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Leaves of the Tree

-1The award-winning film Leaves of the Tree will be screened in the Melbourne World International Film Festival at the Reading Cinemas in Dandenong Plaza on Friday 4 December at 5pm (bookings can be made here). The film, adapted by David Healey from his novel Kindness for the Damned: A Novella of Intrigue, Love and Redemption in Sicily, is set in Sicily (Segesta, Erice, Castellammare del Golfo) and tells the story of a sick man, a once-powerful lawyer sidelined by a life-threatening disease, who follows a doctor to a remote area in the island’s northwest in search of a mystical tree that supposedly has amazing healing powers. David Healey would be happy to be contacted by anyone interested in learning more about the film.

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New Honorary Research Associates

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ACIS is very pleased that Josh Brown and Alessandro Carrieri have accepted appointments as Honorary Research Associates. Dr Brown has interests in language in both historical and contemporary contexts. Using materials from the archives of merchants, he has analysed variations in language use in 14thC and 15thC Milan; he has written on the life and letters of a cardinal in mid-19thC Western Australia; and he has explored factors in Italian language enrolments in current tertiary education. Dr Carrieri, whose doctoral research was on music, memory and resistance among Jewish musicians in concentration camps and ghettos, has been a Visiting Research Fellow in Holocaust Studies at the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation (Monash). His current research concerns the history of the persecution and expulsion of Italian Jewish musicians and composers from conservatories and theatres during Fascist rule; he has recently organised a conference in Trieste on that topic.

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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.


Agnelli, Pirelli, Brambilla? No. Hu, Chen, Zhang…

154049272-158a01e7-f0c0-4ef0-9ffd-0bea5a3fb40fPostscript to the call for papers on relations between China and Italy (August 26). HERE are the names of the most common surnames among the entrepreneurs who set up new businesses in Italy in the first 8 months of this year. The Camera di Commercio of Monza and Brianza examined a sample of 7 regions (only one in south Italy) and turned up what will probably be some surprises. Check out the Veneto ….

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Lavazza film festival: 15 Sept – 21 Oct

xliff15-banner-dark.jpg.pagespeed.ic.c2N02tg9C2The Lavazza Film Festival is showing Italian films around Australia (Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Byron Bay, Canberra, Perth, Brisbane, Hobart) between 15 Sept and 21 October. With the exception of Bertolucci’s Il conformista (1970), the films, covering drama and comedy, are all recent and include Edoardo Falcone’s Se dio vuole, Cristina Comencini’s Latin lover, Nanni Moretti’s Mia madre and the Taviani brothers’ Meraviglioso Boccaccio. Luca Zingaretti, here in Edoardo De Angelis’ Perez and Marco Pontecorvo’s Tempo instabile con probabili schiarite rather than as Inspector Montalbano, will be a visitor to the festival in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra. All films are subtitled in English. Full details of the dates, cinemas and programme of the festival in each city and the chance to book seats can be found HERE.

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CFP: Italy and China, Europe and East Asia: Centuries of Dialogue

People's_Republic_of_China_Italy_LocatorIncreasing dialogue between China and Italy (as between East Asia and Europe) constitutes a significant issue in today’s world.  The Department of Italian Studies at the University of Toronto is organising a conference, Italy and China, Europe and East Asia: Centuries of Dialogue, April 7-9, 2016, to explore historical and contemporary features of the relationship. The conference will pool current research on China-Italy issues, create a network for collaboration based at the University of Toronto and set an agenda for future research. Further details can be found here. Scholars from both the humanities and social sciences are welcome to participate; selected papers from the conference will be published. Proposals (200 words plus brief author bio) for papers should be submitted to both conference organisers, Francesco Guardiani and Gaoheng Zhang, by November 30, 2015.


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Digger statues: the Italian connection

image004Digger statues: the Italian connection‘ is the title of a talk to be given by Donald Richardson at the Museo Italiano (Carlton) on Wednesday, 16 September, 6.30pm (free: book here).  There are sculptures of ‘diggers’ on the war memorials in many Australian towns and suburbs. Although they are hardly ever noticed, they have been icons of Australian culture since the Boer War. But few know that many of them were actually designed and carved in Italy – in the marble workshops of Carrara – and bought by Australian monumental masons who simply erected them on their pedestals. They are part of a long Italian tradition that goes back to Ancient Rome (and includes Michelangelo) onto which Australian iconography has been grafted. Because the tradition was that only the names of those who served and/or died should appear on our war memorials, few artists signed their works, so their valuable contribution to our culture was in danger of being lost forever.  Continue reading

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Cassamarca Lectureship at the University of Melbourne

UniMelbLogo CleanerThe School of Languages and Linguistics at the University of Melbourne is seeking to appoint a Cassamarca Lecturer (Level B) in Italian Studies for a three-year fixed-term position to consolidate and further develop the School’s teaching and research programs. The Italian discipline teaches a broad suite of undergraduate and graduate courses, maintains a vigorous research higher degree culture, and has an internationally-recognised research profile. It contributes to interdisciplinary teaching within the School, the Faculty of Arts and the University. The successful applicant is expected to contribute to overall teaching and research excellence within the Italian Program. S/he will be expected to develop, teach and coordinate Italian and European Studies subjects and to enhance the visibility of Italian Studies program at the University of Melbourne and interact across disciplines within the School.

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From Hell to Paradise

54d559ad-d2a7-4660-9c75-3c9846a27fe3On Wednesday 9 September 2015 from 6-8pm the Istituto Italiano di Cultura of Melbourne (233 Domain Rd, South Yarra) is hosting From Hell to Paradise: 750 Years with Dante, an event to mark the 750th anniversary of the birth of Dante Alighieri with music (the Early Music Studio), poetry readings (Simon West and Gregoria Manzin) and talks (William Johnston, Andrea Rizzi). A rare edition of the Divina Commedia held by the University of Melbourne will be displayed during the final part of the event by the University Librarian, Mr Philip Kent. The event is free but RSVP here is essential.

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