Research Seminars


Research Seminars


The Diasporic Canon. Anthologies of Italian Literature in Translation

1 June 2019

University College London

Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London, WC1H 0AL

Room 834 (Core B, Level 8)

This event is sponsored by the UCL Global Engagement Funds.


9:00–9:15, Introductions

9:15–9:45, Niccolò Scaffai (Université de Lausanne) “Le forme del canone: le antologie di letteratura contemporanea in Italia”

9:45–10:15, Marie-José Tramuta (Université de Caen Normandie), “Antologie poetiche in Francia: le ragioni di una poesia”

10:15–10:45, Coffee break

10:45–11:15, Daniela La Penna (University of Reading), “Broken glass in the Italian garden: traduzione, accademia e periodizzazione nelle antologie poetiche italiane in Gran Bretagna”

11:15–11:45, Marta Arnaldi (University of Oxford), “The Diasporico Canon. Antologie americane di poesia italiana contemporanea”

11.45-12:00, Closing remarks

12:00 – 14:00, Lunch break

14:00–14:30, Beatrice Sica (University College London), “Samuel Putnam, ‘This Quarter’ and the European Caravan”

14:30–15:00, Alejandro Patat (Università per Stranieri di Siena), “L’antologia della letteratura italiana nella rivista ‘Sur’ (1953)”

15:00–15:30, Coffee break

15:30–16:00, Stefano Colangelo (Università di Bologna), “Antologie contemporanee: canone e transizione”

16:00–16:30, Rosita Copioli (poet), “Esperienze di antologie”

16:30–17:00, Closing remarks


Programme - Spring Term 2019

All seminars (unless otherwise stated) are held on Wednesdays from 5.30pm in Foster Court, room 351, Malet Place, UCL, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT.

23 JanuaryGiuliana Benvenuti (University of Bologna)

Il Graphic Novel è un animale mitologico?
(the talk will be in Italian)
6 FebruaryFederica Pich (University of Leeds)

Petrarch, the lyric and the reader
20 FebruaryLuca Marcozzi (University of Roma Tre)

Dante and poverty
27 FebruaryRoberto Ubbidiente (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin)

Pinocchio senza "Cuore".
Collodi e la favolizzazione della renitenza sociogenetica degli italiani
(the talk will be in Italian)
6 MarchFrancesco Buscemi (Max Planck Institute)

Staging Loyalty. Oath taking and the feeling rules of Italian republicanism (1796-1799)
Italian Film Club

The calendar (including some special screenings) will be posted on the film club's blog page.

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The movies will be in Italian with Italian or English subtitles and will be introduced by Dr Cristina Massaccesi (contact:c.massaccesi@ucl.ac.uk).


Rom Lecture Series


Dr Lesley Caldwell, Italian Department, UCL Dr Dorigen Caldwell, Department of History of Art and Screen Media, Birkbeck, University of London


The organisers invite all those working on or interested in any aspect of Rome to attend and welcome suggestions for papers.

Call for Papers


This lecture series grew out of an earlier series of research seminars on ‘Rome: the Growth of the City from the Return of the Popes to the Present’, which supported jointly by the Italian department and Birkbeck College, with assistance from the Italian Cultural Institute, the British School at Rome, the Comune of Rome, and the Region of Lazio.

Nine all-day meetings were held between 2005-2008. They brought together scholars from a range of disciplines with a shared interest in Rome and its development as a metropolis. The central theme of reading the present – be it the Renaissance or the twenty-first century – through the city’s inescapable past produced a highly original approach that has been lacking from both Anglophone histories of Rome and urban studies. A book based on these seminars Rome: Continuing Encounters between Past and Present was published by Ashgate.

Following the conclusion of the three-year project, the series has been maintained as a termly lecture. Speakers who have given lectures to date are: John David Rhodes (Sussex), Rose Marie San Juan (UCL), Jacopo Benci (British School at Rome), Eileen Rubery (Courtauld Institute of Art) and Mark Wilson Jones (Bath). 

Next Lecture

For details of the next lecture and information on past events visit the blog:

The Rome Lecture Series blog