PhD candidate in Italian Studies is Awarded a Wolfsonian Fellowship

Author: Charles Leavitt

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The Center for Italian Studies is proud to announce that Lora Jury, a PhD candidate in Italian Studies at the University of Notre Dame, has been awarded a Wolfsonian Fellowship to investigate postcolonial Italian cinema. The Fellowship will make it possible for Jury to conduct dissertation research at the Wolfsonian Library in Miami, Florida during the 2022-23 academic year.

Housed at Florida International University, the Wolfsonian Museum boasts an impressive collection, including posters, prints, designs, paintings, and sculptures that relate to the study of modern and contemporary Italy. These holdings will enrich Jury's research on the colonial origins of the travelling performer and the exhibition of abnormal bodies in the films of Federico Fellini.

Jury’s project has already produced noteworthy results. Jury recently received the 2022 G. Margaret Porter Gender Studies Graduate Writing Award for the best thesis chapter, dissertation chapter, journal article, or book chapter for the article “Interrogating the Esso Insignia: Feminized Labour Depictions and the Economic Boom,” which has been accepted for publication in the Italianist Film Issue.

Lora Jury came to Notre Dame from Wales with a BA in Italian and English from the University of Reading, UK, having also studied at the Università degli Studi di Bergamo and having earned an MA in Italian Studies at the University of Oregon.

“I'm really excited about the Wolfsonian Fellowship because I’ll access rare print materials on Italy’s participation in Universal Expositions that were common during the fin de siecle period in Europe,” says Jury, “all whilst living one block away from South Beach, Miami.”