The John D. Calandra Italian American Institute


Dr. Joseph Sciorra teaching at Roma Tre University during the Calandra co-sponsored Italian Diaspora Studies Summer Seminar™. Photogrph courtesy of Vincent DiGirolamo.


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At the final event of our regularly scheduled programming for the term, Incoronata Inserra presented her book Global Tarantella (University of Illinois Press, 2017), which ventures into the history, global circulation, and recontextualization of tarantella, a genre of Southern Italian folk music and dance. Examining tarantella’s changing image and role among Italians and Italian Americans, Inserra illuminates how factors like tourism, translation, and world music venues have shifted the ethics of place embedded in the tarantella cultural tradition.

Listen here to Dr. Joseph Sciorra on a new podcast, in conversation with Rachel Hopkin, about his 2018 publication with University of Tennesee Press Built with Faith.


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A Symposium on Three Continents
Australia * United States * Italy

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Melbourne * April 2018 / New York * November 2018 / Genova * June 2019
With the patronage of the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism


The second part of the symposium,  "Transnationalism & Questions of Identity," will take place in New York City * November 1-3, 2018, at the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, 25 West 43rd Street, Suite 1700, New York, NY 10036.

"Transnationalism and Questions of Identity," the second chapter of the international conference Diaspore Italiane: Italy in Movement, will be held in New York City, the backdrop for discussions that explore ideas of identity building, claiming, maintaining, and maiming in the twenty-first century.  
Transnational contexts show cultural identities in motion as they react, adapt, and develop in reciprocal contact in reaction to changing notions of the individual nation in the world today. Transnational subjects, who, within varying degrees of structural constraint, navigate, evaluate, and negotiate different cultural options, emerge as the potentially rational agents of these changes. In parallel, cultural identities emerge as historical constructs affected by contemporary acts and this-worldly constructs of the human imagination.


The Italian Diaspora Studies Summer Seminar™ is a three-week summer program that takes place at Roma Tre University from June 11 to 29, 2018. 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.

For more information about the program schedule and faculty, contact Dean Anthony Julian Tamburri at 212.642.2094 or via email at