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MEDITERRANEAN STUDIES VIRTUAL SYMPOSIUM
JUNE 17-18, 2022

Times listed are CST.

Friday, June 17

9:00 AM Welcome and Introduction, Drs. Pollicino and Summerfield

9:10 Cinema and the Mediterranean

  • Subverting Male Gaze: Mediterranean Women in Contemporary Croatian Cinema (Etami Borjan, University of Zagreb, Croatia)
  • An Italian New Wave: Italian Cinema ‘L’Attesa’ (Antonio D’Amico, Yale University, USA)
  • Motherhood and ‘Ndrangheta in La terra dei santi (Veronica Vegna – University of Chicago, USA)

10:25 Mediterranean HERstory

  • Cloistered Modernities: Female Spirituality 18-20th century (B. Gonzalez Fernandez, Necmettin Erbakan University, Konya)
  • Mariana Starke and the Female Grand Tour in Italy between the Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century (Paolo Militello, University of Catania, Italy) 
  • «Fare il bene e amare la patria». Three Italian poetesses of the Risorgimento (Elena Frasca, University of Catania, Italy)

11:40 Italian Literature and the Mediterranean

  • From Sardinia to the World: Ex-centric Perspectives on Grazia Deledda’s Contributions to Nineteenth-Century Folklore Studies (Elena Sottilotta, University of Cambridge, UK)
  • Anna Maria Ortese and Elena Ferrante: The Mediterranean Sea as a Symbol of Privilege in Neapolitan Women’s Writing (Roberta Cauchi-Santoro, University of Waterloo, Canada)
  • “Cittadini di una stessa patria”: le cronache di viaggio di Matilde Serao (Cinzia Gallo, University of Catania, Italy)

12:55 Migration through the Mediterranean

  • Women and Migration: Looking at the Southern European Migration Policies through a Gendered Perspective (Lisa Moroni, Sea in Instituto Universitario de Lisboa)
  • Re-envisioning Border Crossing: Christiana de Caldas Brito’s “Maroggia” (Claudia Karagoz, Saint Louis University)
  • “Inverted” Migration from Italy to Morocco: The Case of Elisa Chimenti (Rosario Pollicino, University of South Carolina, Columbia, USA)

LUNCH BREAK

2:30 Mediterranean Representations

  • Between Emancipation and Exotic Othering: The Mediterranean Jewess in British Nineteenth- Century Historical Fiction (Paul Csillag, European University Institute)
  • Recipienda Carthago. Reinterpretations of Dido and Sophonisba in Eighteenth-Century ItalianTheatre (Giuseppe Andrea Liberti, University of Naples Federico II, Italy)
  • Oral and Material Culture in Sicily (Sherine Hafez, University of California, Riverside, USA)


Saturday, June 18

9:00 Welcome and Introduction, Drs. Pollicino and Summerfield

9:10 Mediterranean Women

  • Donne, diritti e laicità nello spazio mediterraneo (Laura Paulizzi, École normale supérieure, Paris, FRANCE)
  • Moroccan Women Writers and Spain: A Mediterranean Perspective (Stefania Licata, Converse University, USA)
  • La costruzione d’uno spazio vitale nella scrittura francofona della donna in Libano ed Egitto (Laura Restuccia, University of Palermo, Italy)

10:25 Verga and Women

  • Verga’s Cavalleria rusticana via Eleonora Duse and Mimì Aguglia (Enza De Francisci, University of Glasgow, UK)
  • La Lupa/The She-Devil (Giovanna Summerfield, Auburn University, USA)
  • Le vinte e le vincitrici di Acitrezza (Susan Amatangelo, College of the Holy Cross, USA)

11:40 Conclusions with announcement of our new scholarly journal, I.S. Med (Interdisciplinary Studies on Modern and Contemporary Mediterranean) with the participation of its publisher, Mimesis International, and international editorial board

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11:40 *Private meeting for the board members*

1:00 SOCIAL HOUR (all invited)

 

Italian and English are the official languages of the symposium.

This Mediterranean Studies symposium is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University, in collaboration with our international partners.

 

ORGANIZERS:

Giovanna Summerfield, Auburn University

Rosario Pollicino, University of South Carolina, Columbia