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Welcome to the Italian Section

The Italian peninsula is one of the pivotal centres in the history of the West. From the Roman Empire to the medieval communes, from the Renaissance to Fascism, Italy has shaped the culture and politics of Europe and the wider world for over two millennia.  Studying the languages and cultures of Italy offers a wonderful opportunity to engage with these traditions, as well as with the one of the most vibrant European nations of today. 

We aim to teach and promote the study of the widest possible range of Italian literature, linguistics, art, cinema and cultural history, and to teach the Italian language to the highest level of spoken and written competence. We lay great stress on the connections between the study of a language and the critical understanding of its culture and history; and on the skills of close reading, whether the 'text' in question is a poem, a painting, a film, a dialect recording, or an advertisement. We work hard to shape our course to contribute to a shared degree course in modern European languages and cultures.

The Italian Section offers a unique breadth and depth of expertise, combined with a commitment to interdisciplinary engagement that make it a vibrant and dynamic place for teaching and learning the language and culture of Italy. In this close-knit community of academics and students, eight outstanding and enthusiastic academic staff guide and inspire 120 undergraduate and 20 PhD students, and have secured the Section’s ranking as best in the country for Italian. In national Research Assessments in the UK, Italian has consistently been ranked above all other Italian sections or departments in the UK. In the 2014 Research Exercise Framework (REF), 40% of research submitted by the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages was rated as “world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour”.

 

Why Study Italian at Cambridge?

 

Please feel free to explore our website. On this site, you will find extensive information about the Italian Section and the undergraduate and graduate courses which we offer. You will also find information about our staff and their research interests which cover a wide range of specialisms.

There is a link to the extensive Italian Collections at the University Library here.

The Italian Section is happy to answer any questions that current or prospective staff and students may have. Please do get in touch with us! Contact details for our Senior Secretary can be found here.

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Latest News

Interview with Andrea Camilleri

21 July 2017

Intervista con Andrea Camilleri In 2016 students in their first and second year of the Tripos in Italian ‘virtually’ interviewed the author Andrea Camilleri. After having explored a portion of Camilleri’s vast production, accessing it either in Italian, in translation, or in its TV adaptation, they put together a number of...

Cambridge Italian Dialect Syntax-Morphology Meeting 12

3 July 2017

We are happy to announce that the 12th Cambridge Italian Dialect Syntax-Morphology Meeting (CIDSM) will take place in the Department of Italian of the University of Cambridge on Monday 3rd July - Wednesday 5th July 2017

Cambridge Workshop on Voice

22 May 2017

The Cambridge Workshop on Voice will take place on May 22-24 in Cambridge, UK. It will be hosted by the Italian Department, University of Cambridge, and funded by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie project Aromanian Syntax (AROSYN), awarded to Dr. Marios Mavrogiorgos (researcher) in collaboration with Professor Adam Ledgeway (PI). The theme of the workshop is voice and voice-related phenomena, and how these inform current theoretical, typological and/or experimental work.