Italian Research Seminar: Massimo Riva (Brown)

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Location: TBD

The Center for Italian studies is pleased to host a lecture by Professor Massimo Riva of Brown University.

More details on this lecture will be posted at the beginning of the Spring semester.

Riva Headshot

Massimo Riva ​was educated in Italy (Laurea in Filosofia, University of Florence, 1979) and the United States (Ph.D. in Italian literature, Rutgers University, 1986). He joined the Brown faculty in 1990. His teaching ranges from Boccaccio's Decameron to modern and contemporary literature, film, media and the digital humanities. He has held visiting positions at the University of Bologna, the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, the University of London, the École des Hautes Études in Paris, and the University of Sydney, Australia. In recognition of his research-based teaching, he was nominated Royce Family Professor of Teaching Excellence. His awards and honors also include the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic (with the rank of Ufficiale) for his contribution to the dissemination of Italian culture in North America. Among his publications, four books on literary maladies in the eighteenth century, national identity in the nineteenth century, post-humanism and the hyper-novel, and literature in the digital age. He is the editor of the Yale anthology Italian Tales and the co-editor of the Cambridge edition of Pico della Mirandola's Oration On Human Dignity. He was the recipient of three major grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and a Digital Innovation Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Society, in support of various digital projects, now part of the Virtual Humanities Lab. Among his recent collaborative initiatives, a series of interactive installations of the Garibaldi moving panorama were featured in library and museums in Brazil, Italy and the U.K. He is currently at work on a digital monograph entitled: Italian Shadows. A (Curious) History of Virtual Reality, a pilot project of the Brown Digital Publications Initiative funded by a grant of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  


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.