• 09 Feb 2018 by Alan Gravano

    Unlikely Archives and (Un)documented Transactions In Italian Americana

    This panel invites contributions that approach the Italian American experience through a variety of alternative modes, genres and media such as comics, pulp fiction, songs and sound, home movies, performance, pornography, social media, fandom, ephemera, and other materials. Where and how are Italian American identities legible or detectable even when not explicitly registered? With what other cultures and communities – racial, sexual, religious, class-based etc. – have Italian Americans interacted and intersected? In line with the 2019 MLA presidential theme, the panel highlights how these unlikely archives can produce “textual transactions” that shed light on the complex ways of being Italian in America. Seeking contributions especially in queer and gender studies, race and ethnic studies, including Native American Studies, music and film studies, working class studies, migration and diaspora studies.

     Contact Clarissa Clò at cclo@mail.sdsu.edu for further information or to submit abstracts of 250 words and short bios of no more than 150 words, by March 15, 2018.

  • 01 Jan 2018 by Alan Gravano

    Dear Colleagues,

    Please consider submitting an abstract and share with any colleague who may be interested in the following session for the AAIS 2018 Conference, 14-17 June 2018, Sant’Anna Institute, Sorrento, Italy https://aais.wildapricot.org/conference:

     

    FROM FARM TO FABLE?: POLITICS OF TASTE, AUTHENTICITY, AND SUSTAINABILITY

    Italian food is globally viewed as a treasure of Italian national identity. While Italy’s economy has shrunk, the green economy is booming. What is the influence of social elements on the organic food market? What is the role of memory, nostalgia for the past, and the desire to show “distinctive” taste and consumer behavior? Can the organic, ethically sourced, and sustainable market feed the world? Doesn’t the “from farm to table” trend often become a “from farm to fable” lie as many investigations have revealed? And lastly, is the phenomenon recent, or is it rooted in the past?  

    Organizer: Patrizia La Trecchia, University of South Florida, patrizia@usf.edu

    Please submit a 200 word abstract and a short bio to Patrizia La Trecchia patrizia@usf.edu by January 10, 2018.

     

    Kind regards,

     

    Patrizia LaTrecchia, Ph.D. 

    patrizia@usf.edu | Associate Professor University of South Florida | USA

  • 27 Nov 2017 by Alan Gravano

     

    Queens College, City University of New York

    POSITION:   ASSISTANT PROFESSOR

    DEPARTMENT OF FAMILY NUTRITION AND EXERCISE SCIENCES, EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY, or KINESIOLOGY

    The Department of Family Nutrition and Exercise Sciences at Queens College- CUNY announces a tenure-track position for an Assistant Professor in Exercise Physiology, Kinesiology or related areas, starting Fall 2018.

    DUTIES:

    n    Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in nutrition and exercise sciences, and physical education.

    n    Conduct research in exercise physiology, kinesiology and health or related areas.

    n    Establish an independent record of research and scholarship as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications and funded research.

    n    Serve on professional, department and/or college-wide committees.

    QUALIFICATIONS:

    Doctorate in exercise physiology, kinesiology or related area required with a background in the study of human exercise responses or performance from a metabolic, cardiovascular, environmental, muscular, movement control, epidemiology and/or nutritional perspective preferred.  Continuous record of scholarship as evidenced by peer-reviewed publication and/or funded research.  Experience in related field college teaching and post-doctoral research is also preferred.

    COMPENSATIONS:

    CUNY offers a competitive compensation and benefits package to its faculty, covering health insurance, pension and retirement benefits, paid parental leave, and savings programs. We also provide mentoring and support for research, scholarship, and publication as part of our commitment to ongoing faculty professional development.

    SALARY:      Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

    HOW TO APPLY:

     

    If you are viewing this job posting on any website other than CUNY first, please follow the instructions below:
    - Go to cuny.jobs
    - In the box under “What”, enter “17758”
    - Click on "Assistant Professor – Nutrition and Exercise Science"
    - Click on the "Apply Now" button and follow the instructions.

    Please note that candidates must upload a letter of application including description of research focus, curriculum vita, and contact information of three professional referees as ONE DOCUMENT in any of the following formats: .doc, .docx, .pdf, .rtf, or text format.

    **Please use a simple name for the document that you upload, for example, JDoeResume.  Documents with long names cannot be parsed by the application system.   

    Please also send three professional letters of reference to:  yaching.hung@qc.cuny.edu

     

    AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/IRCA/

    AMERCIANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT EMPLOYER

  • 24 Oct 2017 by Alan Gravano

    Proposed Vacancy Announcement

    (HEO Series)

    The Division of Enrollment & Student Retention of Queens College is currently conducting a search for a Higher Education Associate position to serve as Manager of the Academic College Now Program. For more information about this full-time position, please visit (http://www2.cuny.edu/employment/).

  • 16 Oct 2017 by Alan Gravano

    Queens College, City University of New York

    English, 65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing New York 11367

    Assistant Professor of Twentieth/Twenty-First Century Drama

    http://www.cuny.edu

    The Department of English at Queens College invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in Twentieth/Twenty-First Century Drama. PhD in English or a related field. Also required are a record or clear promise of publication, a record of strong teaching, and a demonstrated commitment to departmental and institutional service.  

    All candidates with publication and teaching expertise in twentieth/twenty-first century drama will be considered. Preferred secondary interest in playwriting: scholars with an MFA in playwriting or professional playwriting experience, publications in that area, and the ability to teach in an MFA program. Completed PhD in hand by time of employment. 

    Queens College is an urban school with a faculty and student body that reflects the diversity of New York City. We take pride in our pluralistic community and continue to seek excellence through diversity and inclusion. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.

