Research in the Department of Italian Studies

The Department of Italian Studies is a vigorous centre of research activity across all aspects of Italian Studies, supported by outstanding library resources and services. Members of the department maintain strong interdisciplinary links with a wide range of research clusters across the Humanities as well as with Social Science disciplines of Education and Politics. Research Associates make a vital contribution to the Department's research culture.

Proposals are invited from potential Honours, Doctoral and Postdoctoral students. Supervision and mentoring is available in literary studies, from medieval to modern; cultural and translation studies; critical and visual theory; intellectual history and Italian philosophy; applied linguistics; sociolinguistics and the language of migration.

Research Networks and Clusters


Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Francesco Borghesi (Italian Studies), Nerida Newbigin (Italian Studies), Diana Modesto (Italian Studies). See also Louise Marshall (Art History and Theory), The Medieval and Early Modern Centre, Nicholas Eckstein (History), John Gagné (History), Frances Muecke (Classics and Ancient History).

Modern Italian and Comparative Literature

Giorgia Alù (Italian Studies), Maria Cristina Mauceri (Italian Studies); see also Anthony Dracopoulos, Vrasidas Karalis (Modern Greek); Andrea Bandhauer (Germanic Studies)

Literature and Culture of Migration and Travel

Maria Cristina Mauceri (Italian Studies), Giorgia Alù (Italian Studies),
Antonia Rubino (Italian Studies), Lucia Sorbera (Arabic and Islamic Studies).

Sociolinguistics and Applied Linguistics

Antonia Rubino (Italian Studies), Language and Identity Research Network (LIRN).


PhD Theses

Go to the Department's postgraduate research pages for a list of current PhD candidates and recently completed theses.