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DATES: June 22-27, 2016

♦ June 22: official day of arrival; pre-conference workshops (morning); guided tours of Naples (morning); pre-registration; plenary session(s); welcoming reception; concert; ♦ June 23-25: conference; ♦ June 25: plenary session(s) [afternoon]; ♦ June 25: Gala Dinner; ♦ June 26: tours of Campania. ♦ June 27: official day of departure

NB. - The list of single paper proposals are first; scroll down to find the list of proposed sessions.

 If you propose a single paper, please check all available sessions online and try to submit that paper to one of the sessions’ organizers.

 If you propose a session, please check also if there are paper proposals online that fit your session and contact the appropriate person if you want to include that paper in your session.

Accepted Sessions

51. ‘Beyond Realism: Producing Naples in Contemporary Culture’ 

Organisers: Ruth Glynn (university of Bristol, UK); Giovanna De Luca (College of Charleston)  


Cultural representations of Naples had extraordinary success in recent years, resonating far beyond the confines of the city. Roberto Saviano’s Gomorra (2006), with its cinematic and televisual offshoots, and Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels (1991-2015), have been particularly instrumental in shaping the city of Naples in the cultural imaginary. 

            While Gomorra and the Neapolitan novels have already been the subject of a number of academic studies, conferences and volumes, the wider corpus of contemporary Neapolitan literature, film and music remains comparatively neglected. This panel seeks to address cultural representations of Naples that address the city and its cultural production beyond the limits of realist discourse. It focuses on innovative approaches to and perspectives on a city that has long been subject to intense cultural and critical interrogation. In particular, it asks how is Naples produced in contemporary cultural production? Which Naples is produced? And to what end? It encourages, in particular, consideration of texts, discourses and genres that shed new light on the existing cultural and critical corpus. 


Session 1 

- Ruth Glynn (, University of Bristol, 'Accented impegno and the Recuperation of Popular Culture in the Anti-Camorra Film' 

- Giovanna De Luca ( ), College of Charleston & Giacomo Manzoli (Università di Bologna), 'Gomorra nell'immaginario popolare ossia Gli effetti di Gomorra sulla gente' 

  • - Lello Savonardo (, Università di Napoli, Federico II, 'I ritmi urbani della Bit Generation'  


Session 2 

- Alessandro Giardino (, St Lawrence University, 'Caravaggio napoletano: Nuove scoperte e nuovi usi' 

- Adalgisa Giorgio ( ), University of Bath, 'Generi letterari, genere sessuale e trasfigurazione di storia napoletana in Antonello Cilento: un esempio riuscito di essenzialismo strategico' 

- Gius Gargiulo ( ), Université de Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense, 'Passione eterna: Femminielli naturali e strafottenti "on stage"' 


50. Gendering the Cinema of the South 

Organizers: Ryan Calabretta-Sajder (, University of Arkansas  & Fabio Benincasa (, Dunquesne University 


La questione meridionale has been a topic of both political and academic discussion for more than 100 years.  Some scholars maintain that Southern Italy is dominated in old-world, traditional, patriarchal values, while others including Gabriella Gribaudi in her piece entitled “Images of the South” (in Italian Cultural Studies: An Introduction) argues that the South is rather matriarchal in nature.   


Using this concept as a springboard for the panel, the session aims to open a discussion on contemporary cinematic images of the South from a gendered perspective.  Some topics include the following: 


  • Differences between gender in Southern and Northern films 

  • Is the South more patriarchal or matriarchal? Or can we even use this terminology in today’s society? 

  • What is the role of woman in Southern Italian cinema of the last ten years? Has anything changed? 

  • How does travel/public space vs private space/work influence gender in society? 

  • How does the recent wave of migration to Southern Italy register with gender concepts? 

  • Are their homosexuals, lesbians, transvestites, and transgendered people in Southern Italian film? How are they seen on screen?  


Please send an abstract of 250 words, along with a brief biography and technology requests to by Feb. 28, 2016. 

49. Jewish Culture within the Italian Landscape 

Organizer: Ryan Calabretta-Sajder(, University of Arkansas


The Jewish community is one of the oldest communities/cultures present within the Italian peninsula, spanning as many as two thousand years, dating back to the pre-Christian Roman period.  As such, Italian Jewish Identity has evolved in a unique manner, sharing diverse traditions related to religion, culture, history, and language while simultaneously remaining rather homogenous and often separate.  In 2016, the Jewish Culture in Italy remembers the 500th Anniversary of the Jewish Ghetto in Venice  and 100th Anniversary of Giorgio Bassani’s birth, one of Italy’s most noted Jewish Italian authors.  This panel aims to explore any intersection(s) of Jewish and Italian identity.  Some themes include, but are not limited to the following: 


  • Artistic blendings/mixings/etc. 

