major new Centre for the academic study of a region that has, for centuries,
been popular with writers, artists and visitors is being launched at the
University of Leicester.
political figures from the UK and Italy will attend the launch of the Centre for
Tuscan Studies on Thursday February 14.
event will include a public lecture, Massa Marittima Reveals its History,
to be given by the Director of the Centre George Ferzoco. He said: “Throughout
Europe, few regions over the centuries have had such cultural and commercial
impact as Tuscany. Britain has, for centuries, had strong links with and been
enchanted by this historic area.
Centre for Tuscan Studies
recognises the distinctive and pervasive influence of Tuscany from the early
Etruscans to the Renaissance through to the present millennium. It aims to
deepen our understanding of the artistic, literary, social and economic aspects
of the region.
the University of Leicester, there is considerable expertise and interest across
the disciplines in this important region. Many of the University’s scholars
devote much of their research to diverse aspects of Tuscan culture and history.
This has led to the creation of the Centre, which will facilitate and enhance
collaborative research both within the University and with scholars and
Centre is fully supported by the Faculty of Arts at the University of Leicester,
where there is considerable interest across the disciplines in Tuscany. The
Centre's Board of Studies is constituted of representatives from departments
such as History of Art (Professor Alison Yarrington, Dr Thomas Frangenberg),
Social and Economic History (Dr Peter Musgrave), English (Professor Gordon
Campbell, Professor Martin Stannard), Museum Studies (Professor Susan Pearce),
as well as Modern Languages (Professor Sharon Wood and Dott. Marina Spunta).
Centre will develop our knowledge and understanding of Tuscany through a variety
of interdisciplinary perspectives. The relationship of Tuscany with adjacent
regions and other countries, whether through trade, commerce or artistic and
literary influence will also be explored by various projects.”
Centre is forging partnerships with leading scholars, universities and
institutions across the world including those in Canada, France, Germany,
Ireland, Italy, New Zealand and the USA. The Centre is also supported by the
distinguished patronage of Professor Sir Frank Kermode and Dame Muriel Spark.
public launch of the Centre will
be in the presence of leading political and academic figures from the UK, Italy
and beyond. These dignitaries and
scholars will include: Claudio Martini, President of the Region of Tuscany;
Riccardo Nencini, President of the Regional Council of Tuscany; Luigi Amaduzzi,
Italian Ambassador to the UK; Moira Macfarlane, British Consul in Florence;
Nicole Bériou, member of the prestigious Institut Universitaire de France;
Catherine Lawless, Director of Art History, University of Limerick; and Carolyn
Muessig, Co-Ordinator for the Centre for Medieval Studies, University of
Martini, President of Tuscany, said: “The creation of the Centre for Tuscan
studies is an important initiative in making known the history, traditions and
economy of Tuscany.”
Nencini, President of the Regional Council of Tuscany,
University of Leicester’s new centre is an excellent undertaking, worthy of
the greatest attention.”
Further enquiries: Ather Mirza,
Director of Press, on + 44 (0)116 252 3335 or George Ferzoco on + 44 (0)116 252
2654 or + 44 (0)117 966 2514.
Centre will establish a postgraduate programme on Tuscan Studies.
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