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Research

Research is a priority in the strategic plan of the Department of Italian in Trinity College. It is meant to enhance knowledge, provide better teaching and better education overall. Trinity College is brilliantly positioned for the study of Italian literature, film and culture. In Dublin, there is a vibrant Italian Cultural Institute with a rich programme of cultural events and speakers. We also have strong historic and current links with the neighbouring Department of Italian Studies at University College, Dublin. Trinity College’s renowned Long Room Hub (https://www.tcd.ie/trinitylongroomhub/) is next door to the Department and provides us with an interdisciplinary humanities research centre, housed in a state-of-the-art building and providing a stimulating programme of talks and events.
Italian at Trinity has a lively research focus. We have specialisms in: Dante, Petrarch and Boccaccio, the intellectual history of Italian Renaissance Humanism; 13th-20th century Italian poetry, theatre and literature; History of the Italian Language since its origins; History of Western and Italian novels; Italian Modern and Contemporary History (with focus on Mafia and Fascism); Italian cinema and post-cinema, cultural theory, identity politics, interdisciplinary methodologies and practice; Comparative literature in the European context as well as through the American perspective. 


The Italian holdings in Trinity Libraries are rich and continuously updated, thanks also to the fact that Trinity Libraries are Copyright Libraries: https://www.tcd.ie/library/collection-man/legal-deposit.php

Our Collaborative Research Projects:


TEEBOC[Translated Electronic Edition BOccaccio texts with Commentary]: This project brings together a Groupement de Recherche International (GDRI) dedicated to the annotation, translation and digitalization of the entire corpus of Giovanni Boccaccio’s works. The Principal Investigator is Dr. Sabrina Ferrara (Centre d’études supérieures de la Renaissance, Université François-Rabelais, Tours). Dr Igor Candido is the project co-ordinator for activities 2 and 3 (Meetings, seminars, conference organization).
Boccaccio and the History of Western Narrative Fiction: Dr Igor Candido is launching a new research network under the umbrella of the Trinity Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. The network aims to explore both the sources of Boccaccio and the great influence of his narrative art in the centuries to come. See https://www.tcd.ie/Medieval_Renaissance/research-networks/

Interdisciplinary Italy 1900-2020: Interart/Intermedia [Dr Clodagh Brook, Principal Investigator (2012-17), now International Co-I]. Interdisciplinary Italy is an international, AHRC-funded research project exploring interartistic and intermedial practices in Italy from 1900 to the present. It explores why and how the arts and artists transgress boundaries between artistic disciplines and how this transgression transforms creative practice. The project has run workshops in Rome, London and New York and is currently preparing 3 books, several articles, teaching material and an exhibition at the Estorick Collection in London. See www.interdisciplinaryitaly.org. To be involved, contact Dr Brook.

Performative Arts Today: Dr Giuliana Adamo’s project explores poetry, music, architecture, visual arts, translation by involving artists and institutions. In collaboration with University of Pavia, University of Cagliari, University of Rome “La Sapienza”, “Archivio del Novecento” MART (Rovereto), Conservatory “Bonporti” in Trento, Department of Music (Maynooth College, Ireland), School of Italian, Middlebury College (VT, USA).

Environmental Humanities: the Wolf Project. Dr Peter Arnds is currently working on a a study of wolves and how their perception in cultural history impacts xenophobia and discourses of migration. This comparative literature project examines the cultural history of deeply rooted phobias that tie the wolf to migration and territory, and analyses how dehumanizing metaphors reflect cultural anxieties about the migrant as ‘alien’ Other. This research aims to help combat rising xenophobia and offer a scholarly and scientific inquiry that inspires and informs other modes of knowledge production.

Our research environment and individual projects:


Dr Giuliana Adamo: My current book project is entitled Save the Mafia Children andit is based on a historic, sociological, pedagogical research on the life conditions of the children of mob families. My second project is devoted to the historic novel tradition, which is one of my main research areas. My third project is a work on Melodrama in opera and cinema from the 18th century to the present.

Dr Peter Arnds (Head of Department): Dr. Arnds is currently working on a novel entitled Detachment. Part family saga, love story, and a philosophical narrative about the art of letting go, Detachment combines the turmoil of migration between the US, Ireland, and Germany with the torments of losing one’s home and loved ones.

