Past events

Selected seminars, conferences, lectures, film screenings, exhibitions, and workshops in Italian (2015 to 2023).

Italy by Design

Metal beams hanging from the ceiling. Taken at Venice Biennale.

Italy by Design is a practice-led course open to honours and postgraduate students at the University of Edinburgh. Taught by Italian Studies staff at the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures, the course focuses on the art of cultural transmission working selectively on the material success of the invention of Italy in the last 500 years.

Alongside the course, a guest speaker series hosted was developed, and we're delighted to come together for a third series ahead of the publication of a forthcoming book, named after the course.

DELC Research Seminar Series > Italian

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The DELC Research Seminar Series (DRSS) encourages collaboration and co-production between staff and students across European Languages and Cultures and beyond.

Each series is designed on a transversal exploration of a common theme. 

In the 2020 to 2021 academic year, DRSS incorporated two mini series linked to postgraduate courses:

  • Epidemos - linked to the Biopower course on French and Italian Biopolitics
  • Mini MAXXI: Radical Conversation on Material Culture - linked to Italy by Design postgraduate course

These mini series were designed to turn COVID limitations on learning and knowledge exchange into innovative engagement opportunities for everyone.

Selected DRSS events involving Italian

Please note that speaker titles and universities, as listed, date from the time of the event and may have changed. 

Date(s) Mini Series Title Guest speakers Co-creators
17 March 2021 Mini MAXXI Unsustainable Ctd | Cities Portfolio (Venice) Jane da Mosto (We are Here Venice); Daniel Finch Race (Ca Foscari); Emiliano Guaraldo (Ca Foscari); Eleonora Sovrani (We are Here Venice) Autonomous Learning Group co-led by Liza Gordon, Ophelia Jackson, Berit Levy-Weinstein, Zeynep Ulas and Hazel Zhang
10 March 2021 Mini MAXXI Industrious Objects | Enterprising Subjects (Part II) Jeffrey Schnapp (Harvard University) Students in the Autonomous Learning Group: Change by Design
3 March 2021 Mini MAXXI Autarkic Extractions | The Cult of the Duce Giuliana Pieri (Royal Holloway, University of London) Students in the Autonomous Learning Group: Decolonising Minds and Methods
24 February 2021 Mini MAXXI Industrious Objects | Enterprising Subjects (Part I.2) Luca Cottini (Villanova University, Philadelphia, USA) Students in the Autonomous Learning Group: Unsustainable Ctd
22 February 2021 Mini MAXXI Industrious Objects | Enterprising Subjects (Part I.1) Luca Cottini (Villanova University, Philadelphia, USA) Students in the Autonomous Learning Group: Unsustainable Ctd
12 February 2021 Mini MAXXI Stilled and in Motion | Nation Formation as Arrested Instant Giuliana Minghelli (McGill University, Canada Students in the Autonomous Learning Group: Change by Design
3 February 2021 Mini MAXXI David Must Fall | Decentring the Renaissance Paolo Bartoloni (Galway University); Stephanie Hom (University of California) Students in the Autonomous Learning Group: Decolonising Minds and Methods
23 November 2020 Epidemos
  • Feminist Counterapocalypse | Share THE END
  • Feminist Counterapocalypse and Exit Man | How I Came to Think + Write + Create + Teach about THIS
Professor Catherine Keller (Drew University); Professor Joanna Zylinska (Goldsmiths, University of London)  Students in the Autonomous Learning Group: Powerful Future(s)
11 November 2020 Epidemos

Decolonising Nature

Federico Luisetti (University of St Gallen); Dr Florian Mussgnug (University College of London) Students in the Autonomous Learning Group: Decolonising Power
3 November 2020 Epidemos Working with Capital and Crisis Dr Giulio Goria (University Vita-Salute San Raffaele) Students in the Autonomous Learning Group: Decolonising Power
21 October 2020 Epidemos 'noi lo sappiamo: e abbiamo anche le prove': a COVID video-poem Professor Gabriele Frasca (University of Salerno) Third- and fourth-year Italian students
19 October 2020 Epidemos
  • Discussion of set reading - Byung Chul Han's 'The Burnout Society'

