What: The eleventh annual conference “Corporeal Restrictions, Embodied Freedoms: Italian Interventions on the Body,” organized by The John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, Queens College, a university-wide research institute of the City University of New York (CUNY), dedicated to the history and culture of Italians in the United States.

When/Where: City University of New York, April 26-28, 2018.

Topics: This interdisciplinary conference recognizes the body in its literal, metaphorical, and hybrid constitutions as found in the modern nation-state of Italy, the larger Italian diaspora, and among former colonies.

Suggested paper topics include, but are not limited to:
  • The racialized body
  • The gendered body
  • Queering the body
  • Intersectionality and body politics
  • The loving body, e.g., sexuality, couplings
  • Migration and bodies in movement
  • The sick and healing body
  • Disabilities
  • The inanimate body, e.g., cadavers, sculpture, puppetry
  • The sacred body, e.g., incorruptibles, relics
  • Sports and the athletic body
  • Bodylore
  • The written, the drawn, the sung, the performed, and the filmed body
  • The body adorned, e.g., clothing, hair, makeup, tattoos


How to apply/deadline: Abstracts for scholarly papers (up to 500 words, plus a note on technical requirements) and a brief, narrative biography should be emailed as attached documents by September 15, 2017, to calandra@qc.edu, where other inquires may also be addressed. The official language of the conference is English. All presentations are to last no longer than twenty minutes, including audio and visual illustrations.