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Italy and China, Europe and East Asia: Centuries of Dialogue

Italy and China, Europe and East Asia: Centuries of Dialogue
100 St. Joseph Street, Carr Hall, St. Michael's College
Time: Apr 7th, 9:00 am End: Apr 9th, 7:30 pm
Interest Categories: Spanish & Portuguese (FAS), Music, Faculty of , Language Studies (UTM), Italian Studies (FAS), Islamic Studies, History (FAS), Historical Studies (UTM), Historical and Cultural Studies (UTSC), French and Linguistics (UTSC), French (FAS), East Asian Studies (FAS), Drama, Theatre, Performance Studies (FAS), Comparative Literature (FAS), Cinema, 2000-


The Department of Italian Studies, University of Toronto and The Emilio Goggio Chair in Italian Studies present

International and Interdisciplinary Conference

Italy and China, Europe and East Asia: Centuries of Dialogue

April 7, 8, & 9, 2016
9:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

University of Toronto, St. Michael's College
Father Madden Hall, Carr Hall, 100 St. Joseph Street, Toronto

Increasing dialogue between China and Italy constitutes a significant issue in today's world. Recently, several Italian and Chinese industries competed directly in the global market. The Chinese migrant entrepreneurship in fashion and garment industry in Prato was repeatedly spotlighted in Italian and international media as emblematic of the tension between "Made in Italy" and "Made in China."

Over the centuries, crossings between Italy and China have produced the most sustained strand of cultural texts on East-West borrowings. The work by the likes of Marco Polo, Li Madou (Matteo Ricci), Giacomo Puccini, Michelangelo Antonioni, and Bernardo Bertolucci is among history's most influential intercultural texts. More recently, Luca Bigazzi's cinematography in Gianni Amelio's La stella che non c'è/The Missing Star (2006) and in Andrea Segre's Io sono Li/Shun Li and the Poet (2012) shows the influence of Chinese landscape painting.

Chinese perception of Italy has been equally textured and powerful. Liang Qichao formulated his influential nationalist thinking with explicit references to the Italian Unification. The "Sixth Generation" Chinese filmmakers extensively adapted Italian neorealism for their Chinese subject matter.

In recent years, English-language scholarship on Italy-China issues in particular have received renewed interest. What was at stake in Italian-Chinese, East Asian-European dialogue? How can we best examine the dialogical process in these crossings? What theoretical insights and policy advice can we yield from these intellectual endeavors? This conference will explore the contexts, ways, and reasons for which such exchanges took place. We will also examine the specific knowledge that was produced, interpreted, and negotiated when the two countries and the two continents communicated. The focus countries are Italy and China.

The goals of the conference are to pool together existing research strands on China-Italy issues in one place; to study these issues in comparative, cross-disciplinary, and cross-centuries contexts; to attract emerging and established scholars to this field and to create a network of them for long-term collaboration based at the University of Toronto; to set agenda for future research; and to reach out to the strong Italian and Chinese communities in Toronto.

For detailed program information: italychinaconference.wordpress.com

This event is free and open to all. For further information, please contact Dr. Gaoheng Zhang, gaoheng.zhang@utoronto.ca or (416) 926-2345


Cinema Studies Institute, Comparative Literature, East Asian Studies, French, History, Islamic Studies, Language Studies (UTM), Language Studies - Italian Unit (UTM), Spanish and Portuguese, Center for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies, the Faculty of Music (Historical Performance), and the Faculty of Arts & Science at the University of Toronto. The Italian Cultural Institute (Istituto Italiano di Cultura) in Toronto. The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation. The Chinese Consulate in Toronto (Education Office).


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