  • Spatialities of COVID | How I Came to Think + Write + Teach about THIS

Professor Timothy Campbell (Cornell University); Professor Jeffrey Schnapp (Harvard University Students in the Autonomous Learning Group: Power People Place

Conferences and symposia

Society for Italian Studies, Biennial Conference 2019

Edinburgh skyline

Dates: 26 to 28 June 2019

Venue: 50 George Square

Organiser: Society for Italian Studies UK

Keynote speakers: Susan Bassnett (University of Glasgow, Professor Emerita at the University of Warwick); Jhumpa Lahiri (Lewis Center for the Arts, Princeton); Lino Pertile (Harvard University); Igiaba Scego (International Centre for the Humanities and Social Change, Venice); Walter Siti (Belleville School in Milan, literary critic and author)

In brief: A three-day conference that brought together nearly 300 delegates to Edinburgh for a 3-day programme comprising 72 panel sessions, 252 papers, 5 keynote lectures, 3 round tables, the first Peter Brand Lecture by Lino Pertile, and more.

Lectures, talks, discussions and readings

Inaugural Lectures

Inaugural Lectures are free public talks by recently-appointed Professors and Chairs at the University of Edinburgh where they share their work with a wide audience, inviting reflection and discussion on its broader implications.

Speaker Date Venue Theme
Professor Davide Messina (Chair of Italian and Comparative Studies, University of Edinburgh) 8 March 2023 50 George Square Riveder le stelle: Changing Perspectives in Early Modern Visual Culture

More lectures talks, discussions and readings

Pasolini 100

Street art of a large eye overlooking a street

The Italian Institute of Culture in Edinburgh and Italian Studies at University of Edinburgh hosted a programme of events on the occasion of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s 100th anniversary, supported by the Society for Italian Studies. 

Pier Paolo Pasolini (1922-1975) was an Italian film director, poet, writer, political commentator and public intellectual, particularly known for his socially critical, stylistically unorthodox films from the 1960s and early 1970s. By bringing together some of the major scholars in the field, this series of events celebrated one of the key figures of Italian culture on his 100th anniversary.

Explore the full Pasolini 100 programme

Film screenings and festivals

Fuori Programma

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Date: 24 May 2023

Venue: Pleasance Theatre

Organisers: Irene Ros and the Italian Society

In brief: Fuori Programma is a 10-minute moving image work that broadcast the memories of a group of Italian women. The project encompassed the under-represented narratives of women who were young adults in the 1970s and who belong to the majority of the population, i.e. people who were not involved in Italian political violence.

Separately interviewed, the women’s contributions were edited in a conversation that gave a visually entertaining and moving insight into an important chapter of Italian history from an often unheard perspective.

Exhibitions, workshops and performances

The Italian Play

The Italian Play is an occasional production by students of Italian Studies.

The performance in 2019 celebrated the centenary of Italian Studies at the University of Edinburgh and was held in collaboration with a number of significant Italian-Scottish organisations. It included a round-table discussion with Ann Marie Di Mambro (Scottish playwright and television screenwriter), Federica Pedriali (University of Edinburgh), Anne Pia (Italian-Scots writer and poet), and Maggie Rose (playwright and academic, Milan University).

Date(s) Title Venue Collaborators
15 to 16 March 2019

Tally’s Blood - 30 Years On

Assembly Roxy The Italian Cultural Institute; Italian Scotland; Italian Society; Italian Folk Connections; Drama and Performance at Queen Margaret University; Syn Festival; Imprevisto Danza
8 to 9 March 2018

Europa a Lampedusa

Lecture Theatre G.03, 50 George Square Animation at Edinburgh College of Art (ECA); the Modern Dance Society; Edinburgh Studio Opera; Europa Project

More exhibitions, workshops and performances

David Rizzio at the Scottish Court

A painting of David Rizzio - a white man with a moustache and wearing a ruff

A series of workshops on Italian musician and courtier, David Rizzio, providing the first comprehensive account of the life and legacy of one of the most romanticised figures in Scottish history.

The project brought together experts from multiple disciplines, and was funded by a Royal Society of Edinburgh Workshop Award from November 2022 to November 2023.

Explore the full programme of workshops