UoA 54: Italian

The Department is committed to maintaining research excellence in all its areas of specialization: medieval, Renaissance, modern studies and theoretical linguistics. Its research takes the form both of individual and collective projects and of inter-disciplinary collaboration within and beyond UCL. The Department encourages an active and innovative research culture by (a) seeking to secure maximum research resources, in both time and funding, for all staff and research students; (b) recruiting high-quality researchers as postgraduates, postdoctoral research assistants and members of staff; (c) sustaining a programme of advanced research seminars and training. In the assessment period, it has maintained a steady flow of high-level publication, much of it addressing a broad readership in key areas of Italian social, political and cultural life. Publications include 10 single-authored books (with translation into a variety of other languages), 6 edited or co-edited volumes, 23 chapters in books, more than 30 articles in peer-reviewed journals, 3 documentary films, 2 DVD commentaries, 2 e-books and an audio book, as well as reviews, technical reports, catalogue and reference work entries and essays. The Department’s research has a high profile in national and international media, and it takes seriously the development of links with the wider research community here and abroad. Grant awards confirmed during the review period amount to three-quarters of a million pounds (£750,295; 1g below). Its main objectives are to build on this research success and to expand into new areas.

The Department has a long tradition of research in Italian literature, history (including the history of ideas) and culture from the high Middle Ages through to the present, and in linguistics. Its work is pursued by way of special lectures, seminars, colloquia, workshops and conferences, with a national and international dimension. In modern studies, its innovative work on Italian cities, and more recently on memory in an urban context, has been for over a decade a distinctive feature of both group and individual research in the Department, attracting major external funding and a consistent flow of research students and assistants. The Department collaborates in research with  institutes of the University of London (Warburg Institute and the Institute for Historical Research), and with UCL’s Centre for European Studies and Centre for Human Communication. It has continued its commitment to the involvement of senior scholars of distinction in research supervision, chiefly in the areas of Enlightenment and modern literature. It has hosted distinguished academics from abroad (including recently Carlo Ginzburg and Giorgio Pressburger) and, as part of its commitment to UCL as a centre for Dante studies, its organization of the triennial Barlow Lectures (delivered in 2005 by Piero Boitani). The activities of the UCL Centre for Italian Studies noted in the Department’s 2001 RAE submission have recently been absorbed into those of the Institute for Germanic and Romance Studies (IGRS) of the School of Advanced Study, University of London, and of the departmental postgraduate/staff research seminar launched in 2006.

The Department has a high national and international research profile; its members have been guest or keynote speakers in many of the leading university institutions of Europe, North America, the Middle East and the Indian sub-continent as well as throughout the UK. They have also organized conferences, seminars and workshops and taken up visiting scholarships and fellowships in Europe and North America. All staff have been involved in the supervision and examination of doctoral candidates in the UK and abroad.

The Department has been active in (a) consultancy work for publishing houses in the UK, Europe and the United States; (b) chairing and serving on the committees of learned societies both here and abroad; (c) peer-reviewing proposals and copy for publication and serving as editors of learned journals in the UK, Europe and the USA; (d) heading up research groups at the Institute of Historical Research and IGRS; (e) participating in EU-funded international research schemes. Members of the Department have also been involved in the organization of exhibitions (Tate Modern, National Gallery and elsewhere) and in the preparation of guides and catalogues. The Department has a lettore di ruolo funded by the Italian government and a visiting Momigliano student nominated by the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa. In acknowledgement of its contribution to Italian studies, five members of staff  have been honoured by the Italian Government.

Download full text of the RA5a statement for Italian (pdf 80Kb)

Staff names below link to submitted publications:

[external source element is broken]
error message: The database connection Oracle_database_connection2 cannot be found.

Page last modified on 20 jan 08 07:59