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With Your Words in My Hands: The Letters of Antonietta Petris and Loris Palma: amore, timori, melanconia, nostalgia…, in conversation with Sonia Cancian (#IICMONTREALWEBINARSERIES)

Date:

04/27/2021


With Your Words in My Hands: The Letters of Antonietta Petris and Loris Palma: amore, timori, melanconia, nostalgia…, in conversation with Sonia Cancian  (#IICMONTREALWEBINARSERIES)

The Italian Cultural Institute of Montreal is pleased to present the book With Your Words in My Hands: The Letters of Antonietta Petris and Loris Palma, edited and translated by Sonia Cancian (Montreal-Kingston, London-Chicago: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2021). A collection of letters by two Italians, Antonietta Petris and Loris Palma, who, letter after letter, weave a hymn to love, lived with the intensity of every feeling, despite the insuperable distance. The author and scholar, Sonia Cancian talks with Francesco D’Arelli, director of the Italian Cultural Institute of Montreal.

Tuesday, April 27 2021, 3:00 pm EST (9:00pm, Roma)
Registration required

With Your Words in My Hands tells a story about love and migration as written and read, idealized and imagined, through daily correspondence. Sonia Cancian recovers a rare complete epistolary record of an immigrant experience defined by love and sustained in writing, translating the letters with deftness and an ear for the immediacy of emotion and longing they embody. Cancian gives context to these exchanges dating from the beginning of the largest migration movement from Italy to Canada, showing how love, frustration, fear, sadness, and empathy were palpable elements that inflected the quotidian – bureaucratic processes, employment, family life – and defined the experiences of immigrants and their transnational families.

Sonia Cancian, PhD, is a social historian with an expertise in migration history and personal narratives. She has focused her attention on letters and other personal narratives in an endeavour to underscore shared human experiences that characterize mobility and transnational lives across time and space. Dr. Cancian is a historian at the McGill Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Montreal and Visiting Researcher at the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism at McGill University’s Faculty of Law.

Information

Date: Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Time: At 3:00 pm

Organized by : Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Montréal

Entrance : Free


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