The Center for Italian Studies 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.
In addition to these current projects, the Center maintains a special relationship with several universities in Italy, including the University of Roma Tre, the University of Roma La Sapienza, and the University of Bologna in Italy and with the University of Cambridge, the University of Leeds, and the University of Reading in the UK. The Center also has a history of regular collaborations with the Biblioteca Ambrosiana in Milan and with the Newberry Library in Chicago.
The Center for Italian Studies supports the digitization and curation of the holdings of the Biblioteca Ambrosiana, currently underway in a collaborative project between the Hesburgh Libraries and the Ambrosiana. The intention is to digitize, curate, and ultimately make available for scholarship a portion of Ambrosiana’s manuscript holdings, specifically the fondi Inferiore, Superiori, Trotti, and Arabi.
Beginning in 2018, the Center for Italian Studies entered into a formal collaborative agreement with the Centro Internazionale di Studi Primo Levi in Turin, with the goal of sharing resources for the promotion of Jewish-Italian Studies and for the understanding of Levi's works.
Together with the Devers Family Program in Dante Studies, the Center for Italian Studies maintains a partnership, established in 1994, with the Opera del vocabolario italiano (OVI) in Florence, Italy, a branch of the prestigious Accademia della Crusca, on the creation of a historical dictionary of the Italian language before 1375, the Tesoro della lingua italiana delle origini (TLIO). This project also involves the ARTFL project of the University of Chicago. Over the years, the Center has co-sponsored training and supervision of researchers, as well as the writing of more than a hundred dictionary entries.
Scholars at Notre Dame are participating in a project coordinated by Prof. Simon Gilson (Oxford), with Dr. Federica Pich (Leeds) and Dr. Guyda Armstrong (Manchester), to create a census of manuscript and print copies of Italian-language exegesis on Petrarch's vernacular verse written between 1350 and 1650.
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. It has featured a series of lectures and workshops that began in April 2017. Each event focuses on a different section of Dante's Vita nova, its contexts, and its implications. Workshops are livestreamed and discussions are facilitated via teleconference.
To mark the 700th anniversary of Dante’s death, the Institut für Italianistik of the University of Basel and the Center for Italian Studies with the Devers Family Program in Dante Studies at the University of Notre Dame have organized a critical reading of the Inferno. The events will take place at the University of Basel in a series of five meetings, each of two and a half days, that are scheduled for the Spring and Autumn between March 2019 and March 2021.