Dear all,

Please find below the CFP for the forthcoming *Summer School* in Italian
Studies, entitled *Dis/Similar: Identity and Hybridisation in Italian
Culture, *which will be held at the *University of Birmingham (UK) on the
5th and 6th of September 2019*.
Contributions from Ph.D. students and early career researchers will be
particularly very welcome.

All the best,

Maria Elena Alampi
Ph.D. Researcher
University of Birmingham
Modern Languages - Italian Studies

*Summer school ‘Dis/similar: identity and hybridization in Italian
culture’ *
*(University of Birmingham, 5-6 September 2019)*

Call for papers

Tensions around different discourses on identity and the dynamics of
hybridisation have always permeated Italian culture on many different
levels, leading to cultural confrontations with the dissimilar, the
irregular, the other, and the unexpected over the course of the centuries.
The formal, content-based and ideological contrast between norm/tradition
versus innovation/transgression represents an evident – but not unique –
manifestation of this tension. The recent connection between Italian
Studies and other Cultural Studies approaches (such as Gender Studies and
Postcolonial Studies) has led to a further rethinking of the very same
definitions of identity and hybridisation also in light of concepts such as
gender, performativity, race and national identity.
Our summer school aims at investigating primarily the multiple modalities
through which the ideas of identity and hybridisation have evolved in Italy
from the beginning of the modern age to the contemporary period, bearing in
mind the critical debates that have always accompanied – and at times even
inspired – the metamorphoses of the cognitive, artistic, literary and
theoretical horizons.
The event also aims to inspire reflections on the very identity of Italian
Studies and *Italianistica *and their actual statute by involving
proactively PhD students and young researchers with the aim of facilitating
an exchange and encouraging an interdisciplinary approach to the subject.
The main field of research are Italian Literature, Gender and Cultural
Studies, Film Studies and History of Art.
Our summer school will offer workshops as well as roundtables and lectures
where postgraduates can discuss their projects and the topics emerging from
the on-going debates. Papers, discussions and roundtables will be conducted
in both English and Italian.
The summer school will be held at the University of Birmingham (UK) on the 5
th and 6th of September 2019. Applicants are kindly encouraged to send an
abstract of up to 300 words and a short bio-bibliography (either in Italian
or in English) to the email address [log in to unmask]
<[log in to unmask]> by the 30th of June 2019. The selected participants will
be contacted by mid-July. The registration fee for both days is £25, which
includes two buffet lunches and coffee breaks. Registration for Ph.D
students from the University of Birmingham is completely free. Travel and
accommodation expenses are to be paid for directly by the individual

*Confirmed keynote speakers*: Charlotte Ross (University of
Birmingham), Luca Quattrocchi (Università degli Studi di Siena), Danielle
Hipkins (University of Exeter).
*Scientific committee:* Charlotte Ross (University of Birmingham), Ita Mac
Carthy (Durham University), Clodagh Brook (Trinity College), Danielle
Hipkins (University of Exeter).
*Organizers:* Maria Elena Alampi, Maria Del Buono, Elisa Saturno Paasche,
and Anna Lisa Somma.

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