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  • 21 Mar 2020 1:49 PM | Anonymous

    Dear Members and Friends,

    It is with a deep sadness that I announce that we are cancelling our Annual Conference in Sorrento at the beginning of June 2020. The CAIS Executive and I discussed it at length and, given the current health crisis around the globe, we decided not to go through with the plans to hold our June conference at the Sant’Anna Institute. We are all worried by the health emergency in Italy and by the appearance of COVID-19 in Canada and in other countries.

    Making this decision was not easy. We regret missing the opportunity for intellectual exchanges at the conference. I am deeply grateful to our partners at the Sant’Anna Institute for their patience, generosity and understanding. I thank the President of Sant’Anna, Cristiana Panicco, and the organizers, Olga Stinga, Marco Marino and Domenico Palumbo for their continuing support. We had great plans for this conference, and we are sure that we will be able to visit them again in Sorrento, either as professors participating in their study abroad program, or as participants in their future conferences.

    I also wish to thank the CAIS Conference Organizing Committee that kept working through these uncertain times: Andrea Penso, Aurora Cominetti, Julie Fox-Horton and Roberta Iannacito-Provenzano.

    Since a week or so ago we opened the registration, if you already registered in the conference you will be reimbursed. To request a refund, please send an email to our Treasurer, Roberta Cauchi Santoro, who will process the refunds.

    As far as the research you already did for your presentation, the Director of Quaderni d’Italianistica, Sandra Parmegiani, has an important message for our participants:

    "We invite delegates who were going to present their research in Sorrento to consider submitting their articles to Quaderni d’italianistica for peer review and publication in the Canadian Association for Italian Studies official journal. If you decide to do so, please follow the editorial policies of Quaderni. The annual conference represents an opportunity for the editorial team to spend time with colleagues from all over the world and to discuss their current and future research. We deeply regret to miss this opportunity for mutual enrichment in 2020." – Sandra Parmegiani

    My mandate as President of CAIS will end in June; it has beena great pleasure and an honor to serve. This year we did not manage to elect a Vice-President but I am very grateful to Roberta Iannacito-Provenzano for accepting the responsibility that the position of President of CAIS requires. Since we will not hold an AGM this year, the Executive is at the moment discussing how to formally handle the transition. I will be in touch in June to announce our decisions, and to say goodbye to all of you.

    To end on a hopeful note, I am pleased to announce that our next conference will be held at York University in Toronto (date TBA), and that the organizer will be our new President, Roberta Iannacito-Provenzano.

    I wish everyone a smooth end of the semester, an easy transition to online teaching, and good health.


    Cristina Perissinotto

    President, Canadian Association for Italian Studies

  • 10 Mar 2020 9:07 AM | Anonymous

    Dear Colleagues,

    It is with great pleasure that I announce the new President of CAIS, Roberta Iannacito Provenzano. She was the only candidate for the post and is therefore elected by acclamation.

    Dr. Roberta Iannacito-Provenzano is Associate Professor of Italian Studies at York University in Toronto and Associate Dean (Faculty Affairs) in the same university.

    Roberta Iannacito-Provenzano’s appointment will start with the next Annual General Meeting, which will be held during our annual conference.

    Please join me in wishing me Prof. Iannacito-Provenzano an easy and productive term in office, and buon lavoro.

    VICE PRESIDENT OF CAIS:  As there were no nominations for the post of Vice-President, the Executive of CAIS is exploring the possibility of appointing an interim Vice-President until new elections can be run.


    Prof. Cristina Perissinotto


    Canadian Association for Italian Studies

  • 09 Mar 2020 3:46 PM | Anonymous

    Dear Members and Friends of CAIS,

    The CAIS Executive and the Sant’Anna Institute are closely monitoring the developments connected to the coronavirus epidemics in Italy.

    As of now, the Executive of CAIS and the Organizing Committee are continuing to plan for the Annual Conference to be held at the Sant’Anna Institute in Sorrento in June. We still have hopes to hold the conference, barring a worsening of the situation in Southern Italy, or any injunctions from the region of Campania or from the Italian Government to cancel large gatherings for that time period.

    For this reason, CAIS will soon open conference enrollment on the CAIS web site. Should we decide to postpone our conference this year, we will let you know immediately.

    As far as your plans to come to Sorrento are concerned, we suggest that you book your accommodation, provided that the booking is fully refundable, and that you wait to book your flight until you are sure that it is safe for you to come to Italy.

    Should you become unable to travel, CAIS will issue a refund of the conference fees.

    For information on the situation in Campania members are invited to contact the Sant'Anna Institute, or visit their web page: https://www.santannainstitute.com/health-and-safety/, which is updated weekly.

    To respond to a growing need for critical reflection, we also decided to organize a round table entitled Pandemics in Italian History and Literature to be held at the conference. It will be a way to discuss this emergency and to put it in historical and theoretical perspective.

    If you wish to participate in the round table, please send an email to italian.studies.canada@gmail.com.

    Wishing everyone good health and safe travels,

    Cristina Perissinotto


    Canadian Association for Italian Studies

    Cristiana Panicco


    Sant’Anna Institute, Sorrento

  • 30 Jan 2020 10:43 AM | Anonymous

    Dear Colleagues,

    The panel submission deadline for the 2020 annual CAIS conference to be held in Sorrento in June 2020 has been extended to Friday, February 14, 2020. Colleagues can submit panel proposals by filling out the form that can be found on this page: https://canadianassociationforitalianstudies.org/Call-for-Papers-2020

    Colleagues wishing to submit a single paper can submit an abstract directly to the panel chairs. A full list of panels can be found here: https://canadianassociationforitalianstudies.org/Session-Proposals-2020

    Those colleagues who can’t find a suitable panel on that list may submit their paper proposal directly to this address: italian.studies.canada@gmail.com

    For more information please visit the CAIS conference webpage: https://canadianassociationforitalianstudies.org/Conference-2020

    We look forward to seeing you all in Sorrento!

    For the Organizing Committee

    Prof. Cristina Perissinotto

    University of Ottawa


    Care Colleghe e cari Colleghi,

    la scadenza per la proposta di panel per il convegno annuale CAIS 2020 che si terrà a Sorrento nel giugno 2020 è stata prorogata a venerdì 14 febbraio 2020. Chi volesse presentare proposte di panel può farlo compilando il modulo che si trova a questo indirizzo web: https://canadianassociationforitalianstudies.org/Call-for-Papers-2020

    Chi desiderasse presentare un paper singolo può inviare un abstract direttamente agli organizzatori di sessione. Un elenco completo dei panel già proposti è disponibile qui: https://canadianassociationforitalianstudies.org/Session-Proposals-2020

    Coloro che non hanno trovato in tale elenco una panel adatto alla loro proposta possono inviare il loro abstract direttamente a questo indirizzo email: italian.studies.canada@gmail.com

    Per ulteriori informazioni, si prega di visitare il sito del convegno: https://canadianassociationforitalianstudies.org/Conference-2020

    Al piacere di rivedervi tutti a Sorrento!

    Per il Comitato Organizzatore

    Prof. Cristina Perissinotto 

    Università di Ottawa

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