Sonia Cancian

+49 30 82406-215
cancian [at] mpib-berlin [dot] mpg [dot] de

Akademischer Steckbrief: 

Ph.D. Humanities (History), Concordia University, Montreal (2008)
"Transatlantic Correspondents: Kinship, Gender and Emotions in Postwar Migration Experiences between Italy and Canada, 1946-1971"
M.A. Italian Studies, McGill University (1999)
B.A. Italian Studies, York University, Toronto (1997)
B.A. French/English Translation, Concordia University (1990)

  • Migrationsgeschichte
  • Gefühlsgeschichte
  • Egodokumente (Briefe und Oral History)
  • Geschlechter- und Frauengeschichte
  • Geschichte der Familie

Ausgewählte Literatur: 

Manuskript in Bearbeitung
S. Cancian.The Pen, the Envelope, and the Kiss: The Letters of Antonietta Petris and Loris Palma, 1948-1949. (peer-reviewed, under contract)
M. J. Borges, S. Cancian, and L. Reeder, eds. Languages of Love: Emotions, Gender and Migration.

2010 S. Cancian. Families, Lovers, and their Letters: Italian Postwar Migration to Canada. University of Manitoba Press.

Borges, M. J. and Cancian, S. (Eds.) (2018 ). Migrant Letters: Emotional Language, Mobile Identities, and Writing Practices in Historical Perspective. London and New York: Routledge. Also published in Borges, M. J.  and Cancian, S. (Eds.) (2016). The History of the Family Journal. Special Issue: Migrant Correspondence. 21.

Ausgewählte Artikel
Cancian, S. (forthcoming). My Love, how different life is here in America... A Young Italian Woman's Intimate Impressions on Life in Postwar Montreal." In S. Gervais, R. Iacovino and M.A. Poutanen  (Eds.), Engaging with Diversity: Multidisciplinary Reflections on Plurality from Quebec. Brussels: Peter Lang S.A.

Cancian, S. and Borges, M.J. (2016). Reconsidering the Migrant Letter: From the Experience of Migrants to the Language of Migrants. The History of the Family Journal, Special Issue: Migrant Correspondence, 21, 281-290.

Cancian, S. and Wegge, S. (2016). "If it is not too expensive, then you can send me sugar." Money Matters among Migrants and their Families. The History of the Family Journal, Special Issue: Migrant Correspondence. 21, 350-367.

Cancian, S. (2016). From Montreal and Venice with Love: Migrant Letters and Romantic Intimacy in Italian Migration to Postwar Canada. In F. Iacovetta and M. Epp (Eds.), Sisters or Strangers? Immigrant, Ethnic or Racialized Women in Canadian History. (pp. 191-200) Revised Edition. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Cancian, S. and S. Wegge, S. (2014). Exploring the Digitizing Immigrant Letters Project as a Teaching Tool. Journal of American Ethnic History, 33, 34-40.

Cancian, S. (2013). Letters of Immigrants. In I. Ness (Ed.), The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration, 5 vols. West Sussex: Blackwell Publishing.

Cancian, S. (2012). The Language of Gender in Lovers' Correspondence, 1946-1949. Special Issue: “Gender History across Epistemologies.” Gender & History Journal, 24, 755-765.  Also published in Gabaccia, D.R. and Maynes, M. J. (Eds.) (2013). Gender History Across Epistemologies(pp. 235-245). West Sussex, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.

Cancian, S. (2012). Tutti a Tavola! Feeding the Family in Two Generations of Italian Immigrant Households in Montreal. In M. Epp, F. Iacovetta and V. Korinek (Eds.), Edible Histories, Cultural Politics: Towards a Canadian Food History (pp. 209-221). Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Cancian, S. (2012). "My Dearest Love…" Love, Longing and Desire in International Migration. In M. Messer, R. Schröder and R. Wodak (Eds.), Migrations: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (pp. 175-186). Vienna and New York: Springer-Verlag.

Digital History Project
S. Cancian, D. R. Gabaccia, D. Necas. Digitizing Immigrant Letters Project. Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota. http://ihrca.dash.umn.edu/dil/