The online journal continues the tradition of the Annali di Ca’ Foscari which was founded in 1962. It is an expression of the Department of Linguistics and Comparative Cultural Studies of Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, and its aim is to represent the different disciplinary areas of the Department, which range from literary and philological studies to linguistics, language teaching, and historical studies. The geographical area covered extends from Europe to the Americas and the postcolonial world. Contributions can be made in any of the languages relating to this area, as well as in Italian and English. All contributions are subject to a double-blind peer review. The new version of the Annals welcomes essays and reviews by Italian and foreign academics, as well as by qualified young scholars, and is particularly interested in the work of new and young scholars as well as by established academics. Combining the interdisciplinary with attention to the specificities of the cultural areas which fall within its remit, the Annali occidentali – which is published annually – offers a lively and enriching space for discussion and dialogue.