Chiasmi was founded as a collaboration between the graduate students of Italian Studies from Brown and Harvard Universities. The rhetorical figure chosen as the name of the collaboration expresses the relationship of symmetry and reciprocity with which the doctoral students of the two universities intend to contribute in the development and investigation of questions and issues pertaining to Italian Studies.
Chiasmi has a precise objective. From the beginning of March 2008, a yearly conference will be held by the doctoral students in Italian Studies hosted alternately at Brown University and Harvard University.
The objective of this conference is to construct an open and innovative space for research and debate amongst those who work in the field of Italian Studies.