Italian resources

2. Resources in the UK

2.2 cultural institutions

Italian Cultural Institute - London
This is the most important Italian cultural institute in London. It has a large library containing some 25,000 Italian books, and a large reference section on Italian culture and history.

The Italian Cultural Institute - Edinburgh
The Italian Cultural Institute in Edinburgh, too, runs a library, consisting of over 6,000 books, magazines, newspapers and a video selection of over 1,500 films.

Society for Italian Studies
The most important British society devoted to Italian studies is the S.I.S. , which aims to further the study of Italy, Italian language, literature, thought, history, society and arts through

  • publications (the annual journal Italian Studies, and a series of Occasional Papers),
  • conferences (a residential conference is held every two years, with a more limited non-residential event in London in alternate years)
  • an Annual General Meeting and Colloquium (held in London in early January).
  • It also sponsors an annual Postgraduate Colloquium.

Association for the Study of Modern Italy
The Association for the Study of Modern Italy (ASMI), founded in 1982, brings together individuals and organisationsfrom the UK and abroad with teaching, research, professional or general interests in modern Italy from all disciplinary angles. ASMI organizes annual conferences, and sponsors other events in the UK and abroad. It also publishes the journal Modern Italy: with four issues a year and international peer-reviewed articles, it is one of the leading English-language journals of Italian studies.

The Modern Humanities Research Association
Even though it is not specifically concerned with Italian Studies, the MHRA plays a major role in promoting academicendeavour in the modern humanities by facilitating the publication of original scholarly work of the highest standard. It publishes scholarly articles in five journals, including The Modern Language Review. In particular the MHRAstyle guide (free download from the home page of the website) is a fundamental resource for editing your theses, articles, and papers.

Another major society is the B.I.S. (British-Italian Society), which, besides promoting lectures, publications, exhibitions, readings and concerts, sponsors the Florio Prize and, above all, the Rooke Prize (for MA dissertations and sections of MPhil or PhD theses).

Il Circolo
Il Circolo is also worth mentioning. Each year it distributes grants to help students who seek further education in any field related to Italian culture.

The Estorick Collection
If your research concerns Italian art it is worth contacting the Estorick Collection. It is known internationally for its core of Futurist works, as well as figurative art dating from 1890 to the 1950s.

Courtauld Institute
The library of the Courtauld Institute constitutes a prominent reference point for research in the field of art history.

Consulate General of Italy in London
General information and support can be obtained from the Consulate General of Italy in London.

Escape in Art 
This Italian theatre and literature association based in London aims at creating a network of Italian enthusiasts in London. They have yearly literary competitions and poetry recitals and gather links to other associations in London.