  • Jews enlisting in the Fascist party 

  • Jews of the Mediterranean 

  • Regionalism Judaism in Italy 

  • Jewish Italian writers/writings 

  • The underground 

  • Racial Laws in Italy 

  • Screening Jewish Italian Culture 

  • The Venetian Ghetto 

  • Giorgio Bassani 


Please send an abstract of 250 words, along with a brief biography and technology requests to by Feb. 28, 2016. 

48. Neapolitude : Ramondino, Parrella and Ferrante for a ‘Knowledge of the World’ 

Organizer: Stefania Lucamante, The Catholic University of America 

“We always found ourselves in the middle, between riches and poverty, town and country, sea and village, luck and mishap; or passing, rather, from one to the other. This helped to give us knowledge of the world” (Althenopis 79) . Fabrizia Ramondino’s characters, family sagas, and even the ever-transient position she assigns to her narrators, could not be fully comprehended without taking into full account the suggestive presence of Elsa Morante’s particular sense of a life that could only be experienced as a large-scale baroque mise-en-scène. Rather than situating her stories in either hazy Southern landscapes or casting them into the deep of WWII Rome, Ramondino brought to the fore in her fictional and non-fictional works an overtly political engaged study of the geopolitics connoting the Neapolitan space inhabited by her characters, and their relation to the city. Valeria Parrella in Lo spazio bianco (The White Space), Elena Ferrante from L’amore molesto (Troubling Love) to her recent tetralogy, they all contribute to the construction of a new literary space in which possibilities of narrating Neapolitude are investigated. This session seeks to consider the formal aesthetics and the tropes that mostly distinguish and connote such path.  

  • Marina Guglielmi (, Universita’ di Cagliari, “Gli ‘spazi altri’ in Parrella, Ramondino e Ferrante. Rappresentazioni interne/esterne come processi di percezione”. 

  • Laura Ferro (, La Sapienza, Rome "La voce della balia. Napoli attraverso gli 'scritti sociali' di F. Ramondino".  

  • Grazia Menechella (, University of Wisconsin-Madison, “L’amore ai tempi della camorra nella narrativa e nel teatro di Valeria Parrella”. 

  • Stefania Lucamante (, The Catholic University of America, “Sognare in avanti”: la speranza e il desiderio creante in Un giorno e mezzo di Fabrizia Ramondino”. 


47. Pragmatics and Italian Language Teaching

Luisa Gregori,

Rosa Russo (+ Patrizia Giuliano & Simona Anastasio),

Rosaria Solarino,

Giulia Pierucci,


Crystal (1997: 301) defined pragmatics as “the study of language from the point of view of users, especially of the choices they make, the constraints they encounter in using language in social interaction and the effects their use of language has on other participants in the act of communication.” Over the last 30 years, scholars in this field revealed how pragmatic skills (such as making requests, complaining, refusing, giving compliments, and the like) are not acquired intuitively by foreign or second language learners, even after intensive exposure to and practice in the target language. They also showed through longitudinal studies how the development of pragmatic competence strongly benefits from instruction. Yet, so far pragmatics has not often been the explicit focus of attention in foreign/second language curriculum planning and design. This panel pulls together a variety of empirical (and theoretical) studies that address different aspects of the current research in the field: the acquisition of greetings, the pragmatic value of pronunciation, and the use of past tenses in SL learners of Italian.

Organizer: Luisa Gregori, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Chair: Luisa Gregori, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Simona Anastasio, Università degli Studi di Napoli “Federico II”; Patrizia Giuliano, Università Paris VIII; Rosa Russo, Università Paris VIII - Le forme verbali al passato nell’italiano L2 di area napoletana: il ruolo delle classi azionali e dei principi discorsivi.

Rosaria Solarino, independent scholar - E' possibile apprendere dall'input le abilità pragmatiche di base?
Giulia Pierucci, Aarhus University - Pronunciation and Pragmatics in interaction in Multicultural environments

46.  Gli occhi di Partenope. Storie, versi e scene di Napoli tra Otto e Novecento 

Daniela DE LISO ( ), Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II & Vincenzo CAPUTO ( ), Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II




1. Daniela De Liso (Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II;

Volti di Napoli nella scrittura di Salvatore Di Giacomo 


2. Vincenzo Caputo (Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II;

La neve a Napoli. Roberto Bracco tra teatro e novellistica 



3. Noemi Corcione (Università degli Studi di Napoli,

Vittorio Imbriani e gli studi preparatori per l’edizione della Posilecheata 


4. Annalisa Castellitti (Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II,

Eduardo Scarpetta e il teatro europeo 


5. Sara Laudiero (Università degli Studi di Torino,

«Napoli è come certe sculture negre»: Paolo Ricci nel grembo di Una città da riscoprire 

45. L’insegnamento della pronuncia nell’approccio comunicativo

 Organizer: Cristiana Mora Thielmann (

Russeau scriveva: «se in Europa c’è una lingua adatta alla musica, è certamente l’italiano; perché è una lingua dolce, sonora, armoniosa e accentuata » (Lettera sulla musica francese, 1753).

