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How Italian language and culture has influenced the world

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Researchers in the Italian Studies department at the University of Warwick have been working on a project that studies how cultures interact, Transnationalizing Modern Languages.

Using the Italian culture as a template the team has looked across the world at mobility, identity and translation in modern Italian cultures from the Orkneys to Tazmania. Working with writers, artists, photographers and schools, the project maps how Italian cultures spread around the globe. The work demonstrates how cultures interact and translate each other.

Associate Professor in Italian Studies Loredana Polezzi, explains the project:

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Dr Jennifer Burns, Head of Italian Studies said:

“Modern languages and knowing languages has never been more important. This project highlights the impact of multilingualism, mobility and the crossing of borders on other cultures.”

The project team has been working with the history of individuals and the history of the associations they created, to explain, how in different places, at different points in time, how people translate each other, for each other and whether they are successful or not.

Professor Charles Forsdick, Theme Leadership Fellow for Translating Cultures, said:

“The projects will provide urgently needed contributions, from an Arts and Humanities perspective, to our understanding of some of the most pressing issues in the 21st century world: multilingualism, mobility, and the crossing of borders”

The Transnationalizing Modern Languages project looks at Italian influence all around the world, from South America and America, to Europe, Africa and Australia. It aims to show where interaction between cultures happens and where translation happens.

The project has produced a global map of how cultures interact, using the example of how the Italian culture has moved across the world over 150 years. It is a journey meant to convey an idea of the processes of mobility and exchange that lie at the core of this research:

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Research Map











10 August 2016


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