Dr Clodagh Brook: Contemporary Italian Cinema and the Post-secular: Religion, Identity, Dissent. [Dr Clodagh Brook].This project investigates the place of religion – Catholicism, Islam and emerging forms of spirituality – in Italian film. It explores both religion’s part in shaping the Italian cinema industry and in shaping films made for both the big and small screen. Monograph: Contemporary Italian Cinema and Religion: The Post-secular and the Public Sphere (University of Toronto Press, forthcoming 2018). Articles published in Italian Studies (2017), Modern Italy (2017) and book chapters (2015).

Dr Igor Candido: is currently working on a new commented edition of Petrarch’s De vita solitaria (Toronto University Press, under contract) and his next research project is tentatively titled The Genealogy of the Novel. Studies in the Origins and Silent Transmission of Western Narrative Fiction.

PhD researchers and Postdoctoral researchers:


Bianca Battilocchi - 4th year PhD Italian.
Supervisor: Giuliana Adamo
Research topic: Emilio Villa’s Tarot poems.
Research interest: Contemporary Italian Literatures and Visual Arts, Comparative Literatures. She already published papers in peer reviewed journals such as “Griselda online - Portale di Letteratura” “Purloined Letters-A International Journal of quotation studies” and in a paper book on Villa’s scholarship.

Molly Flynn Tanis  – 3rd year PhD Italian.
Supervisor: Giuliana Adamo
Research  topic: Animals and Dreams as threshold space interlocutors in Italo Calvino's first period war novels, a pathway to understanding the essence of humanity 
Research interests: the question of the body in space and in relation to Others: be they human, nonhuman animal, or imaginary; narratology; dreams and dream stories; poetry; twentieth and nineteenth century world literatures; comparative literature; interdisciplinary studies. 

Paola Orrù – 3rd year PhD Italian.
Supervisor: Giuliana Adamo
Research topic: Genesis of an author: the early works of Mario Praz.
Research interest: Her research focuses on the early career of Mario Praz and his influence on the birth of Comparative Studies in Europe. 

Giulia Bonaldi – 1st year PhD Italian.
Supervisor: Igor Candido
Research topic: Smiling, Weeping and Knowledge in Dante and Medieval Culture. Giulia Bonaldi studies the function and meanings of the concepts of smile and weeping in Dante’s works and in the theological and literary medieval context, in light of the peculiar and unexplored relation that these emotional expressions have with knowledge.
Research Interest: Dante and Medieval studies.

Martina Mendola – 1st year PhD Italian
Supervisors: Giuliana Adamo and Clodagh Brook
Research topic: Contemporary Italian literature - trans media Italian pulp fictions and the literary canon.
Research interest: the literary experience of the so called “Gioventù cannibale” which occurred in Italy in the nineties, with a focus on the relationship between this experience and the literary canon (coming of age story specifically).

We warmly welcome applications from students or researchers whose work aligns with ours and who would like to develop either a PhD thesis or postdoctoral research with us. Have a look at our research profiles on the Italian staff pages and get in touch with our lecturers directly. Please note the deadlines. For doctoral applications, the deadline falls in September. For applications to Marie Curie postdoctoral fellowship, the deadline falls in mid-September each year and for the Irish Research Council fellowships, the deadline falls in November. Please get in touch with us as early as possible so that we can best support your application.
See also: https://www.tcd.ie/Graduate_Studies/students/prospective/

Conferences, Workshops and Events:

27.10. 2017  - 9am – 1.30pm - O’Neill Theatre - LongRoom Hub, TCD

Critical Editions and Editorial Practices Workshop
Organized by: Joanna Poetz (poetzj@tcd.ie), Bianca Battilocchi (battilob@tcd.ie), Paola Orrù (orrup@tcd.ie). Hosted by Trinity Long Room Hub – Telling Our Story Series
https://www.tcd.ie/trinitylongroomhub/local-access/workshops-2017.php

2 .02. 2018 - Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin.
Today Performative Arts.
Italy-Ireland:
Artists on a Journey Action & Interaction of new languages.

External Links:
Our formal links outside the academe:
•Studio Azzurro http://www.studioazzurro.com/
•The Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art, London http://www.estorickcollection.com/
•The Italian Cultural Institute in Dublin http://www.iicdublino.esteri.it/iic_dublino/it/
•The British School at Rome http://www.bsr.ac.uk/