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The Annual Conference of the California Interdisciplinary Consortium for Italian Studies
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2/26/2016 to 2/27/2016
When: 2/26/2016
Where: University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, California 
United States

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The 15th Annual Conference of the California Interdisciplinary Consortium for Italian Studies (CICIS) will take place February 26-27, 2016, at the University of California, Santa Barbara. 

This year’s CICIS meeting seeks to explore the many ways in which Italy has been made or imagined to be borderless. Since the end of antiquity on the peninsula there have been many population inflows and outflows across the surrounding mountains and seas, from the Lombard and Saracen invasions to the waves of emigration to the New World, from Italian colonial expansionism in Africa to the recent refugee crisis. These successive migrations have posed recurrent challenges to what was or might be meant by 'Italy' or 'Italians', calling into question commonplaces about territorial, linguistic, cultural, political, religious, racial and social unity. Nor are these challenges limited only to events on the peninsula itself: exiles, expatriates, colonized subjects, intellectuals, artists and entrepreneurs have set the debate over the contours of la civiltà italiana in an increasingly global and cosmopolitan context. 

Possible topics for contributions may include: 
  • Italy and the Americas/Asia/Africa/Europe 
  • Images of/reflections on Italy from the Middle Ages to today 
  • Italianità: Italian-ness through the centuries in politics, the arts, etc. 
  • Emigrants, immigrants, foreigners, outsiders, minorities, exiles 
  • Questions of identity (religion, race, gender, ethnicity etc.), heterogeneity, and hybridization 
  • Language and italianità 
  • Borderlands, core and periphery: defining a place for 'Italy' Literatures of nationalism, irredentism, colonialism, imperialism, xenophobia 
  • Immigrant or exile writers and artists 
  • Politics, sociology, ideology of immigration/emigration from Unification onward 
  • Island cultures and their relationship to peninsular Italy 
  • Global transmission of Italian cultural products, from architecture to cuisine 
Please submit paper proposals (250 words or less) to

The deadline for proposal submissions is December 1, 2015. 

CICIS conference papers are 20 minutes in length, and may be presented only by faculty, post-doctoral and graduate students currently working at any private or public university or college in California. 

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