In Italian Studies, we have an excellent 5* research record and our research was rated world-leading or of international importance in the last RAE (50%).

In 2014, we have a large research community, with 11 research postgraduates (many with funding), 8 lecturers actively engaged in research, three research fellows and one teaching fellow. This makes the environment a lively and ambitious one. Our postgraduates are actively involved with Italian Studies and its research.

Current research ranges from orality to political science, from linguistics to film studies, from the medieval period to the 21st century. Italian Studies is home to two significant funded projects:Interdisciplinary Italy 1900-2015: art, music, text (AHRC) and the Zibaldone Project. It is home too, to the Leopardi Centre.

Italian Studies actively promotes its research environment. It organises international conferences, including ‘Renaissance Keywords’ (Sept 2008), 'Gender and Sexuality Italian Style' (July 2008) and ‘Silvio Berlusconi and Post-modern Politics’ (December 2012). It has a regular programme of symposia, of invited speakers, and of book launches. There are seminars and a yearly Birmingham-Warwick symposium at which our postgraduates can share their research.