Category Archives: Doing research

Nella nebbia di Milano: uno studio ciclo-etnografico – Note del 19/09/2017.

Edda Orlandi   Università degli Studi di Milano

Dopo i lunghi anni passati nella mia spietatamente, tediosamente e perennemente assolata patria a insegnare le noiose lezioni propedeutiche di “Antropologia milanesiana” agli studenti del corso di laurea in “Culture delle società brumose” sono finalmente riuscita a vincere un grant per IMG_20170919_151726continuare le mie ricerche. Sto partendo per la dolcemente nebbiosa Milanesia, mia mai dimenticata terra d’elezione e culla della mia tesi di dottorato “Malmostosità e festosità tra i nativi milanesiani: uno studio etnografico”. Ancora non mi capacito di come il comitato si sia finalmente deciso ad allentare i cordoni della borsa e concedermi un finanziamento per intraprendere questa nuova esplorazione della cultura milanesiana! Finanziamento ancora più sorprendente se considero che nel comitato siedono tre importanti capi tribù i cui figli e nipoti sono tra i numerosi studenti che non sono ancora riusciti a superare, dopo una dozzina di tentativi, l’esame del mio corso propedeutico… Bontà loro. Continue reading

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ACIS Cassamarca scholarships for postgraduate research in Italy in 2018

The Australasian Centre for Italian Studies (ACIS) is offering UP TO THREE scholarships worth A$6,000 each to provide postgraduate students at an Australian or New Zealand university with the opportunity to work on a research project in Italy in 2018. For one of the awards, the Dino De Poli Scholarship which honours the President of the Cassamarca Foundation, preference may be given to applications for research on any aspect of the culture, history and society of North East Italy.

Details of eligibility and the application procedure are available here, accompanied by guidelines for describing projects.

The closing date for applications is Sunday 15 October 2017.

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Italian women in Australian science

212b490a-cd51-472c-b505-0d0674ee04ddIn Italy and Australia women comprise a significant percentage of PhD graduates and early career researchers in science. However the presence of women in senior positions in universities and research institutes is low: less than 20% in Australia and less than 10% in Italy despite the fact that approximately 30% of researchers there are women. Clearly gender equality in the sciences, especially among its senior managers, is a considerable way off. On Thursday March 9 at 6.00 pm the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Sydney, Level 4, 125 York St.  will host a free event, Italian Women of Science,  at which Australian scientists of Italian origin will share their research interests and offer some insights into the career paths that they have pursued from Italy to Australia. Continue reading

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Thematic Portals: Italy’s state archives

rmis20.v018.i02.coverCan we distinguish libraries from archives? hooks for fishing from compasses for orientation? ICAR from SAN? A contribution to the latest issue (2015, 5: 732-739) of the Journal of Modern Italian Studies by Mauro Tosti Croce & Maria Natalina Trivisan, ‘Thematic Portals: Tools for Research and Making the Archival Heritage Known‘, guides us through these distinctions and the ways to access digitalised resources from Italy’s state archives. It lists, with information and web addresses, nine thematic portals covering acts of violence, company archives, fashion, music, architecture, the records of former psychiatric hospitals, ancestors, cartographies and property records, and the music of Verdi.

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ACIS Cassamarca scholarships for 2016

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ACIS congratulates Tara Auty (UWA), Catherine Blake (Sydney) and Jessica O’Leary (Monash) on being awarded ACIS Cassamarca scholarships for postgraduate research in Italy in 2016. Tara Auty will be working on ‘Community Emotions and Genre: Italian Neo-Latin Epic and the Fall of Constantinople‘; Catherine Blake on ‘Unstable Ground: Vitale Da Bologna between Form and Modality‘; and Jessica O’Leary, who was awarded the inaugural Dino De Poli Scholarship, on ‘Women and Kinship Diplomacy: Negotiation, Gift Exchange, and News in the Familial Network of the Aragonese of Naples‘. Descriptions of their projects can be found here. The Scholarships Committee noted that the applications were again of a very high standard and regretted that its budget prevented it from making more than three awards.

