PI: Professor Charles Burdett, University of Bristol
In the 150 year history of Italy as a nation state, communities identified as Italian have formed in many parts of the world, while in the past 30 years Italy has also become a destination country for migrants from a variety of national, religious and ethnic backgrounds. The project focusses on the Italian communities established in the UK, the US, Australia, South America, and Africa, as well as the migrant communities of contemporary Italy. Researchers will examine the cultural associations that each community has formed through a wealth of publications and materials: journals, literature, life stories, photographs, collections of memorabilia, and other forms of representation. The project investigates different types of translation among these communities identified as Italian, examining the impact they have on notions of national identity.