    CUNY requires that applicants apply online.  Upload a cover letter describing related qualifications and experience, CV, and the name and contact information of three (3) professional references at www.cuny.edu: click  "Employment," then "Search job listings,” then “More options to search for CUNY jobs," then search by Job Opening ID Number (17395), click on "Apply Now" and follow the instructions. 

    It is essential that candidates submit the requested items to CUNYFirst for a valid application. 

    In addition, applicants must also submit a full dossier including cover letter, CV, statement of teaching philosophy, and three letters of reference to Glenn Burger, Chair: by email to englishadmin@qc.cuny.edu. Include “Asst. Prof. Drama Position” in the subject line.

  • 16 Oct 2017 by Alan Gravano

    Queens College, City University of New York

    English, 65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing New York 11367

    Assistant Professor of Creative Nonfiction Writing

    http://www.cuny.edu

    The Department of English at Queens College invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in Creative Nonfiction Writing. MFA, or PhD in Creative Writing, English or a related field. Also required are a record or clear promise of publication, a record of strong teaching, and a demonstrated commitment to departmental and institutional service. All candidates with publication and teaching expertise in creative nonfiction writing will be considered, but we are especially interested in applications from scholars with experience teaching in an MFA program and with a broad range of publication across the genres of nonfiction writing.

    Queens College is an urban school with a faculty and student body that reflects the diversity of New York City. We take pride in our pluralistic community and continue to seek excellence through diversity and inclusion.  EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.

    CUNY requires that applicants apply online.  Upload a cover letter describing related qualifications and experience, CV, and the name and contact information of three (3) professional references at www.cuny.edu: click  "Employment," then "Search job listings,” then “More options to search for CUNY jobs," then search by Job Opening ID Number (17394), click on "Apply Now" and follow the instructions. 

    It is essential that candidates submit the requested items to CUNYFirst for a valid application. 

    In addition, applicants must also submit a full dossier including cover letter, CV, statement of teaching philosophy, and three letters of reference to Glenn Burger, Chair: by email to englishadmin@qc.cuny.edu. Include “Asst. Prof. Nonfiction Position” in the subject line.

  • 16 Oct 2017 by Alan Gravano

    Queens College, City University of New York

    English, 65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing New York 11367

    Assistant Professor of Composition, Rhetoric and Writing (Specialization in Multilingualism)

    http://www.cuny.edu

    The Department of English at Queens College invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in Composition, Rhetoric and Writing with a specialization in multilingualism. The selected candidate is expected to participate in research, perform advising duties in the English department, and show potential for faculty leadership, curriculum development, and program administration.

    We are especially interested in applications from scholars with research and teaching interests in multilingualism, translingualism, second language writing, and/or global Englishes, as well as a commitment to teaching students from diverse linguistic backgrounds. Preferred secondary interests include writing pedagogy and administration, literacy, rhetoric, or digital writing. Completed PhD in hand by time of employment. 

    Queens College is an urban school with a faculty and student body that reflects the diversity of New York City.  We take pride in our pluralistic community and continue to seek excellence through diversity and inclusion.  EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.

    CUNY requires that applicants apply online.  Upload a cover letter describing related qualifications and experience, CV, and the name and contact information of three (3) professional references at www.cuny.edu: click  "Employment," then "Search job listings,” then “More options to search for CUNY jobs," then search by Job Opening ID Number (17392), click on "Apply Now" and follow the instructions. 

    It is essential that candidates submit the requested items to CUNYFirst for a valid application. 

    In addition, applicants must also submit a full dossier including cover letter, CV, statement of teaching philosophy, and three letters of reference to Glenn Burger, Chair: by email to englishadmin@qc.cuny.edu. Include “Asst. Prof. Multilingual Position” in the subject line.

  • 05 Oct 2017 by Alan Gravano

    Queens College, City University of New York

    The Department of Political Science at Queens College invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the level of Assistant Professor in the field of American Politics, to begin in the Fall 2018 semester.  We are looking for individuals who combine a strong record of scholarship with a commitment to excellence in teaching in an extraordinarily diverse environment.  Among our teaching needs are courses in American national institutions, race and ethnicity, quantitative methods, and government and public service.  The successful applicant is also expected to participate actively in the department’s advisement and service responsibilities. The Ph.D. is required by the date of appointment.  Candidates should send a letter of interest, a writing sample, evidence of teaching effectiveness, a graduate school transcript, three letters of recommendation, and curriculum vitae to: Professor John Bowman, Department of Political Science, Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, NY 11367.   Applications must be received by October 26, 2017. 

    In addition, in order for their application to be considered complete, applicants must upload a CV to CUNYfirst, the City University’s resources and service system.  To do so, go to www.cuny.edu and click on “Employment;” click on  “Search job postings;” then, in the box under “What,” enter “17408”; click on “Assistant Professor—American Politics;” click on “Apply Now,” and follow instructions. 

    CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply.  At CUNY, Italian-Americans are also included among our protected groups.  Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity.  EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.

  • 16 Feb 2018 by Alan Gravano

    Emerging Technologies and Digital Scholarship Librarian (Assistant Professor or Instructor) in Queens, New York

    FACULTY VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT

    Often referred to as "the jewel of the CUNY system", Queens College sits on 80 acres of land and is a place of contrast: an urban school in a suburban setting. It is a place where a large and diverse student body receives personalized attention. This formula has made us one of New York's premier educational institutions. With a mission to prepare students to become leading citizens of an increasingly global society, we offer a rigorous education in the liberal arts and sciences under the guidance of a faculty dedicated to both teaching and research. Our liberal arts, science and pre-professional programs earn us high rankings in prestigious college guides such as The Princeton Review America's Best Value colleges. Our students graduate with the ability to think critically, address complex problems, explore various cultures, use modern technologies and information resources, and have won prominence in nearly every field.

    Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library is a mecca of campus activity and learning, drawing in thousands of students and faculty. Opened in 1988, it is named for the late Queens Congressman, who was a champion of progressive causes. The Library, which houses one million hard copy and electronic books, more than 3,000 media titles, and more than 50,000 online serials, plays an integral role in supporting the information needs of the students and faculty of the College.

    Queens College Benjamin Rosenthal Library seeks a collaborative, motivated, and service-oriented Emerging Technology and Digital Scholarship Librarian to join its team of faculty librarians in May 2018.

    The Emerging Technology and Digital Scholarship Librarian (ETDS), a new position, will work to develop a center for innovation and program of digital pedagogy in the Queens College Libraries. This space was developed through an educational technology grant and is the result of collaboration among the Queens College Libraries, the Graduate School of Library Science, and the Center for Teaching and Learning.

    We seek a creative, collaborative librarian who can take the lead in the development of these new initiatives. The ETDS librarian will work collaboratively to support the development of the new initiatives to create high-impact learning spaces within the library that make use of new technology and digital pedagogies. In addition to leading relevant digital initiatives in the library, the ETDS librarian will support the digital initiatives already underway in disciplines such as sociology, English, and mathematics.

    As part of the Reference and Instruction Team, the ETDS Librarian will identify, develop, implement, and assess new technology that supports the digital scholarship of Queens College faculty and students. The successful candidate will assess the need for technology-based spaces within the library; manage relevant digital projects; develop grant proposals; provide training in digital tools both within the library and across campus; stay current with new trends in digital scholarship and educational technology; develop digital pedagogies; select and/or develop tools and instructional materials according to student needs; and participate in the college’s open access and publishing activities. The ETDS librarian will actively seek out partnerships with faculty and students engaged in digital scholarship as well as offices across campus including the Center for Teaching and Learning.

    As a member of the Queens College Library Faculty, this position will participate in the library’s instruction program, providing course-integrated instruction as well as working with students in less-formal learning spaces. The librarian in this position will also provide reference assistance in person and online, and participate in professional and service activities that enhance the QC library’s mission. The librarian in this position will also serve as a subject liaison as needed.

    The successful candidate will participate in professional and service activities that enhance QC’s strategic goals and the Library’s mission. A second graduate degree is required for initial appointment to the tenure track position of Assistant Professor, whose responsibilities also include scholarly achievement. If appointed as Instructor, which is a non-tenure track title, the candidate must complete a second graduate degree within 5 years to be eligible for the tenure track as an Assistant Professor.

    The successful candidate will be flexible, collaborative, and capable of assessing and adapting to the changing needs of the QC community and the library.

    QUALIFICATIONS

    MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

    All titles require a Master's in Library Science (MLS), Master's in Library Information Studies (MLIS), or closely related discipline from an ALA-accredited institution. For appointment at the Assistant Professor level, a second graduate degree is required. If appointed as Instructor, which is a non-tenure track title, the candidate must complete a second graduate degree within 5 years to be eligible for the tenure track as an Assistant Professor. Also required is the ability to work with others for the good of the institution.

    PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

    ·       Knowledge of and experience with digital scholarship pedagogies, methods and technologies, for instance: text mining, topic modeling, data visualization, mapping and GIS, digitization, multimedia pedagogy, and/or the creation, management, description and preservation of digital objects

    ·       Experience collaborating with faculty and academic staff to support digital scholarship and pedagogy

    ·       Experience with high-impact interactive learning spaces such as makerspaces

    ·       Knowledge of academic and library technologies, including learning management systems, library utility software, and other relevant tools

    ·       Experience implementing and/or managing digital projects, especially grant-funded projects

    ·       Ability to assess and address the changing needs of a diverse college community as they relate to the development of and training in digital tools and pedagogies.

    COMPENSATION

    CUNY offers a competitive compensation and benefits package to its faculty, covering health insurance, pension and retirement benefits, paid parental leave, savings programs, and employee tuition waver. We also provide mentoring and support for research, scholarship, and publication as part of our commitment to ongoing faculty professional development. Queens College provides access to temporary on-campus housing to facilitate relocation, access to on-campus daycare, and advisement on public schools for parents with school-age children.

    HOW TO APPLY

    ·       Go to cuny.jobs

    ·       In the box under "What", enter "18291"

    ·       Click on "Emerging Technologies and Digital Scholarship Librarian (Assistant Professor or Instructor)"

    ·       Click on the "Apply Now" button and follow the instructions.

    Please note that the candidates should upload a cover letter describing related qualifications and experience, and CV as ONE DOCUMENT in any of the following formats: .doc, .docx, or .pdf format.

    **Please use a simple name for the document that you uploaded, for example: JDoeResume. Documents with long names cannot be parsed by the application system.

    If appropriate, the cover letter should provide links to and descriptions of candidates’ contributions to digital projects.

    CLOSING DATE

    March 15, 2018

    JOB SEARCH CATEGORY

    CUNY Job Posting: Faculty

    EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

    CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply. At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups. Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.

    Job Title: Emerging Technologies and Digital Scholarship Librarian (Assistant Professor or Instructor)

    Job ID: 18291

    Location: Queens College

    Full/Part Time: Full-Time

    Regular/Temporary: Regular

     

    For more information or to apply, please visit: https://cuny.jobs/queens-ny/emerging-technologies-and-digital-scholarship-librarian-assistant-professor-or-instructor/2EF7C877B3C049D796FBD0FEA8D1D1E8/job/​​​

  • 26 Apr 2016 by Robert Oppedisano

    This interdisciplinary conference focuses on material culture in the contexts of Italy, its colonies, and its diasporic communities. Material culture, broadly defined, includes all objects and things modified by humans, from the hand-crafted (a crocheted doily) to a mass-produced, factory-made object (Olivetti typewriter), including the visual arts (The Sistine Chapel), architecture (Fascist colonial modernism in the Eritrean capital Asmara), and landscapes (a Little Italy).  

