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SIS Conferences

The Society for Italian Studies supports research across the discipline by holding three conferences: the Biennial Conference; the Themed Conference (previously known as the Interim), and the Postgraduate Colloquium. The Society also supports research by providing some funding to conferences and symposia run by SIS members.

Biennial Conference

The Society holds a residential conference  every two years. The 2019 Biennial Conference for the Society for Italian Studies will be held atthe University of Edinburgh from 26th-28th June.

We strongly encourage diversity of panels, to represent a broad range of interests and activities in any field of Italian Studies. Panels typically consist of 3 papers of no more than 20 minutes (+ 10 minutes for discussion) – each panel session should not exceed 90 minutes. Within the possibilities of the programme, proposals for consecutive panels are also welcome. Panel proposals may be written in English or Italian. The deadline for submissions is Monday 19th November 2018. Please submit your Panel Proposal using the online form in our conference website – For further information, please email:

Themed Conference (previously known as the Interim Conference)

The Society holds a smaller, themed conference on alternate years to the Biennial Conference. The 2018 SIS Themed Conference was held from 5th to 6th April, 2018 at the University of Sussex. The theme for the 2018 Conference was Resistance in Italian culture: Literature, Politics and FilmThe Conference was organized by  Dr Ambra Moroncini (University of Sussex),  Dr Darrow Schecter (University of Sussex) and Prof Fabio Vighi (University of Cardiff). The  programme  and the Conference Report are available.

Postgraduate Colloquium

The Society holds an annual Postgraduate Colloquium. See this page  for further details.

Hosting the SIS Biennial Conferences

The form for the registering of interest in holding the Biennial Conference is available below.  Please complete the form as fully as possible, bearing in mind that not all questions will be relevant to the Biennial Conference (the form covers both this and the Themed Conference) and return to Gigliola Sulis, as Hon. Secretary at

Download the Conference Subvention Application Form

SIS Previous Conferences

Previous Conferences

Previous Themed Conferences

SIS Gender Policy

Conferences and events organised by the SIS will respect the following norms:

  1. as far as possible there will be a balance in the number of male/female speakers and session chairs;
  2. single-sex panels will be avoided wherever possible;
  3. panel chairs will be briefed on how to ensure inclusive and balanced discussion;
  4. where there is more than one keynote speaker efforts will be made to ensure gender balance.