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Call for Papers: Calandra Conference on Bambini, Ragazzi, Giovani--Deadline September 12

(Aug 22, 2014)

Bambini, Ragazzi, Giovani: Children and Youth in Italy and the Italian Diaspora is the focus of the Spring 2015 conference at the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute. To be held April 24-25, 2015, the conference explores the ways in which the Italian family has been a quintessential subject for scholarly research and creative work in Italy and among various diasporic communities, with matters relating to children and youth receiving significant exploration. The deadline for paper and panel submissions is September 12, 2014.

In the United States, notable inquiries concerning youth issues include William Foote Whyte’s urban ethnography Street Corner Society (1943) and  Leonard Covello’s The Social Background of the Italo-American School Child (1967). The twenty-first century brings new lines of inquiry as well as new issues, such as changing family structures, Internet culture, and increased migratory movement. Working from interdisciplinary and transnational and perspectives, this conference seeks to expand and update knowledge concerning historical and contemporary childhood and youth in Italy and among the diaspora and former colonial sites.

 Children as immigrants
 Second-generation youth between two worlds
 Youth as a target for adult interventionist initiatives, from assimilation efforts to youth
gangs of the 1950s to contemporary travel programs of ethnic heritage
 Youth as a target for language acquisition, e.g., as immigrants, as ethnics learning Italian
 Pedagogical concerns and initiatives
 Issues concerning children of immigrants (“Seconda Generazione”) in Italy
 Alternative family structures, e.g., adoption
 Youth and political life, e.g., anarchism, fascism
 Youth and religion
 Violence, e.g., pedophilia, war
 Play and creativity

For complete details on submissions and on the conference, go to http://qcpages.qc.edu/calandra/sites/calandra.i-italy.org/files/files/2015ConfCFP.pdf