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Old-Time Accomplices: Mentors & Mentees

220px-Age_Teaching_YouthIn his essay De auditu (On Listening to Lectures) Plutarch warned that ‘the correct analogy for the mind is not a vessel that needs filling, but wood that needs igniting – no more – and then it motivates one towards originality and instills the desire for truth’. Once sparked, this fire requires feeding and care, a task often fulfilled by mentors. Already appearing in the Odyssey, the idea of mentoring owes much to the figure of Socrates but has lost none of its force in the contemporary world where mentoring and coaching abound in all professional organisations. The University of Melbourne is therefore organising a conference, Old-Time Accomplices: Mentors & Mentees, on 25-27 August 2016 to explore the theme and the practice of mentoring in literature, history, art, performing arts, social sciences, and in the professional world. We are now calling for paper and panel proposals, to be submitted by Monday 16 November 2015. Continue reading

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Site of Resistance: The Popular Piety of Santa Maria delle Carceri in Prato

 Shannon Gilmore   University of California, Santa Barbara

260px-Prato,_Santa_Maria_delle_CarceriThis summer I enjoyed a month-long sojourn in Florence to expand my dissertation project on Central Italian miraculous image cults established in the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries, specifically the cult of Santa Maria delle Carceri in Prato. My trip got off to a promising start: I had the good fortune to attend the special mass marking the anniversary of Santa Maria delle Carceri’s first miracle. I was immediately grateful that I had arrived early to snag a seat, as the interior of Giuliano da Sangallo’s church was bursting at the seams with the faithful whose eyes were fixed on the miraculous image of the Virgin and Child with Saints Leonard and Stephen (c. 1350) above the high altar. The cult’s continuing significance to the diocese of Prato was immediately evident as a television cameraman ducked in and out of the tightly packed crowd to capture a perfect shot of the bishop who proudly wore a vestment bearing a screen-printed copy of the Marian image.

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ACIS Cassamarca scholarships for postgraduate research in Italy in 2016

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ACIS is offering UP TO THREE scholarships worth $5000 each to provide postgraduate students at an Australian or New Zealand university with the opportunity to work on a research project in Italy in 2016. For one of the awards, the Dino De Poli Scholarship honouring the President of the Cassamarca Foundation, preference may be given to applications for research on any aspect of the culture, history and society of North East Italy. The scholarships are available to students who are citizens or permanent residents of Australia or New Zealand, will be enrolled, full-time or part-time, in Master by research or PhD degrees in a university in Australia or New Zealand in 2016 and will be engaged in research projects in any of the following areas of Italian Studies: archaeology and classical antiquities, language, literature, culture, history, politics and society, including migration studies. Full details of the awards and guidance for writing a research proposal can be found on the pages under Scholarships on the main menu above. The closing date for applications is FRIDAY 30 OCTOBER 2015.

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Researching Italians in Australia: war and internment

123063Among the sources of funds which postgraduate researchers can apply for are scholarships offered by the National Archives of Australia/Australian Historical Association to cover the costs of copying records held in the Archives. A recent winner is Mia Spizzica, a PhD candidate at Monash University, whose research is concerned with the experience of Italians interned in Australia during the Second World War. The loss of the breadwinners –  some 5000 men were interned after Italy declared war on Britain and France in June 1940 – had a serious impact on their families so that the consequences of wartime security measures extended directly or indirectly to some 30,000 Italians. Continue reading

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Futures Past: Postgraduate and ECR conference, Sydney, 26-27 Nov 2015

8301073_origFor historians, how our subjects speculate about their futures can provide a rich source of information about the past. How can we harness the hopes and fears people had about the future in our representations of past lives and their contexts? What do such thoughts and feelings tell us about the role of the future in shaping human narratives? With the past’s future and our own in mind the Department of History at the University of Sydney will be holding a two-day conference, The Futures’ Past,  on 26-27 November 2015, for postgraduates and early career researchers interested in addressing these issues and impulses in history and related disciplines. We hope to open up a discussion about the way in which we currently write our histories, and the subjects, values, themes and methods that we use. Accordingly, we invite abstracts from those working within history and related disciplines, which will inform us about the histories they are writing, and the ways that these histories are being informed by both past, present and future forces.

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