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Italian Language and Media in Toronto

The general theme of “The Week of Italian Language in the World 2018” (from October 15 to 18) is “Italian and the Network, the Networks for Italian” and it represents an important reflection on Italian language and culture in the media.

The Istituto Italiano di Cultura of Toronto, the University of Toronto, the University of Toronto, Mississauga Campus and York University have organized a one-day seminar on the linguistic-educational role media has had in the past and still have today for Italian language and culture, both in Italy and in Canada.

The seminar will look at Italian on the web from a general point of view with regards to communication of the past and present, abating the involvement of new and old media used by today’s youth and older generations. In other words, to look at the educational role that television, radio, newspaper, Netflix, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter have on Italian worldwide besides that of being a “simple communication instrument”.

The event will open with Prof. Silvana Ferreri, Linguistics Department at the Università della Tuscia in Viterbo, who will trace the fundamental steps that have characterized this Italian innovative linguistic process, beginning from the role played by TV, radio, printed press.



9.30am – Reception

10.00am – Introductory greetings

Alessandro Ruggera, Director of the Italian Institute of Culture in TorontoSalvatore Bancheri, Director of the Department of Italian Studies, University of TorontoEmmanuel Nikiema, Director of the Department of Language Studies, University of Toronto MississaugaGabriella Colussi Arthur, Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics, University of York



Chair, Alessandro Ruggera, Italian Institute of CultureProf. Silvana Ferreri, University of TusciaMedia and language: a look through Italian linguistic history



Round Table – Moderator Corrado Paina

with the participation of Italo Canadian and Italian Media rappresentatives

12.30pm –Discussion

1.00 pm -Lunch break2.30 amChair: Gabriella Colussi Arthur, University of YorkProf. Enza Antenos, Montclair State University

 Tweet to learn Italian: the last 10 years and a look to the future / Tweet to learn Italian: the last 10 years and a look at the future


From Twitter to Betwill TBA

Paolo Granata

Iuri Moscardi


Experimentation with students


Chair: Teresa Lobalsamo, University of Toronto Mississauga

Prof. Salvatore Bancheri, Director of the Department of Italian Studies, University of Toronto

L’italiano all’estero/ Italian abroad: a look towards the future


Conclusion and Final Remarks by Alessandro Ruggera,  Director of the Italian Cultural Institute of Toronto


  • Organized by: Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Toronto University of Toronto University of Toronto Mississauga University of York