The Department of Italian Studies at the University of Sydney is running a series of research seminars in March and April this year. Following the recent talk by Ara Merjan, ‘The Zero Moment of History’: Pier Paolo Pasolini, Abstraction, Neocapital‘, (reprised at the University of Melbourne on Thursday 10 March, 6:30pm – 7:45pm, in Theatre A, Elisabeth Murdoch Building), Kathleen Olive will present ‘A Metaphor of Tuscany in the Codex Rustici‘ on Thursday 24 March at 4.15pm in the SLC Common Room 536, Brennan MacCallum Bldg. On Thursday 14 April at 4.15pm Hillary Gatti will give a talk entitled ‘Machiavelli’s Role in the Conquest of Pisa: a Contradiction in Terms?‘ (SLC Common Room 536, Brennan MacCallum Bldg). And on Thursday 21 April at 4.15pm Maria Cristina Mauceri will present ‘Italian Transcultural Theatre: the Conflict between Italians and Africans in the Productions of the Teatro delle Albe di Ravenna‘ (SLC Common Room 524, Brennan MacCallum Bldg). For further information, contact Francesco Borghesi (also on +61 2 9351 7131).