Call for papers - University of Napels 'Made in Canada-the Languages of the Media' - June 2016



International Conference

Promoted by AISC – Italian Association for Canadian Studies

with the support of ICCS

University of Naples ‘L’Orientale’, June 28-30 2016


CALL FOR PAPERS (Deadline for Submission: 30 April 2016)

The Italian Association for Canadian Studies, with the support of the University of Naples ‘L’Orientale’, invites proposals for the international conference “Made in Canada: the Languages of the Media”. The conference will be held at the University of Naples ‘L’Orientale’, June 28-30, 2016. Deadline for submitting a proposal is 30 April 2016.

Main theme

In the late Fifties, the so-called Toronto School of Communication introduced a new approach to the very ideas of ‘medium/media’, insisting on the humanistic roots of the term and suggesting a trans-disciplinary idea/view(?)  of old and new forms of communications. Storytelling became a shared strategy leading to a variety of forms, expressions and languages, in turn reflecting various dimensions of the Canadian kaleidoscopic cultural scenario.

This conference intends to map the state of the art of the multiform ‘Languages of the Media’ in Canada, so to frame, whether possible, a specific Canadian approach to old and new forms of storytelling across the media. The terms ‘medium/media’ are here understood in their broader dimension, in association to a variety of areas of studies and experiences that this conference acknowledges as complementary and collaborative approaches to the evolving cultural ecosystem.

Accordingly, the Conference is designed to welcome scholars from different academic fields, as well as trans-disciplinary proposals. Possible aspects to be addressed include, but are not limited to, the following:

·       Historical perspectives on the media, storytelling, forms of communications and expression in Canada;

·       Assessment of old and new Canadian scholars/schools/traditions on the media, storytelling, forms of communications and expression;

·       Canadian hybrid media, media cross-contaminations;

·       Canadian media cross-adaptations: visual narratives, adaptations, translations, rewritings, intersemiotic translations, audiovisual translations, intermediality;

·       Italian-Canadian media scenarios;

·       Media, memory and archives.

Guide for Participants

The Conference languages are English, French, Italian. Participants are invited to submit their proposals by 30 April 2016 to Proposals must include:

  • Abstract (200 words, excluding references)
  • Three keywords
  • Name(s) of author(s) plus position and/or title
  • Institution of affiliation
  • Short biographical statement of author (about 50 words)
  • Contact details
  • Notification of acceptance: 15 May 2016

The submission of an abstract must be on the understanding that the costs of attending the conference, including registration fees, travel, accommodation and other expenses, are the responsibility of the presenters of the accepted papers, or their institutions.

Registration Fee: Euro 150. It includes: conference package, coffee breaks and lunches.

Important Dates

·       Deadline for abstract submission:                 30 April 2016

·       Notification of acceptance:                             15 May 2016

·       Confirmation of attendance for participants:   30 May 2016


Registration Fee to be paid by 30 May 2016. A registration form will be available on the Conference website (

A list of hotels will be posted online on the conference website.

For further information, write to

Conference coordinator: Oriana Palusci (University of Naples