Whims of the Wind. Weightlessness and Thought in the Modern and
Due to the anthropic causes of the present-day climatic changes, and moving from the debated idea of an
ecological crisis connected to a crisis of sensibility, linked to the raising of Eco-criticism and Eco-poetics,
the attention on atmospheric elements and hints in literary texts, arts and history, as well as in the esthetical
debate, is growing more and more.
Wind is certainly more than an atmospheric phenomenon, the shape of its contours in words and images, its
symbolic and metaphoric density, its ancestral connotation forged by myths, the narrative and lyrical
movements it gives life to are a constant and unexamined presence. The topos of the tempest excepted, wind
often plays a minor role, it is an ephemeral but meaningful presence, a background more than a prominent
figure: wind and its anthropomorphic projections are able to enliven spaces and inspire an atmosphere,
induce an emotional tone, suggest a poietic direction, preconize facts and also reveal feelings connected to a
The International Conference Whims of the Wind - I capricci dell'aria will take place in Viterbo,
University of Tuscia, the 24th and 25th of November 2021. It aims to promote a plural discourse on
narration and representation of wind as a cross-knot between different disciplines, proceeding by glitches and
associative jumps, intertextuality, intermediality, and moving on a new exploration of the theme through
multiple examples in modern and contemporary literature and in visual and performing arts.
Young and confirmed researchers are invited to propose original contributions due to renew the study of the
figure in the topics of literature, arts history, aesthetics, cultural history and imaginary studies, as well as in
philosophy of image and discourse analysis. The comparative and inter- or transmedial approaches will be
particularly appreciated. Participants will be later invited to submit longer papers for a collection of essays.
The Conference will be held in presence or in mixed-mode, according to the Covid situation.
Proposals, in English or Italian, should be sent in .doc and .pdf with title, abstract (400-500 words) and a
short biobibliographical presentation. Due date is 31st July 2021 to the following address:
firstname.lastname@example.org Notifications of acceptance will be sent by August 20th.
Paola Del Zoppo – Università degli Studi della Tuscia
Rosanna Gangemi – Université libre de Bruxelles / Université Paris 3 Sorbonne Nouvelle
Micaela Latini – Università degli Studi dell’Insubria
Jan Baetens - KU Leuven
Sara Bédard-Goulet - University of Tartu
Isabel Gil - Universidade Católica Portuguesa
Niccolò Scaffai - Università degli Studi di Siena
Pierre Schoentjes - UGent
Maria Stavrinaki - Université Paris 1 Sorbonne
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Redaktion: Constanze Baum – Lukas Büsse – Mark-Georg Dehrmann – Nils Gelker – Markus Malo – Alexander Nebrig – Johannes Schmidt
Diese Ankündigung wurde von H-GERMANISTIK [Nils Gelker] betreut – email@example.com