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CIRN has awarded small grants as seed money to support interdisciplinary research activities on Italy.  These have included:

  • ‘Umbrian and Latin Bronze Votives Figurines in Context: Exploratory Metallurgical Analysis’ (Francesca Fulminante and Mukund Unavane, Archaeology, 2013)
  • ‘Posture and Performance in Dante’s Purgatorio’ (Heather Webb, Italian, 2013)
  • ‘Picturing identities: A participatory photographic research project with young Italian migrants to the UK’ (Anna Bagnoli, HSPS, 2014)
  • ‘Outlaw lives: banditry, kinship and the state in southern Italy c.1650-1800.' (Stephen Cummins, History, 2014)
  • ‘Donne al potere, donne di potere: women, culture, and politics in Italy in the years of the economic crisis (2008-2014)’ (Alessia Ronchetti and Eleonora Carinci, Italian, 2015)
  •  ‘The Troina project’ (Flaminia Bartolini, Archaeology, 2016)
  • “Virtù, Stato, Sovranità. Political Thought in Italy, c. 1300-c. 1800” (Felix Waldmann, History, 2017)
  • 'Sounding (Out) Italy' (seminar series, Francesca Vella, Music, and others, 2018/19)


CIRN has co-sponsored events and conferences. These have included:

  • ‘Venetian Seminar’ (2012)
  • ‘Frontiers of the Iron Age, with a regional focus on Central Italy’ (2012)
  • ‘Religion and Violence in early modern Naples’ (2013)
  • ‘Mafia Republic’ (2013)
  • ‘Posture and Performance in Dante’s Purgatorio’  (2014)
  • ‘New Approaches to Modern Naples’. Workshop (2014)
  • ‘The Italian Left and Foreign Policy’ (2015)
  • ‘Cambridge Migration Society’ (2016)
  • ‘Primo Levi di fronte e di profilo’ (2016)
  • 'The Fortunes of the Orlando Furioso, 1516-2016' (2016)
  • Antonio Negri, 'Post-operaismo e neo-operaismo' (2017)
  • 'Living with Earthquakes: towards a model for Amandola and the Marche Region' (2017)
  • 'Pasolini Requiem' (2017)
  • 'Material Cultures of Food' (2017)
  • 'Languages of Injury in Late Medieval Italy' (2018)


CIRN has collaborated with / invited speakers from major research projects on Italy based in Cambridge:

  • 'Domestic Devotions: the Place of Piety in the Renaissance Italian Home, 1400-1600'. 

ERC Synergy project, 2013-2017.

  • ‘Greek in Italy’

AHRC, 2014-2017.


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.