Maurizio Tani

 

Doctoral researcher

Department of Modern Languages: Italian Studies

About

PhD Title: Shaping Identities through Dialect - The Case of the Lega Nord
Supervisors: Dr. Daniele Albertazzi and Prof. Gabriele Iannaccaro (University of Milano–Bicocca)
PhD Italian Studies

Having graduated from the University of Pisa, Italy and University of Iceland in Italian Linguistics, Icelandic, Art History and Cultural Heritage Conservation, I am currently in the sixth year of a Part-Time and Distance learning PhD in Italian Studies under the supervision of Dr. Daniele Albertazzi (University of Birmingham) and Prof. Gabriele Iannaccaro (University of Milano–Bicocca). I am currently teaching Italian Language, History, Art History and Literature at the University of Iceland in Reykjavik.

Research

Post 1989 Italy has seen a growing interest in identity, specifically identity in society as well as in state institutions; scholars have already begun to speak about Italian ‘neo-nationalism’. One of the main actors of this identity revival has been a political party called Lega Nord (currently the oldest party represented in the Italian Parliament). Since its establishment, the Lega Nord has promoted new (anti-Italian) identities with the result of awakening interest in Italians for preexisting and ‘new’ identities.

My research analyzes the activity of the Lega Nord in creating and promoting identities, looking at a very specific but vital ingredient of any identity building process: the language.

My research answers this question with a mixed quantitative and qualitative analysis approach conducted on the written propaganda of Lega Nord.

Other activities

I am founding co-editor of the on-line based journal Nordicum-Mediterraneum, an interdisciplinary forum for the presentation, discussion and exchange of ideas and resources dealing with Mediterranean and Nordic studies.

Publications

 

  • Storia d’Italia 1. Aracne 2011.
  • ‘Gli italianismi nella lingua islandese’, Italiano LinguaDue, 2, 2010.
  • ‘L’insegnamento integrato dell’italiano LS e del linguaggio specialistico della storia (italiana) in modalità CLIL. Alcune riflessioni e proposte pratiche’, in Sigurðsson, M. and Þráinsdóttir, R. ed. Milli mála. Ársrit Stofnunar Vigdísar Finnbogadóttur, Háskólaútgáfan 2009.
  • ‘L'identità culturale della minoranza Csango ungherese nella Moldavia rumena, tra potenzialità turistiche e rischio di estinzione". in Zarrilli, L. ed. Lifescapes. Culture, Territori e Paesaggi. Franco Angeli 2007.
  • ‘Le origini mediterranee ed eurasiatiche dell’arte vichinga. Casi esemplari dall’Islanda’, Studi Nordici, 13, 2006.
  • ‘La legislazione regionale in Italia in materia di tutela linguistica dal 1975 ad oggi’. LIDI-Lingue e Idiomi d’Italia, 1, 2006.
  • La rinascita culturale del ‘700 ungherese. Gregorian University Press 2005.
  • ‘La committenza artistica del vescovo di Eger, Károly Eszterházy, nell´Ungheria del XVIII secolo", Commentari d’Arte, 17-19, 2003.
  • ‘I risultati dell'indagine sui protocolli e i protocollisti dei comuni toscani". Archivi & Computer, 9 (1), 1999.
  • ‘Toscana: Svezia degli archivi?’. Archivi & Computer, 8 (1), 1998.
  • ‘I risultati dell'indagine condotta da "Archivi & Computer" sulla automazione dei principali musei italiani’. Archivi & Computer, 4 (4), 1994.
  • ‘The Results of as Survey of Automation in Historical Archives of Local Administrations led by Archivi & Computer’, Archivi & Computer, 4 (3), 1994.

Selected conference papers:

  • ‘Saving Northern Italian Dialects in the Political Rhetoric of the Lega Nord’, Identity and Diversity: Language & Cultural Rights, Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese, UCSB, February 2012.

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