Brown-Harvard Graduate Student Conference in Italian Studies

Pembroke Hall, room 305
172 Meeting Street

Brown University, Providence, RI


8:30-9:15 – Registration and Breakfast 

9:15-9:45 – Welcome Address

Prof. Caroline Castiglione (Italian Studies Chair) and Prof. Ronald L. Martinez (Italian Studies DGS), with a few introductory words by Alessandro Carpin (Brown), Anna Santucci (Brown), Corrado Confalonieri (Harvard).

9:45-11:15 – Pasolinian Re-presentations

Chairs: Wuming Chang (Brown), Chiara Trebaiocchi (Harvard)

Alessandro Guaita (University of Guelph), “Humbles and Libertines: Adaptation and Formal Subversion in Pasolini’s Decameron”

Gianmarco Bocchi (University of Guelph), “Pier Paolo Pasolini e il progetto linguistico-culturale alla base della Divina Mimesis”

Paolo Desogus (Université Paris-Sorbonne), “La Divina Mimesis di Pasolini: la crisi della mimesi attraverso la riscrittura della Commedia dantesca”

11:15-11:30 – Coffee Break 

11:30-1:00 – Images, Words and Nations

Chairs: Morris Karp (Brown), Eloisa Morra (Harvard)

Giuditta Cirnigliaro (Rutgers University), “Mathematical Explanations of Spiders’ Behaviors: Leonardo’s Word-and-Image Investigation of Natural Transformations”

Carlo Pirozzi (University of St. Andrews), “War of Poetic Movement: Transnationalizing Ungaretti”

Tullia Giardina (Istituto G. Carducci – Comiso), “Schermi multipli e plurime visioni. La grande Madre. L’Italia”

1:00-2:15 – Lunch ad libitum

2:15-2:45 – Creative interventions: introduction by Valeria Federici (Brown)

“Bow down Thy ear to me” (2014)

Sound installation by Natalija Mijatovic (Binghamton University SUNY)

2:45-4:15 – Cinematic Appropriations

Chairs: Lianca Carlesi (Brown), Amelia Linsky (Harvard)

Peter Lesnik (University of Pennsylvania), “Auteurist Appropriations: Antonioni’s Pavese”

Giovanni Miglianti (Yale), “Francesco Rosi’s Two Levis: The Director’s Self-Consciousness in the Cinematic Adaptations of Carlo Levi’s Cristo si è fermato a Eboli and Primo Levi’s La tregua

Julia Pucci (Yale), “Mahlerian Musings at the Hands of Another: A reflection on Luchino Visconti’s appropriation of Mahler’s Symphonies Three and Five in Morte a Venezia

4:15-4:30 – Coffee Break

4:30-6.00 – Keynote Address

Professor Millicent Marcus (Yale)

“When Old Stories Are Given New Life: Literature into Film and the Renewal of Culture”

6:30 Conference Dinner


8:30-9:15 – Breakfast

9:15-10:45 – Operatic Genealogies

Chairs: Tommaso Pepe (Brown), Peter Lieberman (Harvard)

Adi Burtman (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem), “Otellos’ Jealousies: Operatic Journeys in the History of Emotions”

David Lara (University of Connecticut), “Schiller, Manzoni, and the Intermediacy of Verdi’s Don Carlos”

Lesley Sullivan (University of Notre Dame), “Textual Polyphony in Don Giovanni”

10:45-11:00 – Coffee Break

11:00-11:30 – Creative interventions: introduction by Valeria Federici (Brown) 

Candice Chu, “Italian painting, frescoes, and how I walked in constant fear of falling to the ground”

11:30-1:00 – Italian Theater: a Journey across Three Centuries

Chairs: Filomena Fantarella (Brown), Anna Santucci (Brown)

Simona Bonomi (Università Ca’ Foscari), “Theater and novel: the theatrical Venetian scene in the middle of the 18th century”

Mathilde Flumian (Université Catholique de Louvain), “Le due Cacce di Giovanni Verga tra novella, teatro e cinema”

Beatrice Montorfano (Università di Pisa), “Shakespeare nel teatro in carcere italiano: due esempi di mobilità scenica”

1:00-2:00 – Conference Lunch

2:00-2:30 – Creative interventions: introduction by Valeria Federici (Brown) 

Sean Riley, “Deeper Still”

2:30-3:30 – Twittering and Playing with the Canon

Chairs: Alessandro Carpin (Brown), Andrea Sartori (Brown),

Silvia De Angelis (University of Connecticut), “Rinarrare l’Inferno di Dante attraverso l’adattamento videoludico”

Iuri Moscardi (Indiana University), “TwLetteratura, a new methodology for the reception of the literary text”

3:30-4:45 –Guest Artist

Federico Favot (writer, producer, transmedia storyteller)

“Goodbye, blank page”

4:45-5:00 – Closing Remarks

5:00-6:00 – Reception

Chiasmi 2016 co-organizers: Alessandro Carpin (Brown), Anna Santucci (Brown), Corrado Confalonieri (Harvard)

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

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