Announcing the IASA Symposium--International American Studies and World Literature



A Symposium of the International American Studies Association (IASA)

Organized by the IASA and the English-Language Literatures Doctoral

Program of the “Sapienza” University of Rome

“Sapienza” University of Rome, April 14 - 15

Symposium Venues: Villa Mirafiori, Via Carlo Fea 2, Aula V and

Ex Vetrerie Sciarra, Via dei Volsci 122, Aula Seminari e Tesi



Thursday April 14, Villa Mirafiori, Aula V


11:00 - 11:30       Greetings, Announcements, General Introduction

Giorgio Mariani, Professor of American Literature,

Coordinator of the English - language literatures doctoral program at “Sapienza”


11:30 - 12:45       First Session - Chair, Professor Giorgio Mariani

Paul Giles, Challis Professor of English, University of Sidney

“World Literature and International American Studies: Convergence, Divergence, and Contest”

Respondent: Cristina Giorcelli, Università di Roma Tre


Lunch Break


14:45 - 16:15       Second session - Chair, Professor Giorgio Mariani

Ulfried Reichardt, University of Mannheim

“Theories of the Global, Global Literature, and American Literature in a Globalizing Digital Age”

Respondent: Marina Camboni, University of Macerata


Coffee Break


16:30 - 17:45       Third Session - Chair, Professor Marina Camboni

Mena Mitrano, Loyola University Chicago, John Felice Rome Center (JFRC)

“American studies as Italian Thought”

Respondent: Carlo Martinez, University “Gabriele d’Annunzio” of Chieti -Pescara




18:00 - 19:15       Fourth Session - Chair, Professor Marina Camboni

Cristina Iuli, Università del Piemonte Orientale

“Trans - Atlantic American Studies Transatlantic Pedagogies: Some Methodological Perspectives and Questions”

Respondent: Ugo Rubeo, “Sapienza” University of Rome


Friday, April 15, Ex Vetrerie Sciarra, Aula Seminari e Tesi


9:00 - 10:15          Fifth Session - Chair, Professor Cristina Giorcelli

Djelal Kadir, The Edwin Erle Sparks Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature, Pennsylvania State University

“Agnotology and the Know - Nothing Party: Then (Continental), and Now (Global)”

Respondent: Manuel Broncano, Texas A & M University at Laredo


Coffee Break


10:30 - 11:45        Sixth Session - Chair, Professor Cristina Giorcelli

Markha Valenta, University of Amsterdam

“Must the ‘American’ in American Studies Be Dissolved? Why the Field Needs a Critical World Polities (That Does Not Yet Exist) to Disrupt Its Structural Nationalism Once and for All”

Respondent: Giorgio Mariani, “Sapienza” University of Rome


Coffee Break


12:00 - 13:00       Final session - Chair, Professor Zilá Bernd, Unilasalle (Brasil)

Introducing the 2017 World Congress of the I.A.S.A. in Laredo, Texas

Manuel Broncano, Texas A & M University at Laredo

“Marginalia: The Borders of the Border”