Identité, communauté et diversité : colloque en l’honneur de Roberto Perin Identity, Community and Diversity: A Conference in Honour of Roberto Perin

September 27, 2019 @ 9:00 am – 9:30 pm America/Toronto Timezone
Archives of Ontario & York University
Marcel Martel

If you plan to attend the conference, you should register before September 14th:


Program / Programme 

27 September 2019  Archives of Ontario and York University / Archives publiques de l’Ontario et Université York, 27 septembre 2019

SUZANNE LANGLOIS: Department of History, Glendon College
MARCEL MARTEL: Department of History, York University
GABRIELE SCARDELLATO: Department of Languages, Literatures & Linguistics, York University

9:00 - 10:45 / 9 h 00 - 10 h 45: Archives of Ontario / Archives publiques de l’Ontario
Session/Séance 1: Immigrants, Religion and Society / Les immigrants, la religion et la société
Chair/Présidente de séance: Franca Iacovetta, University of Toronto


  • Benjamin Bryce, University of Northern British Columbia, Seeing Japan: A Canadian Missionary’s Photography and Transpacific Audiences, 1888-1925
  • Jason Chartrand, York University, From Cooperation to Dialogue: Reconsidering Jewish-Christian Relations in Ontario’s Minority Rights Campaigns, 1930-1954
  • Luca Codignola, University of Notre-Dame, Saint Mary’s University and Université de Montréal, The Church Triumphant: Roberto Perin’s View from Rome
  • Gilberto Fernandes, York University, Que Deus nos Ajude: Covetous Priests and Industrious Souls in the Portuguese Parishes of Montreal and Toronto

10:45 - 11:00 / 10 h 45 - 11 h 00:  Nutrition Break / Pause-santé

11:00 - 12:15 / 11 h 00 - 12 h 15:  Archives of Ontario / Archives publiques de l’Ontario
Session/Séance 2: Immigrants and their experience / Expériences d’immigrants
Chair/Présidente de séance: Eric Payseur, Organic Transition Manager, Canadian Organic Growers/ Gestionnaire de transition biologique, Cultivons Biologique Canada


  • Paul-André Linteau, Université du Québec à Montréal, La communauté italienne de Montréal: une histoire fragmentée et fragmentaire
  • Samira Saramo, Postdoctoral Researcher, John Morton Center for North American Studies, University of Turku, Solidarity and Sorrow: Building Finnish Communities in North America, 1860-1939
  • John Zucchi, McGill University, Late Nineteenth Century Failed Group Migrations: The British in Brazil

12:15 - 1:15 / 12 h 15 - 13 h 15: Lunch/Déjeuner

1:15 - 2:45 / 13 h 15 - 14 h 45: Archives of Ontario / Archives publiques de l’Ontario

Session/Séance 3: Multiples Canadian Voices / Voix d’ici et d’ailleurs Chair/Présidente de séance: Audrey Pyée, Collège universitaire Glendon


  • Maurice Demers, Université de Sherbrooke, Engagement, résistance et foi. Les missionnaires en Amérique latine
  • Yves Frenette, Université de Saint-Boniface et Tessa Bonduelle, University of Toronto, La présence syrienne au Québec rural: le Bas Saint-Laurent, 1900-1940 
  • Mathieu Lapointe, Conservateur, Archives textuelles, Musée McCord-Stewart, Identité, communauté et diversité au Musée McCord: le projet « Sensibilités partagées »

2:45 - 3:00 / 14 h 45 - 15 h 00:  Nutrition Break / Pause-santé

3:00 - 4:45 / 15 h 00 - 16 h 45:  Archives of Ontario / Archives publiques de l’Ontario
Session/Séance 4: Roberto Perin: the Scholar and Mentor / Roberto Perin: historien et mentor
Chair/Présidente de séance: Susana Miranda, Access to Information Office, Government of Ontario


  • Evgeny Efremkin, Ryerson University, University of Toronto, Trent University, Sheridan College, Identity Intersections
  • Christopher Grafos, Founder & Chief Academic Transition Strategist, BridgesEDU, When History Meets Memory: How Roberto Perin Helped Me Tackle a Difficult Historical Terrain
  • Alexis Lachaîne, York University, Reorienting the Centre: Roberto Perin, Rome in Canada, and Transnational History
  • Frank Peddie, Nagoya University, Diversity of Thought, Diversity of Opinion: How Roberto Perin Made Me Think

5:15 - 6:30 / 17 h 15 - 18 h 30: Conference Hall A2, New Student Centre
Session/Séance 5: Tre Compagni di Montreal (sous-titré en anglais / with English subtitles)
Chair/Présidente de séance: Suzanne Langlois, collège universitaire Glendon with  / avec Bruno Ramirez, Universté de Montréal

Documentary on Italians in Montreal by Bruno Ramirez and Giovanni Princigalli  / Documentaire sur les Italiens à Montréal par Bruno Ramirez et Giovanni Princigalli

6:30- 9:30 / 18 h 30 – 21 h 30: Conference Hall A2, New Student Centre

Session/Séance 6: Banquet in honour of Roberto Perin / Dîner en l’honneur de Roberto Perin

Speakers / Participants

  • Akladios, Michael
  • Iacovetta, Franca
  • Langlois, Suzanne
  • Linteau, Paul-André
  • McRoberts, Kenneth
  • Scardellato, Gabriele
  • Westfall, Bill
  • Perin, Roberto

Statement of Acknowledgement of Traditional Land

At York University, we recognize that many Indigenous nations have longstanding relationships with the territories upon which the York campuses are located; relationships that precede the establishment of this university.

York University acknowledges its presence on the traditional territory of many Indigenous Nations. The area known as Tkaronto has been care taken by the Anishinabek Nation, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, the Wendat, and the Métis. It is now home to many Indigenous Peoples. We acknowledge the current treaty holders, the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation. This territory is subject to the Dish with One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement to peaceably share and care for the Great Lakes region.

Thank you for your support / Merci pour votre appui

Archives of Ontario- les Archives publiques de l’Ontario
Avie Bennett Historica Canada Chair in Canadian History
Glendon College / Collège universitaire Glendon (Office of the Principal / bureau du Principal, Canadian Studies Programme / programme d’études canadiennes, and / et the History Department / le département d’histoire)
The History Department (LA&PS)
The Mariano A. Elia Chair in Italian-Canadian Studies
The Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies and / et the Groupe de Recherche sur le Canada francophone, Francophile et en français