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Music and National Identity: Re-imagining Italianità

last modified Jan 08, 2016 11:52 AM
Dr Francesca Vella (Research Fellow in Music at St John’s College) and Dr Benjamin Walton (University Senior Lecturer and Fellow and Director of Studies in Music at Jesus College) will be part of a project starting in February 2016 to investigate the 19th-century Italian opera industry on a global scale, exploring existing ideas on the relationship between music and national identity.

The project, titled ‘Re-imagining Italianità: Opera and Musical Culture in Transnational Perspective’, has been made possible thanks to a grant of over £124,000 awarded to University College London by the Leverhulme Trust. Based on a cross-disciplinary collaboration, and through a number of workshops and international conferences, the research will explore nineteenth-century discourses on music and national character; trace the global circulation of people, ideas and goods associated with the Italian opera industry; and examine particular cities and institutions as sites of cultural encounters.

Dr Vella and Dr Walton will lead the project in partnership with Axel Körner (University College London), Suzanne Stewart-Steinberg (Brown University, USA) and Paulo Kühl (Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brazil).