mercoledì 27 marzo 2013

Sulla storia degli ebrei italiani: New York, Oregon

Beyond The Ghetto. New Research and Perspectives on the History of the Jews of Italy 

April 12, 2013- 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimò | 24 West 12 Street
The seminar is free and intended for students and faculty. Seats may be available to the general public pending availability.
Registration is mandatory:  
Presented in collaboration with Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimò and the Department of Italian and the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies at NYU. In association with the Center for Jewish Studies at CUNY Graduate Center, the Center for Jewish and Israel Studies at Columbia University and the Center for Jewish Studies at UCLA. 
The Jewish experience in the Italian peninsula, though subject to rules and restrictions, appears as an essential component of the society at large. In Italy, the lack of attention on the intersection and parallelisms between Jewish history and Christian history has meant that the Jews have long been "invisible" from the overall historical narrative. This led historians to neglect the valuable wealth of information that emerges from the analysis of institutions, norms and behaviors related to the Jews, which today prove essential for a deeper comprehension of Italian society from a national and European perspective. Within this interpretative framework, Marina Caffiero will discuss the relationships and exchanges - cultural, social and institutional - between the Jewish minority and the Christian majority.  

Research Seminar on the History and Cultures of Italian Jews: a Multi-Disciplinary Exchange.
April 10, 2–4:30 pm.
University of Oregon, Prince Lucien Campbell Hall, room 159
Chair: Deborah Green (University of Oregon) 

Presenters: Monique Balbuena (University of Oregon), Lucia Finotto (Brandeis University and Kalamazoo College), Federica Francesconi (University of Oregon), Dana Katz (Reed College), Scott Lerner (Franklin and Marshall College), and Valerie Wilhite (University of Oregon).
Respondents: Judith Baskin (University of Oregon) and Kenneth Stow (University of Haifa).

2013 Singer Family Lecture"Anxieties in Conflict: The Diary of Anna del Monte"
Kenneth Stow
April 10, 7:30 pm.
University of Oregon, Knight Library Browsing Room
Refreshments will be provided. 

AAIS Conference, Oregon
Clicca qui per il programma del convegno AAIS. Ecco alcuni panels che potrebbero interessarvi:

Voices of Memory from the Ghetto to the Shoah
Organizers: Gabriele Boccaccini, University of Michigan, Federica Francesconi, University of Oregon and L. Scott Lerner, Franklin and Marshall College
Chair: Lucia Finotto, Brandeis University.
  • Sibilla Destefani, University of Zürich, “Il fumo di Birkenau: un affresco femminile dell’antimondo. Descrizione linguistica e tematica di un capolavoro tragico.”
  • Federica Francesconi, University of Oregon, “Defining and Defending Boundaries: Jewish Women in Eighteenth-Century Italian Ghettos.”
  • Michele Sarfatti, Fondazione Centro di Documentazione Ebraica Contemporanea CDEC, Milano, “Hanno fatto tutto i tedeschi? La Shoah italiana nella storiografia internazionale, 1946-1986.”
From Caesar to the Popes: Boundary Crossings in Rome
Organizer: Gabriele Boccaccini, University of Michigan, Federica Francesconi, University of Oregon and L. Scott Lerner, Franklin and Marshall College
Chair: Federica Francesconi, University of Oregon
  • Miriam Ben Zeev, Ben Gurion University, “Roman Law and the Jews of Rome in the First Century BCE.”
  • Serena Di Nepi, Università di Roma, La Sapienza, “Per fiere e per città. Mobilità ebraica nello Stato della Chiesa di età moderna (XVI-XVIII sec.).” 
  • L. Scott Lerner, Franklin & Marshall College, “The Bishop and the Synagogue of Rome."
Italian-Jewish Studies, II: Literary Expression Across the Centuries
Organizers: Gabriele Boccaccini, University of Michigan, Federica Francesconi, University of Oregon and L. Scott Lerner, Franklin and Marshall College
Chair: Judith Baskin, University of Oregon
  • Lucia Finotto, Brandeis University, “Translating Islamic Philosophy in Renaissance Venice: Visible Jews, Christian Patrons and the City.”
  • Will Wells, Rhode State College, “Keeping Faith in Word and Spirit: Translating the Poems of Sarra Copia Sulam.”
  • Angela Fabris, Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, “L’Ottavo Distretto di Budapest nella narrativa di Giorgio Pressburger."
Italian-Jewish Studies, IV: Jews and the Spaces of Italian Culture
Organizers: Gabriele Boccaccini, University of Michigan, Federica Francesconi, University of Oregon and L. Scott Lerner, Franklin and Marshall College
Chair: L. Scott Lerner, Franklin & Marshall College
  • Cristiana Facchini, Università di Bologna, “The ghetto – lieu de la memoire. An Inquiry into Christian and Jewish Narrative.”
  • Gabriella Romani, Seton Hall University, “Italian Jews and the Formation of a National Culture in Post-Unification Italy.”
  • Roberta K. Waldbaum, University of Denver, “Alice Hallgarten Franchetti: American Pragmatism in a Franciscan Soul.”