           Material culture is inextricably tied to social identities that are negotiated, reproduced, or contested within different regimes of value whether it be domestic spaces, popular culture, sacred realms, or the world of commodities. How objects are used to communicate, store memories, and elicit narratives in interpersonal contexts are the concern of this conference. Material culture studies recognizes how objects are made and subsequently move from one environment to another. The migration and recontextualization of things provide opportunities for transvaluation, when new and evolving meanings are ascribed to inanimate objects at the same time that pre-existing ideologies linger in new places. 

    Friday, April 29  &  Saturday, April 30

    Free and open to the public
    Location:
    The John D. Calandra Italian American Institute
    25 West 43 Street, 17th Floor
    New York

    For more information: (212) 642-2094.

     

    PROGRAM (subject to change)

    FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 2016
    9:30-10:25 am
    The Painted Object CONFERENCE ROOM
    His Paintings Are Our Clues: The Works of Donatus Buongiorno (1865-1935), Janice Carapellucci, Carapellucci Design
    Pinkie and Blue Boy: Non-Italian Material Culture in the Italian Immigrant Household, Denise Scannell Guida, New York City College of Technology (CUNY)

    10:40am-12:15 pm 
    Statuary and Monuments, Cemeteries and Memorials CONFERENCE ROOM
    Commemorating Italian Soldiers Who Fell in Crimea: The War Memorial in Istanbul as a Community Cohesion Symbol, Francesco Pongiluppi, Sapienza University of Rome
    From Italy to the USA: Recontextualizing Historical Art through Italian Statuary, Angelyn Balodimas-Bartolomei, North Park University
    From Milan to Pittsburgh: Allegheny Cemetery's Porter Angel and the Mobility of Italian Cemetery Sculpture, Elisabeth L. Roark, Chatham University
    New York Monuments to and Monuments by Italian Immigrants, Kate Burns Ottavino, A. Ottavino Corporation

    The Narrated Object in Literature LA GALLERIA
    Contemporary Revelations from Renaissance Women Poets, Carol Leotta Moore-Schulman, University of the Arts
    A Black Madonna in Naples: Anna Maria Ortese's L'Infanta sepolta, Amelia Moser, Italian Poetry Review
    Le cose tangibili: Landscape and Cultural Narratives in the Novels of Carmine Abate, Viktor Berberi, University of Minnesota
    Object of Desire: Women's Cloth Work as Transnational Symbol of Mobility in Adria Bernardi's Openwork, Mary Jo Bona, Stony Brook University (SUNY)

    1:30-2:45 pm 
    Keynote CONFERENCE ROOM
    Fear of the Gavon: Civiltà Italiana, Material Culture, and the Making of Italian American Identity, Joseph Sciorra, John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, Queens College (CUNY)

    3-4:15 pm 
    Textiles and Needlework #1 CONFERENCE ROOM
    Embodied Femininity: White Lace, Women's Work, and Lives of Feeling in a Calabrian Town, Joan L. Saverino, Arcadia University
    Stitches in Air: Needlework as Spiritual Practice and Service in Batavia, New York, Christine Zinni, College at Brockport (SUNY)
    La Scuola d'Industrie Italiane: The Theory of Economic Independence for Italian Immigrant Women in the Late 1800s, Rose Marie Cutropia, Museo + Archivio, Inc.

    Recovering Memories and Reclaiming Carmin DeVito's 1949 Home Movie LA GALLERIA
    Patricia DeVito, Buell Kratzer Powell, Lori DeVito, AET Environmental, and Mario Perrotta, CILSI

    4:30-5:45 pm
    The Transnational Life of Objects CONFERENCE ROOM
    The Transnational Life of Objects, Loredana Polizzi, Cardiff University
    Moving Objects: Memory and Affect in Transgenerational Italian Narratives from South America, Margaret Hills de Zárate, Queen Margaret University
    Exploring Italian Identity through Cultural Materials Collected in a New Transnational Media Collection, Carlo Pirozzi, St. Andrews University


    SATURDAY, APRIL 30, 2016
    9:30-10:45 am
    Archives CONFERENCE ROOM
    Material Culture at the Center for Migration Studies, Mary Elizabeth Brown, Center for Migration Studies
    Archival Material on William Foote Whyte's Street Corner Society, James S. Pasto, Boston University
    The Secret Life of Artifacts: Migration Stories from the Senator John Heinz History Center's Italian American Collection, Melissa E. Marinaro, Senator John Heinz History Center
    11am-12:15 pm

    Colonial Spaces CONFERENCE ROOM
    Asmara: Objects in the Mirror, Peter Volgger, University of Innsbruck
    The Plan for Addis Ababa and the Construction of Imperial Identities, Elisa Dainese, University of Pennsylvania
    Asmara-Roma: Colonial Spaces in Postcolonial Times, Cristina Lombardi-Diop, Loyola University Chicago

    Domestic/ated Objects LA GALLERIA
    Home in a Fig: Italian American Agrarian Identity in Brooklyn Domestic Gardens, Hillary Lindsay, University of Gastronomic Sciences
    The Role of Migrating Objects in Older Italian Migrants' Homes in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, Simona Palladino, Newcastle University
    Objects of Family Life and the Making of Home: A Study of Everyday Objects that Post-World War II Italian and Greek Migrants Brought to South Australia, Eric Bouvet, Flinders University, Daniela Cosmini-Rose, Flinders University, Diana Glenn, Flinders University, and Maria Palaktsoglou, Flinders University

