01/12/2019 – Call for papers “Memory of Captivity in 20th and 21st Century Italian Culture”

cfp italian captivity

What, when & where

CFP-AAIS/AATI 2020 “Memory of Captivity in 20th and 21st Century Italian Culture”

Italy has coped with diverse forms of captivity. From Fascist political confinement, WWII internment, ideological abductions in the years of lead, asylums, rehabilitating marriage, ransom kidnappings by banditry and organized crime, to today’s temporary camps for migrants, the country has conveniently celebrated these captives or excluded them from its official memory or policies. This panel investigates how through life and self-writing, media coverage, and visual and literary adaptations of captivity, individual memories have been able to question Italy’s national memory and identity; to shape public opinion and the law; and to redefine the genre of testimony within the Italian tradition.

Deadline & how to apply

We seek papers that look at memories of captivity in a broad range of cultural production and from different historical and theoretical approaches. Please send a 150-200 word abstract, brief bio, and A/V requests to the session organizers by December 1st, 2019.

Other info, Links & conditions

Elena Bellina, University of Rochester (ebellina@esm.rochester.edu)
Alessandra Montalbano, University of Alabama (amontalbano@ua.edu)


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