnational Modernism

Coffee break

IX. Italian Studies: Redefining the Limits of the Canon (continued)

Giulia Iannuzzi (Trieste), Science Fiction in Italian Studies: in Search of Critical Citizenship from the Ghetto to the Internet

Cecilia Ghidotti (Bologna), Dieci cattive ragioni per non leggere la narrativa italiana contemporanea. Strategies to Evaluate Contemporary Italian Writers

Emanuela Piga (Cagliari), Cartografie della memoria nella narrativa italiana contemporanea

Ilaria Pinna (Exeter), Theatre Theory and Cultural Studies: an Interdisciplinary Approach to the Analysis of Political Theatre in Italy

Evening event (19:00-20:00)

Sonnambulismo e barbarie: Rivoluzione, memoria, scrittura (title tbc)

Wu Ming 2 (Bologna) and Fabio Camilletti (Warwick) in conversation, with Kate Willman (Warwick)

Cite this blog post
Giorgio Guzzetta (2014, February 11). Interstitial Italy: Reassessing Global Questions through the ‘Peculiar’ Italian Case (an Interim SIS conference). Books are Falling Apart. Retrieved February 28, 2024, from

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