MLA 2022: Forum on 20th- and 21st c. Italian Literature

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The MLA Forum on 20th- and 21st c. Italian Literature invites you to submit a 250-word paper proposal and short bionote for one of the following panels at the MLA 2022 Convention in Washington, DC. 

The City Lived: Spatial Justice and the Built Environment in Italy.

We seek proposals on architecture, urban forms, and society that focus on representations of injustice and spatial relations in Italian fiction, film, poetry, music and photography.

Deadline for submissions: Sunday, 28 March 2021

Letizia Modena, Vanderbilt U (

Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1922-2022: A Classic?

A century after his birth, Pier Paolo Pasolini’s legacy is ripe for exploration. Is he a “classic” or a forerunner of contemporary themes including biopower, queer aesthetics, and environmentalism?

Deadline for submissions: Sunday, 28 March 2021

Serenella Iovino, U of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (


and, in collaboration with the Forum on Italian-American Literature,


Italian Diasporic Mobilities: From Silence to Erasure to Aperture


Italian mobilities and displacements have created erasures, silences, hybridities; but have also cleared spaces for Italian/Italian-American expression and representation. What texts and contexts help us explore the (dis)appearances of Italian and diasporic voices, languages, stories, bodies?

Deadline for submissions: Sunday, 28 March 2021

Lina Insana, U of Pittsburgh ( and Ryan Calabretta-Sajder, U of Arkansas (