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ACIS Cassamarca scholarships for student research in Italy in 2014

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ACIS and the Cassamarca Foundation are offering UP TO TWO scholarships worth $5000 each for research in Italy in 2014 by honours, masters by research and doctoral students. You will find the criteria of eligibility and the guidelines for making an application on the page ‘Scholarships for 2014‘ under the menu Scholarships above. The deadline for applications is FRIDAY 8 NOVEMBER 2013.

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Rome’s Casa delle Traduzioni

Brigid Maher   La Trobe University

Casa delle Traduzioni 1Colleagues working in the area of Translation Studies, particularly those translating Italian literature, might be interested to know about a wonderful new(ish) resource in Rome, the Casa delle Traduzioni, a small library and residence for translators.

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Nasce l’Archivio degli iblei

Chiara Ottaviano   Cliomedia Officina

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E’ online il portale dell’Archivio degli Iblei.  Gli Iblei comprendono i paesi del sud-est della Sicilia fra il ragusano e il siracusano, e l’iniziativa dell’archivio online è nata all’interno del Progetto Terramatta, il cui primo prodotto è stato il film documentario Terramatta; Il Novecento italiano di Vincenzo Rabito analfabeta siciliano. Il film, tratto dal libro quasi omonimo del chiaramontano Vincenzo Rabito (Einaudi, 2007), è stato presentato nella scorsa edizione della Mostra internazionale del cinema di Venezia e ha ricevuto numerosi riconoscimenti, tra cui il Nastro d’Argento 2013 come miglior documentario italiano dell’anno. Lo si potrà vedere a Melbourne il prossimo 3 dicembre in una serata organizzata dall’Istituto italiano di cultura e ad Adelaide nell’ambito del Convegno ACIS, dove Terramatta sarà anche tema di un panel.

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Blogs we like #6

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Keeping informed about the problems in Italian higher education lights your fire? The effort to evaluate academic performance in Italy’s universities floats your boat? Then you will certainly want to have a look at the ROARS (Return On Academic ReSearch) blog. Recent contributions have focused on the Valutazione della Qualità della Ricerca 2004-2010 –  the third, by far the most detailed and systematic, evaluation of the research productivity of staff and departments in the past ten years, covering the 184,742 books, chapters, articles and conference papers produced in Italy’s scientific communities over that period which were submitted for assessment. Parts of the discussion – how to use bibliometric data fairly, deal with the distinctive publishing practices of different disciplines and ensure that friends and enemies will nonetheless provide informed and impartial assessments – match the debates in Australia and elsewhere when similar exercises were introduced. But many of the distinctive features of higher education in Italy are also brought out clearly in the cut-and-thrust of the contributions. The blog’s list of tags shows the very wide range of university issues covered, some of which have been addressed in the posts by Marino Regini (22 November 2012) and Edda Orlandi (11 April 2013).

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Blogs we like #3

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Rita Wilson has signalled Interdisciplinary Italy 1900-2015: Art, Music, Text as a blog Italianists will be interested in. Its basis is an international research project, involving the UK, US and Italy, funded by an Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) networking grant which “brings together musicians, academics, museum curators, artists and teachers interested in 20th and 21st century culture in Italy. We are exploring the relations between the arts in modern and contemporary Italy and how this influences the teaching of Italian in Universities and schools…”. The website has a full description of the project, the people involved and the workshops they are organising for 2013.

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Fieldwork in Italy Survival Kit

Catherine Williams   La Trobe University

Having recently returned from a four-month research trip to Italy, I’ve been reflecting on my experiences in the hope that my own mistakes might save other researchers who, like me, are just starting out, both time and frustration: Continue reading

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