International Conference on the Arts and Humanities

International Conference on the Arts and Humanities, Florence, Italy.

Bridges Across Cultures

Hosted at The International Studies Institute in Florence
Located in the historic Palazzo Rucellai
Florence, Italy
July 2, 2015 - July 5, 2015

Conference Details

This is the first Bridges Across Culture: An International Conference on Arts and Humanities to be held in Florence. The “Bridges” conference provides an opportunity for academicians and professionals from various arts and humanities-related fields from all over the world to come together and learn from each other. This conference will serve as a place for scholars and experts with cross-disciplinary interests related to arts and humanities to meet and interact with members within and outside of their own particular disciplines.

You are cordially invited to submit an abstract for papers in English. All areas of arts and humanities are invited, but of particular interest are papers in the following fields: American Studies, Art History, Ethnic Studies, Film, History, World Literature, Popular Culture, Postcolonial Identities, Religion, Theatre, Visual Arts and Cross-disciplinary areas of arts and humanities.

Please provide the following by email:

  • A 200-word abstract
  • A cover letter listing name (last, first), academic affiliation, title of the paper, telephone number, address & email

Please send submissions to H.J. Manzari at (mention area of your paper in the subject line). Reading time for papers is limited to 20 minutes. All papers MUST be in English. The deadline for submissions is Feb. 1, 2015.

Keynote Speakers

Malin IsakssonMalin Isaksson, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of French at Umeå University, Sweden. Her research interests in reception studies, intertextuality, gender theory, and participatory culture have merged in research projects focusing on online-published fan fiction; narratives taking an existing fiction as their starting point. She is the co-author of Fanged Fan Fiction: Variations on Twilight, True Blood and the Vampire Diaries, with Maria Lindgren Leavenworth. Isaksson has also published on the reception of two controversial contemporary French authors: Marie Darrieussecq and Virginie Despentes.

Davide PopottiDavide Papotti is Associate Professor in Geography at the University of Parma, where he has been working since 2005. He studied at the University of Parma (Laurea in Materie Letterarie in 1993) at the University of Virginia (Master of Arts in Italian literature in 1996), and at the University of Padua (Ph.D in Geography in 2002). He also worked as visiting professor of geography at the Università del Piemonte orientale in Vercelli. He is the author of the books Geografie della scrittura. Paesaggi letterari del medio Po (1996) and L’altro e l’altrove. Antropologia, geografia e turismo (with Marco Aime; 2012). He is also editor (with L. Rossi) of Alla fine del viaggio (2006) of a special issue of a journal and of other six volumes. He has published about one hundred articles in books and scientific journals. Among his main research interests there are the relations between geography and literature, the study of immigration flows and multiculturalism in contemporary Italy, tourism marketing, place marketing, the geography of food.

Conference Organizers

Dr. H.J. Manzari, Washington & Jefferson College
Dr. Amparo Alpañés, Washington & Jefferson College
Dr. Angela Tumini, ADA University - Baku Azbaijan
Dr. Stefano Baldassarri, The International Studies Institute in Florence (ISI)
Dr. Patrick J. Quinn, ADA University - Baku Azbaijan
Dr. Michel W. Pharand, Queen’s University
Dr. Peter Schepelern, Københavns Universitet

Conference Committee

Dr. Paola Basile, Lake Erie College
Dr. Lydia Rodríguez, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Maribel Vázquez Manzari, Washington & Jefferson College

Travel Plans

Please feel free to contact our Conference Travel agent Chiara Bandini at or call +39 3471375113 and Chiara will help you plan your trip.

Presented In Conjunction With:

Washington & Jefferson College logo.Washington & Jefferson College
60 South Lincoln Street
Washington, Pa. 15301
Tel: 724-503-1001

International Studies Institute in Florence logo.The International Studies Institute in Florence (ISI) 
Via della Vigna Nuova 18
Florence, Italy 50123
Tel: (39) 055-2645910

Umbra Institute in Perugia logo.The Umbra Institute in Perugia
Piazza IV Novembre 23
Perugia, Italy 60122