lunedì 30 settembre 2013

CALL FOR PAPERS: The Canadian Society for Italian Studies Annual Conference

The Canadian Society for Italian Studies Annual Conference
24-26 May 2014 at Brock University
(Saint Catharine's, Ontario, Canada; in the Niagara Peninsula)

The Canadian Society for Italian Studies will hold its next annual conference on 24-26 May 2014 (Sat.-Mon.) at Brock University in the beautiful Niagara Peninsula. The conference is part of the annual Congress of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, CFHSS), the largest multidisciplinary academic gathering in Canada, which attracts delegates from across the continent and around the world.

We invite individual papers and complete sessions (consisting of a chair and three speakers) that address traditional areas of Italian studies, such as Italian literature, linguistics, pedagogy, film, politics, and culture. Aside from these, papers are also invited for special sessions on:

- "Borders Without Boundaries". This is the general theme of the entire Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences.
- "The Crisis in Italian Studies." A round table discussion to examine the cancellation of programs and positions in Italian at various universities in Canada and the USA. Each panelist will be asked to make a 10 minutes presentation on the current situation with Italian studies in North America (5 pp. d.sp.) and then to engage in the discussion with other panelists and the audience so as to identify appropriate solutions and responses.
- "Italians Abroad in the Renaissance." This session will examine the presence and contributions of Italian artists, writers, politicians, ecclesiastics, business people, and spouses (male and female) in countries outside the Italian peninsula. The session will
be jointly sponsored and organized with the Canadian Society for Renaissance Studies.
- "Italians in Canada." An examination of the history of Italians in Canada and their contribution to Italian-Canadian culture and language.

Deadline for submission: Sunday, 15 December 2013.
Papers are to be 20 minutes in length (except for the round-table presentations that must be no more than 10 minutes in length) and can be delivered in English, French, or Italian.

Proposals should include:
the name of the speaker
the speaker's academic affiliation (or "independent scholar", as applicable)
the title of the paper
a 100 words abstract
full contact information for the speaker (name, address, telephone, email)
and a one-page CV for the speaker.

In the case of session proposals, this information is to be repeated for each presenter.
Proposals should be emailed to both conference organizers:

Prof. Konrad Eisenbichler (
Prof. Sandra Parmegiani (

Presenters and participants at the conference will need to be paid-up members of the Canadian Society for Italian Studies for the year 2014 ($60 regular/ $35 students) and will be required to pay both the CSIS conference fee ($40/$20) and the CFHSS conference fee (ca. $160/$60).
For further information on the conference and on the society, visit
the CSIS web pages at: For further information on the Congress or the Niagara region, please

For further information, please contact either one of the conference
Prof. Konrad Eisenbichler <>
Prof. Sandra Parmegiani

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