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Symposium of the Interdisciplinary Network for Nineteenth-Century Italian Studies (INNCIS)

2-3 April 2020
Seton Hall University, New Jersey, US

At the Alberto Italian Studies Institute of Seton Hall University, we are pleased to host the inaugural symposium for Ottocentismi (or INNCIS), a newly created international forum for scholars interested in nineteenth-century Italy.

The main objective of this symposium is to bring together scholars from different geographic areas and institutional affiliations to share their research and teaching practices related to nineteenth century Italy. Learn more about Ottocentismi.

The symposium features 29 speakers from the US, Italy, UK, Ireland, Norway, Belgium, France, Australia and South Africa. View the program schedule.


The symposium will be held in the Beck Rooms of the Walsh Library.  For additional travel information view the campus map and directions to Seton Hall.


A block of rooms have been reserved at the Best Western Plus Robert Treat Hotel in Newark. There is a discounted rate at $109 per night, breakfast included (use code SETON HALL).

Keynote speakers

Barbara SpackmanProfessor Barbara Spackman
University of California, Berkeley
"Accidental Orientalists: Nineteenth-Century Italian Travelers in Egypt."

Barbara Spackman, Ph.D. Yale University, is Professor of Italian Studies and Comparative Literature, and holder of the Giovanni and Ruth Elizabeth Cecchetti Chair in Italian Literature. She works on nineteenth and twentieth century Italian literature and culture, with special interests in decadence, the cultural production of the fascist period, feminist theory, travel writing and Italian Orientalism. She has published on topics as diverse as Macaronic poetry, film of the fascist period, the rhetoric of sickness at the fin de siècle, Italian futurism, contemporary feminist theory, the rhetoric of Mussolini's speeches, Orientalism in the nineteenth century, and migrant writing in the twenty-first. She is the author of Decadent Genealogies: The Rhetoric of Sickness from Baudelaire to D'Annunzio (Cornell University Press, 1989) and Fascist Virilities: Rhetoric, Ideology, and Social Fantasy in Italy (University of Minnesota Press, 1996), which won the 1998 MLA Howard R. Marraro, and Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prizes for Italian Literary Studies. Her most recent book, Accidental Orientalists: Modern Italian Travelers in Ottoman Lands, was published by Liverpool University Press in 2017.

Silvia TattiProfessor Silvia Tatti
University of Rome, La Sapienza
"Le parole dell'Ottocento letterario: classico/moderno e dintorni."

Silvia Tatti is Professor of Italian Literature at Sapienza Università di Roma. She is First Vice-President of International Society for Eighteenth-Century studies (2019-2023), member of the Scientific Committee of Società Italiana di Studi sul Secolo XVIII, member of the Executive Council of Associazione degli Italianisti, president of Associazione degli Italianisti-Sezione Didattica, coordinator of "RRR - Rivoluzione Restaurazione Risorgimento,"coordinator of the international doctoral Programme Sapienza - Paris III Sorbonne Nouvelle. She is a member of the Advisory board of the journals "Eighteenth Century studies," "Transalpina," "Atlante. Rivista di lingua e letteratura romanza: italiano spagnolo portoghese," and "Studi (e testi italiani)" and editorial director of the book serie "Participio Passato." Among her publications: Le 'Tempeste della vita.' La letteratura degli esuli italiani in Francia nel 1799, 1999; L'antico mascherato. Letteratura, melodramma, teatro: studi su Roma antica e moderna nel Settecento, 2003; G. Parini, Il giorno Le Odi, ed. M. Tatti, 2008; Il Risorgimento dei letterati, 2011; Classico. Storia di una parola, 2015; Poeti per musica. I librettisti e la letteratura, 2016; F. Algarotti, Saggio sopra l'opera in musica, 2018.

Symposium Organizational Committee:
Gabriella Romani, Seton Hall University
Silvia Valisa, Florida State University
Morena Corradi, CUNY
Katharine Mitchell, University of Strathclyde

For more information, please contact Gabriella Romani at or Barbara Ritchie at

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