The Emilio Goggio Chair in Italian Studies

Goggio Chair

The Emilio Goggio Chair in Italian Studies was established in the Department of Italian Studies at the University of Toronto in 1995 with funds donated by members of the Goggio family resident in the United States to honour the memory of their parents: their father Emilio, who served as Chair of the Department of Italian and Spanish of the University of Toronto from 1946 to 1956, and their mother Emma. The fund was matched by the University and slightly augmented by a grant from the Italian government.

The endowment covers two areas: first, it is intended to support research in Italian studies through the invitation of a distinguished Visiting Professor to teach and/or lecture in the Department each year, sponsorship of one annual public lecture to be given in English and to be known as the Emilio Goggio Annual Lecture, and also funding for occasional conferences and some publications.

The Goggio Chair supports other initiatives as well. Two of Professor Goggio’s special interests were the Renaissance and Italian Canadian studies and these are the focus of many of the activities sponsored by the Goggio Chair.

The Goggio Chair supports our undergraduate program in Italian Canadian studies and sponsors the publication of our Departmental newsletter. Through the Goggio Chair, both the University of Toronto Press and Franco Cesati Press has launched an Emilio Goggio Publication Series.  The following volumes have been published:

Part of the endowment by the Goggio family has also been directed towards The Emilio Goggio Italian Studies Collection. This fund is used to build on the approximately 40,000 titles found in the Italian collection in the Robarts Library of the University of Toronto. The John P. Robarts Library is Canada’s leading research university library and the Italian collection it houses is among the largest and most comprehensive in North America, ranking just after those of Harvard and Yale. One of its outstanding features is the holdings on the Renaissance. The Goggio fund serves to enhance this and other important areas of strength of the collection.

Prof. Nicholas Terpstra (2019 – )

Prof. Salvatore Bancheri (2011-2019)
Prof. Domenico Pietropaolo (2002-2011)
Prof. Olga Pugliese (1997-2002)
Prof. Massimo Ciavolella (1995-1997)

2021-2022 Mary Watt, University of Florida (Fall) & Silvia Ross, University College Cork (Spring)
2020-2021 Rosalind Kerr, University of Alberta (Fall) & George Ferzoco, University of Calgary (Spring)
2019-2020 Pasquale Sabbatino, Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II
2018-2019 Andrea Manganaro, Università degli Studi di Catania
2018-2019 Angela Dalle Vacche, Georgia Institute of Technology
2017-2018 Johannes Bartuschat, University of Zurich
2017-2018 Anna Migliarisi, Acadia University
2016-2017 Justin Steinberg, University of Chicago
2015-2016 Renzo Bragantini, Università di Roma “La Sapienza”
2015-2016 Massimo Vedovelli, Università per Stranieri di Siena
2014-2015 Stefania Lucamante, The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.
2013-2014 Matteo Palumbo, Università di Napoli, “Federico II”
2013-2014 Lucia Re, University of California, Los Angeles
2012-2013 Nicoletta Maraschio, Università di Firenze and Accademia della Crusca
2012-2013 Paul Colilli, Laurentian University
2011-2012 Carla Marcato, Università di Udine
2011-2012 Elisabetta Menetti, Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia
2011-2012 Francesco Bruni, Università di Venezia
2010-2011 Rita Librandi, Università di Napoli Orientale
2008-2009 Carla Marcato, Università di Udine
2007-2008 Gino Tellini, Università degli Studi di Firenze
2006-2007 Ruggero Pierantoni, Academia di Belle Arti, Urbino, CNR
2005-2006 Romano Luperini, Università di Siena
2004-2005 Cesare Molinari, Università degli Studi di Firenze
2003-2004 Pier Giorgio Di Cicco, Poet and Independent Scholar
2002-2003 Millicent Marcus, University of Pennsylvania
2001-2002 Luca Codignola, Università di Genova
2000-2001 Giulio Lepschy, Universities of Reading and London
1999-2000 Giuseppe Mazzotta, Yale University
1998-1999 Umberto Eco, Università di Bologna
1997-1998 Remo Bodei, Università di Pisa

 

Research Support

A fellowship to support researchers working in the area of Italian Canadian studies. The Emilio Goggio Research Fellowship 2021-2022, valued at $5000, is for one academic year (September 1 – April 30).

Researchers must hold a doctorate or equivalent terminal degree by the time the fellowship begins on 1 September 2021. Applications in Humanities and interpretative Social Science disciplines are welcome.

The Emilio Goggio Research Fellow will be expected to engage with students and the larger intellectual community in the Department of Italian Studies at the University of Toronto and to present a lecture or seminar related to their research. The successful candidate will have a strong academic record and show potential for research excellence as well as the ability to contribute to the priority areas of the FIC and the Department of Italian Studies.

