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OASIS - Orientale American Studies International School

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)

Giorgio Mariani, Università di Roma “Sapienza” (Italy)

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 nearbyArabic 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.

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 students’ individual research projects, followed by discussion. Students 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 students’ 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.

OASIS is generously supported by the United States Diplomatic Mission to Italy, by the Fulbright Commission, and by Università di Napoli “L’Orientale.”


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