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Interdisciplinary Italy 1900-2015. AHRC networking Grant. 2012-2014.


(Michelangelo Pistoletto, Italia riciclata)

This international network spans the US, UK and Italy and takes two complementary directions.

The first, its intellectual strand, explores issues arising from interdisciplinarity in the arts in 20th and 21st century Italy. It brings together academies, artists and museum curators. Notions of border-crossing, emancipation, transgression and fragmentation are applied to the relations between literature, music, cinema and the visual arts. This strand spans modernism, postmodernism and the internet age.


We aim to address questions such as where the roots of modern and contemporary interdisciplinarity lie, what contributed to these developments and what the place of technology, artistic milieu, cafés, internet etc. is in the development of cross-fertilisation? By bringing people together who may never have worked together before, alongside publications, we hope to create new debate and open a space for new projects and collaborations.

Our second direction

The project’s second direction is its policy strand. This involves Languages policy makers, academics and secondary school teachers discussing questions that have arisen from the intellectual strand. The latter strand will result in a searchable database of all UK professionals working in Italian culture (both inside and outside the academy) and publications. The idea is to explore interdisciplinarity in relation to how Italian Studies and Modern Languages are researched and taught in universities and the public engagement profile of our discipline.


Three workshops and one panel will take place by the end of the project:

(1)  ‘Italian interdisciplinary modernism’ (New York University on 22 February 2013)

(2)   ‘Italian interdisciplinary avant-garde ’, (UCL, March 2013)

(3)   ‘Contemporary Italian Interdisciplinarity in the Internet age’ (Roma Tre, April 2013)

(4)  A panel at the SIS conference next summer, Interdisciplinarity and the Disciplines (July 2013).

The project website contains further information on the workshops, a blog, and brings together key ideas emerging from each of the websites and the panel.

For further information please contact Dr Giuliana Pieri.


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