Ottocentismi

‘Ottocentismi’, or the  Interdisciplinary Network for Nineteenth-Century Italian Studies, aims to promote an interdisciplinary study of Italian culture from 1790 to 1915. It provides a forum for scholars interested in nineteenth-century Italy, both for its high- and low-brow cultures, in the absence of an already established platform of scholarly interaction specifically focused on the Ottocento. Through this forum, scholars from different geographic areas will be able to connect with other scholars as well as to share different teaching and research practices which are tied to the various geographic and institutional affiliations. The main objectives of this initiative are to hold a biennial symposium, to promote innovative interdisciplinary research and collaborative opportunities between scholars and institutions across the arts and humanities, and to maintain a website hosting information on scholarly activities, publications, and events related to nineteenth-century Italian culture.

Ottocentismi o Network interdisciplinare per gli studi italiani sull’800 intende promuovere lo studio interdisciplinare della cultura italiana per il periodo compreso tra il 1790 e il 1915. In mancanza di società o organizzazioni già esistenti e che si occupino specificamente dell’800 italiano, questo Network vuole offrire un punto di riferimento per chi studia e si interessa alle varie forme di espressione culturale e letteraria di questo periodo storico. Attraverso questo forum studiosi e studiose di vari paesi e diverse tradizioni accademiche possono comunicare e confrontarsi nelle loro pratiche di ricerca e lavoro didattico. I principali obiettivi del Network sono: organizzare un simposio biennale, promuovere una ricerca interdisciplinare sull’800 e opportunità collaborative tra docenti e istituzioni di aree geografiche e specializzazioni diverse, e infine, creare un sito web che raccolga informazioni sulle attività, pubblicazioni ed eventi relativi alla ricerca e didattica sulla cultura italiana dell’Ottocento.

News and Events

Gennaio – maggio 2021: Ecco il calendario degli incontri che si tengono di venerdì alle ore 15 o 16 italiane (h14 o 15 Regno Unito; 10am costa est degli Stati Uniti), con il link per accedervi o per vedere le registrazioni degli incontri.

29 gennaio: Sara Delmedico (IMLR visiting fellow), Donne e patrimoni nell’Italia dell’Ottocento: Stato Pontificio e Lombardo-Veneto. (In italiano). L’incontro è stato moderato da Morena Corradi. La registrazione dell’evento è disponibile qui

26 febbraio: Laboratorio Leopardi, Il Laboratorio Leopardi si presenta. (In italiano). L’incontro è stato moderato da Martina Piperno. La registrazione dell’evento è disponibile qui

26 marzo: Edoardo M. Barsotti (Università di Genova), At the Roots of Italian Identity: ‘Race’ and ‘Nation’ in the Italian Risorgimento, 1796-1870. (In italiano). L’incontro, moderato da Gabriella Romani, è visibile qui.

30 aprile > RINVIATO AL 7 MAGGIO: Miriam Nicoli (Università di Berna, Guest Scholar GHI Washington ), Scrivere di rivoluzioni. La cronaca delle Orsoline di Bellinzona (1730-1848). (In italiano). L’incontro sarà moderato da Silvia Valisa.​

ZOOM LINK: (this meeting will require a password – see Ottocentismi announcement, or email svalisa@fsu.edu for it)

January – May 2021: here is the calendar of our monthly meetings with links to the recording.

January 29: Sara Delmedico (IMLR visiting fellow), Donne e patrimoni nell’Italia dell’Ottocento: Stato Pontificio e Lombardo-Veneto. Morena Corradi will moderate the meeting. (In Italian). The video recording is available here

February 26: Laboratorio Leopardi, Il Laboratorio Leopardi si presenta. Martina Piperno will moderate the meeting. (In Italian) The video recording is available here

March 26: Edoardo M. Barsotti (Università di Genova), At the Roots of Italian Identity: ‘Race’ and ‘Nation’ in the Italian Risorgimento, 1796-1870. Gabriella Romani moderated the meeting. (In Italian) The video recording is available here.

