Announcing the second year of "OASIS-Orientale American Studies International School"

Announcing the second year of "OASIS-Orientale American Studies International School," a one-week school that will take place at Università Orientale's conference center on the island of Procida, off the coast of Naples, May 4-10, 2014.

School Directors:

Donatella Izzo, Università di Napoli "L'Orientale" (Italy)

Giorgio Mariani, Università di Roma "Sapienza" (Italy); President of the International American Studies Association

Confirmed speakers:

Jonathan Arac, University of Pittsburgh (USA)

Susan Balée, literary essayist and book reviewer (USA)

John Bryant, Hofstra University (USA)

Carla Cappetti, CUNY City College (USA)

Jane Desmond, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA)

Ira Dworkin, The American University in Cairo (Egypt)

Giuseppe Nori, Università di Macerata (Italy)

Gordon Poole, Università di Napoli "L'Orientale" (Italy)

Bruce Robbins, Columbia University (USA)

Seminar leaders:

Jonathan Arac, University of Pittsburgh (USA)

John Bryant, Hofstra University (USA)



The school will run from Monday to Sunday. Every day will feature 2 plenary 45-minutes lectures from distinguished scholars in the morning, each followed by discussion, and afternoon sessions, which will be devoted to two presentations of participants' individual research projects, followed by discussion. Participants will be divided in seminar groups of about 10, each led by a scholar. The last day will be devoted to plenary presentation and discussion of participants' papers. Lunch will be catered and consumed on site, followed by a short break for rest and group conversation: we thus hope to build a friendly intellectual atmosphere and constructive dialogue among the participants.

We invite applications from doctoral students and recent Ph.D.s in American Studies, English, Comparative Literature, and related fields.

The fee for the School (covering registration, tuition, housing, breakfast, and lunch) is  570 for the whole week. Accommodation will be provided in residences and B&Bs in downtown Procida (in double rooms or shared apartments, depending on availability; the fee covers a maximum of 7 nights, starting May 4). Participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements and expenses. Fees will be due on arrival or payable by national or international money order to the school administration. Depending on financial resources, one fellowship covering tuition and accommodation will be awarded. Preference will be given to applicants outside of Italy who are unable to get funding from their own institutions.

Applications will be accepted until March 15, 2014; successful applicants will be notified by April 1.

Applications should include:

-a current CV

-a two-page abstract of applicant's dissertation or book project, including a description of the section to be presented and discussed during seminars

-the name and contact of a referee

-information about the candidate's eligibility/non eligibility for funding from own institution

Please send all of the above materials (PDF or Word format) to oasis@unior.it .

OASIS is a project inspired by the Futures of American Studies Institute at Dartmouth College, and aiming to create a similarly vibrant and generative institutional venue for the younger generations of American Studies students and scholars. OASIS is the first school of its kind in Italy; it is also the first such school to be held in southern Europe, and it is hosted by a university whose unique tradition of transnational dialogue with and focus on non-European cultures can be traced back to the eighteenth century. By establishing an American Studies school at "L'Orientale," and by convening it in a Mediterranean island such as Procida, we hope to create a venue that is attractive to American Studies scholars and students not just from Italy but from the Mediterranean area at large. We especially hope that our school may prove attractive to Americanist students from the nearby Arabic countries of North Africa and the Middle East. By bringing together scholars from different areas of the world and at different stages of their career, we hope to create the conditions for a productive, truly global dialogue in American Studies.

OASIS is generously supported by the Fulbright Commission and by Università di Napoli "L'Orientale." More info at: www.oasis.unior.it