International Conference "Family Ecologies: Family as/at Home"

Time and Place: June 17-19, 2022 at Bamberg University, Germany

Local Organizer: PD Dr. E.-S. Zehelein (Bamberg)

The research group "(American) Family Matters" is led by PD Dr. Eva-Sabine Zehelein (Univ. Bamberg), Prof. Dr. Carosso (Univ. Turino, Italy), und Prof. Dr. Coquet-Mokoko (Univ. Versailles, Paris).

Please register beforehand by sending an E-Mail to info.amerikanistik(at)!


Mary Anne Case:  “Home Alone”, Friday, June 17, 09.30-11.00h, U7/01.05

Mary Anne Case is Arnold I. Shure Professor for Law at the University of Chicago.

A graduate of Yale College and the Harvard Law School, Mary Anne Case studied at the University of Munich; litigated for Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison; and was professor of law and Class of 1966 Research Professor at the University of Virginia before joining the Law School faculty. She has also served as visiting professor at New York University for the 1996-97 and 1999, 2004 Bosch Public Policy Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin, 2006-7 Crane Fellow in Law and Public Affairs at Princeton University, 2013 Samuel Rubin Visiting Professor at Columbia Law School, 2016 Fernand Braudel Fellow at the European University Institute, and 2018 Guest Professor at Goethe University Frankfurt. The subjects she has taught include feminist jurisprudence, constitutional law, regulation of sexuality, marriage, family law, sex discrimination, religious freedom, and European legal systems. She is the convenor of the Workshop on Regulating Family, Sex, and Gender and board member of the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality. While her diverse research interests include German contract law, theological anthropology, and the First Amendment, her scholarship to date has concentrated on the regulation of sex, gender, sexuality, religion, and family; and the early history of feminism.


Chiara Saraceno: “Health and safety of children at home under Covid (in Italy)”, Saturday, June 18, 9:00-10:30h, Online

Sociologist and philosopher – President of the Scientific Board of Italian Reddito di Cittadinanza (Minimum income guaranteed by state); Comitato per la Valutazione del Reddito di Cittadinanza del Governo italiano

Chiara Saraceno is possibly the most famous Italian sociologist today, especially after Mario Draghi chose her for an active role in his government. Saraceno, who was Professor of Sociology of the Family at the University of Turin and is Professor Emerita at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung, is currently serving as honorary fellow at Collegio Carlo Alberto in Turin. Extremely relevant in the field are her works on family and gender, intergenerational relationships in families and society, social policies and poverty, comparative family patterns and policies, gender inequalities, issues of reconciliation of family and work. Her latest publications include, notably, “Coppie e famiglie. Non è questione di natura” (Feltrinelli 2016), “Mamme e papà. Gli esami non finiscono mai” (Il Mulino 2016), “L’equivoco della famiglia” (Laterza 2017), “Il Welfare” (Il Mulino 2021). She is the co-founder and co-coordinator of Alleanza per l’Infanzia (Alliance of Childhood), and she the President of the Scientific Board for the evaluation of Reddito di Cittadinanza for the Italian Government.

09.00: Welcome and Opening of the Conference

Christine Gerhardt (Vice President for Diversity and International Affairs, University of Bamberg)

Margarethe Schweiger-Wilhelm (Managing Director BAA/Bavarian American Academy)

Eva-Sabine Zehelein (American Studies, University of Bamberg, and local organizer)


Cluster A: Home is Where the Heart Is

09.30-11.00h: Keynote

Mary Anne Case (University of Chicago Law School):  “Home Alone”


– coffee break –


11.30-13.00h: Panel 1

Cécile Coquet-Mokoko (Université Versailles St. Quentin): “Home Rules and cultural bricolage in multiracial families in the US and France”

Cinzia Scarpino (Università di Milano): “When home is not safe: violence and ‘white trash’ in Dorothy Allison’s Bastard Out of Carolina

Amalia Diurni (Tor Vergata University of Rome): “Home as Family or Family as Home? The controversial legal concept of cohabitation and coexistence in the western legal tradition as indispensable requirement to recognize a civil partnership”


– lunch break –


14.00-16.00h: Panel 2

Marie Gayte-Lebrun (Université de Toulon): “Pope Francis’ redefinition of ‘home’ in the Catholic Church”

Anthony Castet (Université de Tours): “’Home Sweet Home’: Reclaiming Same-Sex Privacy as a Pathway to ‘Equal Dignity’”

Eglantine Zatout (Université Gustave Eiffel): “Windsor and Obergfell: the legal fight of LGBTQ families in the US”


16.30h: depart for walking tour of the city (16.45h), followed by dinner at Brudermühle (19.00h)

Cluster B: Home Sweet Home and My Home is My Castle

09.00-10.30h: Keynote

Chiara Saraceno (Università di Torino and Collegio Carlo Alberto, Torino): “Health and safety of children at home under Covid (in Italy)” (via Zoom)


– coffee break –


11.00-12.30h: Panel 3

Virginia Pignagnoli (University of Zaragoza): “Narrating the fragments of a home: the politics and ethics of Tara Westover’s Educated

Gianna Fusco (Università degli Studi dell’Aquila): “Building a Fantasy: Houses and Households in US TV Series”

Anne Cambon-Thomsen (French National Center for Scientific Research and Université de Toulouse): “What your address and your home signify in light of personal data collection and notions of a private life” (via Zoom)


– lunch break –


Cluster C: Woman’s Place is at Home

14.00-15.30: Panel 4

Stefano Morello (CUNY Graduate Center / Torino): “(Dis)Content to Live in a Pig-Sty: Making a Home Italian and Making an Italian American”

Coralie Raffenne (Dauphine University Paris): “Home is where the dependent is? Re-thinking justice and legal subjectivity in the light of Martha Fineman’s theory of vulnerability” (via Zoom)

Anne-Sophie Godfroy (Université Paris-Est Créteil / Ecole Normale Supérieure, République des Savoirs): “COVID life from home”

19.00h: dinner at Spezialkeller

Cluster D: You Can’t Go Home Again

09.00-10.30h: Panel 5

Andrea Carosso (Università di Torino): “When Homeland is not Home: on the predicament of ethnic and religious minorities in post-9-11 US”

Alice Balestrino (University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign): “Home is Where One’s Ghosts Are. The Spectral Past in Viet Than Nguyen’s Black-Eyed Women

Tetiana Havlin (Universität Siegen): “How many homes are we able to maintain? Multiplying, vanishing, reappearing home” (via Zoom)


– coffee break –


11.00-12.00h: Panel 6

Marco Petrelli (Università di Torino): “Possessing Home/Possessed Home: The Horrors of Pioneering in Them

Cristina Di Maio (Università di Torino): “‘Go Home, Gentrifier!’: gentrification within and outside the Gallaghers’ household in Shameless US


12.00-12.30: Final Remarks