Applications must include:

 

  • a one-page cover letter outlining your qualifications for the Emilio Goggio Research Fellowship and noting the connection of your research to the mandate of the Frank Iacobucci Centre for Italian Canadian Studies.
  • a current curriculum vitae
  • a one-page summary of your research project, including plans for dissemination of findings.
  • a letter of recommendation (submitted directly to: Chair.italianstudies@utoronto.ca noting your name and “Goggio Research Fellowship” in the subject line) 

Please submit applications by email attachment, noting your name and “Goggio Research Fellowship” in the subject line.

 

Deadline to submit applications: 20 May 2021

A fellowship for students registered in a graduate program at the University of Toronto.  This Emilio Goggio Doctoral Fellowship 2021-2022, valued at $5000, is for one academic year (September 1 – April 30).

Applicants must have completed course work and exams and will be in the writing stage of their dissertation by the time the fellowship begins on 1 September 2021.  Applications in Humanities and interpretative Social Science disciplines are welcome.

The Goggio Doctoral Fellow will be expected to engage with students and the larger intellectual community in Italian Studies and present a lecture or seminar related to their research. The successful candidate will have a strong academic record and show potential for research excellence as well as the ability to contribute to the priority areas of the Frank Iacobucci Centre and Italian Studies.

Applications must include:

 

  • a one-page cover letter outlining your qualifications for the Emilio Goggio Doctoral Fellowship noting the connection of your research to the mandate of the Frank Iacobucci Centre for Italian Canadian Studies.
  • a curriculum vitae and a transcript
  • a one-page summary of your doctoral thesis and progress to date
  • a letter of recommendation from your dissertation supervisor (to be submitted separately by email attachment, noting your name and “Goggio Doctoral Fellowship” in the subject line.)

Please submit applications by email attachment, noting your name and “Goggio Doctoral Fellowship” in the subject line.

 

Deadline to submit applications: 20 May 2021

One Working Group is funded annually.  Groups can focus on any aspect of Italian culture, literature, language, and history, with preference given to proposals related to mandate of the Iacobucci Centre to promote awareness, understanding, and research on Italian culture the Italian Canadian community. Members of the Working Group are free to shape their work within the parameters set out below. The Group is expected to hold a Goggio Colloquium at some point during academic year in order to present or share findings. Interested parties will be invited to submit proposals by 15 May for the coming academic year (September 1 – April 30).

Activities: Working Groups meet once monthly, eight times between September and April. The range of activities they pursue together is quite open: they may choose a series of readings to follow together or share the presentation of works-in-progress around a particular theme. They may organize larger conferences or a joint publication. They may choose to study the entire oeuvre of a particular author, artist, film-maker, or activist. They may also use the group to plan a conference or collaborate in framing a proposal for a larger research grant.

Size: Working Groups have at least six people, with at least three doctoral students and three faculty members from different disciplines; most are around 15-20 members. Groups can opt to include people outside the UofT if they wish, either from other universities or community groups.

Process: Working Groups originate in conversations among a group of interested people who prepare a proposal setting out the planned activity, structure, and membership; the Iacobucci and Goggio Committees of the Italian Studies Department adjudicate these each spring for the following academic year.

Organization: the Working Group must have a leader who handles organization and finance. The Group can use some of its funds to hire a graduate student Research Assistant for the Group’s basic administration (organizing meetings, booking spaces, arranging catering, etc). Beyond that, the group can be very flat or very hierarchical. Some may be graduate-student led operations (Graduate students can propose and lead working groups, but a faculty member must be responsible for managing the funds for the group.) Some rotate responsibilities. Some may have a core group of committed members who attend every meeting and an outer circle of people who may attend a meeting if it is specifically of interest.

Funding: Working Groups get $3000 to conduct their activities. They can spend it pretty broadly – catering, workshops, travel & accommodations & honoraria for guests. Up to $500 can be used to hire a graduate student Research Assistant for administrative help. Funds cannot be used to build websites or subsidize publications. Unspent money is returned to the Iacobucci Centre at the end of the year. Groups can apply for renewal for one year. Where possible, the Iacobucci Centre and Italian Studies Department will offer physical space, advice, and website/social media/newsletter advertising for events.

To apply for consideration as a Working Group, the designated Group leader should send an email with the following attachments to: chair.italianstudies@utoronto.ca

1. A description of the plans, rationale, and title for the Working Group (max. 500 words – FIRM limit on length). Please note how the Group’s planned activities relate to awareness, understanding, and research on Italian culture, literature, language, and history, and on Italian Canadian community in particular (if relevant).

