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News and Events 2013 - 2014


  • Society of Italian Studies Rooke Memorial Prize The Department is delighted to congratulate Helena Phillips-Robins for being awarded the 2013 Rooke prize. The prize is open to Masters and PhD students working on Italy in UK and Irish Universities. Helena's prize-winning entry was her MPhil dissertation on Secular Song and Vision in Dante's Commedia. She is now working on a PhD on Dante's Philosophy of Music.
  • Claudia Tardelli Terry, our Gates PhD scholar, has contributed to a forthcoming book which examines how Dante commentaries have contributed to the advancement of literary criticism. The book will be published by Notre Dame University Press in December. There is an article about Claudia's research on the Gates Cambridge website



News and Events 2012 - 2013


  • Dr Antonello's book Contro il materialismo. Le due culture in Italia: bilancio di un secolo is one of three books shortlisted for the 2013 non-fiction section of the prestigious Italian national book prize the Viareggio-Repaci Prize (first awarded in 1930).
  • American Association of Italian Studies Book Prize (20th-21st century). Congratulations to Pierpaolo Antonello on the award of this prize for his book Contro il materialismo. Le due culture in Italia: bilancio di un secolo (2012)
  • Dr Abigail Brundin and two colleagues secure funding for major new project
  • 2012 Society of Italian Studies Postgraduate Prize. The Department is delighted to congratulate Ray Carlson for winning the 2012 SIS Postgraduate Prize. The prize is open to all Masters and PhD students working on Italy in UK and Irish Universities. Ray's prize-winning entry was his dissertation for his Cambridge M Phil in European Literature and Culture, entitled '"Eccellentissimo poeta et amatore divinissimo": Benedetto Varchi's Formulation of Michelangelo's Poetic Persona at the Florentine Academy'.
  • Dr Sanson has been awarded an Isaac Newton Trust grant (2012) to carry out research on 'Conduct Literature for and about Women in Italy, 1500-1900: Prescribing and Describing Life'. From the sixteenth century onwards, with the diffusion of the printing press and the establishment of the vernacular as a language of culture, Italy saw a wide production of texts for and about women which aimed to define the nature of women, their role in society and their conduct in everyday life. This little-studied literary production, which is essential for the understanding of women's role in society across the centuries, is the focus of this research. Dr Francesco Lucioli has been appointed to collaborate with Dr Sanson on the project between 1 October 2012 and 30 March 2013.



News and Events 2011-2012


  • Abigail Brundin has been awarded an AHRC Network grant under the theme 'Translating Cultures', for a project in collaboration with the National Trust, entitled: 'National Trust libraries: an untapped resource. A pilot study of Italian books at Belton House, Lincolnshire.' A full description of the project can be found at this link: National Trust project.
  • Seminars in Medieval Italian Literature and Religious Thought. May 1st, 8th and 15th, in the Boys Smith Room, Fisher Building, St John's College. Full details are to be found here.
  • British-Italian Society /Society of Italian Studies Rooke Memorial Prize The Department is delighted to congratulate Marie-France Courriol for being awarded the 2011 Rooke / SIS postgraduate prize. The prize is open to Masters and PhD students working on Italy in UK and Irish Universities. Marie-France's prize-winning entry was her dissertation from her Cambridge M Phil in Screen Media and Culture 2011/12, entitled 'Documenting the Epic: Realist and Documentary Strategies in Italian Colonial Film (1935-1939)'. She is now working on a PhD on Italian cinema between The University of Charles de Gaulle - Lille 3 and Cambridge.
  • ASMI postgraduate essay prize winner The Department is delighted to congratulate Natalie Fullwood for being awarded the 2011 ASMI (Association for the Study of Modern Italy) postgraduate essay prize. The prize is awarded annually to 'an outstanding piece of unpublished work by a postgraduate student, dealing with some aspect of modern Italian history, society, or politics in the period between c. 1780 and the present'. Natalie submitted her PhD, 'Cinema, space, gender: Commedia all'italiana, 1958-1970', in October 2011.
  • The Department is delighted to welcome for 2011-12 Dr Heather Webb, as a lecturer in Dante and medieval Italian literature. Dr Webb has come to Cambridge from the US (Ohio State University) and is a former visiting fellow at CRASSH. She will be teaching across all our undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the medieval area.
  • 150th anniversary. 2011 marked the 150th anniversary of the Unification of Italy in 1861. There will be a mass of commemorative events, exhibitions and conferences as part of the celebrations in Italy. 



News and Events 2010-2011


  • The Italian department is delighted to offer its warmest congratulations to two prize-winners for their performances in Tripos 2010. The Italian Department Prize for the most outstanding performance in Italian at Part II has been awarded to Eliza Apperley (Emmanuel). Eliza offered a majority of her papers in Italian and achieved a very distinguished First Class degree. The Department has also awarded an exceptional prize for excellence in Italian Culture to Ashley Cukier (Fitzwilliam). Ashley offered his language papers in French and his scheduled papers and dissertations in Italian and was awarded the top First (starred) in the Faculty.
  • A number of members of the Italian Department, both Staff and Recent PhD students, spoke at the Society for Italian Studies Interim Conference in Venice, 16th-17th April 2010
  • Dr Abi Brundin was one of the presenters at the 56th Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America in Venice, 8th-10th April 2010
  • Dr Helena Sanson was awarded one of the prestigious Philip Leverhulme prizes.The Prize is awarded to 'outstanding young research scholars [...] who have made and are continuing to make original and significant contributions to knowledge'. The Prize is awarded to 'outstanding young research scholars [...] who have made and are continuing to make original and significant contributions to knowledge'.



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