Rethinking the Italian Eighteenth Century and its Transnational Connections

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.

Symposium Organizer

Stefania Buccini (Professor of Italian) will serve as the symposium coordinator She is a member of the research project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities: “Rethinking Eighteenth-Century Italian Culture and Its Transnational Connections.”


The symposium will feature speakers from both external institutions and UW-Madison, and all presentations will be delivered in English. Their different career stages will assure generational diversity to the project.