Call for Papers - CSIS 2015 Italian Contemporary Theater Panel
14 October, 2014
Please find below a call for papers for a panel proposed for the 2015 CSIS conference, with apologies for cross-posting.
All the best,
Francesca Spedalieri; Ph.D. Theater History/Literature/Criticism candidate
Department of Theater; The Ohio State University
Voices from/about the Edge: National Identity, Regionalism, andthe Margins in Italian Contemporary Theater.When Italy entered the Second Republic, the entire population of theBel Paese witnessed drastic political, sociological, and economicshifts that deeply unsettled the country. Simultaneously, Italyunderwent a (televised) process of re-construction of nationalidentity; a process of re-branding that left the people of thepeninsula to (yet again) reconcile their own empirical experienceswith a re-minted, and nationally broadcasted “Italianess.” In thistime of unrest, many Italian theater practitioners have undertaken afluid exploration of collective and individual identity. Theseinvestigations have often called into question the normative whilefocusing on the marginalized, and have interrogate notions ofuniformity, and nationalism while blurring the boundaries betweentradition and innovation; between the national and the regional.Drawing case studies from various theatrical genres, productionvenues, and creative ideologies, this session seeks to analyze thespan of theatrical responses problematizing the notion of “Italianidentity” re-constructed over the last twenty years.Papers (15-20 minutes) may be presented in English, Italian, orFrench. If interested, please submit a 300 words abstract of yourpaper and a 250 words bio to Francesca Spedalieri firstname.lastname@example.org by January 15th, 2015.