Devotion, Artistry, and the Cult of St. Joseph: A Call for Articles for an Edited Book

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A Call for Articles for an Edited Book
Devotion, Artistry, and the Cult of St. Joseph
Edited by Leonard Norman Primiano and Joseph Sciorra

Abstracts due: July 1, 2020

Papers due: January 1, 2021

Interest in and devotion to the husband of the Virgin Mary and foster-father of Jesus—Joseph the Carpenter—has been present among Christians since the earliest centuries of the Common Era. Joseph has been deemed the patron saint of workers, sickness, and even a happy death. In places like Sicily as well as among Italian Americans devotion to St. Joseph is marked by elaborate altars (tavole) assembled on his feast day of March 19th with cornucopian displays of gastronomical delights.

We are seeking scholarly articles from a variety of disciplinary perspectives for an edited, peer-reviewed anthology on the global veneration of St. Joseph. The proposed book seeks to explore the historical and contemporary devotion, as well as intimate and institutional interactions with this wonder worker. Special emphasis will be placed on how devotees of St. Joseph have artistically and creatively expressed their familiar connection to a beloved, but still excitingly mysterious, holy figure. Our plan is to submit the manuscript in the new year to a university publisher.

We are looking for scholarly articles of original, unpublished research that encompass different disciplinary fields (e.g., biblical studies, religious studies, art history, cinema studies, literary criticism, anthropology, folklore and folklife) and that address a wide range of possible topics.


An abstract up to 500 words and a brief curriculum vitae are due by July 1, 2020. If accepted, authors should plan to send completed articles (approximately 6,000 words) by January 1, 2021.

Abstracts, final papers, and other inquiries should be emailed to Leonard Norman Primiano (, and Joseph Sciorra (

Click here to read the entire Call for Papers document, including information on deadlines and rules for submission.

Call for Papers for an Edited IAR Volume: Monuments, Memorials, and Italian Migrations

We are currently seeking contributions for an edited volume of the journal Italian American Review (IAR) on any aspect related to monuments, memorials, and Italian migrations. We seek articles that address a wide range of Italian migratory experiences including emigration, immigrations, internal migrations, and colonial subjects. We understand migrations to involve the voluntary or forced movement of peoples, objects, and ideas. We are interested in articles about physical objects that mark migration and/or objects that themselves have migrated and that engage with contemporary discussions of transnationalism, diaspora, and/or colonialism. We are also interested in essays that unpack the social-politics of the people involved in any one monument or marker.

Click here to read the entire Call for Papers document, including information on deadlines and rules for submission.

Book Presentation of Future: il domani narrato dalle voci di oggi

On February 4, 2020, at the Calandra Institute was a presentation of Future: il domani narrato dalle voci di oggi, edited by Igiaba Scego. The evening featured Calandra’s dean Anthony Julian Tamburri giving opening comments and serving as moderator; Candice Whitney, who gave a general presentation of the book; Camilla Hawthorne, who spoke on “The Significance of Future and ‘African Italy’”; and Marie Moise and Angelica Pesarini, who gave readings from the work.

New Episode of Italics: Who Are the “Real” Italians?

Our latest episode of Italics is up now. Click here to watch.

In the studio with us this month are Dr. Stefano Albertini, clinical professor of Italian in New York University’s Department of Italian and director of its Casa Italiana, and Rossella Rago, host of the popular web TV series “Cooking with Nonna.” We will discuss today the notion of what constitutes “Real” and Non-“Real” Italians, a discussion that is long overdue, some might say.

Italics is hosted by Anthony Julian Tamburri, Dean of the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute of Queens College/CUNY and Distinguished Professor of European Languages and Literatures.

Italics is now in its third decade serving the Italian-American community and those interested in Italian-American history and culture. Italics is co-produced in collaboration with the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute.

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The Italian Diaspora Studies Summer Seminar™ 2020

Study Italian Diaspora Culture in Rome through a Unique Summer Program

The Italian Diaspora Studies Summer Seminar™ is a three-week summer program that takes place at Roma Tre University from June 15-July 3, 2020. It is designed to introduce participants (doctoral students and professors) 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 participants will engage in a special research project.

The Italian Diaspora Studies Summer Seminar is open to graduate students (doctorate; advanced MA students may be considered) and professors from colleges and universities worldwide. This is a collaborative program between the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute / Queens College of The City University of New York and the Roma Tre University. Professors from these two institutions and others will comprise the teaching faculty of the entire three weeks. This is the sixth year of the Italian Diaspora Studies Summer Seminar.

The program will be accepting up to 20 participants for the 2020 summer program. Application forms can be found on-line at

Fellowships of $1,500 per participant are available.

Cost of room, board (breakfast and lunch), and tuition (12 Roma Tre credit hours): $3,000. Air and ground travel are additional. Click here for the application form and check back later for more information on the program schedule and faculty.



Application Deadline—February 24, 2020.