Introduction

The Italian Department in St Andrews is very pleased to welcome you to the 2011 Society of Italian Studies Biennial Conference.

The University of St Andrews began offering Degrees in Italian in 1995 and Italian is the newest Department in the School of Modern Languages, and one of the newest in the University and in the UK. At St Andrews, Italian can be studied as a Single, Joint, or Triple Subject degree, and we have recently extended our Postgraduate degrees with the launch of a new taught MLitt Programme.

Despite being a small academic unit, our Department offers a very broad range of teaching and specialisms, covering most periods of Italian literature from Dante to the 21st century, and including important aspects of Italian culture such as theatre, history of the Italian language, cinema, and cultural studies. This breadth of interests is reflected in two of our most recent research projects, the Lectura Dantis Andreapolitana and Mosaici, St Andrews Journal of Italian Poetry.

We are part of a thriving School of Modern Languages which houses five other subjects (French, German, Russian, Spanish and Arabic from 2011), three Research Institutes (European Cultural Identity Studies, Contemporary and Comparative Literature, Linguistics and Poetry Forum), and nearly 50 members of academic staff. But we have also strong interdisciplinary links with the Schools of English, History and Art History and actively participate in their research institutes, projects and activities, in particular the Saint Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies and the Renaissance and early Modern Network.

For more detailed information about the conference programme, registration and accommodation in St Andrews, please visit the relevant links on this page. If you have any further query about any aspect of the conference please contact Dr Claudia Rossignoli at cr41@st-andrews.ac.uk.

We hope you will enjoy your visit to St Andrews.

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