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3:00 – 3:15 PM: Welcome; Opening Remarks by Prof. Lucia Re

3:15 – 4:15 PM: Prof. Serenella Iovino’s lecture "Porous Landscapes of Land and Sea: A Volcanic Anti-Pastoral" and Q&A

4:15 – 4:30 PM: Coffee Break

4:30 – 5:30 PM: Panel I, “Contamination of Land and Sea.” Panel Chair: Prof. Ursula Heise


  • Sarah Cantor (UCLA): “The Myth of Sirens in Matilde Serao’s Leggende Napoletane

  • Paolo Chirumbolo (LSU): "Death by the Water: Industrial Landscapes in Contemporary Italian Filmmaking."

  • Q&A

5:30 – 7:00 PM: Reception





9:30 – 10:00 AM: Breakfast
10:00 – 11:15 AM: Panel II, “The Mediterranean Alternative.” Panel Chair: Rebecca Rosenberg (UCLA)


  • Emily Antenucci (NYU): “‘Un episodio del mare’: An Ecocritical Look at the Representation of Sicily in La Terra Trema

  • Silvia Caserta (Cornell): “ll Ciclope by Paolo Rumiz: A Narrative of Mediterranean Resistance”

  • Melissa Melpignano (UCLA): “Mediterranean Relationscapes: Performing Models of Livability and Citizenship in the Choreography of Roberto Zappalà and Daniele Ninarello”

  • Q&A



11:15 – 11:30 AM: Coffee Break

11:30 – 12:30 AM: Prof. Roberto Dainotto’s lecture "Swept Away: A Short History of Sea and Forms” and Q&A

12:30 – 13:30 PM: Lunch

1:30 – 2:25 PM: Panel III, “Dynamics of Estrangement between Land and Sea.” Panel Chair: Prof. Claudio Fogu


  • Federica Di Blasio (UCLA): “Fuocoammare by Gianfranco Rosi: A Heterotopic Account of Migration”

  • Heloisa Rojas Gomez (European University Institute, Italy): “Home, Sea, and the Empire: Practices of Identity Change among Crimean Italians”

  • Q&A

2:25 – 2:40 PM: Coffee Break

2:40 – 3:35 PM: Panel IV, “The Symbolism of Land and Sea." Panel Chair: Prof. Thomas Harrison


  • Andrea Capra (Stanford University): “‘Lasciami andare oltre al deserto, al mare’: il cammino marittimo di Carlo Michelstaedter”

  • Viola Ardeni (UCLA): “I frutti della terra: Fruit Consumption and Sexual Desire in Gianbattista Basile’s 'I tre cedri' and Edoardo Sanguineti’s L’amore delle tre melarance

  • Q&A

3:35 – 3:50 PM: Closing Remarks by Prof. John Agnew

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