Rethinking the Italian Eighteenth Century and Its Transnational Connections

Room 235 Pyle Center

With its emphasis on transmissions and reciprocities across borders, the transnational
perspective has been redefining the parameters of eighteenth-century studies for the past
25 years. It is the goal of this symposium, along with the possible publication of its
proceedings, to establish a strong foothold for Italy in the cultural panorama of the
transnational eighteenth century, altering the erroneous sense of a field that is British and
French driven.

Significance, Impact and Organization
Bringing together a team of experts from Italy and the United States, the symposium aims
to enrich the knowledge of specialists and non-specialists alike by assessing new
directions in Italian eighteenth-century scholarship. The six proposed speakers have been
meticulously chosen based on their respective fields, published research, and
international connections, positioning them at the forefront of Italian eighteenth-century
studies. Their work, published over the past 25 years in articles and monographs, has
earned acclaim for pioneering new directions. Collectively, their body of work redefines
the Italian peninsula as a geocultural space that played a pivotal role in the eighteenth
century, now understood within a transnational context. Notably, four of the proposed
scholars are active members of a research group funded by the National Endowment for
the Humanities (“Rethinking Eighteenth-Century Italian Culture and Its Transnational
Connections”). The NEH has already supported a meeting of the research team in Naples,
Italy, and cannot provide additional travel funding.


Conference Organizer: Stefania Buccini