Society for Italian Studies – Postgraduate Colloquium 2018

16th November 2018

The PG Colloquium is a yearly event funded by the Society for Italian Studies. Each year, it takes place in a different university in UK and Ireland and is organised by PGR students with the support of the Society.

Download the Call for Papers here.

To sign up for attendance, register on Eventbrite.

Body Narratives

This conference aims to bring together early career researchers working on Italian topics across disciplines, inviting them to reflect on how varying interpretations of the body in academic theory and cultural production intersect with their own research. How has the body been variously figured in Italian culture? How has the body been exploited to further or counter specific ideologies? What does it mean to think about a body of the nation, of the text, of knowledge? How do questions of gender, sexuality, race, and ability shape what bodies can do and where they can go?

The Event

The day will be opened with the postgraduate conference, to take place in the boardroom of the Gateway Building (9am to 5pm). Participants will present their papers in panel sessions and receive feedback from both peers and senior scholars and in a welcoming and supportive environment.

During lunch, research posters proposed by the some of the conference participants will be displayed, to encourage informal conversation on each one’s research activities and interests.

Finally, the day will be closed by a public lecture, open to all of the academic community in St Andrews, delivered by guest speaker Dr Manuele Gragnolati.

The Keynote speakers

During the panel session, Dr Emma Bond, from our own department of Italian, will deliver the first keynote address for the day. The title of this lecture will be Writing Migration through the Body.

The day will be closed by a public lecture by guest speaker Dr Gragnolati (Université de Paris Sorbonne) to take place in School V at 5pm. The title of his intervention is:
Diffracting Dante’s Paradiso with Pier Paolo Pasolini and Elsa Morante: Corporeality, Sexuality, Aesthetics


For the complete list of the abstracts selected, please see the full program page.

To participate to the event, it is necessary to be a member of the SIS. The cost of the membership, for postgraduate students, is £18. Further information