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  • Udine

    Call for papers - Language

    “Celui qui parle, c’est aussi important !” Forms and variations of author-function in linguistics, philology, and literature

    Since the 1960s there has been much critical reflection on the figure of the author, and this has been analysed from several angles in linguistic and literary studies as well as more recent forms of web writing in the wake of the digital revolution. First, structuralism and Saussurian theory laid the groundwork for the renewal of Literary theory. The “death of the author” propounded by Barthes (1961) offered the chance to redefine the essence, the role and the status of the author. The first person to accept this challenge was Michel Foucault, during his lecture Qu’est-ce qu’un auteur? at Collège de France, on 22 February 1969. Beyond the limits of historical and ideologically connoted analysis, debate on the matter is far from settled. On the contrary, the authorial question offers food for thought in different fields of linguistics, philology and literature. If the modern concept of author called for reflection on Beckett’s provocative “qu’importe qui parle?”, even today the number of issues that can be investigated in relation to the author prove how important this is for all three aforementioned disciplines.

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  • Call for papers - Representation

    Science and madness, extravagance, exception

    Alchemists, magicians, outlaw scientists in italian culture

    This volume aims at exploring the ways of science as excess and madness (see Zangrandi 2011, 2017; Garlaschelli and Carrer 2017) or, in less tragic forms, as an opportunity to explore new paths of knowledge. Another goal is to shed light on the character’s evolution, tracing the roots of a literary and cultural trope that, since the 20th century, takes on multiple configurations and plays manifold functions. Looking back to the past, this theme can be traced in the Romanticism’s rejection of the exact science and in the particular declination proposed by Leopardi in his Operette morali, or even in the disquieting image of the alchemist of the Renaissance, whose superior knowledge of natural phenomena turns into the extreme and a punishable hybris.

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  • Venice

    Call for papers - History

    Intersections. New perspectives for public humanities

    HFC-INT 2020

    The international network Humanities for Change, in accordance with the interdisciplinary spirit and the contaminatory approach that characterize its activities, intends to organize a day of study on the theme of public humanities. The meeting aims to stimulate some reflections coming from different fields of knowledge and to encourage the dialogue between researchers on the possibilities of the humanities to escape from academic circles. In this sense, the main object of study is the analysis of methodologies and tools related to knowledge dissemination practices for historical, artistic and philological-literary disciplines. Particular attention will also be given to new professional figures connected to the degree courses of the humanities faculties (such as the 'public historian') and to the interactions of these professional figures with the new media of communication and mass dissemination.

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  • Florence

    Call for papers - Representation

    From ritual to myth: Carnival in European culture

    D’où vient la profonde exigence sociale du carnaval et quels sont les thèmes et les motifs que cette tradition a fait émerger dans notre héritage culturel et artistique ? Du drame bouffon à la farce et à la grande tradition de la commedia dell’arte italienne, des observations de Goethe sur le carnaval de Rome aux compositions de Schumann (Carnaval, op. 9) et de Saint-Saëns (Le Carnaval des Animaux), jusqu’à la peinture de Brueghel l’Ancien, Monet, Pissarro et Elrond, le carnaval a fasciné de nombreux auteurs. Le but de ce colloque est de recueillir et de combiner des idées innovatrices pour l’analyse ou la reformulation de ce mythe, en créant un pont entre les perspectives de lecture les plus diverses dans le domaine des humanités. 

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  • Call for papers - Language

    The anomaly in question(s)

    TRANS- 26 (2020)

    Of all the imaginative freedoms literature has to offer, the anomaly is certainly the most radical tool that fiction can exploit. However, the anomaly has often been described as a voluntary or involuntary infraction of norms and rules, and this concept has been linked to the “abnormal”. For a long time, the terminological confusion that resulted has hindered a precise reflection on the intrinsic characteristics of the concept of anomaly. Which framework can be designed for these irregularities? How can one build a discourse that preserves the singularity of the “deviation” that the anomaly opposes to norms and normality, without confusing it with the “abnormal”? How does the anomaly violate social, psychological and/or artistic parameters and established frameworks? How does it challenge the reader’s traditional patterns of reception and which new fields does it open to them?

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  • Palermo

    Call for papers - Representation

    In/visible: representation, discourse, practices, “dispositifs”

    Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference

    How is the materiality of the visible world inscribed in its cultural representations? What are the more or less visible actors and mechanisms in the genesis of a cultural artefact? Should the visible / invisible binomial be considered as an anthropological constant or as the effect of a certain epistemological constellation? To what extent does visibility coincide with power and, therefore, how should one represent the in/visible? These are just some of the questions that cultural studies, in their innate interdisciplinarity and methodological heterogeneity can formulate with respect to the issue.

