• 11 Mar 2019 by Alan Gravano


    25th AISNA Biennial Conference

    This 2019 marks the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), the universal genius, the twofold engineer of defense walls against the enemy as much as swing-bridges for overtaking them; of impenetrable dams for stopping natural waterways as much as artificial water-channels for the penetration of commerce and the mixing of peoples and cultures; of barricades for puzzling the enemy on the ground as much as flying machines and futuristic prototypes of inspection drones, anticipating our transcontinental connections. By electing Leonardo da Vinci’s anniversary as symbol and metaphor of all the statics and dynamics of the world we live in, AISNA invites you to participate to its 25th International Biennial Conference by joining the following call for panels:


    Gate(d)Ways. Enclosures, Breaches and Mobilities Across U.S. Boundaries and Beyond

    SDS of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Ragusa, September 26-28, 2019



    Call for Panels

    This is a time in which walls and fortifications, either physical or metaphorical, are put up as a response to the mobilization of the Global South. This fosters a necessary reflection upon the role of barricades in our contemporary times. Indeed, walls are a concrete and ideal impediment to the free circulation of peoples and cultures, their existence necessarily imposing the creation of borders, with the implicit corollary of liminality, periphery, ex-centricity and the obvious distinction between what/who is inside and what/who is outside.

    After exactly 30 years from the collapse of the Iron Curtain divide, the growing appearance of border walls and barriers across the world - from 7 in 1961 to 77 in 2019 - according to the New York Times and USA Today - shows that their occurrence keeps separating warring people, protecting trade and communication routes, and patrolling the flow of migrants and refugees. At the figurative level, the capital importance of the WWW, for instance, must elicit consideration on the virtual barriers of network security systems erected against the access to knowledge and its availability to people, such as firewalls.

    However, history also shows that walls, apart from sealing off communication and connections, can be structural elements instrumental to the creation of long-lasting edifices, parts of a theoretical founding for a different future. They invite intense interrogations on trans-border dynamics across, under, above and along boundaries and passageways, thus promoting new challenges on exchange and interaction.

    The 25th AISNA Biennial Conference proposes to reflect critically on issues of seclusion and openness to transit on both U.S. national and global stages, and on the complex scenarios that the loosening and/or forting up of borders generate.

    Panel proposals are solicited in all areas and disciplinary fields of AISNA. Possible questions/issues to address can be related but not limited to:



    1. - To which extent are walls intimately related to the concept of visibility/to the gaze? We build walls to prevent people from looking at us, from casting their gaze onto us, and we build a wall mentality/social walls to prevent people from looking inside our own personal and political spaces. The wall-scopic nexus also invites to look beyond, to look differently.
    2. - What is the effective power of walls on people, what do walls do and how do they shape all those people enclosed/entrapped/secluded in, and at the same time, protected by national barriers?
    3. - How does a “wall mentality” continue to be nurtured and cultivated by border humanities in order to secure one’s identitarian, historical and political boundaries?
    4. - Ideological and material walls function as a metonymy of a “fortress” ready to resist siege: to which extent an “under siege mental state” prevents critical thinking from embracing a more complex view of concrete and ideological boundaries? Is wall rhetoric more problematic and somehow powerful in its exclusionary potential than a real, concrete wall?


    Keywords and expressions:

    Forting up - Gated communities - Limes - Guarded barriers - Contested territories/No man’s lands - Living/Dwelling in walls - Frontier and Frontera - Walls and ladders/walls as bridges - Waterwalls and waterways – Securitization – Patrolling – Hybridization – Barricades–Fences.


    Topics include but are not limited to:

    North American and World Literature - Translation: new metaphors and challenges - Trans-border textualities - Geopolitical strategies of containment/securitization/patrolling/governmentality - International relations and protectionism - New aspects of Colonialism - The WEB and digital infrastructures - Border, Hemispheric Studies - Race relations, ethnicities and multiculturalism - Gender Studies - Globalization and its never-ending power of expansion - Domesticity/Public sphere - Communities and collective identities - Conflict management – “Breaking the fourth wall” in visual culture, theatre and literature - Supernatural passages across enclosures (in Gothic Literature, Ghost Stories, Science Fiction) - Mirrors on walls: identity and self-reflectivity.

