The Italian Studies Colloquium is a bi-weekly forum for an exchange of ideas and work of the community of Italian scholars at Brown and invited outside scholars. Graduate students present their work in progress, and engage the work of faculty and visitors. Presentations in both Italian and English. All colloquium sessions (six per semester) are held in room 102 of 190 Hope Street at 5:30-7pm unless otherwise noted. For further information please contact: Mona Delgado, Dept. Manager, Italian Studies – Brown University (401) 863-1561 or Mona_Delgado@brown.edu.
Calendar Spring 2016
February 5, 2016, noon-1:30 pm: Peter van Dommelen, Director, Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, Brown University, “Contested Monuments and Alternative Pasts: Politics of Heritage and Identity in Sardinia”
February 12, 2016, noon-1:30 pm: Mena Fantarella, Ph.D. Candidate, Italian Studies, Brown University, "The Broken Circle: Gaetano Salvemini's Family between Fascism and World War II (1939 - 1946)".
February 26, 2016, noon-1:30 pm: Andrea Guiso, Department of History, University of Rome, La Sapienza, “La Prima Guerra mondiale: culla del fascismo? Una riconsiderazione in chiave storico-comparativa”.
March 11, 2016, noon – 1:30 pm: Morris Karp, Ph.D. Candidate, Italian Studies, Brown University, That Which Happens Only Once: The Concept of History in Leopardi".
March 18, 2016, noon – 1:30 pm: Michael Wyatt, Independent Scholar, Editor,The Cambridge Companion to the Italian Renaissance, "Spectacle and Polis: Puppets, Alternative Theater, and the Idea of Italy". NOTE: Change of venue - In Barus&Holley Seminar Room 190 - followed by lunch in Italian Studies, 190 Hope Street, Room 102
April 15, 2016 noon-1:30 pm: David Young Kim, Department of the History of Art University of Pennsylvania, “Giorgio Vasari on the Fragility and Durability of Art”
Calendar Fall 2015
NOTE! Entire series takes place from Noon - 1:30 pm.
Sept. 18, Grant Writing Workshop (Presentation by 2-3 graduate student grant-writers.)
Oct. 2, Lianca Carlesi (Ph. D. candidate in Italian Studies), “La Casa in collina: The Story of an Enduring Illusion”
Oct. 30, Susan Gaylard, (Associate Professor of Italian Studies, Washington University), “Boccaccio’s De mulieribus claris and the Disappearance of Women from Illustrated Print Biographies”
Nov. 13, Alessandra Franco (Postdoctoral Fellow in Italian Studies, Brown University), "Malleable Youth: Forging Female Education in early Modern Rome"
Dec. 4, Giovanna Ceserani (Associate Professor of Classics, Stanford University), "Mapping the 18th-century Grand Tour of Italy digitally:
British Travelers and Shapes of Architecture"
Calendar Spring 2015
Feb. 11, Oren Jacoby, (Film Director and Producer), screening of "My Italian Secret" followed by Q&A with O. Jacobi, David Kertzer and Suzanne Stewart-Steinberg. Smith-Buonanno 106 at 6pm. Free pizza.
Feb. 18, Andrea Masu (Dept. of Digital Media, RISD) "Incompiuto Siciliano: the most important Italian architectural style since World War II". Smith-Buonanno 201, 5:30pm.
Monday - March 9, Evelyn Lincoln (Professor of History of Art and Architecture and Italian Studies, Brown University), round-table dicussion on her new book "Brilliant Discourse: Pictures and Readers in Early Modern Rome ", Yale UP, 2014, with Sheila Bonde (Brown, HIAA), Jane Ginsborg (Columbia) and Andrew Raftery (RISD) - 5:30 pm in List Art Center, Room 120.
April 8, Alessandro Carpin (Ph. D. student in Italian Studies), "Saviano's Gomorrah: Narrative Universie in Expansion", 5:30pm in 190 Hope Street, room 102.
April 22, Jennifer Scappettone (Univ. of Chicago) "From Corpse to Specter: Venice as Antagonist and Emblem of Modernity," in collaboration with Comparative Literature and English. 5:30pm in Smith-Buonanno, room 106.
April 29, Federica Pedriali (Univ. Edinburgh-Visiting Prof. at Harvard), "Deconstructing Rome", 5:30pm in 190 Hope Street, room 102.
Calendar Fall 2014
Sept. 10, Nicole Gercke (Ph.D. candidate in Italian Studies), "The hybrid Psyche of Alberto Savinio's La nostra anima."