April 30> POSTPONED to May, 7 2021: Miriam Nicoli (Università di Berna, Guest Scholar GHI Washington), Scrivere di rivoluzioni. La cronaca delle Orsoline di Bellinzona (1730-1848). Silvia Valisa will moderate the meeting. (In Italian) – ZOOM LINK: (this meeting will require a password – see Ottocentismi email announcement, or email svalisa@fsu.edu for it)

2 OCTOBER- 6 NOVEMBER 2020

The Charles and Joan Alberto Italian Studies Institute of Seton Hall University hosts the inaugural symposium for Ottocentismi (or INNCIS), an international forum for scholars interested in nineteenth-century Italy. The main objective of this symposium is to bring together scholars from different geographic areas and institutional affiliations to share their research and teaching practices related to nineteenth century Italy. The symposium features 29 speakers from the US, Italy, UK, Ireland, Norway, Belgium, France, Australia and South Africa. FULL PROGRAM.

OUR FIRST MEETING was held on OCTOBER 2, 2020 (click on links to access the video of each session). KEYNOTE SPEAKER Simonetta Soldani, Professor Emerita, University of Florence, Italy: “Nel segno di Beatrice. Ambiguità e tensioni di un ‘concorso nazionale’ per valorizzare le competenze delle donne: Firenze 1890″)

OUR SECOND MEETING was held on October 9, 2020 (click on the title to view the meeting recording). Contributions on Visual/Material Imaginations (pre-circulated papers) by:

  1. Ernesto Livorni (University of Wisconsin-Madison), “The Refugees of Parga in the Italian Romantic and Patriotic Imagination.”
  2. Carmen Belmonte (Kunsthistorisches Institut, Florence, Italy), “From Ras Mudur to Rome. Michele Cammarano’s Paintings and Writings in Eritrea (1889-1893).”
  3. Debora Bellinzani (University of Wisconsin-Madison), “Connecting the Nineteenth Century to the Present through Spiritistic Photography and Capuana’s Ghost Stories.”
  4. Sara Boezio (Independent scholar), “Ephemera as time devices at the nineteenth century’s turn: prints, postcards and medals celebrating ‘la singolare data che nessuno di noi vide mai e mai rivedrà.’”
  5. Giuseppe Gazzola (Stony Brook University), “The Metonymic Elephants of the Domenica del Corriere.”
  6. Gaetana Marrone-Puglia (Princeton University), “Ettore Scola’s Passione d’amore: A Horror Film? A Romantic Tale?”

Moderated by Silvia Valisa (Florida State University)

OUR THIRD MEETING was held on October 16, 2020. (click on the title to view the meeting recording). Contributions on Risorgimento and Unified Italy: Prison, Political Consciousness and Migration by:

  1. Steve Soper (University of Georgia), “A Panoramic Snapshot of Political Imprisonment in Nineteenth-Century Italy: Attilio Monaco’s I galeotti politici napoletani dopo il Quarantotto (1932)”
  2. Elena Bacchin (Università Ca’ Foscari, Italy – Columbia University), “Memoirs of the Prison: Neapolitan Political Detainees of the Risorgimento.”
  3. Victoria Calabrese (Lehman College, CUNY), “Fanciulli Girovaghi: Child Workers in an Era of Italian Emigration.”
  4. Giacomo Tarascio (Centro Studi Piero Gobetti, Turin, Italy),“Forme di coscienza politica femminile nella calabria postrisorgimentale.”
  5. Monica Miscali (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway), “Women immigrant in the XIX century: prejudices and constraints. I percorsi migratori delle italiane in Norvegia dall’Ottocento.”
  6. Stefano Orazi (Istituto per la storia del Risorgimento italiano, Pesaro e Urbino, Italy) “Emigrazione italiana e criminalità negli Stati Uniti (1870-1915).”

Moderated by Gabriella Romani (Seton Hall University)

OUR FOURTH MEETING was held on Friday October 23, 2020: Contributions on: Genre and Gender in the Ottocento (click here for the video recording):

  1. Laura Fournier-Finocchiaro (Université Paris 8, France), “L’emancipazione delle donne nel
    giornalismo femminile del Risorgimento.”
  2. Sara Delmedico (University of Cambridge), “Seduzione, reputazione e matrimonio nella penisola italiana dell’Ottocento.”
  3. Diana Moore (John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY), “Secular and Non-Denominational Primary Education Between Risorgimento Ideology and a Woman’s Sacred Mission.”
  4. Ombretta Frau (Mount Holyoke College), “Un rompicapo incompleto: il triangolo Antelling, De Gubernatis, Serao fra mentoring e documenti inedita.”
  5. Silvia Antosa e Charlotte Ross (University of Enna Kore, Italy, and University of Birmingham,
    UK), “Brothels, boudoirs and bocche saffiche: queer embodiments and spaces in the late 19th century.”

