Italian Diaspora Studies

Summer Seminar 2017

The Italian Diaspora Studies Summer Seminar is a three-week summer program at the University of Calabria (Arcavacata di Rende) that takes place June 12 through June 30, 2017.

This Summer Seminar is designed to introduce participants to cultural studies of the Ital­ian Diaspora from a variety of academic perspectives and to foster development of individual projects responding to the materials covered in the series of seminars in literature, film, and the social sciences.

All of the courses are taught by leading scholars in the field. Faculty includes: Mary Jo Bona, Margherita Ganeri, Fred Gardaphé, Matteo Pretelli, Donato Santeramo, Circe D. Sturm, and Anthony Julian Tamburri.

Lectures will be offered by leading scholars from a variety of disciplines.


We wish to thank the many organizations that have contributed to making this seminar possible. First, our two home institutions, the University of Calabria and the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, Queens College, The City University of New York, have made it possible for us to work on the notion of an Italian diaspora summer seminar and put it into effect.

Of course, none of this could be possible without substantial support. The various Italian American organizations and colleges and universities have offered the opportunity in the form of fellowships for nineteen participants to attend this year. This is no small deed, to be sure. Thus, we offer a heart-felt thanks to the numerous organizations that have contributed to this year’s seminar.

Queens College President Felix Matos and the University of Calabria Rector Gino Mirocle Crisci continue their unmitigated support of this seminar, an historical understanding within the greater realm of Italian Americana and Italian Diaspora studies. Our teaching staff, further still, agreed to participate in the Summer School more for the spirit of it than for the compensation.

Un caloroso grazie a tutti quanti!

The Program Directors