2. A listing of all Working Group members and email contact information as an appendix to your description. Please identify members briefly by community role and/or academic affiliation. Identify clearly the faculty member who is responsible for the Group’s finances, and the Resarch Assistant who will be handling administration.

3. A proposed budget spreadsheet noting how the $3000 allowance will be spent.

Please adhere to length limits when providing reporting information. Deadline for submissions is 15 May.

Any faculty member in the Department of Italian Studies who receives an external research award (eg., SSHRC, NEH, European Research Council) may apply for a Goggio Research Internship to assist with organizing and executing the research work being funded by the grant. The Goggio Research Intern must be a student registered in an undergraduate or graduate program at the University of Toronto. The Goggio Research Intern does not undertake the primary research work associated with the project itself but assists the Principal Investigator in the practical administration and execution of the research project.

The value of a Goggio Research Internship is $1000, and there are up to two available in an academic year. The hours available will depend on the rate of pay, which in turn is determined by the nature of the work assigned; faculty should consult with the Business Manager of the Department before making their application.

Faculty members applying to hire a Goggio Research Intern must supply:

  • a copy of the full research proposal, together with a copy of the formal notice of award;
  • a description of the duties expected of the Goggio Research Intern, of the training to be offered them; and of the precise hours and terms as determined in consultation with the Business Manager.

Events

Information about current events can be found on our events page.

Thursday, September 13, 2018, 4.00 - 6.00 pm
Goggio Lecture: Prof. Riccardo Castellana (University of Siena)
“Le fiabe italiane di Calvino Frye e la Bibbia”


