CICIS was established in 2002 to bring together faculty, students, and independent scholars from around the state interested in Italy. CICIS' mission is to foster interdisciplinary and transnational research related to Italian studies in California, and to convene conferences where this research can be promoted, undertaken, presented, and discussed. The organization is open to UC faculty and graduate students as well as scholars and researchers from other California research institutions, and independent scholars residing in California. CICIS maintains a list-serve and holds meetings to discuss shared concerns and to organize annual conferences.
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CICIS List serve
2012 CICIS Conference at Scripps and Pomona Colleges
2011 CICIS Conference at University of Southern California
2010 CICIS Conference at University of California at Berkeley
2009 CICIS Conference at Stanford University
CICIS Graduate Student Paper Prize - 2009: "Imbriani's Innovation: Photography as Framework in Merope IV (1867)" (Winner: Sarah A. Carey)
CICIS Graduate Student Paper Prize April 2008: "As Men Do With Their Wives": Domestic Violence In Fourteenth-Century Lucca (Winner: Corinne Wieben)
UC Santa Cruz March 2008: Violence in Italian History and Culture.  Keynote: Alexander Stille, Professor of International Journalism, Columbia University.
California State University, Long Beach March 2007Italian Masculinities. Keynote: Derek Duncan, Professor of Italian Studies, University of Bristol.
UCLA February 2006: Italy and the Mediterranean.  Keynote: Nicola Labanca, Professor of Contemporary History, University of Siena.
UC San Diego February 2005: Ephemeral Events, Enduring Memories: Performativity in Italian Culture.  Keynote: Philip Gosset, Professor of Music, University of Chicago.
UC Berkeley May 2004: Spaces in Time: Italian Geographies of Modernity.  Keynote: Giuliana Bruno, Professor of Visual Studies, Harvard University.
UCLA March 2003: Visualizing Culture: Italian Modernities.
UC Berkeley April 2002: Recent Trends in Early Modern Italian Studies; Plans and Prospects for Italian Studies in California.