Decolonising the Curriculum: An Anglophone Perspective

Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk


ILIO brings together four partner Universities of the UNA Europa Alliance — Bologna (PI: Filippo Milani), Complutense Madrid (Senior Lead: Aurora Conde Muñoz), Edinburgh (Senior Lead: Federica G. Pedriali) and KU Leuven (Senior Lead: Bart Van den Bossche).

The project envisages the organisation of a series of seminars, both in person and online, on multiple issues affecting contemporary Italian literature observed from an international and interdisciplinary perspective. The New Millennium is going through a number of challenging transformations that profoundly affect many established ways of dealing with literature: the uneven relationship with the national and European cultural tradition; the transmediality of the literary text in the age of new media; the negotiation between established literary canons and new narrative instances (related to issues of gender, multilingualism, local and ethnical identities, new social phenomena); the publishing market in the late-capitalist era; cultural policies on the dissemination and translation of literary works. Our first event will deal with the reception of contemporary Italian literature in Europe, paying particular attention to the canon of authors proposed in the academic context.

The Bologna Seminar
The ILIO partners will meet in Bologna for a two-day seminar dedicated to the analysis of the diffusion and reception of contemporary Italian literature in the specific context of each partner, with particular attention to the academic canon and the problems related to translation (linguistic and intermedial).

Giuliana Benvenuti (Bologna)
Aurora Conde (Madrid)
Richard Dixon
Natalie Dupré (KU Leuven)
Daniele Falcioni (Edinburgh)
Rachelle Gloudemans (KU Leuven)
Inge Lanslots (KU Leuven)
Mirella Marotta (Madrid)
Christophe Mileschi
Federica G. Pedriali (Edinburgh)
Lavinia Torti (Bologna)
Bart van den Bossche (KU Leuven)
Period12 May 2022
Held atUniversity of Bologna, Italy
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Italian Studies
  • Literary Studies
  • Translation Studies
  • Contemporary Italian Literature