    1:30-2:45 pm
    Textiles and Needlework #2 CONFERENCE ROOM
    Stitching for Virtue: Material Culture and Wayward Girls from Sixteenth-Century Italy to Twenty-First-Century Bronx, Patricia Rocco, Hunter College (CUNY)
    Migrating Objects: From Discarded Artifacts to Resurfacing Memory, Francesca Canadé Sautman, Hunter College (CUNY)
    Webs across the Ocean: Antique Italian Lace in America, 1900-1930, Diana Greenwold, Portland Museum of Art

    Consuming in Print LA GALLERIA
    All-Consuming? Citizenship and Consumer Culture in Pittsburgh's La Trinacria Newspaper, 1917-1921, Lina Insana, University of Pittsburgh
    Italian Immigration, Criminality, and the Dime Novel, Nancy Caronia, University of Rhode Island
    Patriotic Buyers: Fascist Autarky and Advertising Strategies for Italian American Consumers in the United States, Stefano Luconi, University of Padua

    3-4:15 pm
    Recovering Lost Histories CONFERENCE ROOM
    The Precious Things of Humble Folk: A Case of Trans-Atlantic and Intergenerational Migration of Material Culture, Joseph J. Inguanti, Southern Connecticut State University
    Mining the Archives: Memory and Materiality in the Lives of Sacco and Vanzetti, Michele Fazio, University of North Carolina at Pembroke
    The Art of Making Do: Creative Expression and the Material Culture of Italian POWs in the United States During World War II, Laura E. Ruberto, Berkeley City College

    The Neighborhood as Landscape LA GALLERIA
    DIY Texts: How American Italianità Is Constructed in Youngstown, Ohio, Anthony D. Mitzel, University College London
    The Artifacts of Haarlem House/LaGuardia Memorial House: Memorable and Tangible, LuLu LoLo Pascale, Independent Scholar
    The Italians of Brooklyn Revisited, Jerome Krase, Brooklyn College (CUNY)

    4:30-5:45 pm
    Consuming "Italian" through Food CONFERENCE ROOM
    Take the Cannoli: The Commodification of Italian and Italian American Culture at Mazzaro Italian Market, St. Petersburg, Florida, Jacqueline Maggio-May, Florida Humanities Council
    Ice Cream Parlors in Germany Run by Italians from the Zoldo Valley, Anna Marijke Weber, RWTH Aachen, and Benedikt Boucsein, ETH Zurich
    Going to and from Eataly: Importing and Exporting Italian Identity and Culture Through Food, Wine, and Other Migrating Objects, Ron Scapp, College of Mt. St. Vincent


    For more information: (212) 642-2094.

  • 09 Feb 2016 by Robert Oppedisano

     

    Mapping Migrations in World History / The Seventh Annual Conference of the Midwest World History Association  / 23-24th September 2016 / Metropolitan State University (Saint Paul, Minnesota) / Proposal deadline: April 15, 2016

    The Midwest World History Association is happy to announce a call for paper, poster, panel, roundtable, and workshop proposals for its annual conference to be held at Metropolitan State University in Saint Paul, Minnesota, on September 23th and 24th, 2016. The conference theme is “Mapping Migrations in World History.” Proposals that focus on any period of world history are welcome, particularly those that explore such themes as the migration of peoples globally, the impact of such migrations, and the ways in which humans have mentally and physically mapped who they are (or who they think themselves to be).We hope that such mapping allows us to consider how migration has helped to form or even to dismantle cultural identity, trade, political authority, social groupings, or other aspects of human interaction. Papers and panels on any theme in world history are also encouraged. The organizers encourage proposals from K-12 teachers, college faculty, students, and public historians, as well as scholars working in allied fields such as Anthropology or Geography.

    The conference will feature a keynote presentation by Dr. Erika Lee, Rudolf J. Vecoli Chair in Immigration History and Director of the Immigration History Research Center and Archive of the University of Minnesota. Dr. Lee’s most recent book, The Making of Asian America: A History was published by Simon & Schuster in 2015 to wide acclaim and was reviewed in The New York Times, the New Yorker, and the LA Times, among other places. Additionally, the conference will also feature an Archival and Cartographic Seminar at the University of Minnesota for a limited number of attendees. The Borchert Map Library (https://www.lib.umn.edu/borchert) and the Immigration History Research Center and Archives (https://www.lib.umn.edu/ihrca) will lead tours and discussions of their extensive collections based on the interests of the attendees who sign up for this three-hour seminar.

    Please submit a 250-word abstract and a short curriculum vitae to the Program Committee Chair, Dr. Louisa Rice, at chair@mwwha.org no later than April 15, 2016. Questions about the conference can also be directed to this address. Where a complete panel is proposed, the convener should also include a 250-word abstract of the panel theme. Each panelist should plan to spend no more than 20 minutes presenting her or his paper.Presenters must register for the conference by August 15, 2016 to be included in the program.

    The MWWHA will offer up to three competitive Graduate Student Awards to offset part of the conference costs. Graduate students interested in applying should include a letter with their conference proposal explaining how the conference helps them with their studies, teaching, and and/or future career plans as well as how their paper fits with the conference theme and the mission of the MWWHA.

    We also invite accepted papers to be submitted to our journal, The Middle Ground, for potential publication: http://themiddlegroundjournal.org/.

    Further information about the MWWHA, including membership and conference registration (when it becomes available) can be found on our website: http://mwwha.org/.

