V Asia and the West Conference

"New Asian American writers and news from UK, Italy and Asia: Literature and the Visual Arts"


Università di Roma Tor Vergata, Aula Sabatino Moscati


DECEMBER 19th

Morning session

h: 10:00

Chairperson, Lina Unali, University of Rome Tor Vergata


Lina Unali, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Introduction to the Conference

Looking at old photos and paintings in Hakka migrants' houses and the three Emperors at the Royal Academy”


Sau-ling Wong, University of California at Berkeley

The Yellow and the Black: Race and Diaspora in Sinophone Chinese American Literature”

h. 12:00

Jonathan, Katz, Wolfson College, Oxford and Westminster School

Seeing and Hearing: the Ragamala idea”


Afternoon session

h: 15:00

Chairperson: Elisabetta Marino, University of Rome Tor Vergata


Alessandra Contenti, University of Roma Tre

Indian Gardens, from  P. Robinson's In my Indian Garden, to R. Godden's Two Under the Indian Sun and R.K. Narayan's Annamalai


Daniela Zizzari, University of Rome Tor Vergata

Pre-orientalism on the Elizabethan stage. J. Fletcher's Indonesia. A reading of The Island Princess

Erica Gardner, University of Rome Tor Vergata

Zen Calligraphy as a Painting of the Mind: The Fourth Treasure by Todd Shimoda”

Elisabetta Marino, University of Rome Tor Vergata

Introduction to British Bangladeshi Literature and its visual representations”


DECEMBER 20th

Morning session

h: 10:00

Chairperson: Daniela Guardamagna, University of Rome Tor Vergata

Riccardo Scarcia, University of Rome Tor Vergata

“Il pallore di Cleopatra”

Lia Secci, University of Rome Tor Vergata

“Günter Grass e la dea Kali”


Rino Caputo, University of Rome Tor Vergata

“Rappresentazioni dell'India nella letteratura italiana di oggi”


Giovanna Stasolla, University of Rome Tor Vergata
“Italiani in Egitto: osservazioni e riflessioni”


Daniela Coramusi, University of Rome Tor Vergata

Considerazioni su The little taoshi with an image of the yellow tributary di Lina Unali’”


Valeria Vallucci, University of Rome Tor Vergata
“Il viaggio di Lord Byron alla terra di Ali Pascià Tepelene”


Afternoon session

h: 15:00

Chairperson: Elèna Mortara, University of Rome Tor Vergata


Christopher Garbacz , Mississippi Public Utilities Staff and Herbert G. Thompson, Jr., Ohio University "Telecoms On The Asian Frontier." Ohio University.


Sai Kin Lee, University of Burgos

“Han Jin: reflection of an unstable period in contemporary China”


Elisa Bracalente, University of Rome Tor Vergata

“The case of Colin Johnson/Nyoongah Mudrooroo: the discovery of aboriginality and its denial”


Lina Unali-Alessandro Unali (Ingegnere informatico Vodafone)

“Interview on Differences in Telecommunications between the West and Asia”



h: 17:00

Other Contributions and General Discussion

Chairperson, Cristina Giorcelli, University of Roma Tre

Marie Louise Rotasart Neppi Modona

"Témoignages de France et de Belgique"


Isabella Vat

“A Visit to a Brahma Temple in India”


Valentina Varesano

Il concetto di bianco nei saggi di Tony Morrison”



DECEMBER 21st

h. 10:00

The Roman Places of Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt.

(guided tour, meeting point at the bottom of the flight of steps leading to the Capitol hill, Via del Teatro di Marcello, close to Piazza Venezia)

Please, communicate your participation as soon as possible


Conference organizers:

Lina Unali d.unali@agora.it

Elisabetta Marino emarino@hurricane.it


Conference address: aw_bodythegods@katamail.it


The Conference will take place at the Faculty of Letters,

University of Rome Tor Vergata, Via Columbia, Rome

Aula Sabatino Moscati, B Building, 1st floor