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OASIS-Orientale American Studies International School

Announcing the fourth year of “OASIS-Orientale American Studies International School,” a one-week school that will take place at Università Orientale’s conference center on the island of Procida, off the coast of Naples, May 27-June 1, 2018.

Confirmed speakers:

Shereen Abouelnaga (Cairo University, Egypt)

Jonathan Arac (University of Pittsburgh, USA)

Mario Corona (University of Bergamo, Italy)

Jane Desmond (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA)

Brian T. Edwards (Northwestern University, USA)

Fred Gardaphé (Queens College-CUNY, USA)

Ronald A. Judy (University of Pittsburgh, USA)

Donald E. Pease (Dartmouth College, USA)

Ross Posnock (Columbia University, USA)

Ugo Rubeo (“Sapienza” University of Rome, Italy)

Mounira Soliman (American University in Cairo, Egypt)

Hortense Spillers (Vanderbilt University, USA)

We invite applications from doctoral students, recent Ph.D.s, and junior faculty in American Studies, English, Comparative Literature, and related fields.

The fee for the School (covering registration, tuition, housing, breakfast, and lunch) is € 620 for the whole week. Accommodation will be provided in residences and B&Bs in downtown Procida (in double rooms or shared apartments, depending on availability; the fee covers a maximum of 7 nights, starting May 26). Participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements and expenses. Fees will be due on arrival or payable by national or international money order to the school administration. Depending on financial resources, one fellowship covering tuition and accommodation will be awarded. Preference will be given to applicants outside of Italy who are unable to get funding from their own institutions.

Applications will be accepted until March 15, 2018; successful applicants will be notified by March 31. Applicants who need early notification in order to apply for visa and/or funding are advised to mention that explicitly in their application, specifiying the latest date by which they need formal notification of acceptance.

Applications should include:

-a current CV

-a two-page abstract of applicant’s dissertation or book project, including a description of the section to be presented and discussed during seminars

-the name and contact of a referee

-information about the candidate’s eligibility/non eligibility for funding from own institution

Please send all of the above materials (PDF or Word format) to oasis@unior.it .

The school will run from Sunday to Friday, included. Every day will feature 2 plenary 45-minutes lectures from distinguished scholars in the morning, each followed by discussion, and afternoon sessions, which will be devoted to presentations of participants’ individual research projects, followed by discussion. Participants will be divided in seminar groups of about 10, each led by a scholar. The last day will be devoted to plenary presentation and discussion of participants’ papers. Lunch will be catered and consumed on site, followed by a short break for rest and group conversation: we thus hope to build a friendly intellectual atmosphere and constructive dialogue among the participants.


Seminar leaders (afternoon seminars):

Jonathan Arac (University of Pittsburgh, USA)

Jane Desmond (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA)

Donald E. Pease (Dartmouth College, USA)

OASIS is a project inspired by the Futures of American Studies Institute at Dartmouth College, and aiming to create a similarly vibrant and generative institutional venue for the younger generations of American Studies students and scholars. OASIS is the first school of its kind in Italy; it is also the first such school to be held in southern Europe, and it is hosted by a university whose unique tradition of transnational dialogue with and focus on non-European cultures can be traced back to the eighteenth century. By establishing an American Studies school at “L’Orientale,” and by convening it in a Mediterranean island such as Procida, we hope to create a venue that is attractive to American Studies scholars and students not just from Italy but from the Mediterranean area at large. We especially hope that our school may prove attractive to Americanist students from the nearby Arabic countries of North Africa and the Middle East. By bringing together scholars from different areas of the world and at different stages of their career, we hope to create the conditions for a productive, truly global dialogue in American Studies.

School Directors:


Donatella Izzo (Università di Napoli “L’Orientale,” Italy)

Giorgio Mariani (“Sapienza” Università di Roma, Italy)

International Advisory Board:


Jonathan Arac (University of Pittsburgh, USA)

B. Anthony Bogues (Brown University, USA)

John Bryant (Hostra University, USA)

Jane Desmond (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA)

Virginia Dominguez (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA)

Ira Dworkin (Texas A&M University, USA)

Brian T. Edwards (Northwestern University, USA)

Djelal Kadir (Pennsylvania State University, USA)

Lisa Lowe (Tufts University, USA)

Donald E. Pease (Dartmouth College, USA)

Bruce Robbins (Columbia University, USA)

John Carlos Rowe (University of Southern California, USA)


OASIS is generously supported by the U.S. Diplomatic Mission to Italy and Università di Napoli “L’Orientale.” More info at: www.oasis.unior.it