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We are pleased to announce that the 2015 ASMI SUMMER SCHOOL will be held at the University of Reading on the 22nd and 23rd of June. The deadline for submitting the abstract is the 31st of March. 

We welcome proposals from postgraduate students and early career scholars for papers on any aspects of Modern Italian culture, history, politics and society from the eighteenth to the twenty- first century and from any academic discipline. Papers can be in English or Italian and should be no more than 20 minutes in length. Participants will present their papers in panel sessions and then receive feedback from senior scholars and junior colleagues in a welcoming and supportive environment. The summer school will include a training session on “Audiovisual archives as sources”.  Please send an abstract (max 250 words) and a short biography (max 100 words) to the conference organisers at the email address provided below by Tuesday 31st March 2015.  

Keynote speakers:

John Foot (University of Bristol) How to destroy an institution. Psychiatrists, Patients and Nurses in Italy in the 1960s and 1970s. Carlotta Ferrara degli Uberti (University College London) Italian Jewish Cultural History. Training session: Stephen Gundle (University of Warwick) How to use audiovisual material as sources of historical research. The case of cinema and Fascism.

The Summer School is free to all members of ASMI, including those who join ASMI on the day. 

A limited number of travel grants will be available

For more information, please contact the organisers at:

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CALL FOR ARTICLES: Modern Languages Open (MLO) Submissions for the Italian Section

Liverpool University Press, one of the world’s leading publishers in the modern languages, will soon launch Modern Languages Open (MLO), a peer-reviewed platform for the open access publication of research from across the modern languages to a global audience.

We are seeking contributions for the Italian section, covering all aspects and periods of Italian Studies.

Dr Simona Storchi, University of Leicester, is MLO’s Section Editor for Italian Studies.  For more information on MLO, including the composition of the Italian Editorial Board, please visit or contact the Italian Section Editor, Simona Storchi (

MLO provides:

  *  Interdisciplinarity across the modern languages and engagement with other fields from a modern languages perspective
  *  Open Access under a CC-BY or CC-BY-NC licence
  *  Rigorous peer review pre-publication and interactivity post-publication
  *  Rapid turnaround from submission to publication
  *  Rewards for article reviewers
  *  Flexibility on article length from 3,000-15,000 words
  *  International dissemination under the imprimatur of a university press

To submit papers, please follow the instructions here:

“MLO will galvanize innovative scholarship and may indeed change the course of publishing.”
Tom Conley, Abbott Lawrence Lowell Professor of Romance Languages & Literature, Harvard University “MLO is one of the most important initiatives for modern language research in the past decades. It will transform the nature of publishing, explicitly encouraging interdisciplinarity, ensuring that high-quality and original work is published in a timely way, and significantly enlarging and democratising both the creation and the readership of modern language research.” Professor Michael Worton, author of the HEFCE Review of Modern Foreign Languages Provision in Higher Education in England

Visit the Modern Languages Open website and click on the Online Submissions guidelines to view detailed instructions for authors.

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ASMI in Rome: Iconographies of War

Visualising War: The Iconography of Conflict and the Italian Nation Arte di guerra in Italia: iconografia e nazione.

A two-day conference organized by the Association for the Study of Modern Italy (ASMI), The British School at Rome, and the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Rome.
Thursday 18th (Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna) and Friday 19th (British School at Rome) September 2014 Conference Organisers: Giuliana Pieri (Royal Holloway University of London) and Simona Storchi (University of Leicester)

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ASMI - Modern Italy Annual Lecture

Thursday 19 June
Italian Cultural Institute, Edinburgh


Lucy Hughes-Hallett

‘Gabriele D’Annunzio: Making a Life’

The Association for the Study of Modern Italy (ASMI) and its journal Modern Italy hold an annual public lecture each year. The lecturer is an author from outside the academic world who has published a significant work relating to modern or contemporary Italy.  Lucy Hughes-Hallett is author of The Pike, an acclaimed biography of Gabriele D’Annunzio. The volume won the Samuel Johnson prize 2013 and the Costa Book Award.

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