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The Italian Research Seminar

The Italian Research Seminar, jointly organized by the Devers Program in Dante Studies and by Italian Studies at Notre Dame, aims to provide a regular forum for faculty, postdoctoral scholars, graduate students, and colleagues from other universities to present and discuss their current research. The Seminar is vigorously interdisciplinary, and embraces all areas of Italian history, language, and culture (from literature to film, from art history to music, and from anthropology to architecture), as well as perceptions of Italy, its achievements and its peoples in other national and international cultures. The Seminar constitutes an important element in the effort by Notre Dame's community of Italianists to promote the study of Italy and to serve as a strategic point of contact for all Italianists.

Fall 2017

(All lectures at 5pm in Special Collections, Hesburgh Library)

August 24, Margaret Meserve (Notre Dame)

September 21, Christopher Nygren (Pittsburgh)

October 26, Jane Tylus (NYU)

November 16, Maria Sole Costanzo (PhD Candidate, Notre Dame)

In the Spring of 2017, speakers included Ruth Ben-Ghiat (NYU), Alberto LoPinto (Notre Dame), Valentina Geri (Notre Dame), Lorenzo Bonaiti (Notre Dame) and Valentina Ciciliot (Notre Dame).

In the Fall of 2016, speakers included Francesca Bordogna (Notre Dame), Joseph Francese (Michigan State), Rebecca Messbarger (Washington St. Louis) and Heather Webb (Cambridge).

In the Spring of 2016, Monica Seger (William and Mary) gave a talk entitled "Toxic Tales: Narrating Dioxin in Contemporary Italy", and David Lummus (Stanford) presented "Boccaccio and Petrarch on Poetry: Genealogy of the Pagan Gods and Invectives against the Physician".

In the Fall of 2015, speakers included Anne Leone (Notre Dame) and Alan O'Leary (Leeds). Other invited lectures in the Spring and Fall of 2015 were part of the Dante's Other Works series.

Speakers in Fall 2014 included Giorgio Bertellini (Michigan), Martin Bloomer (Notre Dame), and Elsa Filosa (Vanderbilt).

Speakers in 2013-14 included John P. Welle (Notre Dame), Karla Mallette (Michigan), Margaret Meserve (Notre Dame), David Forgacs (NYU), Simon Gilson (Warwick), Lucia Re (UCLA), and graduate students Xiaoyi Zhang, Martino Rabaioli and James Cotton (Notre Dame).

In the 2012-13 academic year, Italian Research Seminars were led by Christian Moevs, Simone Marchesi, Steven Semes, Denis Robichaud, Bernd Goehring, Martin McLaughlin, Anne Leone, George Corbett, Amanda Weppler, and Damiano Benvegnu.

In 2011-12, the inaugural year of the Italian Research Seminars, speakers included Theodore J. Cachey, Francesco Ciabattoni, Beatrice Priest and Emily Gandolfi, Pierpaolo Polzonetti, Charles Leavitt and Sara Troyani, and Robert Gordon.

In the 2012-13 academic year, Italian Research Seminars were led by Christian MoevsSimone MarchesiSteven SemesDenis RobichaudBernd GoehringMartin McLaughlinAnne Leone, George Corbett, Amanda Weppler, and Damiano Benvegnu.

In 2011-12, the inaugural year of the Italian Research Seminars, speakers included Theodore J. CacheyFrancesco CiabattoniBeatrice Priest and Emily GandolfiPierpaolo PolzonettiCharles Leavitt, Sara Troyani, and Robert Gordon.

We invite you to see our calendar for information on upcoming lectures in the series.