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CFP NeMLA 2022: Italy and the Diaspora in Word and/or Image (NeMLA Conference, March 10-13, 2022, Baltimore, MD (USA))

Organization: Northeast Modern Language Association
Event: NeMLA Conference, March 10-13, 2022, Baltimore, MD (USA)
Categories: Miscellaneous
Event Date: 2022-03-10 to 2022-03-13 Abstract Due: 2021-09-30

Italy and the Diaspora in Word and/or Image

Examination of the diaspora prompts a rethinking of what citizenship, nation and nationalism are in a world deeply affected by homogenizing global forces. It favors the discernment of numerous dislocated sites of contestation within hegemonic cultures. In addition, it invites speculation on the political impact and aesthetic choices of the literary and artistic production representing it. Originally the word diaspora was employed to refer to major historical migrations, for example the dispersion of Jewish population, or that of people from Africa during the transatlantic slave trades. Of recent, the term has been used in a broader sense. It often alludes to ethnic or religious communities spread around the world that tend to establish connections through shared cultural memories. Questions related to the diaspora have creatively been tackled by authors, artists and filmmakers. From a critical perspective, the diaspora has been examined by various scholars in different disciplines, including anthropologists, sociologists, cultural historians and art and literary critics, whose major field of inquiry is mass migration and displacements across the globe. In referring to diasporic subjects, many scholars have pointed out their cultural, linguistic, ethnic and national hybridity—traits that, according to Kobena Mercer for example, challenge “the monologic exclusivity on which dominant versions of national identity and collective belonging are based.” In a well-known study focused on modern Italian diasporas, Donna Gabaccia has highlighted the distinctive and multifaceted traits of the phenomenon. In her opinion, those who emigrated from Italy as cosmopolitans, exiles, and labor migrants transformed their homeland and the countries in which they moved. Many of them maintained a close identification with the communities of family, neighborhood and native town, rather than with a nation.
This panel will explore different facets of the diaspora in some ways connected to Italy in twentieth- and twenty first- century. (Italy may be intended as a country of transit, destination or departure). Something to be analyzed might include, but is not limited to: representations of diasporic subjects in literature, film and/or art; and the political impact of the diaspora on the contestation of hegemonic cultures and revision of existing canons.

The abstract submission link is: https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/19471

Please direct any questions to psica@conncoll.edu

Paola Sica, Connecticut College



Paola Sica