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Italian-Canadian Experiences. Today’s Legacy: Strengths and Risks

Date & Time:
August 24, 2018 - 9:00 am to August 25, 2018 - 5:00 pm

ICAP is holding its 8th ANNUAL CONFERENCE at the University of Calgary on August 24-25, 2018.
The general theme of the Calgary conference is “Italian-Canadian Experiences. Today’s Legacy: Strengths and Risks. Papers focusing on Historical Alberta and Southern British Columbia will be given special consideration.
ICAP’s 8th conference is a unique opportunity to feature the history and the many contributions of the Italian community in Calgary. Beginning in the later 1800s as a collection of Italian labourers who came to build the railroad and to mine, the 1911 Census shows that 112 Italians were living in Calgary (Riverside). Although immigration stopped around 1924, the community grew over the decades, ebbing and flowing with job seekers moving back and forth between Calgary and the Crowsnest Pass area. After WWII, the Calgary Italian-Canadian community of 700 sponsored relatives into a swelling Riverside, Bridgeland and beyond. The challenge for the broader Calgary Italian-Canadian community today is how to identify and secure this past as a contribution to Canada’s story and Calgary’s future.
We invite paper proposals for the 2018 ICAP conference. Please send a 150-word abstract/outline and a brief CV to Sandra Parmegiani ( by May 31, 2018.
Confirmation of acceptance will be communicated by June 15, 2018. Contributions include – but are not limited to – the following topics/areas:
Memory and cultural heritage
Cultural spaces and heritage in the 21st century
The Italian Canadian history of Calgary and Southern Alberta
The Rocky Mountains: an Italian-Canadian landscape?
The accessible archive: practices and innovations
The role of new technologies and the future of cultural heritage
Perspectives on migration: past and present
The role of local communities
Language and the preservation of culture
Pre-Conference Tour and Travel Packages can be viewed on the ICAP website.