Great Incompletes: Italy's Unfinished Endeavors

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Friday, February 3, 2017 - 4:00pm to Saturday, February 4, 2017 - 8:00pm
Columbia University, Deutsches Haus, 420 West 116th Street

Friday, 3rd February

Deutsches Haus at Columbia University
420 West 116th Street

4PM Welcome and opening remarks

Introduction and screening of Benoit Felici’s documentary Unfinished Italy (2010, 33’)

5PM Panel discussion with director Benoit Felici

6PM Keynote Presentation

Professor Thomas Harrison (UCLA)
“The Art of the Incomplete”

7.30PM Wine and cheese reception


Saturday, 4th February

Deutsches Haus at Columbia University
420 West 116th Street


8.30AM Welcome and breakfast

9AM Panel 1

Incompleteness and the Other

chair: Professor Konstantina Zanou

Allison DeWitt (Columbia University)
(In)completely Visualizing Dante’s World from West to East

Alex Cuadrado (Columbia University)
Petrarca’s Incomplete Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

Bruno Duarte (Johns Hopkins University)
An African Oresteia: Pasolini’s Absolute Fragment

11AM Coffee Break

11.30AM Panel 2

Incompleteness as Authorial Strategy

chair: Professor Elizabeth Leake

Jamison Standridge (Rutgers University)
Abandonment and Silence in Sibilla Aleramo’s Trasfigurazione (Lettera non spedita)

Anna Chichi (The Graduate Center, CUNY)
Oriana Fallaci’s A Hat Full of Cherries

Christina McGrath (Columbia University)
“Non una novella intera”: Incompletion in the Decameron

1.30PM Lunch Break

2.30PM Panel 3

Incompleteness and Restoration

chair: Professor Giuseppe Gerbino

Cleo Nisse (Columbia University)
Incomplete Survivals: Encountering the Ovetari Chapel Frescos

Stephen Mack (Rutgers University)
The Unfinished and the Roughly Finished Before Michelangelo

Marilynn Johnson (The Graduate Center, CUNY)
Incompleteness & Interpretation

4.30PM Coffee Break

5PM Panel 4

Incompleteness, Life, Hermeneutics

chair: Professor TBA

Andrew Robbins (Rutgers University)
A Delinquent Physiognomy: The Incompleteness of Positivism

Luca Zanchi (Stony Brook University)
Dissociated Narratives and Narrative Responsibilities. Marco Bellocchio and Renato Curcio: A Comparative Analysis

Luca Burzelli (Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa)
Incompleteness as a Plurality of Ways

7PM Closing remarks
Chaired by Professor Thomas Harrison

Wine and cheese reception