    The deadline for panel proposals is April 20, 2019. The submitted proposals will be reviewed by the conference organizer committee and the AISNA board. A selection of max. 20 panels will be issued by May 5, notified to the submitters by email, and published on the Conference website.


    Submissions should be written in English and include:

    • a panel title
    • a clearly stated description of the proposed topic in no more than 300 words
    • contact details of the panel’s coordinator or coordinators (max. 2), including professional affiliation.

    Each panel will host no less than two and no more than four papers, including the coordinator’s or coordinators’. We remind aspiring coordinators that their task will include a brief introduction of the speakers, a strict monitoring of the observance of the allotted 20-minute time for each presentation, and a supervision of the following question and answer session, aimed to stimulate a fruitful discussion in the last but essential part of each panel.


    All panel proposals should be sent by e-mail to the conference organizer, Gigliola Nocera (noceragi@unict.it), as well as to the secretary of AISNA, Simone Francescato (segretario- aisna@unive.it).


    Scientific Committee: Aisna Board:

    Elisabetta Vezzosi, University of Trieste, President

    Simone Francescato, University of Venice “Ca’ Foscari”, Secretary Daniela Ciani, University of Venice “Ca’ Foscari”, Vice-president

    Gigliola Nocera, University of Catania, SDS of Languages, Ragusa, Vice-President Sabrina Vellucci, University of “Roma Tre”, Treasurer

    Gianna Fusco, University of L’Aquila, Board Member Fiorenzo Iuliano, University of Cagliari, Board Member

    Marina Morbiducci, University of Rome “Sapienza”, Board Member Matteo Pretelli, University of Neaples “L’Orientale”, Board Member


    Local Commettee:

    Gigliola Nocera, Angloamerican Language and Literatures Santo Burgio, Comparative Philosophy

    Antonino Di Giovanni, History of the Americas, History of the Unites States Raffaella Malandrino, Angloamerican Language and Literatures

    Marco Petrelli, Angloamerican Language and Literatures

    Salvatore Torre, Comparative Geography, Environmental Geography



  • 08 Jan 2019 by Alan Gravano

    Job Vacancy Notice

    Job Title:                     Faculty Open Rank (Assistant/Associate/Full Professor) in Special Education

    Job ID #:                      9382


    Location:                     Queens College Regular/Temporary: Regular


    Often referred to as "the jewel of the CUNY system," Queens College is a place of contrasts: An urban school in a suburban setting, 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.

    The Graduate Programs in Special Education (GPSE) are housed in the Department of Educational and Community Programs (ECP), a multidisciplinary graduate department in the Division of Education at Queens College, CUNY. We are seeking candidates for an Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor position in special education, beginning in the fall of 2015. The successful candidate will be expected to fulfill teaching and related duties, carry out a research agenda, and participate in curriculum development and program initiatives.

    The mission of the GPSE is to prepare educators and scholars to effectively teach and support people with disabilities to be self-determined, included, and respected members of their schools and communities. The GPSE are also committed to influencing research, practice, and policy related to people with disabilities at the international, national, state, and local levels.

    This appointment includes expectations for teaching courses, engaging in research, scholarly activities, and grantsmanship. As well, the candidate will be expected to provide academic advisement to GPSE candidates and service to GPSE, the department (ECP), and the College. For more information about our program, please visit our website at http://wv.w.qc.cuny.edu/Academics/Degrees/Educatio n/ECP/Specia!Ed /Pages /default.aspx.


    An earned doctoral degree in special education or a related field, teaching experience in P-12 schools that support students with disabilities, and experience in postsecondary special education teacher preparation. Candidates should have expertise in and a strong record of research depending on rank, as evidenced by publications , preferably in special education curriculum and instruction.

    It is highly desirable that candidates have: strong interest in and experience working in urban, multiethnic and multicultural settings; knowledge of research validated instructional practices to successfully include students with disabilities in the general education curriculum at the secondary level; and experience modifying and adapting curriculum/i nstruction , differentiating instruction, and use of assistive technology in public school settings.



    CUNY offers faculty a competitive compensation and benefits package 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 is commensurate with qualifications and experience.


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