Category Archives: Education

Il Paroliere: Italian Word of the Week-64

220px-Telemachus_and_Mentor1‘Oi, Ody, wind’s up.’ ‘Yeah, get the boat out then and drag that idle bunch of sailorin’ no-goods out of the tavern. And tell Penny to pack us some sangers and the cab sav.’ ‘Where we going, Ody?’ ‘Back of Bourke, mate, Troy or somethin’, bloke said.’ ‘Whatya gonna do with young Tele then?’ ‘Strewth, mate, I dunno. Concetta, ya got any ideas?’


Conferenza d’italianistica 2014

Barbara Pezzotti    ACIS

Daniela Cavallaro (Università di Auckland) segnala un interessante convegno di italianistica, intitolato “ITALIANISTICA 2.0” che si terrà a Banja Luka (Bosnia ed Erzegovina) il  5-7 giugno 2014. Ecco il link e alcune informazioni al riguardo.

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Invitation to become a member of LCNAU

logo-header-lcnau-dsLCNAU (Languages and Cultures Network for Australian Universities) works hard to support all languages and languages academics in the tertiary sector. In 2013 LCNAU provided significant support to protect programs and academics across Australia, including at Curtin University and University of Canberra. The challenges facing tertiary language programs are diverse, and we are keen to listen and respond to the issues. To maintain our work we are now inviting you to become a member of our network.

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Language Interactions In Early Modern Europe

threedoorsThis conference, organized by Villa I Tatti and Monash University Prato Center, to be held on 21 November (I Tatti) and 22 November (Monash), explores the complex interactions between Latin and the vernacular in the context of early modern European medicine, philosophy, history, architecture, and rhetoric. For centuries, Latin was the lingua franca for science and the humanities, but in the course of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries vernacular languages competed for equivalent status. This conference is the first to take a pan-European look at the history of the relationship between Latin and the vernacular through the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Emerging and established scholars from diverse backgrounds will discuss the rich relationship between these languages building bridges between disciplines and methodologies.

The conference is free and open to all scholars, but RSVP
. For the program, see below. For abstracts, click here.

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John Burrow

Autobiographies are a far less popular genre in Italy than in the Anglo-American world, as Peter Hainsworth and Martin McLaughlin (2007: 1, 9) note. And the one I am about to signal has only passing references to Italy so I have to apologise for stretching the boundaries of what visitors to this site would expect to find here. But the autobiography by the intellectual historian John Burrow who died in 2009 is so full of subtle portraits, colour and wit and can only be found rather far off the normal search track that I thought it would be worth flagging here. Since his last major work, A History of Histories (2007), contains substantial sections on Ancient Rome’s historians and on Villani, Machiavelli and Guicciardini, his autobiography also provides an unmissable insight into the ingredients which went into his approach to them. The title he chose, Memories Migrating, suggests a resonance with Australian experiences even though the only mention of this country is a brief allusion to his tenure of a visiting fellowship at the ANU in 1983. An equally well-hidden autobiography by another historian, Patrick Collinson, a contemporary of Burrow, has an engaging chapter on the author’s time in Sydney University’s Department of History in the early 1970s. (DM)

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RISM: Peter Howard (September 2)


and the Italian Cultural Institute  in Melbourne

have great pleasure in inviting you to a talk on

Charting Cultural Transformation through Renaissance Preaching


A/Prof Peter Howard (Monash University)

Monday 2 September at 6pm

Italian Cultural Institute,  233 Domain Road, South Yarra

How did the artists of the Sistine Chapel wall frescoes develop and execute a complex programme in an amazingly short period of time? How do we explain the configuration of public space in early Renaissance Italy? Who authorized the magnificent display that characterizes Renaissance Florence? These are just some of the questions on which light is shed if an expansive role is assigned to preaching in late medieval and early renaissance Italy. This argument is a reversal of the image of the mendicant “penitential preachers” that Burckhardt constructed a century and a half ago but that still prevails, even among some scholars. Most commonly, the historiography identifies the humanists as the innovators of the day and as the disseminators of a renewed classical culture. This can be overemphasized. I argue that evidence suggests that a traditional medium such as the sermon was just as, if not more, responsible for a new historical and social vocabulary which equipped Florentines in particular to meet the demands of a rapidly changing society.

For catering purposes please book at Tel. 03 – 9866 5931

For more information on RISM please contact Dr Patrizia Sambuco (Monash University).

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Parents, children and responsibility in Italy

Angela Biscaldi   University of Milan

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“la mamma mi sgrida soprattutto quando lei parla al telefono e io continuo a chiamarla” (bambino di 5 anni)

How do Italians understand their role as parents? What kinds of values do they seek to inculcate in their children?  I devised a research project to try to address these questions, making the concept of ‘parental responsibility’ my key focus. I wanted to explore how important the term was to parents today and how far they tried to make their children aware of their own responsibilities (and what kind they were). I used the town of Cremona as a case-study, interviewing kindergarten teachers and parents with children under six years old, and analysing more than a thousand drawings by young children of family life situations.

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