Se la lingua italiana ha caratteristiche musicali, il docente che la insegna come lingua straniera ha il compito di scegliere gli strumenti adatti alla sinfonia, accordarli e seguire i singoli suonatori.

Il suono della lingua parlata, composto dall’accostamento di frasi, a loro volta formate da parole, sillabe, vocali e consonanti, è studiato dalla fonetica. La fonetica è fondamentale, insieme alla cultura, alla grammatica e al lessico ad un approccio comunicativo efficace che faccia recepire e riprodurre le note, le vibrazioni, le pause, il ritmo e l’intonazione dell’italiano.

In questa sessione si invita a presentare interventi che propongano attività a livello segmentale e sovrasegmentale mirate a migliorare la percezione e la produzione orale in un’ottica comunicativa.

Inviare un abstract di 250 parole a Cristiana Mora Thielmann e un breve CV (mezza pagina) entro il 29 febbraio ( L’abstract e la presentazione possono essere in inglese o in italiano.

44. Between the Color Line: Racial identity in Italian (im)migrant Studies/Culture
This panel welcomes scholarly contributions that explore how color line (whiteness and non-whiteness) is discussed and built in Italian diasporic and (im)migrant literature and theater, film, or media. Approaches may take into account discussions relevant to gender, post-colonialism, bio-politics, race and ethnicity studies, on issues that underline identity formation and social pressures to conform, representation of diversity and on how race and ethnicity are represented, changed and performed in Italian American and Italian paradigm. Comparative and transnational approaches are particularly welcome.

Please send your abstract in English or Italian (max. 250 words) and a brief bio in English or Italian (max. 100 words) to Cinzia Marongiu by March 1.

43. You’re Not Just a Number: Best Practices for Meaningful Exchanges in Large and Small Language Classes

Session Type: Roundtable

Organizer: Teresa Lobalsamo (, University of Toronto Mississauga

What once began as experimental has now become a trend whereby an increasing number of universities are moving to the large introductory class setting (40 students or more), a format which is unlikely to see an end (Cooper, Robinson, 2000). Literature tells us, however, that students feel the larger the class size, the more negatively it will affect their ability to learn (Carbone, Greenberg, 1998). A large language class, in particular, has the potential be even less fruitful if there is little interaction between peers, between the instructor and the student and/or little feedback and opportunity for meaningful discussion.

Participants are invited to address the following:

  • Do you teach large classes? How do you assess pronunciation or communicative skills, for example?

  • Do you have grading assistance (teaching assistant, grader)? How do you track student progress? Do you (Can you) provide frequent feedback? Have you created innovative methods of evaluation?

  • Can we apply (with modifications) the same teaching tools and practices used in smaller classes to large classes, to create an active learning environment, regardless of volume?

Presentations may be in Italian or in English.

Please email a brief (200 word) abstract and bio to by February 20th.

42. Donne e violenza nei media italiani e stranieri 

Session organizer & chair: Flavia Laviosa ( Wellesley College, Editor of the Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies


1. Elisa Giomi (, Università di Roma Tre

Title: La rappresentazione delle donne violente nella fiction televisiva. Un confronto tra Italia, Europa e Stati Uniti 

2. Silvia Pezzoli (, Università di Firenze  

Title: Le rappresentazioni delle donne camorriste nei media  

3. Antonia Cava (, Università di Messina  

Title: Lo spettacolo della cronaca nera. Il caso dei media italiani  


41. Songs and Music in the Italian Language Classroom 

Organizer: Anthony Mollica (, Brock University 

Enhancing the Italian Language Classroom with Music and  Songs

Anthony Mollica, Brock University 


Enhancing L2 Vocabulary Acquisition through Music: strategies and techniques 

Rita Pasqui, University of Memphis 


Amore, odio e gelosia nella canzone napoletana  

Tiziana Russo, Independent Scholar 

40. Learning Italian as a Foreign Language through Drama Techniques: Classroom Research at the Novice and Advanced Level 

Organizer: Letizia Montroni ( ), Indiana University

The use of drama techniques in the foreign language (FL) classroom has attracted increasing attention in recent years, and has been highly recommended by FL teachers and researchers for improving motivation, lowering anxiety, providing authentic contexts for speaking, improving accuracy and fluency, and drawing attention to the development of symbolic competence and multi-lingual subjects. However, the bulk of published work on the topic consists of concrete pedagogical activities on the one hand and theoretical position papers on the other. Few authors address the effects of drama pedagogy via structured data collection and analysis in standard foreign language classrooms. 

