Upcoming Volumes


AdI 2018: The New Italy and the Jews: From Massimo D’Azeglio to Primo Levi

L. Scott Lerner and Jonathan Druker, Guest Editors

On the eve of the Revolution of 1848, Massimo D’Azeglio, calling on Pope Pius IX to abolish the Jewish ghetto of Rome and emancipate the Jews, explicitly connected the status of Italian Jewry to the project of Italian unification and nationhood: “The cause of Jewish regeneration,” he declared, was “strictly united with that of Italian Regeneration.” D’Azeglio’s dual campaign on behalf of Italian Jewry and Italian unification stands as the point of departure for this volume.

Did the project of Italian nationhood depend on a symbolic union of Italian Jews, who sought full participation in the new state, with those non-Jewish Italians who viewed the abolition of the ghettos as a sine qua non of the “New Italy”? In other words, was modern Italy founded on a true universality — which was only made meaningful by embracing the Jews as the bearers of difference? Or was it founded on difference and exclusion? Subsequently, did the New Italy of the Risorgimento and Unification betray itself when it gave way to Fascism, the Lateran Pacts, the Racial Laws and the roundups? Or did the liberal patriotism of the earlier period evolve inexorably into these forms?

Among historians, this question has recently given rise to sharply divergent interpretations. We welcome contributions that stake out a position in this debate by exploring the relationship between the new state and its Jews. Essays could focus either on the significance of Jews in relation to the evolution of Italian national identity or on Jewish experience per se. The conceptual point of arrival for the volume is the placement of an excerpt from Primo Levi’s essay, “La ricerca delle radici,” on the maturità exam in 2010. Has Levi’s unique moral voice helped to return Italy to the (secular) project of the liberal state? One image for consideration could be that of Levi and recent popes as separate, though perhaps no longer antagonistic voices, of the conscience of the nation. In this section, “Levi” will serve as an organizing principle but will allow for a broad range of essays on the post-war state in relation to Italian Jews, for not all of the essays would address Levi or his work centrally.

Between these two poles, D’Azeglio and Levi, the volume will examine the itinerary of union and disunion between modern Italy and its Jews with a focus on self-understanding.

We aim to strike a balance between contributions in history and literary/cultural studies. Contributions should be between 6,000 and 9,000 words and may be written in English or Italian. They should be conceived for inclusion in one of the following sections:

I. Amor di patria, 1846-1890
II. Fulfillment or Betrayal? 1890-1945
III. Primo Levi Comes Home, 1945-2010

Deadline for submission: September 1, 2017.

Scholars are encouraged to contact the guest editors to express interest in contributing to the volume and to discuss contributions in advance.

Scott Lerner: slerner@fandm.edu
Jonathan Druker: j.druker@ilstu.edu


AdI 2019: Urban Space and the Body

Silvia Ross (University College Cork) and Giulio Giovannoni (Università Degli Studi di Firenze), Guest Editors

Cities consist of much more than the built environment and the physical space they occupy: they are experienced by and through the body. As humans, we inhabit, traverse and construct our urban space, shaping the city, as it in turn shapes us. This interdisciplinary issue of Annali d’italianistica intends to  explore the many ways in which the city is perceived by the body and how  urban space influences the corporeality of those who pass through or abide within it. This volume aims to investigate the ways in which Italian cultural production and related disciplines engage with the body and urban issues in  areas encompassing architecture, urban planning, literature, film studies, geography, history, linguistics, philosophy, art history, sociology, drama and theatre studies, anthropology, among others. We are particularly interested in:

the performance of place;
ruins, wounded cities and sick bodies;
in and out of place — gender and sexuality in the city; architectures of affect and emotion;
mobility and immobility in the city; disability and the urban sphere;
industrialization, the environment and the body; invisible subjects and hidden spaces;
the migrant body in the urban sphere; streetwalking and flânerie;
post-human approaches to urban studies; sensing the city;
bodies, borders and abject spaces; urban spaces of childhood;
public assemblies and urban spaces; danger zones and bodily safety; policing the body in the city; cyborgs and virtual worlds;
systems of urban circulation;
public festivals, bodies, and ideologies;
urban space, bodies, and the affirmation of collective and individual identities.

Goals and outcomes:
The 2019 Annali issue on “Urban Space and the Body” seeks to (1) advance the debate on urban space and the body within the Italian context as well as from different disciplinary perspectives, taking into account their mutual influences;
(2) explore theoretical perspectives, as well as theoretically informed case studies on the corporeal and urban space in a comparative context; and (3) enhance critical awareness about the complex and problematic (political, social, economic, cultural, etc.) effects of architecture and urban design on the body. This volume explores a theme which was also the subject of an international conference (with keynote speakers Gillian Rose and Serenella Iovino) organized through the “Cross-disciplinary Approaches to Urban Space” network of scholars and universities (http://crossdisciplinaryurbanspace.com), held at University College Cork on 9-10 June 2017, and announced at: http://www.ucc.ie/en/italian/conferences/urbanspaceandthebody/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/crossdisciplinaryurbanspace/.
This volume, however, does not consist of conference proceedings but rather a peer-reviewed journal issue dedicated to the topic described above.

Submission process:
Interested authors should submit as soon as possible a 200-300-word abstract of their research topic, outlining their theoretical approach and their paper’s focus.

Essays, in Italian or English, are due in September through  December 2018. The volume will appear in the fall of  2019.  Contributors should familiarize themselves with the editorial norms of the journal, available online, for all essays, in English or Italian.

Please send the abstract, contact details, a brief bio, and essay to both guest- editors’ email addresses:

Silvia Ross: s.ross@ucc.ie
Giulio Giovannoni: giulio.giovannoni@unifi.it

Full-length essays (ranging typically from 6,000 to 9,000 words) should be submitted to both guest-editors as an attachment in Word no later than 31 December 2018. Early submissions of essays are most welcome.