CFP: [Graduate] 15th Annual French and Italian Conference at OSU

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Jacob Schott
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XV Annual FIGSA Conference
April 3rd and 4th, 2009
The Ohio State Universityâ€"Columbus, OH.

Crossing Borders / Breaking Boundaries

The Conference of the French and Italian Graduate Student Association at
the Ohio State University is an opportunity to converse about research
regarding current questions and debates important to the French and
Italian academic worlds.

This year’s topic will treat French and Italian use of cross-border ideas
and works with a thematic approach as opposed to the traditional
chronological approach. Intellectual currents cross national borders via
translation and transmission; thus, our goal is to study how France and
Italy have made use of cultures beyond the hexagon and the boot as
demonstrated in the evolution and development of literary, cultural and
cinematic traditions within France and Italy.

Relevant themes and topics may include but are not limited to:

The use of work by an extra-national author
The use of extra-national literary traditions
Impact of a national literature, language or culture
French influences on Italy; Italian influences on France
Cinematic movements toward France & Italy
Colonial & Post-Colonial ideas in the métropole
French & Italian use of extra-national historical phenomena
French & Italian use of politics, economics, & warfare
Transmission of ideas: philosophical, religious, artistic, & scientific
French & Italian reception and use of foreign visual cultures

We welcome creative submissions and proposals for papers in English,
French, and Italian. Presentations will be limited to a reading time of
20 minutes (8-10 pages). Abstracts should follow the MLA style and be no
more than 250 words, and be submitted in English; they must include a
cover letter indicating the title, author’s name, affiliation, address,
telephone number, and e-mail address.

Please send abstracts to by Feb. 10, 2009.

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