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  • Call for papers - History

    Leonardo and Antiquity

    Conference at Hadrian's Villa

    To mark the five hundredth anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death, the “Istituto Autonomo Villa Adriana e Villa d’Este - Villae” (Tivoli, Rome) is organizing a conference with the theme of: “Leonardo and Antiquity”, at Hadrian’s Villa. At the dawn of the 16th century, Leonardo da Vinci visited Villa Adriana, then known as “old Tivoli”. The conference in preparation intends to explore ways in which this journey influenced Leonardo's genius, also in the context of the time period and work of Leonardo's contemporaries and/or disciples. In the company of internationally recognized keynote speakers, the conference welcomes the participation of both Italian and foreign researchers and scholars who answer this call for papers, as a major focus of the conference will be to place Leonardo's trip to Tivoli within a broader cultural context. The deadline for the paper proposals is fixed at January 25th, 2019.

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  • Zurich

    Call for papers - Language

    Theories and Methods for History of Translation

    In the first lines of his essay, L’épreuve de l’étranger (1984), Antoine Berman states that ‘the constitution of a history of translation is the first step for a modern theory of translation’ (Berman 1984: 12). This reflexion, after thirty years, cannot but appear prophetical: the study of translations shows us new ways because it thinks and rethinks itself through the lens of other disciplines and, most particularly, because it aims to be an integral part of Literary history.

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  • Nice

    Study days - Language

    Arrigo Boito. 100 years on

    La journée d'étude Arrigo Boito. Cent ans après aura lieu à la faculté des lettres, arts et sciences humaines à partir de 9 heures. Elle se décline en quatre mouvements, avec deux parties : Boito nouvelliste et Boito librettiste et compositeur.

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  • Turin

    Call for papers - Thought

    Aristotle in Quotation: An example of the reappropriation in philosophy of the discourses of past knowledge

    Quatrième colloque dans le cadre du Programme Le problème de la réappropriation par la philosophie des discours de savoir antérieurs (Colloque 1 : « La poésie archaïque comme discours de savoir », 28-29 novembre 2014 ; Colloque 2 : « La poésie dramatique comme discours de savoir », 21-22 mai 2015; Colloque 3:  « Platon citateur : un exemple de réappropriation par la philosophie des discours de savoir antérieurs », 29-31 mars 2017). Faisant fond sur les résultats obtenus lors des trois colloques précédents (en cours de publication chez les Classiques Garnier), nous aurons à examiner les citations (directes ou indirectes) de Aristote non seulement aux poètes archaïques et classiques, mais également aux autres discours de savoir non philosophiques.

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  • Paris

    Conference, symposium - Language

    Franco-Italian cultural transfer in the Middle Ages

    Le thème des transferts culturels est apparu comme le meilleur moyen d’étudier ce qui à la fois rapproche et sépare ces deux espaces centraux de la Romania. Les va-et-vient entre ces deux mondes sont tellement nombreux qu’ils semblent presque remettre en cause la notion de « transfert culturel », les deux contextes n’apparaissant que comme un seul monde et ne nécessitant donc aucune « dynamique de resémantisation » spécifique. Mais les ressemblances peuvent aussi cacher des mouvements souterrains culturels, linguistiques, esthétiques, religieux,qui aboutissent à une polarisationprogressive de ces deux espaces et à des identités littéraires bien distinctes.

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  • Aix-en-Provence

    Call for papers - Language

    Contemporary song of Langue d'Oc and Italy. Roots, dialect and transnational dynamics

    Ces dernières décennies ont vu une diversification notable de la scène musicale occitane. La chanson d'oc s'est renouvelée dans les échanges avec des musiciens issus d'autres sphères culturelles, souvent méditerranéennes, mais pas seulement. L'étude de ces dynamiques transnationales permet de comprendre comment la chanson dialectale pose des questions essentielles : rapport entre dimensions locales, nationales et mondialisation, enracinement et multiculturalisme, face à face entre cultures dominantes et civilisations minorées. Nous consacrerons une journée aux liens entre la chanson d'oc et l'Italie. Nous étudierons les échanges entre la chanson d'oc et la culture italienne conçue comme une mosaïque de cultures régionales, dans une dynamique à double sens, sans limite dans le temps (héritage culturel lointain, choix d'instruments ancrés dans une pratique musicale ancestrale, influences récentes).

