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Antonello, Dr Pierpaolo

​Pierpaolo Antonello's research interests include Modern Italian cultural history and intellectual history, Modern Italian visual culture, including art and cinema, René Girard’s mimetic theory.

Brundin, Dr Abigail

Abigail Brundin's research interests include the literature and culture of the Italian renaissance, with a particular focus on women writers, poetry, print culture, devotional literature, censorship and religion.

Dashwood, Dr Julie

Julie Dashwood's recent research had focused on modern Italian and European theatre, narrative and cultural history. She has, in particular, published extensively on Pirandello, De Roberto, Vivanti and Ristori.

 

Giannakopoulou, Dr Liana

Liana Giannakopoulou's research so far has culminated in two books: The Power of Pygmalion. Ancient Greek Sculpture in Modern Greek Poetry (Peter Lang 2007), which explores how poets shape their artistic identity in relation to Ancient Greek sculpture, and The Parthenon in Poetry. An Anthology (in Greek, published by the Hellenic Historical and Literary Archive in 2009), in which she has conducted extensive research on the presence of this monument in poetry from antiquity to today.

Gordon, Prof Robert

Robert Gordon works on the literature, cinema and cultural history of modern Italy.  His books include works on Pier Paolo Pasolini, Primo Levi, Bicycle Thieves and the legacies of the Holocaust in postwar Italy.

Ledgeway, Prof Adam

Adam Ledgeway is Professor of Italian and Romance Linguistics and his research interests include the comparative history and morphosyntax of the Romance languages, Italian dialectology, Latin, Italo-Greek, syntactic theory, and linguistic change. His research is channelled towards bringing together traditional Romance philological scholarship with the insights of recent generative syntactic theory.

 

Rhodes, Dr John David

John David Rhodes works on a variety of topics in European and American film. He is especially interested in Italian cinema and in relationships among film, architecture, and place. His work engages aesthetic theory, film theory, queer theory, and historical materialism.

 

Schifano, Dr Norma

Norma Schifano works on historical and synchronic Romance and Greek comparative morphosyntax, with a special focus on microvariation and language contact. She has recently completed her PhD dissertation (‘Verb-movement: a pan-Romance investigation’) and is currently working as Research Associate for the Leverhulme-funded project entitled ‘Fading voices in Southern Italy: investigating language contact in Magna Graecia’ with Prof. Adam Ledgeway (Principal Applicant) and Dr Giuseppina Silvestri (Research Associate).

 

Silvestri, Dr Giuseppina

Giuseppina Silvestri’s research interests include comparative Indo-European and Romance Linguistics -especially Italian and non-standard Italian varieties- as well as Greek dialectology, and the phonology-syntax interface, and linguistic theory. She is currently research associate on a 3-year Leverhulme-funded Project, 'Fading voices in southern Italy: investigating language contact in Magna Graecia'.

Webb, Dr Heather

Dr Heather Webb’s research focuses on concepts of personhood, embodiment, and intersubjectivity in late medieval Italy. Her current work is concerned with gesture and devotion in Dante’s Comedy and as visualised by his late medieval and early modern readers.

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News and Research Opportunities

Cambridge University article features research of Dr Rebecca Reich

29 April 2019

Fantastic piece showcasing Dr Rebecca Reich's recent publication, 'State of Madness: Psychiatry, Literature and Dissent after Stalin'.

CFP Cambridge French Graduate conference 25-26 April 2019

10 January 2019

'Retards/Delays’ French Graduate Conference University of Cambridge 25th-26th April 2019 Confirmed Keynote Speakers: Prof. Achille Mbembe, Dr Adeline Desbois-Ientile, Dr Claire White. The ‘temporal turn’ of the last decade has witnessed the return of the concept of delay at the centre of literary and artistic production...

MEITS presented research at the House of Commons

6 December 2018

MEITS was part of a parliamentary event to present the research of the four OWRI projects at the House of Commons on Wednesday 28 November.

Anna Korhonen develops an AI system which may accelerate the search for cancer discoveries

5 December 2018

Anna Korhonen (DTAL and Language Technology Lab) and Masashi Narita (Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute) have developed an AI system which may accelerate the search for cancer discoveries.

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