Master Class


Simona Bertacco is Associate Professor of Postcolonial  Studies and Director of the Humanities Ph.D. at the University of Louisville. She  worked previously as a “ricercatrice” at the Università degli Studi di Milano. Her research focuses on issues in postcolonialism, gender studies, and translation studies. Her most recent publications include: Language and Translation in Postcolonial Literatures: Multilingual Contexts, Translational Texts (Routledge, 2014); Textus. Postcolonial Crimes: Crime Fiction and the Other (2014); and the special issue of The New Centennial Review: Translation and the Global Humanities (16:1, 2016).

Franca Cavagnoli has published a volume of essays, Il proprio e l’estraneo nella traduzione letteraria di lingua inglese (Polimetrica, 2010) and a book on literary translation, La voce del testo (Feltrinelli, 2012). Her new book on Anglophone Translation is due to be published by Hoepli in June 2017. She lectures in Translation Studies at ISIT-Milan and Università degli Studi di Milano. She has translated and edited works by J.M. Coetzee, Nadine Gordimer, Toni Morrison, V.S. Naipaul, David Malouf and Katherine Mansfield, and written extensively on them. She was awarded the Premio nazionale per la Traduzione del Ministero dei Beni Culturali in 2014.

Alessandra Di Maio is Associate Professor of English and Postcolonial Studies at the University of Palermo, Italy. She divides her time between Italy and the U.S., where she taught at several universities after earning her PhD in Comparative Literature at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is currently working on a project on African Italian literature and the Black Mediterranean. Among her publications are Tutuola at the University. The Italian Voice of a Yoruba Ancestor (2000); An African Renaissance (2006); Wor(l)ds in Progress. A Study of Contemporary Migrant Writings (2008); and Dedica a Wole Soyinka (2012). She has translated into Italian the work of Nuruddin Farah, Chris Abani, Caryl Phillips, and Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka.


Villa Argentina, Viareggio, Italy
Via Amerigo Vespucci, 44, Viareggio

Villa Argentina is situated 300 metres from the seaside at the intersection of Via Vespucci and Via Fratti. It is easy to reach by walking from the train station or from the bus stops along the seafront road. For those who live in Pisa, the train trip takes about 20 minutes, while the bus takes about 40 minutes



There is no registration fee. To register, please fill out this form and send it to the email address indicated by June 30 2017.


Max 25 AIA members belonging to the following categories: present and past doctoral students, research grant holders, scholarship holders, adjunct instructors, independent scholars, and university researchers, until all spaces available are filled. Priority will be given to those who also register for the AIA Conference (Pisa 14-16 September 2017).

Certificate of Attendance

A certificate of attendance will be provided at the end of the workshop.

Scientific Committee

Gioia Angeletti, Giovanni Iamartino, Nicoletta Vallorani

Accommodation and Restaurants

For those who intend to stay in Viareggio, there is a wide variety of choices and prices. Please book accommodation early as this period is still high tourist season. There is an ample choice along the seafront road and along the streets around the Villa.

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