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PAUL A. COLILLI: A Modern-Day Renaissance Man (University of Toronto Mississauga)

October 3, 2019 - October 6, 2019

Please see here for the Call for Papers. Deadline: June 1, 2019.

Prof. Paul A. Colilli (B.A., McMaster University; M.A. and Ph.D., University of Toronto) was a highly respected scholar and a vibrant and much loved member of the Italian studies community. He was Professor of Italian Studies at Laurentian University and a regular Visiting Professor at Middlebury College’s Scuola Italiana. In 2012-2013, he was the Emilio Goggio Visiting Professor at the University of Toronto.

Paul A. Colilli has written many articles ranging from the Renaissance to Modern Italian literature and thought. As well, he was the author of numerous scholarly books, including Petrarch’s Allegories of Writing (1988), Poliziano’s Science of Tropes (1989), La poetica dell’aletheia nell’Africa” del Petrarca (1993), Signs of the Hermetic Imagination (1993), The Idea of the Living Spirit (1997), The Angel’s Corpse (1999), Semiotics as a Bridge between the Sciences and the Humanities (co-ed. 2000), Vico and the Archives of Hermetic Reason (2004), La redenzione delle cose. Saggio sul pensiero poetante di Paolo Valesio (2006), and Agamben and the Signature of Astrology: Spheres of Potentiality (2015).

At Laurentian University, Paul A. Colilli was Chair of the Department of Modern Languages (1985-1993, 2000-2001, 2015-2017), Dean of Humanities (1993-1997), Dean of Graduate Studies and Research (2001-2004, 2004-2008), and Acting Associate Vice-President, Research and Graduate Studies (2008-09). He was Associate Director of the Italian School at Middlebury College (2006-2013) and Associate Editor of Italica (2014-2017), the most prestigious Italian journal in North America. Paul A. Colilli was a very active member of the AATI (American Association of Teachers of Italian) and a member of the AATI Executive Council for many years.

Paul A. Colilli was also a past board member of the Società Caruso and served the club as chair of the Culture and Education Committee (1995-1999) and First Vice President (1999-2003). In 2000 he was appointed Honorary Vice-Consul by the Italian Government, a position he held till his passing on March 7, 2017.


October 3, 2019
October 6, 2019