Transnational Italy: Language, Space and the Study of Culture

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Wednesday 23 November 18.00–19.30.
At The British Academy 10 Carlton House Terrace.

What do we mean when we talk about Italian culture? In an age most frequently defined as mobile and post-national does it make sense to respect the borders of the nation state or should we attempt to study Italian culture in a genuinely transnational perspective? This lecture discusses how we can explore the representations and self-descriptions of Italian communities in different parts of the world. It asks how our understanding of language, space and subjectivity is enriched when we concentrate on the web of interconnections between cultures and on how cultural practices are translated across place and time.

Speakers: Professor Charles Burdett (Bristol) & Professor Loredana Polezzi (Cardiff)