University of Notre Dame

Center for Italian Studies




The Italian Studies Program connects and supports various initiatives and collaborative research projects with faculty in leading universities, academies and research centers in Italy, the United Kingdom and elsewhere.

Our goal is to establish long-term institutional relationships within which research projects and exchanges of faculty and graduate students can be developed in a meaningful and enduring manner. 

Opera del vocabolario italiano

The TLIO is a historical dictionary of the Italian language before 1375. Since June 2008 several members of the Notre Dame community have been conducting research on early Italian texts and writing entries for the TLIO dictionary.

University of Rome

The Italian Studies Program at Notre Dame sponsors an annual seminar in Rome organized in collaboration with the University of Rome "La Sapienza."

University of Leeds

The University of Notre Dame has a privileged relationship with the Department of Italian in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures at the University of Leeds (UK).  The Department is home to The Leeds Centre for Dante Studies, which promotes the study of Dante from a variety of disciplinary and methodological perspectives.

University of Cambridge                                                                                                      

Italian Studies at Notre Dame is participating in two ongoing projects with the University of Cambridge: the Graduate Exchange Program and Cambridge Vertical Readings in Dante’s Comedy.

Re-reading Dante's Vita Nova

"Re-reading Dante’s Vita nova" is a collaborative research project involving researchers from University College London, the University of Bristol, the University of Cambridge, the University of Leeds, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Oxford, the University of Reading, and the University of Warwick. Each event focuses on a different section of Dante’s Vita nova, its contexts, and its implications. Lectures are lived streamed and discussions are facilitated via teleconference. Further information about the project may be found here.

Biblioteca Ambrosiana                                                                                                         

The Italian Studies Program at Notre Dame has initiated several collaborative projects with the Ambrosiana Library in Milan, one of the most famous libraries of the world and the oldest in Europe. These programs include a joint bibliographic project; a seminar on paleography and the history of the book; support for the digital reproduction of selected manuscripts; and participation by senior Notre Dame scholars in the Ambrosiana research groups.