The Canadian Association for Italian Studies held their annual conference at the University of Ottawa May 11th-13th. The conference was a success with 32 sessions, over 100 national and international attendees, and 2 keynote speakers! Gabriele Dadati, writer and editor, spoke of the sculptor Canova. Franco La Cecla, anthropologist and architect, spoke about technology in modern-day society. The sessions covered Italian philosophy, literature, travel, language teaching and translation, Medieval and Renaissance history, Utopian studies, as well as Feminist studies. Our very own Cristina Perissinotto spoke on Utopia and possible worlds, in connection with Thomas More and Platonic ideologies.
Members were able to participate in three tours over the weekend: The Canadian Tulip Festival, the Parliament of Canada, and the Canadian Museum of History. Those who attended were very excited about the tours and had a wonderful time! Our Gala Dinner was at Industria Pizzeria + Bar in Landsdowne. It was a great night with good food and good company! Overall the conference was a great success, and we are looking forward to the conference in Italy next year!