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ACIS 2017 - Australasian Centre for Italian Studies

Scontri e incontri: The Dynamics of Italian Transcultural Exchanges

9th Biennial ACIS Conference

Monash Prato Centre (Italy), 4-7 July 2017

An international interdisciplinary conference hosted by the Australasian Centre for Italian Studies (ACIS) in association with the School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics, Monash University and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, La Trobe University.

This conference will explore sites of contact, connection and exchange. Some of these can be understood as open sites of interaction and juxtaposition, in which people, goods and ideas from across the globe come and go, and which are shaped by important trajectories of trade or distinctive histories of colonialism, imperialism, or globalisation. When encounters occur in contexts of asymmetrical relations of power, no exchange or contact is present without an inherent confrontation. Language, as something we all possess within the body, is used to create or manipulate perceptions that are formed when worlds collide. It turns contact into an uneven exchange, such as colonisation, modern warfare, and even gender relations. What are the repercussions of such uneven exchanges? How can examining these notions and their representations help illuminate common debates around identity (politics), ideology, globalisation and crisis, human rights, memory and history, the environment, and individual bodies, among others? Conversely, how can we better understand the potential of modern diasporas to connect cultures and lead to collaboration and renewal, through the establishment of wider-ranging networks, and positive forms of exchange?



Scontri e incontri: The Dynamics of Italian Transcultural Exchanges

The conference aims to provide an interdisciplinary platform to identify, discuss and debate those trends and turning points which characterise advances in society, science and the arts in terms of clashes, connections and encounters. We invite paper and panel proposal from scholars and students across all discipline areas and periods within the broad field of Italian Studies that engage with ideas of conflict and exchange – imaginatively, theoretically, institutionally, politically, socially, historically, pedagogically, symbolically.  

Topics for papers and panels may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • cultural/social change
  • conflict
  • war
  • relationships
  • misunderstandings
  • prejudice / discrimination / stereotypes
  • resistance
  • transnational networks
  • postcolonial/transcultural literature
  • conflict, trauma and memory in Italian cinema
  • crime and crime fiction
  • translation

The official conference languages are Italian and English.


Abstracts for papers (ca. 250 words) or panel proposals (which should include the title of the panel as well as title and abstracts for each of the individual papers) should be submitted to by 31 October 2016. Please include a biographical statement of no more than 100 words. Presentations should not exceed 20 minutes. Audiovisual facilities will be available.

Submissions from postgraduate students are especially welcome. A contribution towards the costs of travel/accommodation will be available to students whose papers are accepted. For information contact the organisers here ( 

Monash University Arts La Trobe University