University of Notre Dame

Center for Italian Studies


Italian Research Seminar

The Italian Research Seminar, a core event of the Center for Italian Studies, 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 literature, language, and culture, 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 Center for Italian Studies to promote the study of Italy and to serve as a strategic point of contact for scholarly exchange.


Thursdays at 5:00 pm
Rare Books and Special Collections
Hesburgh Library


FALL 2018

August 23
“The Scene of the Crime: Tombolo On- and Off-Screen”
Charles Leavitt (Assistant Professor of Italian, University of Notre Dame)

September 20
“The Face of Recent Italian Criminal Television: Gomorrah and Beyond”
Dana Renga (Associate Professor of Italian, The Ohio State University)

November 8
"Fascist Im/Mobilities: A Decade of Amedeo Nazzari”
Alberto Zambenedetti (Assistant Professor of Italian and Cinema Studies, University of Toronto)

November 29
“Dante's Florentine Intellectual Formation: From Quodlibets to the Vita nuova
Lorenzo Dell’Oso (Ph.D. Candidate in Italian Studies, University of Notre Dame)



January 24
"German Presences: Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Quartet and the Question of Authorship"
Alessia Ricciardi (Professor of Italian and Comparative Literature, Northwestern University)

February 21
"Meridionalismo: 'The Southern Question' in Il Gattopardo and its Origins in the 18th and 19th Centuries"
Gabriella Di Palma (M.A. Student in Italian Studies, University of Notre Dame)

"The Commedia as Connection: Dante in Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass"
Guido Guerra (M.A. Student in Italian Studies, University of Notre Dame)

March 28
"Pasolini Screenwriter for Fellini"
Claudia Romanelli (Assistant Professor of Italian, University of Alabama)

April 18
"De Sica's Genre Trouble: Rom-Coms against Fascism?"
Lorenzo Fabbri (Assistant Professor in Italian and Moving Image Studies, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities)