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Department of Italian

Welcome to the Department of Italian.

Please click on the links or use the menu options given on the left. On this site, you will find extensive information about the Department of Italian and the undergraduate and graduate courses which we offer.

You will also find information about the wealth of resources and online resources which are available to the department, as well as about our staff and their research interests which cover a wide range of specialisms. There are also sections detailing news and forthcoming events, the student Italian Society and other topics of interest. There is a link to the extensive Italian Collections at the University Library here:

The Department of Italian is happy to answer any questions that current or prospective staff and students may have. You will find contact details here.

Why Study Italian? Click and scroll down here for a short film about studying Italian at University.

NEWS: New postgraduate funding opportunities in Italian

NEWS: May 2016. The department congratulates Luigi Andriani (PhD candidate) who has won a very prestigious prize from the Linguistics Association of Great Britain. The prize is a Bursary, awarded for the best student abstract submitted for the LAGB annual conference. The organisers of the conference were particularly impressed with Gigi's submission in the light of the fact that they received more than 150 abstracts for consideration.

NEWS: January 2016. The department is delighted to congratulate Professor Adam Ledgeway, who will receive an honorary PhD from the University of Bucharest next week: Ledgeway PhD.

July 2015. Professor Robert Gordon, Serena Professor of Italian, has been elected to the Fellowship of the British Academy:

NEWS: Top ranking for Italian department.

NEW TO OUR WEBSITE: The Romance Linguistics Seminar

Graduate Study: Prospective Masters (M Phil) and doctoral (PhD) students are welcome to contact the department's Graduate Coordinator, Professor Robert Gordon (

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Latest News

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.

The Fortunes of the Orlando Furioso, 1516-2016

18 November 2016

Clare College, Cambridge At the closing of a year that marks the 500th anniversary of the publication of the first edition of Ludovico Ariosto’s Orlando Furioso, and which has seen a number of events and conferences taking place all over the world, this event will be Cambridge’s contribution to celebrate this masterpiece of Italian Renaissance literature.

Literature, Retellings and the true Waste Land

22 October 2016

T. S. Eliot’s “The Waste Land” is famous for, among other things, the self-conscious appropriation of the works of other poets. But what about the poem itself, as a whole? Was it Eliot’s invention or did it exist before he wrote it, perhaps in Socrates’ “place beyond heaven” (topos huperouranios) where archetypes are said to dwell? Saturday 22 October, 4.30 - 5.30pm Faculty of Law Sidgwick Site