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Lectureship in Italian Studies: University of Edinburgh

156002191The School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures, University of Edinburgh, invites applications for the post of Lecturer in Italian, with particular responsibility for Medieval Italian literature and culture. The position is full-time, open-ended and available from September 1st 2015. It covers teaching in Italian at all levels of the undergraduate curriculum. The successful candidate will have a record of excellence in research, with publications appropriate to her/his career stage and a commitment to innovative approaches to teaching. Full details including the application procedure are available from the Head of Italian, Davide Messina.

Applications close on Thursday 2 April 2015 at 5pm (GMT).


La “Repubblica dei Matti”: the work of Franco Basaglia

contentIn his most recent book, La “Repubblica dei Matti”: Franco Basaglia e la psichiatria radicale in Italia, 1961-1978  (Feltrinelli, 2014) John Foot examines the work of the radical psychiatrist Franco Basaglia (1924-1980) in Gorizia which paved the way for law 180/1978 and the closure of Italy’s mental hospitals. It is a case-study of some of the mechanisms of social exclusion and how they can be combatted. The post-1978 course of community mental health care in Italy remains a matter of continuing attention and research.

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Il Paroliere: Italian Word of the Week-80

220px-Gjergj_Kastrioti‘Scandalous!’ she cried as she scanned the horizon. ‘Scandinavery if ever I saw it! These scandaroons are scantling me again. Scanscammers! Scobberlotchers! Scanderbegs! Concetta, give me a hand to check this invasion of scansionists’.


From the journals: politics as it happened, might have happened, never did happen …

cmit20.v019.i02.coverrmis20.v018.i02.coverThe current special issues of Modern Italy (vol.20, no.1, 2015) and the Journal of Modern Italian Studies (vol.20, no.2, 2015) are dedicated to politics. Their titles indicate the focus: ‘Berlusconi’s impact and legacy’ (Modern Italy) and ‘Italy 1990–2014: the transition that never happened’ (JMIS). 

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Il Paroliere: Italian Word of the Week-79

310px-Meningi.svg‘Dai, forza, devi cercare di capire cosa possa essere successo’. ‘Sì, d’accordo, ma il cervello non mi funziona più’.’Va bene, ti capisco, ma spremi ancora e ti verrà fuori qualcosa’. ‘Solo le lacrime, temo’. ‘No! Per favore, stupiscimi .. arrovellati ancora un po’ .. ah, finalmente, qui c’è Gregoria ..’

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Migrations today: how to analyse them?

superdiversityMigration in its many forms continues to be central to the history and politics of Italy and Australia. But how should we analyse the extraordinary complexity of its contemporary global flows? The continuing expansion in the number of countries of origin, variety of destinations and legal statuses of movers has created a bewilderingly complex series of movements that the conventional instruments for classifying and understanding migrations no longer seem able to handle. One term invented to characterise current patterns and their consequences for the social make-up of destinations is ‘super-diversity’. The most recent issue of Ethnic and Racial Studies (2015, vol.38, no.4), free access online, is devoted to the conceptual issues, theoretical implications and empirical applications of the term.

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Radio Milano Liberata

2005-12-31 23.00.00-38Per il 70° anniversario della Liberazione dal Nazifascismo Radio Popolare sta trasmettendo, dall’inizio dell’anno e fino al 25 aprile, “Radio Milano Liberata”, progetto che racconta la storia della Resistenza nel Milanese. Particolarmente interessanti le interviste ai combattenti per la libertà. La trasmissione è in onda il sabato mattina dalle 11.30 e i podcast di tutte le puntate sono disponibili qui.

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Learning from letters: the Strozzi in exile and the implications of expatriation

Lisa Di Crescenzo   Monash University


In the aftermath of Cosimo de’ Medici’s banishment of the deposed patrician power group from Florence in 1434, Palla di Nofri Strozzi and his branch were forced to resettle in the northeastern Italian cities of Padua, Ferrara and Venice. They kept up a voluminous correspondence which, hitherto neglected by scholars, offers valuable insights into the ways the members of the lineage sought to reorganise their lives and reconstruct their patrician identity in their new habitat, particularly in the court centre of Ferrara. Gauging the impact of this exile and forced migration on the Strozzi’s sense of their common identity is of particular interest. To what degree was the Strozzi lineage a movable structure, association and ideology across regional borders, retaining Florentine features in its organization, activities, and patterns of social and familial relations? To what extent did the Strozzi as an émigré family and their successor generations remain a lineage bound together by reciprocal loyalty, political solidarity and economic interest?

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Linguistic and Cultural Interchange: workshop at Warwick, 20 Feb 2015

logo_withtextAs part of the Transnationalizing Modern Languages: Mobility, Identity and Translation in Modern Italian Cultures project, a one-day workshop on Linguistic and Cultural Interchange: Policies and Practices is being held at the University of Warwick on Friday 20 February 2015, 9.45am – 5 pm (location on the Warwick campus: Room LIB2). The programme is available here where you can also find details of the free registration. The occasion offers an opportunity for local and international policy-makers, practitioners and leading experts to discuss the activities that communities, institutions and universities carry out to understand and manage contact zones. For information about the project or the workshop, contact Marco Santello.

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Ghost Towns, Awake! Futures for Italy’s Abandoned Settlements

Kristen Sloan   University of Wollongong


Craco, Basilicata, Abandoned 1963

The increasing number and visibility of abandoned places throughout the world, coupled with a significant change in the way space is perceived in contemporary societies, has sparked a growing global conversation about re-using abandoned elements of the built environment. In the past ten years thousands of projects have emerged around the world that involve mapping and ‘re-purposing’ abandoned places, notably the ‘re-awakening’ of entirely deserted villages. Italy is of particular interest here. It has at least 5838 historically valuable ‘ghost towns’ of which 2831 are either completely abandoned or at serious risk of extinction. The loss for the former inhabitants and for the collective memory embodied in the lost communities is severe. Their requalification for contemporary use has become an urgent task.

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