Italian Studies

This area of inquiry promotes the study of the language, literature, media, visual arts, and culture of Italy, past and present.

The Italian Studies area is one of the most active at NeMLA, featuring more than 40 sessions each year and involving a wide spectrum of faculty members of all ranks as well as graduate students. While we welcome session proposals on different periods in Italian literature, we strongly encourage those on medieval and early modern literature and culture, a period that has so far been underrepresented. At the same time, we welcome proposals on innovative approaches to teaching methodology. We also invite proposals for panels that will explore Italy’s current diversity and multiculturalism.  

Please feel free to contact the Italian area director for questions or suggestions.

Area Director

Tiziano Cherubini <>
Modern Languages & Cultures, Baylor University

Check out the Cosmopolitan Collective!

The Cosmopolitan Collective is a dynamic constellation of interdisciplinary, transnational, and public intellectuals, belonging to but not bound by the field of Italian Area Studies. As a collective, we are committed to construct a cosmopolitan intellectual space where the intersection of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, ability, rank, class, and/or language can produce fruitful and stimulating discourses. As Cosmopolitans, we seek primarily to engage those voices — that have been historically marginalized or excluded from academe — in order to create new spaces for intellectual exchanges which are politically and culturally affirmative.

Here is our manifestowebsiteDo you wish to join? Send the request to group CosmopolitancollectiveFind us on Instagram at CosmopolitanCollective and on Facebook at Cosmopolitan Collective Roundtable.

"Transnational Italian Women Writers: A Gaze into the Future"

Sponsored by the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the University of Richmond

52nd Annual NeMLA Convention

Thursday, March 11, 2021, 12-1:30 PM

The Northeast Modern Language Association and the University of Richmond School of Arts & Sciences present: TRANSNATIONAL ITALIAN WOMEN WRITERS: A GAZE INTO THE FUTURE. Join us for a virtual conversation with three award-winning Italian women writers. This special session is sponsored by the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the University of Richmond. KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: UBAH CRISTINA ALI FARAH is a Somali Italian poet, novelist, playwright, librettist and oral performer. She has published two novels, “Madre piccola” (“Little mother”) and “Il comandante del fiume” (“The commander of the river”). ANILDA IBRAHIMI was born in Valona, Albania in 1972. In 1994, she left Albania and moved first to Switzerland and later, in 1997, to Italy. Her first novel, “Rosso come una sposa,” was published by Einaudi in 2008. GABRIELLA KURUVILLA is a writer, painter and illustrator of Indian origins who was born in Milan in 1969. She studied architecture, and works as a professional journalist for numerous media outlets. MARCH 11, 2021, 12:00-1:30 PM.