Call for Abstracts: Multi/Interdisciplinary Investigations into Italy and World War I--Due April 1, 2014

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Ernest Ialongo, Hostos Community College, CUNY
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Call for Abstracts: Multi/Interdisciplinary Investigations into Italy and World War I

Due: April 1, 2014

2015 marks the 100th anniversary of Italy's entry into World War I. The theme of the January 2015 conference of the American Historical Association (AHA) is "History and the Other Disciplines" ( Specifically, the AHA invites "participants to share their experiences of encounters with other disciplines: how these encounters affected their teaching, research, writing, and public interpretive work, and how they reshaped their fields over time." Additionally, it encourages "panels that explore some substantive historical terrain or topic situated at the intersection of history and another discipline, as well as panels that bring historians into conversation with colleagues from other disciplines in order to reflect on the pleasures and frustrations of cross-disciplinary collaboration."

To this end, a panel is being put together for the 2015 AHA meeting in New York City that will, if approved, be sponsored by the Society for Italian Historical Studies and will focus on Italy and World War I from the multi/interdisciplinary perspectives. The specific aim of the panel is to bring together historians of Italy and World War I who, for instance, use art and literature as part of their source material and must reckon with the potentially different questions and conclusions art historians and literary scholars may have of such sources. Additionally, the panel hopes to bring in scholars outside the history discipline working on Italy and World War I who seek to ground their analysis within a historical perspective. What experiences do these scholars have?

We hope to answer this and all other questions that may emerge as we explore the challenges and opportunities for scholars of Italy and World War I who work across the disciplines.

Please email your abstract (250 words maximum) and your CV to Ernest Ialongo at by April 1, 2014.