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The material in these resource pages has been taken from a blog that was originally started on 13 November 2013. The text below was the first post and has been altered to past tense. Subsequent blog posts have been divided into category types for easier archive browsing and labelled with original posting dates for posterity.

Welcome to ‘Viewing and writing Italian landscape - Luigi Ghirri and his legacy in photography and literature’

This blog was linked to a new interdisciplinary research network that brings together scholars, artists/photographers and writers in order to discuss Luigi Ghirri’s work and legacy, and, more broadly, the intersection among contemporary photography/visual culture, literature and the investigation of space, place and landscape within Italy and beyond. The project sought to offer new opportunities for dialogue among scholars, students and practitioners working in different fields and from different theoretical approaches on a wide range of questions relating to the above topics, with a pivotal focus on the work of Luigi Ghirri. The aims of this blog were to raise interest and intellectual debate about these topics, to foster dialogue among artists, writers, scholars and the public, and to establish new links between Italian and British/Irish/Anglophone artistic/literary practice and cultural/theoretical debates.

  • The project was supported by a British Academy/Leverhulme Trust Small Research Grant.
  • The project was co-ordinated by Marina Spunta (Senior Lecturer in Italian, School of Modern Languages, University of Leicester);  and Jacopo Benci (Senior Research Fellow in Modern Studies and Contemporary Visual Culture, The British School at Rome).
  • The project assistant was Oliver Brett (School of Modern Languages, University of Leicester).


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