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2014 Graduate Conference

Saturday, January 11, 2014 - Sunday, January 12, 2014

The 6th Annual Conference of the Princeton Graduate Program in Italian Studies

"Venice and Ritual"

Venice’s unique situation both in physical space and historical imagination has allowed it to engage every strata of society in a kaleidoscopic range of sensory experiences framed, cultivated, and intensified through ritual. Venice offers the ideal venue for ritual behaviors--ingrained sequential activities performed in response to specific events: liturgical and paraliturgical ceremonies both at San Marco as well as the city’s many confraternities, churches, and convents; Carnival and the associated theatrical activities, including public opera; or civic rituals, such as the “Marriage to the Sea,” a ceremony that publicly links civic power to its environment. Private, public, religious, civic, affirmative, and subversive rituals all contribute to Venice’s identity. Far from being insular, Venetian rituals reach far beyond the lagoon--to the extensive empire upon which fortunes were built, to the terraferma, to the Eastern and Northern seas, and, finally, to the global community that continues to visit the city today.
In conjunction with the Princeton University Opera’s 2014 production of Claudio Monteverdi’s Coronation of Poppea, a multi-sensory event serving as exemplar, microcosm, and reflection of a uniquely Venetian ritual, Princeton’s Program in Italian Studies invites scholars in all stages of their careers to present papers that examine ritual as manifest in the artistic, socio-political, and religious milieu of Venice both historically and chronologically.

Special guest speakers include Jonathan Glixon (University of Kentucky) and Beth Glixon (University of Kentucky).


The Call For Papers deadline was December 13, 2013.

2013 Graduate Conference

Sunday, April 28, 2013

The 5th Annual Conference of the Princeton Graduate Program in Italian Studies

"Beyond Adriatic Shores: Italy and the East"
McAlpin Hall, Woolworth Center, Princeton University


The East has always been a source of wonder, mystery, and sometimes danger for Italy, whether in the tangible threat posed by the Ottoman Empire, or the visions of an almost unimaginable world described by travelers such as Marco Polo or the 16th-century Jesuit Matteo Ricci. Italian artists, musicians, and writers have evoked the East from ancient times to the present day, using it as a setting for tropes of exoticism as well as setting it against the West, as in literature of the Crusades. Graduate students and scholars in the early stages of their career were invited to send abstracts of no more than 350 words to Aliyah Shanti,

Among the possible topics: Exoticism and Orientalism in Italian arts, the influence of travel writers and the changing picture of the East, the outreach of Italian missionaries, and the influence of the eastern political situation on Italian artistic output. This conference will include a performance of scenes from Vivaldi’s 1719 opera, Il Teuzzone, set in China, by Princeton University students.

The Call For Papers deadline was March 31, 2013.

2012 Graduate Conference

Friday, March 30 and Saturday, March 31, 2012

The 4th Annual Conference of the Princeton Graduate Program in Italian Studies

"Alla scuola delle muse: The Sister Arts in Italian Thought and Culture"
138 Lewis Library


The nine muses each have their own separate artistic realm, each the ruler over a specific art form. These arts, however, are perhaps not always so separated, and the muses are generally portrayed as a group. They may be united by a common theme, cultural context, or space and time. Artists of one genre may use works in another as inspiration, or may even attempt to fuse several art forms together to create a new type of work. In this conference, we will explore the connections between these "sister arts" in an Italian context.

Italy, as a birthplace for innovation in many of the arts, including genres such as opera, theater, and film that combine several art-forms, is a fertile ground for interdisciplinary study. We welcome proposals for papers or presentations in English or Italian from graduate students and junior faculty on the relationships between the arts in Italy from any discipline or historical period. Topics may include literature, music, theater, dance, visual arts, architecture, and film. Please submit abstracts to Aliyah Shanti,

The Call for Papers deadline was January 31, 2012.

2011 Graduate Conference

Thursday, March 31 and Friday, April 1, 2011

The 3rd Annual Conference of the Princeton Graduate Program in Italian Studies

"Across the Borders of Desire: Italy as a Land of Departure and Destination"


Our keynote speakers are Dr. Federica Mazzara (University College of London) and Professor Julio Monterio Martins (University of Pisa).

Fields of Interest:  Migration and Media, Migration and Urban Space, Italian Culture Abroad, Italian-American Literature, Migration and Music, Linguistic Dis-Locations and/or Translations, Migration and Cinema, Woman Migrant Writers, Migration and Trauma.

The Call for Papers deadline was February 25, 2011.

2010 Graduate Conference

Saturday, April 24 and Sunday, April 25, 2010

The 2nd Annual Conference of the Princeton Graduate Program in Italian Studies
In collaboration with the Program in Renaissance Studies

April 24 - "Concepts of Privacy in the Early Modern Period"
April 25 - "All Roads Lead to Rome"


Keynote Speaker: Dale Kent, Professor of History, University of California-Riverside

Fields of Interest: Early modern European history with an emphasis on the Renaissance period.

The Call for Papers deadline, posted jointly by the Programs in Italian Studies and Renaissance Studies, was February 25, 2010.

2008 Graduate Conference

The 1st Annual Conference of the Princeton Graduate Program in Italian Studies

Aaron Burr Hall, Room 219


10 a.m. 
 Welcome and Opening Remarks

     Panel 1: Transforming the Text: From the Page to the Stage
            Elizabeth Melly, “E più e men che l’arte”: Dante’s Pygmalion Narrative in Purgatorio   X” Department of English
            Renée Raphael, “Teaching Copernicanism in Counter-Reformation Italy: 1633-1700”   History of Science
            Micaela Baranello, Music
(Baroque) Opera as (Post Modern) Drama: Or, Giulio Cesare our Contemporary”

Lunch 12:30-2:00 PM  
     Panel 2: At the Cross Roads: Citation, Sound, and Spectacle from Greece to Rome
            Jamie Greenberg, Music
“And Her Voice Rang Out in Tears”: Hecuba and Cassandra’s Moral Influence in La Didone
            Scott Francis, French and Italian
“Friendship, Autobiography and Citation in Petrarch and Montaigne” 
            Chen Liu, Art & Archaeology
 “La dolce vita: The Renewed Marvels of Rome"

4:30 p.m. Keynote Address

Dennis Romano, Professor of History and Fine Arts, Syracuse University  and Senior Fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Visual Arts, National Gallery, Washington D.C

Art, Politics, and the Venetian Territorial State: The Building Projects of Doge Francesco Foscari, 1423-1457

Wine and Cheese Reception to Follow