Italian Studies

Italian Studies Colloquium

The Italian Studies Colloquium is a bi-weekly forum and seminar for an exchange of ideas and work of the community of Italian scholars at Brown and invited outside scholars

Graduate students enroll and present their work in progress, and engage the work of faculty and visitors.

The Colloquium will be held in 190 Hope Street, Room 102 or via Zoom on the dates shown below, at 12:00-1:30pm EST.

Email us to join the Colloquium.

Fall 2023 Calendar:

List of colloquium dates for the fall 2023

  • September 15: Pamela Ballinger (Fred Cuny Chair in the History of Human Rights, University of Michigan). Discussion of the book: The World Refugees Made. Decolonization and the Foundation of Postwar Italy (Cornell UP, 2022).

  • September 29: Marilyn Migiel (Professor of Romance Studies, Cornell University), "Veronica Franco (1546-1591): Reframing the Debate about a Courtesan Writer."

  • October 13: Lindsay Caplan (Assistant Professor of History of Art and Architecture, Brown University), "Arte Programmata and Autonomia: Artistic and Political Debates about Programming in 1970s Italy." 

  • November 3: Emanuela Patti (Lecturer in Italian, University of Edinburgh), Discussion of the book: Opera Aperta. Italian Electronic Literature from the 1960s to the present, (Oxford, New York, Wien: Peter Lang, 2022).
  • November 16. TBA.
  • December 1: Pier Paolo Polzonetti (Jan and Beta Popper Professor of Music
    University of California at Davis
    ), Discussion of the book: Feasting and Fasting in Opera. From Renaissance Banquets to the Callas Diet (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2022).

Spring 2022 Calendar:

Colloquium dates and topics for Spring of 2022

  • February 5: Allison Levy, (Digital Scholarship Editor and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Italian Studies ), "Scholarly Publishing in the Humanities: Getting Started."
  • February 19 - Inaugural Alumni Lecture - Carla Simonini (PhD, Brown 2006), Paul and Ann Rubino Associate Professor of Italian American Studies, Loyola University, Chicago: "Inventing Colombo: How Italian Americans Forged a Pathway to Acceptance through Christopher Columbus."
  • April 2 - Gretel Rodriguez, PhD candidate History of Art and Architecture, Brown University: "Looking at Arches in Italy, 81 to 114 CE"
  • April 16 -  Theodore Cachey, Professor of Italian Studies, Notre Dame, Indiana: "Mapping Dante: Exile, Cosmology and Cartographic Writing"