Current news & events


December 2011

Thursday 8 December 2011:  'Who Wants to Be a TV Showgirl?: auditions, talent and taste in contemporary Italian cinema'  a talk by Dr Danielle Hipkins of Exeter University.

Danielle's research focuses on women and film, and she has recently published a very important and provocative article, 'Whore-ocracy’: Show girls, the beauty trade-off, and mainstream oppositional discourse in contemporary Italy', Italian Studies, 66:3, 2011, pp. 413-430.

Time and Venue: 8 December, 5.15pm, Link room 2, 3-5 WR.

All are very welcome.

Monday 12 December 2011

Italian Cultural Studies: A Transnational and Transhistorical Project

Radio Days: Cultural Change in 1970s Italy

Paolo Noto (Bologna)

Discussant: Simon Potter (Historical Studies). 

Time and Venue: 5.15-7.00pm in the Verdon Smith Room, Royal Fort House

For more information contact Derek Duncan,

Held in conjunction with the Institute for Advanced Studies.

Dr Paolo Noto teaches history of Italian cinema and radio at the University of Bologna; he is co-editor of the book Il cinema neorealista (2010) with Franceso Pitasso, and his monograph on Italian cinema of the 1950s is forthcoming in 2012. He is also currently editing an edition of the Italian film journal Bianco e nero on the 1970s. He blogs at:

Simon Potter is Reader in Historical Studies at the University of Bristol.  He has worked extensively on the history of the mass media in the British Empire. Recently, he has written on the role of the BBC in building and strengthening imperial connections since 1922, and its response to the decline of the British world after the Second World War.

November 2011

Wednesday, 23 November 2011: Talk on Italian cinema at 1.10pm in Link Room 2, 3-5 Woodland Road. This is a talk by Alan O'Leary of Leeds University, on 'Cultural Studies and Italian Popular Cinema'. Alan is the author of a book on cinema and Italian terrorism, and is currently working on a book on the popular Christmas film genre, known as the 'cinepanettone' film.

Twilight Talks - Italy at 150: the Nation and its identities
Italy at 150 On March 17th, 2011, official celebrations began for the 150th anniversary of Italian Unification in 1861. As part of those celebrations, the Italian Department is hosting a public event, 'Italy at 150: The Nation and its Identities', at the Watershed on Thursday, 3 November, at 6pm.

December 2010

Italian Noir: The Story of Italian Crime Fiction
Two members of the Italian Dept, Drs Charles Burdett and Ruth Glynn, will be appearing on BBC4 on December 27th at 9.30pm. They will be speaking about crime and crime fiction in Italy in a programme entitled 'Italian Noir' 

November 2010

Italian Seminar Series 'Fictions: The Moro Affaire in Prime-time Drama' - Dr Giancarlo Lombardi, College of Staten Island, CUNY on televisual representations of the 1978 kidnapping and murder of Italian politician.  Thursday 25 November 5.15 pm, LR8, 21 Woodland Road

October 2010

Putting Her into History - illustrated talk by Sarah Dunant organised by the Departments of English and Italian 5.15pm Tuesday 26 October 2010 in LT2, 11 Woodland Road

September 2010

X Incontro di dialettologia italiana / 10th Italian Dialectology Meeting University of Bristol, 22-24 September 2010

April 2010

The Department is delighted to welcome Dr Diego Pescarini who has been awarded a prestigious two-year Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship. Further details

Dr Charles Burdett has been elected Chair of the Society for Italian Studies (S.I.S). Further details.

Professor Derek Duncan's Inaugural Lecture - 26 April 2010

'What's Cultural about Cultural Studies? Dante, Leopardi and the Aesthetics of Race'

5.30pm, LT3 17 Woodland Road

February 2010

Success of Bristol student

Rachel Wellfair who graduated with a First in German/Italian in 2009 has been named co-recipient of the prestigious Rooke Prize, awarded biennially by the British Italian Society for the best UK undergraduate essay in Italian. Rachel’s essay which she completed for Derek Duncan’s unit, ‘Imitations of Life’ was on narratives of trauma in contemporary documentary film. This is the second consecutive occasion that a Bristol student has picked up this award. In 2007, Max Malagoni (Italian/Spanish) was joint-winner of the Rooke with an essay on Albanian criminality in Italian cinema. Rachel will be presented with the award at a ceremony in London later this month.

Recent news and events

April 2009

Testimonies - 22 April 2009 - 4-6pm, LT3, 17 Woodland Road

Alessandro Triulzi (University of Naples, Orientale): Listening to Migrant Voices: working with African migrants in Rome

The talk will also include a showing of the film 'Like a Man on Earth'

Thursday 12 March 2009

'Gendered Perpetrations', a workshop in the Traces of Conflict series, takes place from 4-6pm, LR8 22 Woodland Road

Friday 6 - Saturday 7 March 2009

IX Incontro di Dialettologia Italiana

Wednesday 18th February 2009

Testimonies - Confirmed topics:

Andrea Noble (Durham): 'Too Hot to Handle: Photography and Mexico's 1968'

Siobhan Shilton (Bristol): 'Imaging Algeria: Renegotiating "Home" in Multimedia Art'

Monday 2 February 2009

Professor Andrew Pettegree (University of St Andrews): 'Renaissance Encounters: The Invention of Printing and the Crisis of the Renaissance'

(This event is part of a series of ten lectures at different venues in the UK and Ireland organized by the Society for Renaissance Studies. Contact for further information.)

Thursday 4 December 2008

Professor John Foot (UCL): 'Divided Memory in Italy: Stories from the 20th and 21st Centuries'

Thursday 27 November 2008

Italian postgraduate seminar

Mauro Fornasiero: 'Geometries of Desire: Space and Relationships in Ferzan Ozpetek's Il bagno turco and Le fate ignoranti'

Caroline Lynch: 'From History to "Her"story: The Creation of a Female Historiography of the Second World War in Italy from the 1970s to the Present'

Thursday 13 November 2008

Dr Adalgisa Giorgio (University of Bath): 'Between Pirendello and Judith Butler: Form and Performativity in the Narrative of Marosia Castaldi'

November 2008

Award for Bristol Italian student from the Leeds Centre for Dante Studies Essay Prize, 2007-08.