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  • 15 May 2023 1:23 PM | Anonymous

    Cari soci,

    Stiamo cercando di raccogliere informazioni sui programmi di italiano in Canada.

    Rispondi a questo survey in Qualtrics (comprende 16 brevi domande). Speriamo di condividere I risultati entro il prossimo autunno.

  • 01 Apr 2023 3:45 AM | Anonymous

    Gentili Soci della Canadian Association for Italian Studies,

    con la presente siamo lieti di informarvi dell’esito delle nostre ultime elezioni.

    I seguenti membri del Direttivo sono stati eletti per acclamazione:

    Cristina Perissinotto - Presidente
    Luisa Canuto -Vice Presidente
    Sandra Parmegiani - Chief Editor di Quaderni d’Italianistica

    Quali membri dell’Editorial Board di Quaderni d’Italianistica sono stati eletti, sempre per acclamazione:

    Chiara Caputi
    Elena Benelli
    Alberto Zambenedetti
    Cristina Caracchini
    Francesco Ciabattoni

    Non essendoci state candidature per la posizione di Graduate Student Representative la posizione resta vacante.

    L’Esecutivo della Canadian Association for Italian Studies risulta quindi così composto:

    Cristina Perissinotto (University of Ottawa)

    Vice Presidente
    Luisa Canuto (University of British Columbia)

    Chief Editor di Quaderni d’Italianistica
    Sandra Parmegiani (University of Guelph)

    Secretary (Interim)
    Elena Caselli (Brock University)

    Roberta Cauchi-Santoro (University of Waterloo)

    Communication officer
    Andrea Penso (Vrije Universiteit, Brussels)

    L’Editorial Board di Quaderni d’Italianistica è così composto:

    Chiara Caputi (City University of New York)
    Elena Benelli (Concordia University)
    Alberto Zambenedetti (University of Toronto)
    Cristina Caracchini (Western University)
    Francesco Ciabattoni (Georgetown University)

    Ringraziamo gli eletti per la loro disponibilità a prestare i loro servizi per la nostra Associazione e facciamo loro i migliori auguri e per il nuovo mandato.

    Distinti saluti,

    Elena Caselli
    Segreteria CAIS

  • 14 Mar 2023 5:11 PM | Anonymous

    Dear colleagues,

    We are delighted to announce that registration for our CAIS 2023 Conference in Montreal is now open. You may visit this link and click on Registration at the top of the menu.

    When registering and paying please ensure that you do so through using a PayPal account as this automatically generates a receipt for payment.

    Please note that the deadline to register for the conference is April 14, 2023.

    Note also that April 24, 2023 is the deadline to ensure valid CAIS membership to participate in the conference. Ensure that your membership is up to date by renewing or becoming a member here.

    We are working on a wonderful conference programme and are really excited to welcome you to Montreal, and virtually, May 4-7, 2023.

    Please continue to visit our website for travel logistics, accommodations, restaurants, details about our gala dinner and other activities!

    Thank you for your continued support!

    CAIS Executive

  • 19 Feb 2023 5:30 AM | Anonymous

    The deadline for conference session proposals has been extended to March 3, 2023. Session organizers must consider all the paper proposals received up to the new deadline of March 20, 2023.

  • 09 Oct 2022 1:14 PM | Anonymous

    Dear CAIS colleagues,

    I hope that you are well. I write today to let you know that, after much reflection, I will need to step down as President of CAIS.

    It was a very difficult decision as I have enjoyed this role and working with all of you tremendously.

    On October 1, 2022, I began my term as Interim Provost & Vice-President, Academic at Toronto Metropolitan University and, as such, feel that I can no longer dedicate the time and effort necessary to do a great job as President of the Association.

    I have felt extremely honoured and privileged to represent CAIS over the last two years, during and coming out of the pandemic. As an Association, we have organized two wonderful conferences on important themes, such as Black Italy in 2020, and we have collegially undertaken the review of our Constitution to make it more modern and more flexible, a living document that reflects the needs of our membership and our discipline.

    I have had a few days to reflect on the importance of our discipline and of the Humanities in general and, while I am worried (like many of you) about enrollments and retention, I am also hopeful that Italian Studies will continue to thrive but only with our hard work in advocacy and ensuring that the work we do at our respective universities continues to be innovative and speaks to the students we have in front of us today.

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your support and my request is that you keep promoting CAIS to your networks for us to recruit more scholars as members of our Association.

    I would also like to thank our CAIS Executive especially for their efforts in these last few days. They have sprung into action, and I am happy to announce that our past president Cristina Perissinotto has agreed to step into the role of interim President for this academic year. In addition, Luisa Canuto (UBC) has generously agreed to be interim Vice-President of CAIS. Together with the other members of the Executive, they will share, over the next few weeks, the Call for Papers for the 2023 Conference.

    Carissimi saluti a voi tutti e sinceri ringraziamenti!

    Roberta Iannacito-Provenzano, PhD

    Full Professor, Italian Studies

    Interim Provost & Vice-President, Academic (TMU)

  • 01 Jul 2022 2:33 PM | Anonymous

    Dear colleagues,

    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 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

    CAIS President

  • 24 May 2022 1:11 PM | Anonymous

    Hello everyone!

    Almost a week to go until our CAIS 2022 conference in Sorrento!

    Attached is the FINAL conference program.

    You will notice some changes/shifts as we accommodated colleagues' various last minute requests.

    We are no longer accepting modifications.

    At this time, those who have not registered for the conference and/or those who are not members of the Association, have been removed from the conference program.

    There are three kinds of regular sessions at the conference:

    1. FULLY ONLINE via Zoom. There is no classroom assigned to these and participants and others who would like to attend should do so with their own device. Zoom links will be provided.

    2. HYBRID: There is a classroom assigned to these for participants and others wishing to attend. Zoom links will be provided.

    3. IN-PERSON: Fully in person session with no virtual participation.

    Opening and Closing remarks, AGM and Keynote sessions, will be HYBRID.

    Please note that all relevant Zoom links will be sent under separate cover as we move closer to the conference.

    The Zoom links are only for registered conference participants (i.e. colleagues who appear on the program).

    We are asking everyone to respect this and not share the links with those who are not registered for CAIS 2022.

    Please note that CAIS has added an optional excursion in lieu of our 1st keynote on DAY 1 (June 2).


    4:30 pm

    Visita guidata alle “Sette opera di misericordia” di Caravaggio

    Con Alessandro Giardino (Saint Lawrence University)


    For more information and to reserve your seat please email Alessandro

    We are really looking forward to seeing you very soon in Sorrento for #CAIS2022 (note our hashtag in all social media) in whichever mode you will be joining us!!

    Un grande abbraccio a voi tutti!


  • 18 May 2022 12:06 PM | Anonymous

    Dear colleagues,

    In a few short weeks we will see you in beautiful Sorrento either in person or virtually for #CAIS2022

    We are sending a copy of the FINAL conference program.

    We are no longer accepting changes.

    Please note that all fully online and hybrid sessions are indicated on the conference program.

    Shortly before the conference, we will publish all the necessary Zoom links for hybrid and fully online sessions. You will be notified when these are available.

    A review of our membership payments and registrations indicates that many colleagues have not paid one or both of these.

    Colleagues who have not paid membership and registration by May 23, 2022 will be removed from the program.


    CAIS Organizing Committee

  • 22 Apr 2022 12:09 PM | Anonymous

    The deadline to register for the CAIS 2022 Conference has been extended to May 6, 2022.

    Click here to register now.

  • 09 Mar 2022 11:16 AM | Anonymous

    Dear CAIS colleagues,

    As the deadline for the submission of sessions and papers proposals approaches, we would like to give you some more information about our upcoming conference in Sorrento.

    The fee to participate in the conference is 75 euros. The organizing committee has decided to adopt a unique fee for all presenters in order to facilitate all organizational procedures and provide the best experience to the participants.

    Sessions can be composed by speakers that will present their paper in person, and other speakers that will present virtually. These hybrid sessions will have the same duration as the other sessions (90 minutes).

    Multiple sessions can be organized by the same person, and in the case of many paper proposals for one session, this can be split into numerous sub-sessions (marked as I, II, III, and so on). What is not possible is for the same person to present two different papers in different sessions.

    The program will be circulated towards the end of April. Please let us know if you have any special scheduling needs when submitting the form for your complete session.

    We will update our website very shortly with information pertaining to logistics for getting to Sorrento, transfers, hotels, restaurants, etc.

    Last, but not least, we are very excited to welcome four incredible keynote speakers! Have a look here.

    We look forward to receiving your sessions and papers!

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