martedì 19 marzo 2013

NeMLA Italian Studies 2014 Special Issue: The Jewish Experience in Contemporary Italy

Even before his untimely passing in 1987, Primo Levi's contributions to the Italophone literary panorama inspired a significant amount of critical responses. One could argue that his name has become synonymous with contemporary representations of the Italian Jewry, including (but not limited to) artistic reflections of World War II and the Shoah. This volume aims to highlight new or underexplored approaches to the study of the Italkim, but also to properly contextualize and further the extant critical discourse on Italian-speaking, foreign-born authors such as Edith Bruck and Giorgio Pressburger who (among others) have had an undeniable impact on how Italian and European audiences perceive the modern Jewish experience. Contributions will be informed by the most recent scholarship on the subject (Gordon, Salah, Rothberg, Quercioli-Mincer, Serkowska, Speelman, Minuz, Marcus, Sodi, Perra and many others) and will endeavor to move beyond the barriers that all too often have helped create a compartmentalized scholarly inquiry with respect to Jewish artists operating in Italy. Essays exploring the literary and cinematic representations of the Italophone Jewish experience will constitute the principal focus of this issue. Submissions addressing unstudied/understudied artists and themes are especially welcome. Manuscripts must be submitted electronically no later than March 1, 2014.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Male and Female Jewish Identities, Migration, Transationalism and Translingualism, the Shoah, World War II and Fascism, Cinema, Theater.

Submissions can be authored in English or Italian. Authors must comply with MLA standards for citation and documentation of sources.

Articles may not exceed 10,000 words. Book reviews should not exceed 1,200 words.

Editorial communications should be addressed to the editors, preferably via e-mail, or mailed to Simona Wright, Dept. of Modern Languages, The College of New Jersey, 2000 Pennington Road, NJ 08628-0718. Manuscripts should be sent via e-mail attachment (Microsoft Word for PC). Attachments should be marked with the last name of the contributor, followed by the name/subject of the paper (Dunne/Boccaccio - Dunne/Postmodern). All submissions must be accompanied by a cover letter/message that includes the author's relevant affiliations, a U.S. or international postal address, and an e-mail address. Contributors need to submit, in order, their name and work affiliation at the end of the article. NeMLA Italian Studies has a blind reader policy and the editorial staff will erase the personal information from the copy sent for evaluation to each of the readers.

NeMLA membership is not required to submit to NIS; however, membership is required for publication. Please consult this webpage for details.

Interested authors should contact the editors by e-mail:

Philip Balma
University of Connecticut

Simona Wright
The College of New Jersey

lunedì 18 marzo 2013

Colpa del sole, di Alberto Moravia

Il blog di Nuovi Argomenti ha appena scritto sul film "Colpa del sole," il solo film mai diretto da Alberto Moravia. Assieme a un videoclip, presenta il racconto che Moravia utilizzò come soggetto nella sua unica prova da regista.

Io non ho ancora visto il film ma mi piace l'idea di includere il racconto.
Inoltre il titolo mi fa pensare della luce accecante del sole (in particolare del sole di mezzogiorno) nella scrittura di Elsa. Per esempio la morte di Anna nel primo romanzo viene accompagnata da questa luce di pieno sole. O la luce orribile di Aracoeli quando Manuele si mette gli occhiali per la prima volta.