Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Casa Italia: a place for Italians in New Farm

Brisbane as many other cities of Australia is really cosmopolitan....even here there is a big Italian community, nevertheless New Farm is still considered the Little Italy, confirmed by the people I meet everyday and speak to me in Italian....here there is a place called Casa Italia, that unfortunately has closed last year and was the subject of my speech for the following events:


Dante Alighieri Society
23 Foster Street Newmarket, Brisbane
Saturday, 17 October, 2009
Symposium co-convenors
Catherine Dewhirst, Lecturer in History, University of Southern Queensland
Claire Kennedy, Cassamarca Senior Lecturer in Italian Studies, Griffith University
Francesco Ricatti, Cassamarca Lecturer in Italian Studies, University of the Sunshine Coast
8.30am – 9.00am            Arrival; coffee/tea available
9.00am – 9.10am            Introductory greeting
9.10am – 9.25am          Dante Alighieri Society Welcome: Don Dignan
9.25am-9.30am               Housekeeping
9.30am – 11.00am
Session 1: Historiography and Legacies of Migration
Chair: Jonathan Richards
Catherine Dewhirst: ‘Reflections on the Historiography of Italians in Queensland’
Ian Bonaccorso: ‘Stanthorpe Italian Pioneers: Their impact on Queensland history’
11.00am – 11.30am         Morning Tea
11.30am – 1.00pm
Session 2: Wartime Conflicts and Ideologies
Chair: Francesco Ricatti
Karen Agutter: ‘The Italians in Queensland during World War One’
Ilma Martinuzzi O’Brien: ‘Italians in Ingham and Innisfail in WWII: selective and not mass internment?’
David Brown: ‘The Case of the Brisbane Fascio: The Transnational Politics of the Italian Fascist Party’
1.00pm – 1.45pm            Lunch
1.45pm – 3.15pm
Session 3: Community building
Chair: Karen Agutter
Simona Albanese: ‘Casa Italia: a place for Italians in New Farm’
Stefano Girola: ‘The role of the Catholic Church in the migration experience of an Italian association in Queensland: the Italian Catholic Federation
Silvia Polo and Claire Kennedy: ‘The Trilingualism of Friulians in Brisbane’
3.15pm – 3.30pm            Afternoon Tea
3.30pm – 5.00pm          Session 4: Voices from Lived Experience and the Records
Chair: Claire Kennedy
Franco Arcidiacono: ‘Italians on the Granite Belt – Some Recent Research Findings’
Francesco Ricatti: ‘Hope and fear: oral (hi)stories of Italians in South-East Queensland’
Jonathan Richards: ‘True Italian Crime’
5.00pm – 6.00pm            Closing Drinks

a plaque outside the entrance

a plaque with the name of all the members

Who knows?...probably they will reopen.....


Alessandro said...

Hi Simona,
I'm actively involved in a project aimed at opening again Casa Italia and by the end of August we will know if we will be successful, so stay tuned!

Simona Albanese said...

Hi Alessandro,
I know Charlie really well and he knows I want to be involved there, so let me know what happen.

Tamaryn Goodyear said...

Hello Simona,

Yes, I hope Casa Italia re opens also - what a great place! I see you are passionate about many things related to Italy. I would like to invite you to an exhibition of photographs from the south of Italy. It's a one night only exhibition next THURS 9th of December and if you would like to come you can email me at tamarynrose@hotmail.com and I'll send you a formal invite. I'm a New Farm local also, maybe I will see you around. cheers,


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