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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.


*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.  


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. 


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

  • Undergraduate, Honours and Postgraduate Research Coordinator: Associate Professor Antonia Rubino
  • Exchange Coordinator: Associate Professor Francesco Borghesi
  • Elena Carletti
  • Emma Barlow
  • Antonella Beconi
  • Daniela Panico
  • Panita Silapavithayadilok
  • Emeritus Professor Nerida Newbigin
  • Paola Marmini
  • M Cristina Mauceri
  • Kathleen Olive
  • Nicoletta Zanardi
  • Research Affiliate Cristiana Palmieri


Visit the School's Events calendar to see our full listing of upcoming events.

Department Chair (Acting)



School of Languages and Cultures

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