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Conference 2021

June 4-5 & June 11-12


The CAIS 2021 Conference is a meeting point for all scholars of Italian Studies. It will feature over 70 sessions, four international keynotes and 200+ speakers. This year's conference will include special sessions on the following topics:

Black Italy

Writing the Pandemic

Ecocriticism in Italian Studies

Click here to view the full program.

 Where & When

The 2021 conference will be held in a virtualized environment via Zoom during two consecutive weekends. All times are in the EST time zone.

Friday, June 4, 2021 and Saturday, June 5, 2021

Friday, June 11, 2021 and Saturday, June 12, 2021

 Information & Guidelines

The conference will be held via Zoom virtual sessions. Zoom links for each day of the conference will be sent via email the day before to all registered and paid participants.

Click here for full information and guidelines.


Click here to register. Registration fees:

Graduate students & PhD without full-time employment - $20 CAD

All other participants - $40 CAD

 Keynote Speakers

Camilla Hawthorne

Translation and the Lived Geographies of the Black Mediterranean


Kossi A. Komla-Ebri

Afrofobia: Il razzismo verso i Neri-Africani in Italia

Ingy Mubiayi Kakese

La Storia e le storie: dagli immigrati africani in Italia agli Afroitaliani

Alessandra Di Maio

Migration, Resistance, and Culture Activism in the Black Mediterranean: A View from Palermo


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