  • 09 Feb 2016 by Robert Oppedisano

    Immigrant Entrepreneurship in Transnational Comparative Perspective, 18th Century - Today / June 16-17, 2016 / Workshop at the German Historical Institute (GHI) / Conveners: Hartmut Berghoff, Jessica Csoma, Bryan Hart, Kelly McCullough, Atiba Pertilla, Benjamin Schwantes, Uwe Spiekermann

    The importance of immigration in the nation’s economic development—both as a source of low-cost labor and highly-skilled human capital—has long been acknowledged. Similarly, the American economic system’s openness to entrepreneurial activity is generally recognized as one of its defining characteristics and a central factor in its continued vitality. How did those who came as, or became entrepreneurs in the United States, integrate themselves and their businesses into the American marketplace? Did their journey give them a certain entrepreneurial advantage? What role have ethnic diasporas and networks played in the transfer of skills and knowledge?

    This workshop  at the German Historical Institute (GHI) seeks to examine these key questions and to link research on immigrants from diverse backgrounds to the results of the German Historical Institute’s multi-year project, Immigrant Entrepreneurship: German-American Business Biographies, 1720 to the Present (www.immigrantentrepreneurship.org). The workshop is conducted on the occasion of the completion of the project and seeks to contextualize its main findings.

    Bringing together scholars from a variety of fields, the workshop aims to explore patterns and transformations in the interplay between immigration and economic innovation; to investigate how ethnicity, gender, space and time intersect in the economic sphere; and to look at similarities and differences in experiences within and between various immigrant groups. We hope to stimulate discussion on these important topics and provide a forum for comparison by looking at African, Asian, European, and Latino diasporas in the United States.

    We especially invite early-career scholars pursuing their PhD, but also recent post-docs and senior scholars from the fields of history (including business history and the history of knowledge), entrepreneurship, political science, and sociology to make a contribution. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

    • the relationship between immigration and entrepreneurship in the United States;
    • the role of immigration in the United States’ economic development;
    • the transfer of skills and knowledge across borders and cultures;
    • geographies of ethnic entrepreneurship;
    • comparative studies across time and ethnic groups;

    It would be a great plus but not a prerequisite if the speakers could try to link their topics to the results of the GHI’s Immigrant Entrepreneurship project by comparing their cases with the German-American experience and pointing out differences and similarities as well as patterns and recurring challenges.

    The workshop at the GHI will bring together junior and senior scholars. The discussions will be based on pre-circulated papers submitted four weeks in advance. Travel and accommodation expenses will be covered by the German Historical Institute.

    Please send a short abstract of no more than 400 words and a brief CV in one file by February 15, 2016 to Jessica Csoma (csoma@ghi-dc.org).

  • 09 Feb 2016 by Robert Oppedisano

    2017 Biennial Conference of the Southern American Studies Association / University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill / March 16-18, 2017

    This interdisciplinary American Studies conference will explore interactive flows of ideas, discourses, bodies, and objects across cultures, populations, periods, and geographies. These movements span a gamut of involvement: some promoting generative transculturation and entrepreneurial innovation with others enforcing established powers in ways that produce exclusion and violence. Our collective inquiries will challenge the sufficiency of local, tribal, regional, and national frames by presenting new research in American Studies that charts dynamic interconnections and exchanges. We welcome critical and creative transgressions that refigure traditional scopes and -scapes in intersectional, comparative, transnational, and global ambits in ways that dramatize how every location embodies each of these registers.

    Possible approaches are suggested but not limited by the following:

    *adoptions and adaptations of stories, songs, motifs, and performances across varied communities
    *mixed, hybrid, and blended practices, aesthetics, languages, genetics, identities, recipes
    *interethnic and transcultural influences and appropriations
    *pathways through different genealogies of belonging and inventions of memory
    *translations of events, documents, and spaces into and through digital domains
    *creative pedagogies and alternative performances for generating and transmitting learning
    *transmutations of personal identities, historical reputations, and spatial stories across time
    *migrations of refugees, emigres, defectors, asylum-seekers, contractees, adoptees, retirees
    *circulations of tourists, deportees, absconders, wanderers, and personae non gratae
    *forced migrations and restrictions on movement, such as slavery, removal, incarceration, detention, probation
    *the pushes and pulls of corporate and labor relocations, including urbanization, outsourcing, franchising
    *imports and exports and the transportation and consumption of these resources and products
    *contending conceptualizations of freedom, equality, justice, patriotism, and citizenship

    Submissions for sessions should include a panel title and 250-word abstract as well the 500-word paper proposals, two-page CVs, and requests for technology that are required for each individual presenter. Please send all proposals in either MS Word document of PDF to sasa2017@unc.edu. The deadline for submitting all proposals is Friday, September 30, 2016.

    In the interest of involving as many people in our conference as possible, each conference attendee may be listed in the conference program as a participant in a maximum of two sessions. While we welcome a range of formats, we ask that panels be designed so that they fit within a 75-minute time frame with at least 15 minutes dedicated to discussion. As always, we especially encourage graduate students to attend and present research.

    The Critoph Prize recognizes an award for the best graduate student paper presented at each SASA conference. It includes a certificate and a check for $250, as well as recognition at the next biennial gathering. Deadline for graduate students to submit the papers they are presenting at the 2017 conference as a PDF attachment to SASAcritophprize@gmail.com is noon on March 16, 2017.

     www.southernamericanstudiesassociation.org

  • 20 Jan 2016 by Robert Oppedisano

     The Lt. Joseph Petrosino Lodge (OSIA), in collaboration with IAWA – The Italian American Writers Association, is hosting and launching a “Sagra Del Libro” (Italian-American Book Festival) on Friday, February 26, 2016 from 6 to 10 pmin the Lodge Hall at 113 Baxter Street in Manhattan’s Little Italy. Admission is free to all. In past years on a Sunday in May most bookstores remained open in Italy to support and promote its writers. This initiative was called “Celebrazione dei Libri” (Celebration of Books). Our Sagra Del Libro continues in the spirit of that movement by celebrating our Italian-American literary culture.

    All writers are invited to display and sell their published books at this event. Tables will be set up for the display of books and promotional materials, and authors will be available to speak with attendees and sign books. Also lively presentations or readings by the authors will make for a fascinating evening of celebrating our Italian-American writers. There is a small charge of $5.00 for individual authors to reserve a spot and participate. Authors interested in joining this event should immediately contact Bob Agnoli at 917 816 9916 or Gil Fagiani at fagianella@aol.com to reserve a spot or for additional information. Payment in advance by check should be made out to the Lt. Joseph Petrosino Lodge and mailed to Dr. Emelise Aleandri, 3299 Cambridge Avenue #3C, Riverdale NY 10463. We look forward to your response.

    The Lt. Joseph Petrosino Lodge #285 was formed by John Fratta and Robert Fonti in February 1999, the only OSIA lodge in Manhattan. The Order Sons of Italy was formed in 1905 in the very same neighborhood. The Lodge is named after Lt. Giuseppe (Joe) Petrosino (1860-1909), the first Italian-American Police Lieutenant of the New York City Police Department. The Petrosino Lodge, whose President is William Bray, produces and supports many charitable, cultural and social events throughout the year, raises funds for cancer research, Cooley’s Anemia, Autism and other causes, and most recently hosted a Christmas party for the children of the Henry Street Settlement House.

    IAWA was founded in 1991 to promote Italian-American literature by encouraging the writing, reading, publication, distribution, translation, and study of Italian-American writing and to give Italian-American writers a public forum where the full range of Italian-American expression could find a hearing. IAWA has nurtured the growth of a community of Italian-American readers and writers.  Robert Viscusi, Broeklundian Professor and Executive Officer of the Wolfe Institute for the Humanities at Brooklyn College, is President and Founder of IAWA. Last year he served on the OSIA Grand Lodge Literary Award Committee, chaired by Emelise Aleandri.  www.iawa.net

    The Sagra Book Festival Committee is chaired by Emelise Aleandri, co-chaired for the Petrosino Lodge by Robert Agnoli and for IAWA, by board member Gil Fagiani, co-host of their Manhattan monthly readings and founding member of the Vito Marcantonio Forum. The Committee also includes Bill Castleberry, Leslie Donofrio, and Angel Marinaccio. We look forward to welcoming you to an enjoyable Italian-American cultural celebration.

  • 20 Jan 2016 by Robert Oppedisano

    Three new and two returning members were  elected to  IASA'S Executive Council in December. Their terms are for 2016-2018.

     Returning  members are:
    Jessica Femiani, Doctoral student in the Department of English and Creative Writing at Binghamton University and an adjunct professor at SUNY Broome Community College.

    Anthony Julian Tamburri, Distinguished Professor of European Languages and Literatures and Dean of the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute (Queens College,  City University of New York). 

     

     New members are:

    Ryan Calabretta-Sajder, Visiting Assistant Professor of Italian at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.

    Donna Chirico, Professor of Psychology and Dean, Arts and Sciences at York College of The City University of New York.

    Michele Fazio, Associate Professor of English, Theatre and Foreign Languages at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

     

    Congratulations. And buon lavoro!

  • 15 Jan 2016 by Robert Oppedisano

     

    At Italians in America: Recent Documentaries and Photographs, join documentary filmmakers John Maggio and Cristian Piazza and filmmaker-photographer Michele Petruzziello for a round table discussion of issues related to past and present Italian immigration to the United States. As a country of historical emigration from which young people are currently leaving once again to find opportunities abroad, Italy constitutes a unique lab to discuss issues of mobility and relocation.

    New documentaries and photographic works capture the tension between outbound and inbound flows as well as the reverberations of the past onto the present. Blending a desire for documentation and a search for a dynamic aesthetic expression, these documentaries and photographs are both personal and collective. They speak eloquently to migration in the U.S. as well as global migrations. The panel will also include the screening of excerpts from the speakers' works and a photo exhibition: Good Bye My Love by Michele Petruzziello. 

    Program
    Introductory remarks: Dr. Teresa Fiore (Inserra Chair, MSU)

    Speakers: 
    John Maggio (Executive Producer, Producer/Director, Writer at Ark Media): "Filming and Producing The Italian Americans for PBS" 
    Cristian Piazza (Filmmaker): "The Making of WAITING: Stories from Recent Italian Immigrants" 
    Michele Petruzziello (Filmmaker/Photographer): "The Past in the Present: Photographs of Recent Italian Immigrants"

    The program is spearheaded and sponsored by The Inserra Chair in Italian and Italian American Studies (Department of Spanish and Italian) at Montclair State University with the co-sponsorship of UNICO National.

    Italians in America: Recent Documentaries and Photographs
    Monday, February 8, 2016 - 6.45-8.45pm
    University Hall 7th Floor Conference Center

    RSVP required by Thur. Feb. 4, 2016

    To register for the conference and for a complete details and a listing of  Spring 2016 Inserra Chair events at Montclair State:

    http://www.montclair.edu/chss/inserra-chair/events/2015-16/

    http://www.michelepetruzziello.com/good-bye-my-love/

     

    Photo: Michele Petruzziello

     

     

  • 12 Jan 2016 by Robert Oppedisano

     

    Hit Refresh: Italian American Imagery in Mass Media – Round Table

    Sunday, February 21, 2016 – 4:30pm @ The Museo Italoamericano, San Francisco

    This roundtable discussion by leading California scholars in Italian American cinema and culture will cover some of the following questions related to Italian American media, representation, and history. What is the role of film and mass media in the constant reconstruction or refreshing of Italian and Italian American iconic images?

    What influences do such recurrent images on TV, film, the Internet, and elsewhere have? Can we consider popular images of Italian ethnicity as more than just “negative portrayals” or “positive portrayals”? Why should scholars study such popular depictions?