Oct. 1, Nicola Perugini (Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow in Italian and Middle East Studies, Cogut Center), "Campi, rifugiati e soggettività migranti tra Mediterraneo e Italia."
Oct. 8, Valeria Federici (Second-year doctoral student in Italian Studies) "The Delivery of Mussolini's Rings in Rhode Island: a Collaboration between Catholic Priests and Italian Fascist Officials."
Oct. 22, Ilaria Porciani (Professor of History, University of Bologna, Fellow of the Italian Academy at Columbia University), "Memories, Traumas, Representations. Museums and the experience of forced migrations in Istria."
Nov. 5, Michela Ronzani (Ph. D. candidate in Italian Studies), "Renegotiating opera's status in fin de siècle Italy between popularization and elitism."
Nov. 19, Michael Moore (Professional translator, New York), "Poetic Restraint and Poetic License in Primo Levi: Notes on the New Translation of The Drowned and the Saved."
Calendar Spring 2014
Monday, February 10: Justin Steinberg, Univ. Chicago, Associate Professor in Romance Languages & Literatures. Title: “Dante’s Political Messianism."
Wednesday, March 12: Publishing Workshop with Prof. D. Kertzer and Prof. M. Riva.
Wednesday, April 9: Alessandra Franco, PhD candidate in Italian Studies. Title: "Effetti mirabili della limosina: Giulio Folco's Patronage at Santa Caterina de' Funari."
Wednesday, April 23: Zoe Langer, PhD candidate in Italian Studies. Title: "Representing Dante in the Renaissance: Visual Commentary in Francesco Sansovino’s Printed Edition of the Comedia of 1564, 1578, and 1596."
Wednesday, May 7: Anna Aresi, PhD candidate in Italian Studies. Title: "Understanding Italian Modernism through Dante: the Case of Clemente Rebora."
Calendar Fall 2013
Wednesday, December 4: Prof. Suzanne Stewart-Steinberg, Italian Studies and Comparative Literature, "A Hermeneutics of Reclamation: Fascism and Post-Fascism in the Pontine Marshes."
Friday, November 15: Hair archeologist and historian Janet Stephens on "Roman Hairstyles" - Barus and Holley Martinos Auditorium, Room 190 - 5:30 - 7pm. (http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/14729)
Tuesday-Wed., October 29-30: Conference on the State of Italy with Romano Prodi, Carlo Trigilia (Italian Minister for Territorial Cohesion), David Thorne, ex-US Ambassador to Italy, and others. Held at Watson Institute, 111 Thayer Street. Keynote address by R. Prodi, 5pm Tuesday, Oct. 29. Conference Wednesday Oct. 30 at 9am.
Wednesday, October 23: Anna Santucci, PhD Candidate in Italian Studies: "Giuseppe Baretti’s Easy Phraseology (1775) An 18th Century Forerunner of 20th Century Educational Drama."
Wednesday, September 25: Grant writing workshop with Prof. Evelyn Lincoln and Prof. Massimo Riva.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 (Wilson Hall, 302): Brown University-University of Bologna Doctoral Exchange. "Humanism, Neo-Humanism, Post-Humanism in the Age of Media. Perspectives on Research." Gian Mario Anselmi (Director, Department of Classical Philology and Italian Studies, University of Bologna); Angela De Benedictis (Alma Mater Professor, University of Bologna), Alberto De Bernardi (Department of History, Cultures, Civilizations, University of Bologna). Abstracts
Calendar Spring 2013
Wednesday, Feb. 6: Niall Atkinson, Neubauer Family Assistant Professor of Art History, University of Chicago, "Listening to the Noisy Renaissance.
Wednesday, Feb. 20: Giovanna Roz-Gastaldi, Doctoral Candidate, Italian Studies, Brown University, "The Alpine Landscape in the Garibaldi Panorama: a key element of 19th century visual culture."
Wednesday, Mar. 6 - Chiasmi 2013, "Cultural Materials/Material Culture," at Harvard University
Wednesday, Mar. 13: Wuming Chang, Doctoral Candidate, Italian Studies, Brown University.
Wednesday, Apr. 3: Lina Fruzzetti, Royce Family Professor in Teaching Excellence and Professor of Anthropology, Brown University, and Akos Ostor, Professor of Anthropology, Wesleyan University.
Wednesday, Apr. 17: Barbara Troise Rioda, Doctoral Exchange Student, University of Bologna, "Il cibo e le sue rappresentazioni. Le radici di un dibattito contemporaneo."