Synapsis - European School for Comparative Studies.

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Synapsis - European School for Comparative Studies

Certosa di Pontignano (Siena, Italy), 8-15 May 2008


Pontignano (Siena)
Universities of Siena and Bologna
Closing date for submissions: 
18 May, 2008
Event dates: 
08.09.2008 - 15.09.2008

Applications are open the 2008 "Synapsis - European School for Comparative Studies", jointly sponsored by the Universities of Siena and Bologna.

The activities (seminars, lectures, theatre workshop, movies) will take the form of a week-long residential course, that will be held at the Certosa di
Pontignano (Siena) from Monday, September 8th to Monday, September 15th, 2008. This year's topic is "Metropolis", and seminars will focus on Rome, London, Naples, Paris, Berlin, Dublin, as well as photography and the city.

Seminars will be led by:

  • Massimo Agus (Siena): "La fotografia e le città" (in Italian);
  • Gillian Beer (Cambridge): "London and the Wandering Tribes" (in English);
  • Roberto Bigazzi (Siena): "Alla conquista di Roma" (in Italian);
  • Laurent Darbellay (Genève): "Flâneries parisiennes" (in French);
  • Maria DiBattista (Princeton): "Joyce's Dublin" (in English);
  • Paola Quarenghi (Roma): "Visioni di Napoli fra teatro e cinema: Raffaele Viviani, Eduardo De Filippo, Vittorio De Sica" (in Italian);
  • Jürgen Wertheimer (Tübingen): "Berlin: Literatur und Film" (in German).

The plenary lectures (all in English) will be given by:

  • Fernando Bayón (Madrid);
  • Lina Bolzoni (Scuola Normale Superiore);
  • Helena Buescu (Lisbon);
  • Laura Caretti (Siena);
  • Gioachino Chiarini (Siena);
  • Orsetta Innocenti(Bologna);
  • Franco La Polla (Bologna);
  • Patrizia Lombardo (Genève);
  • Melania Mazzucco (Roma);
  • Florian Mussgnug (London);
  • Attilio Scuderi (Catania).

Theatre Workshop directed by Laura Caretti.

Film Screenings organized by Anna Masecchia.

(For the complete programme please visit the website

Deadline for applications: May 18th.

Please circulate the news among the graduate students who might be interested. At least 15 bursaries of €100 will be available.

For further information and application form (including how to apply for a bursary), please visit the website or write to: