CFP: “Italian American?” @ Italian American Studies Association Conference

The 2013 conference of the Italian American Studies Association (October
3-5, New Orleans) examines the politics of the identifying term “Italian
American” from multiple perspectives and in different time periods. What
are the social conditions in which the ever-changing narratives of
collective identity are formulated and perpetuated? How are ethnic symbols
and practices mustered and re-invented at the service of “Italian
American?” And ultimately, how do competing politics reveal and engender
intragroup tensions but possibly also productive dialogue, both of which
might re-configure understandings and enactments of the very term “Italian
American?”  The conference is open to scholars in different disciplines,
creative writers (novelists, poets, and memoirists), and visual and media


Abstracts for scholarly papers (up to 500 words, plus a note on technical
requirements) and a brief, narrative biography should be emailed as
attached documents, by June 15, 2013, to to whom other inquiries may also be

Prospective presenters may expect to be advised of their acceptance or
otherwise by August 1, 2013. All presenters, respondents, and discussants
must be members in good standing of the Italian American Studies
Association by September 15, 2013.

Conference Committee: Bénédicte Deschamps, Michael Eula, Laura E. Ruberto,
Joseph Sciorra, chair


Author: Camara Dia Holloway

I am an art historian specializing in early twentieth century American art with particular focus on the history of photography, race and representation, and transatlantic modernist networks. I earned my PhD at Yale University in the History of Art Department. Besides my leadership role as the Founding Co-Director of the Association for Critical Race Art History (ACRAH), I am recognized for my expertise on African American Art, particularly African American Photography, and as a seasoned consultant for exhibitions, museum collections, and symposia/lectures planning.

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