Research in Italian Studies contributes to the vibrant research culture of the Department of Modern Languages.

In the context of the nationwide Research Excellence Framework (2014), some 72% of the Department's published work was judged to be ‘internationally excellent or world-leading’. 

In 2015, we have a large research community in Italian studies, with 11 research postgraduates (many with funding), 8 lecturers actively engaged in research and three research fellows. 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 the Leopardi Centre and to significant funded projects including: Interdisciplinary Italy 1900-2020: interact/intermedia (AHRC standard grant), the Zibaldone ProjectPopulists in Power and the Queer Italia Network.

Italian Studies actively promotes its research environment. It organises international conferences, including ‘Renaissance Keywords’ (Sept 2008), 'Gender and Sexuality Italian Style' (July 2008), ‘Silvio Berlusconi and Post-modern Politics’ (December 2012) and 'The 2013 Italian Elections - Italian Politics at the Crossroads?' (January 2014). 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.