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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.

Keynote speakers:

Professor Barbara Spackman (University of California, Berkeley)

Professor Silvia Tatti (La Sapienza, Università di Roma)

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 ( and by 2 December 2019.

You will be notified of the outcome of your submission by early January 2020.