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£1.8million for new research on Italian cultures and the study of Modern Languages

20 September 2013

A new research project looking at how modern Italian culture has developed around the world, to be led by the University of Bristol, has been awarded £1.8million by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

A new research project looking at how modern Italian culture has developed around the world, to be led by the University of Bristol, has been awarded £1.8million by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

From the insights it develops into transnational Italian cultures, the project will forge a new framework for the discipline of Modern Languages as a whole, one which puts the interaction of languages and cultures at its core.

In the 150 year history of Italy as a nation state, communities identified as Italian have formed in many parts of the world, while in the past 30 years Italy has also become a destination country for migrants from a variety of national, religious and ethnic backgrounds.

This mobility and interaction with other cultures around the globe will come under the spotlight over the next three years when academics from Bristol University’s Department of Italian work alongside colleagues at the Universities of St Andrews, Warwick and QMU in the first study of its kind.

The project, which will be lead by Professor Charles Burdett from the Department of Italian at the University of Bristol, will look at the Italian communities established in the UK, the US, Australia, South America, Africa and at the migrant communities of contemporary Italy. It will focus on the cultural associations that each community has formed.

Further information on the project is available via the University's press release.

 

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