    The speakers will be:

    Dr. Pasquale Verdicchio, Professor of Italian and Comparative Literature, UC, San Diego

    Dr. Laura Ruberto, Humanities Professor, Co-Chair Arts and Cultural Studies Department, Berkeley City College

    Dr. Evelyn Ferraro, Lecturer, Italian, Modern Languages, and Literatures, Santa Clara University

    http://museoitaloamericano.org/lectures-events/lectures/hit-refresh-italian-american-imagery-in-mass-media-round-table/

    RSVP to (415) 673-2200

    Members $10 / non-members $20

  • 08 Jan 2016 by Robert Oppedisano

     The Center for Italian Studies at the University of Pennsylvania will host an international conference to celebrate "Sicily: Language, Art, and Culture", 11-12 February 2016 Sicily, land of culture, art, cinema, literature; land of travellers and dreamers, of artists and thinkers; land of division and unity. Sicily presents the peculiar characteristics of an island with its own complex reality, distinct from Italian "continental" reality and yet linked to it. The conference aims at exploring Sicily in all aspects of its history and culture, in itself and in relation to the rest of Italy and to the world, from its most ancient traditions to present debates, to its hope for the future. 

    Featuring presentations by Chiara Mazzucchelli, Fred Gardaphe, George De Stefano, Gaetano Cipolla and other scholars, the themes of discussion will include:

    1) Sicilianity and Sicilitude

    2) Language and Literature

    3) Visual Arts and Music

    4) Cinema and Theater

    5) The Sicilian Diaspora

    6) Popular Traditions and Modernity

    7) Gastronomic Tradition

    8) Political and Economic History

    The conference program will be available shortly.

    Conference registration: Faculty/ Professional: $100; Student: $70 

    Registration is required only of speakers by January 15. Attendance is free to the general public. 

    More information about the conference and registration:

    http://www.sas.upenn.edu/italians/event/2016/02/sicily-language-art-and-culture

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • 30 Dec 2015 by Robert Oppedisano

    The conference program and other essential information for the  annual conference of the American Association of Italian Studies, April 21-23, 2016,  LSU, Baton Rouge, LA. can be found here:

    http://sites01.lsu.edu/faculty/aais/wp-content/uploads/sites/84/2015/10/Sessioni-AAIS-2016.pdf

    http://sites01.lsu.edu/faculty/aais/

    There is also call for papers for one panel: Anachronism and Historicism in Italian Modern and Contemporary Art 

    The dominant narratives of Modernism promote an iconoclastic approach to the past. Postmodernism, with its impulses towards appropriation and pastiche, would engage a more absorptive, constructive approach to history. Both, however, obscure the reality of the Italian circumstance. Passatismo Italianità and the ever-visible presence of the past created innumerable opportunities to explore complex temporal structures in their work through subtle reference, utilization and reconfiguration of histories both national and local, recent and distant. Recognition of temporal nuances within the work of modern and contemporary Italian artists is often neglected in favor of more literal interpretations. In such instances, a myopic reading of the signs within a work fails to comprehend the multifaceted meanings and temporalities that can be present simultaneously. To fully appreciate the dynamics of twentieth-century Italian art, a more focused analysis of how these artists utilize an anachronic collapse of time within their work to critically analyze the present through the lens of the past and invite a distant, yet still active voice to speak to concerns of the day is needed. This panel calls for papers that explore the myriad ways in which the visual arts of the Italian nation and its cultural diaspora attend to the past in areas such as artistic creation, exhibition installation, performance, and reconstruction of past works and exhibitions.

    Please send abstracts by January 4, 2016 (ca. 200 words) and CV to both Lucienne Auz, Assistant Professor, Memphis College of Art, lauz@mca.edu & Adrian R. Duran, Associate Professor, University of Nebraska at Omaha, arduran@unomaha.edu.  

  • 30 Dec 2015 by Robert Oppedisano

    EXTENDED SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 1 February 2016, by 5pm EST

    The editorial collective of disClosure seeks submissions that explore Transnational Lives as they are understood in a variety of areas and disciplines, including (but not limited to) Sociology; Gender and Women’s Studies; History; Philosophy; Anthropology; Political Science; Hispanic Studies; Communications; Theories of Transnationality, Hybridity and Bifocality; and Literature (particularly analyses dealing with border studies, immigration, or transnational lives). Possible topics might include:

    • Migration
    • Transnational
    • Translocality
    • Bifocality
    • Intersectionality
    • Globalization
    • Immigration (all forms)
    • Border studies
    • Hybridity
    • Mestizaje
    • Cosmopolitanism
    • International gender relations
    • International affairs
    • Ethnography
    • Belonging/inclusion/exclusion
    • Home

    disClosure is a blind refereed journal produced in conjunction with the Committee on Social Theory at the University of Kentucky. We welcome submissions from all theoretical perspectives and genres (scholarly articles, essays, interviews, reviews, short fiction, poetry, artwork) and from authors and artists (academically affiliated or not) concerned with social theory. The 25th volume will include interviews with Nina Glick Schiller, Otto Santa Ana, Floya Anthias, and William Nericcio.

    SUBMISSION INFORMATION:

    Scholarly Articles, Essays, Poetry, and Fiction: Please submit electronically, in PDF or Word format, to http://uknowledge.uky.edu/disclosure. Submissions should be double spaced with no more than 10,000 words. Manuscripts, notes, and bibliographies should follow Chicago format, where applicable.

    Book Reviews: Please submit electronically in PDF or Word format to http://uknowledge.uky.edu/disclosure. These should be approximately 1,000 words and should review works published no earlier than 2010.

    Art and Digital Media: Artists should submit material as high‐quality .jpgs to http://uknowledge.uky.edu/disclosure.

    Inquiries: Cate Gooch and Ashley Ruderman, disclosurejournal@gmail.com

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