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NeMLA 2024 CFP - Blurred Borders: The Making and Fading of Italian Urban Landscapes (NeMLA's 55th Annual Convention)

Boston, MA
Organization: Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
Event: NeMLA's 55th Annual Convention
Categories: Postcolonial, Hispanic & Latino, Interdisciplinary, Popular Culture, Literary Theory, World Literatures, Aesthetics, Anthropology/Sociology, Classical Studies, Cultural Studies, Environmental Studies, Film, TV, & Media, Food Studies, History, Philosophy, African & African Diasporas, Asian & Asian Diasporas, Australian Literature, Canadian Literature, Caribbean & Caribbean Diasporas, Indian Subcontinent, Eastern European, Mediterranean, Middle East, Native American, Scandinavian, Pacific Literature
Event Date: 2024-03-07 to 2024-03-10 Abstract Due: 2023-09-30

The city images reveal the stratification of shared cultural meanings of the urban space over time. This space is an expression and reflection of local identity formation and dynamics. The intricate network of the actions of cities’ inhabitants is constantly conditioned by the cultural and spatial constraints of urban limits. However, in the contemporary world, the concept of “urban limit” should be seriously questioned. The boundaries of cities today have faded, and the urban frontiers are areas of opacity, constantly mobile, and undefined. The very notion of the city, as a completed organism, is continually questioned, to the extent that it can be argued that cities do not exist: there are only different forms of urban life. Therefore, the physical, social, and cultural separations that have historically distinguished the urban from the non-urban seem to have shifted: they are no longer on the “edge” of the city but inside it.

Amidst the incredibly rapid dynamism of urban growth - and the consequent formation and dissolution of forms of borders within the urban space - this panel aims to explore how Italian literature, cinema, media, and visual cultures suggest new interpretative perspectives and offer new possibilities for overcoming the dynamics of urban confinement, adopting a wide-lens interdisciplinary approach.


Please submit your abstract online at this link: https://cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/20347


Abstract - 200-300 words
Title - no longer than 80 characters

NeMLA Presenter Policies can be found at this link: https://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/convention/policies.html


Acceptance notification will be sent by October 15, 2023.


For any questions, please contact the panel chairs: Daniele Santucci (santucci2@wisc.edu) and Giampaolo Molisina (molisina@wisc.edu)



Daniele Santucci