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CIRN, the Cambridge Italian Research Network, aims to create and sustain a network of scholars in Cambridge working on Italy across all the disciplines of the humanities and social sciences.

CIRN was set up in 2012.

CIRN aims to:

  • keep researchers informed through a regular bulletin of lectures, seminars, conferences and other research events on Italy taking place in Cambridge.
  • organize an annual CIRN Lecture bringing prestigious speakers from outside Cambridge to lecture on an Italy-related theme. Past lecturers have included Jeffrey Schnapp (Harvard); Lucy Riall (Birkbeck / EUI); Jane Garnett and Gervase Rosser (Oxford); Richard A. Etlin (University of Maryland).
  • organize an annual CIRN Interdisciplinary Research Symposium, usually in Easter Term. This aims to bring together researchers from many different disciplines and fields to give papers on a single overarching theme. Speakers are drawn predominantly from the Cambridge research community but also include invited speakers from other universities. Up to now, symposium themes have included ‘Italian Landscapes’, ‘Global Italy’, ‘The Italian Home’, and ‘Death in Italy’. Speakers have so far been drawn from the following disciplinary areas:

Anthropology; Architecture; Classics; Compartive literature; Design; English; Film; French; Geography; History; History of art; History of medicine; History of science; Human, social and politial science; Italian; Linguistics; Music; Sociology

  • facilitate – and where possible provide CIRN seed funding for –interdisciplinary research initiatives or events relating to Italy, both within Cambridge and in collaboration with other institutions.


For further information about CIRN, please write to:

CIRN has been generously supported by: Italian Department, Cambridge; Keith Sykes Fund; Serena Fund; Trevelyan Fund, History Faculty.