I hope that you are all doing well and enjoying the summer!
I am delighted to report that our conference, held June 2-5 at the Sant’Anna Institute, went very well. While the hybrid format did present some challenges, they were resolved quickly and efficiently in the spirit of understanding, collaboration and collegiality. Our keynotes, Professor Ruth Ben-Ghiat (NYU), Professor Silvana Patriarca (Fordham) and Professor Luca Cottini (Villanova) were outstanding and insightful, speaking to us on timely and relevant topics that led to interesting discussion and conversation. I am extremely grateful for the participation of these scholars at CAIS 2022!
At our Annual General Meeting (June 4), all constitutional changes were approved. An amended constitution will be posted on our website over the next week or so. We continue to ask for your support in filling positions on the Executive. Please reach out to me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like more information about an interim role at this time.
Many of you have asked us about our 2023 Conference; it is most likely that the conference will be held in Canada. The Executive will meet over the next weeks to determine a specific location and format. Stay tuned for more details!
I would like to thank all colleagues who participated in CAIS 2022 in Sorrento. It is precisely this type of knowledge exchange and mobilization that makes us a strong association and one that I care about deeply. Aside from enjoying all the sessions I attended, it was extremely heart-warming to see colleagues after a few years of not being able to and in a magnificent location!
I would also like to say infinite grazie to the team at the Sant’Anna Institute without whose knowledge, expertise, organizational savvy, we would not have been able to pull off such a fabulous few days!
Last but not least, I could not do this work as President, a true labour of love, without the exceptional support of the organizing committee and our CAIS executive members. Thank you!
Wishing you all a lovely summer. I hope that it re-energizes all of you and that you can spend time with friends and family!
Roberta Iannacito-Provenzano, PhD