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Journal Article: Making Connections, Bridging Communities

Updated: Dec 11, 2023

Making Connections, Bridging Communities: New Directions for Italian-Canadian Studies was written by project co-directors Paolo Frascà and Licia Canton for the Journal of Italian Studies in Southern Africa Vol. 35 no. 1 (2022)

Abstract: This article offers a brief critical history of the development of Italian-Canadian studies and presents two projects that have recently contributed to the expansion of the field in new theoretical, pedagogical, and methodological directions: the Indigenous-Italian-Canadian Connections project and the Queer Italian-Canadian Artists project, which is part of the broader initiative known as the Queer and Italian-Canadian project. This article introduces briefly the former project and focuses on the latter, providing a history of the initiative and describing the various community-oriented efforts and studies related to it; these include a documentary, an anthology and a qualitative research project. The paper concludes with a description of the methodology of the Queer Italian-Canadian Artists qualitative research project. This research project aims to identify and study the experiences of LGBTQ+ or queer Italian-Canadian creators, the ways in which the traditional values of the Italian Canadian communities have led to the marginalization of its queer members, and the contributions of queer Italian-Canadians to social and cultural life.

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ISSA 35.1 2022 Final Canton Frascà-2
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