Updates and extended deadline – CFP 3rd Interdisciplinary Italy Summer School, TCD 7-8 July 2022

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Dear Colleagues,    

We are happy to announce that, thanks to a generous subvention from the Society for Italian Studies, the 3rd Interdisciplinary Italy Summer School, that will take place at Trinity College Dublin on 7-8 July 2022, will now be free of charge for all participants. There is a limited number of places available, so we still ask to send a short cover letter (300 words) explaining your interest in the Summer School to Cecilia Brioni at brionic@tcd.ie by the extended deadline of 30 May 2022. Selected candidates will be those whose research or teaching interests seem the most aligned with the Summer School. We will circulate the finalised programme, including the speakers’ abstracts, on 13 May 2022. Please find below an updated Call for Participants.


With all best wishes, 


Cecilia Brioni and Clodagh Brook 



3rd Interdisciplinary Italy Summer School   

Collaboration and Co-creation in Italian Studies   


Venue: Trinity College Dublin, Ireland   


Dates: 7-8 July 2022   


Organisers: Cecilia Brioni, Clodagh Brook    


Speakers: Cecilia Brioni (Trinity College Dublin), Simone Brioni (Stony Brook University), Clodagh Brook (Trinity College Dublin), Derek Duncan (University of St Andrews), Martina Mendola (Trinity College Dublin/Accenture), Giuliana Pieri (Royal Holloway University of London)   


General Information   

This Summer School is directed at Early Career Academics, Lecturers/Assistant Professors and Doctoral students in Italian Studies who are interested in collaborative research practices, creative research outputs, producing impact within and beyond academia, and preparing collaborative research grants. It is organised by the Interdisciplinary Italy: Interart/Intermedia research group and the Department of Italian at Trinity College Dublin, with the support of the Irish Research Council and the Society for Italian Sudies.   



As contemporary cultures become increasingly convergent, multifaceted and transnational, their analysis entails intellectual, artistic and societal challenges which cannot be resolved by single individuals. Collaboration among people with different expertise and theoretical and methodological backgrounds is therefore critical. Lupton and Dyson (2015) argue that ‘knowledge of the social world must be deeper and stronger if it is co-produced with actors in that world; research is more likely to effect change if it is owned by people who have a capacity to effect change’. Work is ongoing in our field to understand how best we can effect societal change, or share research which is relevant to, for instance, artists, practitioners, activists, students, businesses, and teachers.    


The 3rd Interdisciplinary Italy Summer School aims to offer a platform for collaborative reflection on these themes by bringing together experiences of co-creation between academics in the field of Italian Studies and photographers (Derek Duncan), directors and writers (Simone Brioni), secondary-school students (Giuliana Pieri), undergraduate students (Cecilia Brioni), and industry (Martina Mendola). We will explore the following questions:   

  • How does co-creation of research actually work in practice?    

  • How can we as researchers think creatively about opportunities for collaboration in, and emerging from, our own research?   

  • How can co-creation be leveraged to support us in winning research funding grants?   


Learning Outcomes   

This summer school will:   

  • Provide participants with the theoretical and methodological tools to carry out collaborative research within and beyond academia;   

  • Invite participants to reflect collaboratively on how to make academic research impactful for our students, for arts, cultural practitioners and industry, and for the general public.    

  • Ask participants to actively think about research as a co-creation, include collaborative practices in their projects and/or adopt a collaborative approach in their research outcomes.   

  • Create hands-on experience of collaborative research grant generation.  



Sessions will take place on Thursday 7th and Friday 8th July, from 10 am to 5.30 pm each day.  Each session will include a talk by a speaker about their experience of collaboration and co-creation, and either a seminar discussion or a workshop led by the speaker. We will circulate further details about each session in due course.  



The culminating activity of the Summer School will be a Research Sandpit session, where participants will be assigned to break-out groups in which they will develop a collective research question and think together how this might be prepared for a research grant (e.g. rationale/outputs). At the end of the sandpit, we will have a session in which participants will present their collective projects for funding to a panel of judges, who will award small prizes to the best projects.  

  • Projects generated may be taken forward after the Summer School, if suitable.   

  • Learnings from sandpit format can be brought by participants to their own institutions to generate collaborative research grants with partners/participants’ departments/Schools etc.  

After the Summer School, participants may prepare, if they so wish, a blog post for the Interdisciplinary Italy website about their research projects, in which they illustrate how questions of collaboration and co-creation affect their research. Blogs will be peer reviewed by the website editors and published if suitable.