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  • Nice

    Call for papers - Modern

    Contemporary receptions of the work of Simone de Beauvoir - France, Italy and Spain (1968-2018)

    Lors de ce colloque consacré aux modalités de réception de l’œuvre de Simone de Beauvoir dans l’espace méditerranéen, nous souhaitons nous interroger sur l’actualité de ses travaux tant philosophiques que littéraires. Le Deuxième Sexe est un texte fondateur du féminisme, mais Mémoires d’une jeune fille rangée, La Force des choses ou La Force de l’âge ont eu un impact considérable sur les esprits, en France sans doute, mais aussi en Italie et en Espagne.

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  • Call for papers - Language

    Contra-bridges

    24th issue of “TRANS-”

    This issue of the journal TRANS- will be devoted not to the bridge, but to bridges, be they real or imaginary, painted, sculpted, filmed, recounted or deconstructed. This subject is not exclusive to any time period or genre. It does however require a comparative approach that can take the form of a comparison between different objects – bridges coming from geographies, histories, literatures, or technologies – and can be understood as a meeting point of several approaches, and as the excursion of a scientific perspective in a work of fiction, or an historical approach to a concept.

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  • Épinal

    Call for papers - History

    Fantasy and histories

    Le colloque « Fantasy et Histoire(s) » est une rencontre universitaire organisée dans le cadre du festival des Imaginales d'Épinal, spécialisé dans les littératures de l'imaginaire et en particulier la fantasy. Cette première édition sera consacrée aux rapports, étroits et complexes, entre le genre et son principal support de mise en fiction, l'histoire : réinvestissements de l’histoire en fantasy (périodes revisitées, liens à l'historiographie, histoire(s) en fantasy, histoire de la fantasy).

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  • Milan

    Call for papers - Modern

    Interarts - mimetic hypertextuality between rewritings and allographic continuity

    The last decades have seen an increase in the number of publications concerned with the theme of trans-textuality, meaning the conscious reuse of themes and subjects. A widespread practice during the seventeenth and eighteenth century, trans-textuality was interrupted during the Romantic age only to be relentlessly resumed until  becoming, today, a real trend in literature and other arts, overlapping genres and artistic expressions.

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  • Zurich

    Conference, symposium - Middle Ages

    Augustine, Augustinians and Augustinianisms in the Italian Trecento

    Se l’importanza di Agostino per alcuni autori trecenteschi italiani è fatto auto-evidente, basti pensare a Francesco Petrarca che lo scelse come suo inquisitore e guida spirituale nel Secretum, la lunga durata di questa influenza nel corso del secolo è ancora in gran parte da esplorare, a partire dal caso più contestato, quello di Dante Alighieri. Parallelamente questo convegno s’interesserà al modo in cui l’attività dei membri dell’OESA ha plasmato la vita culturale peninsulare nel corso del secolo e contribuirà a rimettere in questione le categorie storiografiche di agostinismo e anti-agostinismo.

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  • Nice

    Conference, symposium - Language

    "Io sono vivo e non concludo"

    Luigi Pirandello 1867-2017

    Ce colloque international s'inscrit dans le cadre du projet interdisciplinaire "Pirandello International 2017", cycle de conférences et colloques organisés en Italie et dans le monde à l'occasion du 150e anniversaire de la naissance de Luigi Pirandello.

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  • Treviso

    Conference, symposium - History

    Giocare tra medioevo ed età moderna. Modelli etici ed estetici per l’Europa

    Des études récentes sur l’histoire de la « ludicità » dans l’espace européen ont montré dans quelle mesure « le jouer » en tant qu’acte de parole et d’image représente un observatoire privilégiée permettant de s’interroger sur des questions primordiales dont la portée intellectuelle, politique et sociale a été largement sous-estimée par les historiens. Cette rencontre se propose de fournir un parcours historiographique et une nouvelle interprétation critique de la culture éthique du jeu comme forme et norme du vivre social dans l’histoire de l’Europe entre Moyen Âge et modernité (XIVe-XVIIe siècle).

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  • Call for papers - Language

    The imaginaries of translation

    Following the great success of our workshop on the “Imaginaries of Translation”, which took place at the University of Sorbonne-Nouvelle on the 3rd and 4th of March 2017, we now wish to extend our reflections on the theory and practice of translation and to encourage innovative and comparative perspectives.

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