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Department of Italian Studies

One of the world's most beautiful languages
Italian language, culture and post-war immigration has enriched many other societies including the United States, Canada, Germany and Australia.

Our department boasts a lively and engaged student community and a vibrant research culture. Our graduates forge careers in fields as varied as diplomacy, education, tourism, design, architecture, music, fashion, arts and food in Australia and abroad.

The Department of Italian Studies is generously supported by the Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs, through the Italian Institute of Culture, and has previously been supported by the Cassamarca Foundation. 

Our study offerings

Select from a wide range of language and culture units from one of the largest Italian departments in Australia and undertake a semester with one of our Italian partner universities. Develop high levels of linguistic aptitude and deep understanding of Italian authors, thinkers and literary and intellectual movements from the Middle Ages to the present.

Undergraduate

*Available to all students studying the Bachelor of ArtsBachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Visual Arts, as well as all combined Bachelor of Advanced Studies degrees.  

Research

Our research

Our staff maintain strong interdisciplinary links with a wide range of research clusters across the humanities as well as the social science disciplines of education and politics. Our research areas include: 

  • Sociolinguistics and language teaching methodologies
  • Translation studies
  • Medieval and Renaissance studies
  • Intellectual history
  • Critical, literary and visual theory
  • Modern Italian literature and culture
  • Migrant and travel studies
  • Italian theatre. 

Exchange

Our advanced exchange programs provide life-changing experiences in Italy where students exercise their language skills and develop an understanding of cultural intricacies first hand. 

  • University of Bologna
  • University of Florence
  • University of Pavia
  • University of Padua
  • University of Rome – La Sapienza
  • University of Turin
  • University of Udine
  • Ca' Foscari University of Venice.

Our people

  • Emeritus Professor Nerida Newbigin
  • Paola Marmini
  • M Cristina Mauceri
  • Kathleen Olive
  • Nicoletta Zanardi
  • Research Affiliate Cristiana Palmieri

Events

For a full list of our upcoming events and seminars, visit the What's On calendar.

Research seminars are held on Thursdays at 4.15pm during semester. They are open to staff, students and interested members of the public. 

For the 2018 Semester 2 seminar series details, please click here.

For more information, please email the Chair of the Department, Giorgia Alu, at giorgia.alu@sydney.edu.au

Department Chair

School of Languages and Cultures

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