These presentations will report on different research projects (action research, case-control study) in beginning and advanced FL classrooms.  

The session will focus on the central question: what does the use of drama pedagogy in the FL classroom actually accomplish?  



Letizia Montroni (organizer/speaker), Indiana University – 

Colleen Ryan (chair), Indiana University – 

Anna Santucci (speaker) Brown University – 

Iuri Moscardi (speaker) Indiana University –

39. Il linguaggio politico nell’Italia premoderna 

Organizer: Andrea Polegato (, University of North Texas


Nel mestiere di ricercatore una delle sfide più grandi è quella di arrivare a descrivere pensieri, sentimenti, e dottrine di età passate, senza proiettarvi significati moderni (Chabod). È il caso di termini quali stato, popolo, patria, libertà, e prudenza il cui uso premoderno si discosta dal significato che oggi attribuiamo loro.  


Questo panel è pertanto aperto a qualsiasi contributo che intenda fornire un esempio concreto della sfida indicata da Chabod. I contributi possono affrontare il pensiero di un solo autore o un singolo concetto e concentrarsi su qualsiasi genere letterario, dalla trattatistica politica alla commedia fino alla poesia. 


Si prega di inviare proposte con un massimo di 300 parole (in italiano o in inglese) per un contributo che non superi i 20 minuti, entro il 29 febbraio. 


Organizer: Andrea Polegato, University of North Texas, 

Title: the political language in premodern Italy 

One of the greatest challenges for a scholar is to be able to describe thoughts, feelings, and ideas of past ages without projecting on them the modern meaning they have assumed (Chabod). This is the case of words such as stato, popolo, patria, libertà and prudenza, whose premodern use is quite different from their current meaning. 

This panel is therefore open to any contributions that presents a concrete example of the challenge described by Chabod. Each contribution can address the thought of one author or a specific concept, and can focus on any literary genre, i.e. political treatises, comedy, poetry etc. 


Please send a 300 words abstract to Andrea Polegato, by February 29, 2016. 

38. Smart phones in the university foreign language classroom: practical ways to embrace and leverage mobile technology 

Organizers: Carmen Merolla (,

Tufts University AND Lisa Tortolani (, The University of Rhode Island  

Short description of proposed session: 

Among the challenges that university language instructors face is their students’ potentially distracting use of mobile devices. Rather than taking exclusively punitive measures to limit cell phones and other electronic devices in the classroom, the appropriate inclusion of applications and websites can actually serve to facilitate engagement and improve the grammatical and communicative skills of today’s students. Recent research shows that emerging learners are familiar with and stimulated by e-learning methodologies: our classes are filled with digital natives who respond to learning through social networking and digital media. This session aims at providing practical pedagogical examples of how to incorporate the use of mobile devices to access apps and sites that promote language learning into the more traditional classroom, as a way to enrich a student’s learning experience by increasing their interaction with both their instructors and their peers.  


We welcome abstracts of 250 words by February 15, 2016. Kindly send all submissions to Lisa Tortolani ( and Carmen Merolla (

37. Napoli topos letterario e odeporico 

Organizer and Chair: Teresa Caligiure (, Università degli Studi della Calabria 


Napoli, centro strategico di cultura e di potere, è stata da sempre meta e luogo di passaggio privilegiato, diventando un topos della letteratura viatoria.  Il panel propone contributi multidisciplinari che, dal Trecento alla contemporaneità, indagano luoghi, ambienti e memorie legati alla città partenopea, mediante percorsi mito-poietici, linguistici e critico-testuali che pongono al centro della riflessione la valenza simbolica e morale del viaggio, i motivi dell'inquietudine esistenziale, della ricerca dell’identità e della morte. 



Teresa Caligiure, Università degli Studi della Calabria - Napoli, viaggi e inquietudini in alcune lettere di Francesco Petrarca

Peter Carravetta Stony Brook University - "Parte nu bastimentu..." Fenomenologia del viaggio e autoidentità culturale. 


Giuseppe Polimeni Università Statale di Milano - Un filo dantesco tra Cosenza e Napoli: la lingua del Lamento per la morte di don Enrico d'Aragona. 

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