Chiasmi 2016: BROWN-HARVARD Graduate Student Conference of Italian Studies

Brown University, 8-9 April 2016



Keynote speaker: Millicent Marcus (Yale University)


Re-narrations, re-interpretations and adaptations of inherited texts and stories are crucial mechanisms through which human beings receive and create meaning. The upcoming edition of the Chiasmi conference will investigate the multifaceted theme of adaptation and intertextuality in relation to Italian culture. It is the aim of the conference to explore the problematic yet generative notion that any encounter with a text, in the broadest sense of the word, is an act of appropriation; to discuss what gets lost and found in transformations across media and in re-presentations that cross linguistic, geographical, temporal, and cultural borders; to examine the productiveness of interstices and to voice the knowledge therein produced.


Generously sponsored by the Brown University Department of Italian Studies, the Cogut Center for the Humanities, Arts@Brown, Brown Graduate Student Council, the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women, and the Brown University Departments of Comparative Literature, French Studies, Theater Arts & Performance Studies, Modern Culture and Media, Anthropology, and German Studies.


Background image:
Sean Riley, Broken Dishes Variation, 2010
Photo courtesy of the artist

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