Moderated by Kate Mitchell (University of Strathclyde, UK)

OUR FIFTH MEETING, held on FRIDAY OCTOBER 30, 2020 is available to view online at this link. The contributions on Re-reading the Canon were by:

  1. Anna-Maria Pagliaro (Monash University, Australia), “The Silent Victim: Representations of
    Sexual Violence in Giacinta and “Tortura” by Luigi Capuana.”
  2. Cosetta Seno (University of Colorado, Boulder), “Volando: Primo viaggio straordinario.
    Capuana e la letteratura fantascientifica.”
  3. Roberto Risso (Clemson University), “Una commedia continua sul teatro dell’universo. Il Nuovo Galateo di Melchiorre Gioia e il Risorgimento”
  4. Martina Piperno (KU Leuven, Belgium), “Dante, the Etruscan: Ancient Legacies, Identity, andRace in Dante’s Reception (1870-1940).”
  5. Luca Cottini (Villanova University), “The Art of Sword Dueling in Italian 19th Century
    Culture.”
  6. Olivia Santovetti (University of Leeds, UK), “Divorare libri: the consumption metaphor in the
    19th-century Italian novel”

Moderated by Morena Corradi (Queens College, CUNY)

OUR LAST SESSION, held on FRIDAY NOVEMBER 6, 2020, featured our Keynote Speaker Silvia Tatti (Università di Roma La Sapienza, Italy). Her talk was entitled: “Le parole dell’Ottocento letterario: classico/moderno e dintorni.” Video recording available here.

June 2020 Update: DUE TO COVID-19 travel restrictions and quarantines, our First Biennial Symposium of the Interdisciplinary Network for Nineteenth-Century Italian Studies (INNCIS) – has been postponed to Fall 2020. It is now scheduled to take place online during October 2020. We will hold a series of presentations and seminars online, each Friday at 11am EST. More details will be posted soon here and on Facebook.

January 2020: Thank you to all the scholars who submitted proposals for our First Biennial Symposium of the Interdisciplinary Network for Nineteenth-Century Italian Studies (INNCIS) – 2-3 April 2020, Seton Hall University, New Jersey, US. The program is now complete, and we are looking forward to meeting everyone at Seton Hall University and creating new Ottocentiste connections.

September 2019: We are proud to announce INNCIS’s first Call for Papers: Inaugural Biennial Symposium of the Interdisciplinary Network for Nineteenth-Century Italian Studies (INNCIS) – 2-3 April 2020, Seton Hall University, New Jersey, US.

We invite abstracts of c. 150 words to present a 20-minute paper at the inaugural Biennial Interdisciplinary Symposium of the Interdisciplinary Network for Nineteenth-Century Italian Studies (INNCIS) on any aspect of Italian cultural studies in the long nineteenth century (1790-1915), including, but not limited to:

– early cinema (including magic lanterns), photography, and gramophone recordings and distributions

– print culture, including music, posters & postcards

– performance, performers and the visual arts

– crime, media and ‘processi celebri’

– political and social movements, including slavery, internationalism, Jewish and female emancipation

– pedagogy and the school curriculum

– actual and imagined readerships and spectatorships (of theatre, opera, early cinema, as well as sport), and authorships, including poets

– the Risorgimento, especially in its cultural manifestations

– discourses of sexuality and gender, including positivistism, eugenics, hygiene and buone maniere

– travel writings and travelling

– ideas on ‘nationmaking’

– working-class and ‘subaltern’ cultures

– urban and rural migrations, as well as mass migrations abroad

Contributions can be in English or Italian and can focus on any literary genre (e.g., political treatises, a play, poetry, the novel, etc.), and any nineteenth-century source or author. Please send your abstract to Gabriella Romani and Silvia Valisa (gabriella.romani@shu.edu and svalisa@fsu.edu) by 2 December 2019. You will be notified of the outcome of your submission by early January 2020.