Thursday, September 20, 2018, 4.00 – 6.00 pm
Goggio Lecture: Prof. Joseph Luzzi (Bard College)
“Calvino in the Internet Age: Six Memos Today?”
Thursday, September 27, 2018, 4.00 – 6.00 pm
Goggio Lecture: Jessica Lynne Harris (University of Toronto)
“’La venere nera’ sullo schermo: Portraying Black Women in Italian Television andFilm, 1965-2018”
Thursday, October 4, 2018, 4.00 – 6.00
Goggio Lecture: Matteo Brera (University of Toronto)
“Diasporic Social Spaces from North to South: The Italian Migrant Press in Ontario and Alabama (1920-1940)”
Thursday, October 11, 2018, 4.00 – 6.00
Goggio Lecture: Prof. Yuri Brunello (Universidade Federal Do Ceara)
“Gramsci and Dante, Inferno X”
Thursday, October 18, 2018, 4.00 – 6.00
Goggio Lecture: Damiano Acciarino (University of Toronto)
“Between Renaissance and Reformation. Grotesques and the Debate on Images”
Thursday, October 25, 2018, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Goggio Lecture:  Prof. Fausto De Michele (Karl-Franzens-Universitat di Graz)
“The European Modernism or the Terrible Side of the Comic Genre in Pirandello and Kafka”
Thursday, November 1, 2018, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Goggio Lecture:  Prof. Angela Dalle Vacche (Ivan Allen College)
“The Crime Scenes of Bazin’s Film Theory”
Thursday, November 15, 2018, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Goggio Lecture: Prof. Angela Dalle Vacche (Ivan Allen College)
“Masina and Chaplin”
Thursday, November 22, 2018, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Goggio Lecture:  Prof. Angela Dalle Vacche (Ivan Allen College)
“From Constantinople to Tripoli: The Image is Moving”
Thursday, November 29, 2018, 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Goggio Lecture:  Prof. Angela Dalle Vacche (Ivan Allen College)
“European Cinema and Children”
Thursday December 6, 2018, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Goggio Lecture: Laura Ferri, Rosemary Sullivan
“Memory in Rosemary Sullivan’s The Guthrie Road: A Canadian Biographer’s Recollections of the Immigrant Story” 
Thursday, January 10, 2019, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Goggio Lecture: Mark Chu (University College of Cork, Ireland)
“A Micron’s Tolerance: Design and Durability, Disposability and Redundancy in Amelio’s La stella che non c’e and Perissinotto’s Coordinate d’oriente”
Thursday, January 17, 2019, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Goggio Lecture: Marco Piana (University of Toronto)
“Savonarola, Blood, and Prophecy”
Thursday, January 24, 2019, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Goggio Lecture:  Prof. Andrea Manganaro (University of Catania)
“The Malavoglias and Their Shadow Over Us”
Thursday, January 31, 2019, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Goggio Lecture:  Prof. Andrea Manganaro (University of Catania)
“The History of Francesco De Sanctis"
Thursday, February 28, 2019, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Goggio Lecture: Prof. Giuseppe Polimeni (University of Milan)
“Un inferno prima di Dante: riflessioni sul volume A. Bartoli Langeli, C. Frugoni, M. Mangini, Il Sermone di Pietro da Barsegapè (Artemide Editore, 2018)”
Thursday, March 21, 2019, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Goggio Lecture:  Prof. Erith Jaffe-Berg (University of California, Riverside)
“Jews and the Making of Theatre in Renaissance Italy”
Thursday, March 28, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Goggio Lecture: Prof. Dario Brancato (Concordia University)
“Authorship, Censorship and Patronage in Sixteenth Century Florence: The Case of Benedetto Varchi’s Storia Fiorentina.” 
Thursday, May 2, 2019, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Goggio Lecture: Prof. Millicent Marcus (Yale University)
“Non capisci che non puoi più andare a scuola?”: Representations of Fascist Anti- Semitism and the Racial Laws in Italian Cinema (1970-2001)
May 3-4, 2019
International Seminar on Critical Approaches to Dante
Thursday, September 12, 2019, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Goggio Lecture: Matthias Heinz (University of Strasbourg)
“Migrant Words: Charting the fate of Italian beyond Italy”
Thursday September 26, 2019 – 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Goggio Lecture: Matthias Heinz (University of Strasbourg)
“Regular rhythm and “picchi abnormi” – non-canonical pitch accents, a prosodic phenomenon (not only) of Italian”
Thursday October 3rd, 2019, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Goggio Lecture: Giuseppina Brunetti (University of Bologna)
“Il bacio di Francesca: Dante e romanzi d’amore francesi”
Thursday October 10th, 2019, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Goggio Lecture: Marco Malvestio (University of Toronto)
“New Italian Weird? Labeling Italian Supernatural Fiction”
Thursday October 24th, 2019, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Goggio Lecture: Andrea G.G. Parasiliti (University of Toronto)
“Il vulcano di Marinetti: Etna & Futurismo”
Thursday October 31st, 2019, 4:00 – 6:00 pm Goggio Lecture: Silvana Ferreri (University of Viterbo)
“The Ebb and Flow of Languages Inside and Outside of Italy”
Thursday November 14th, 2019, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Goggio Lecture: Warren Ginsberg (University of Oregon)
“Ovid and Dante in Boccaccio's tale of Nastagio degli Onesti (Decameron 5.8)”
Thursday November 21st, 2019, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Goggio Lecture: Jessica Leonora Whitehead (University of Toronto)
“Cinemas of Diaspora: Toronto’s Italian Language Cinemas and Distribution Networks”
Thursday November 28th, 2019, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Goggio Lecture: Eloisa Morra (University of Toronto)
“Building the Canon: The Italian Renaissance and the Creation of A Literary Tradition”
Thursday December 5, 2019, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Goggio Lecture: Marilyn Migiel (Cornell University)
“What Can a Maidservant Do For You? Answers from the Men and Women of Boccaccio’s Decameron”
Thursday January 30th, 2020, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Goggio Lecture: Gabrielle Houle (University of Calgary)
“The Servant of Two Masters atthe Piccolo Teatro of Milan, or Giorgio Strehler as Goldoni redivivus”
Thursday February 13th, 2020 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Goggio Lecture: Rita Librandi (University of Naples Orientale)
"Florentine, Tuscan, Italian (and Sienese): from controversial denominations to common places"
Thursday February 27th, 2020 7:00 – 10:00 pm
Screening and Panel Discussion - Jessica Harris (Allegheny College); Jessica Whitehead (University of Toronto); Christina Stewart (University of Toronto); Alberto Zambenedetti (University of Toronto)
“Lola Colt: Faccia a faccia con El Diablo (1967)”

Professor Emilio Goggio

Picture of Professor Emilio Goggio
Emilio Goggio, born in Piedmont, Italy arrived in Boston at age 14 and attended Grammar School and Latin School there. He received his B.A. from Harvard University in 1909 and his M.A. from the University of Toronto in 1910. He taught in Toronto for several years, before completing his Ph.D. at Harvard in 1917. From 1912-1920, he taught at the University of California (Berkeley) and the University of Washington. In 1920, he returned to Toronto to teach Italian and he took an active role in community activities. In 1956, after 10 years as Head, Department of Italian, Spanish and Portuguese he retired and subsequently moved to California. (source: Archives Canada)

For more information on Prof. Emilio Goggio, visit:
Archives Canada
Goggio Family Foundation
The Online Encyclopedia of the Italian Intellectual Diaspora
Italian Canadians as Enemy Aliens: Memories of World War II