Activities and events

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Research network

We are setting up an interdisciplinary research network that will foster dialogue among Italian and British/Irish/Anglophone photographers/artists, writers, scholars, curators and policy-makers working in different fields (e.g. Cultural Studies, Italian Studies, History of Photography, Film and Media Studies, History of Art, Architecture and Urbanism, Geography, Philosophy, Aesthetics, Environmental Studies, Contemporary History, Politics, etc.).

Online resource

We are establishing an online resource which will provide an essential tool for individuals, groups and institutions interested in photography/visual arts, literature/writing, and/or landscape and environmental studies (including scholars, practitioners, writers, curators, policy-makers) and which will offer a further platform for discussion.


We are organising a series of events aimed at bringing together practitioners and scholars to discuss the relevance and legacy of Ghirri’s work and to consider the intersections and mutual influence between photography and literature in the representation and imagination of space and landscape.

The project events include two conferences/workshops and one conference panel:

9 October 2013, Rome

One-day conference on Luigi Ghirri’s work, at the British School at Rome. Attendance to this event is free and open to all. The workshop coincides with the Ghirri retrospective exhibition at the MAXXI museum in Rome (23 April-27 October 2013).

19-21 September 2014, Leicester (UK)

Three-day conference at the University of Leicester on ‘L’esperienza del luogo’: Italian photography, writing and landscape. Luigi Ghirri, his contemporaries, his legacy’, Stamford Court (Oadby), Leicester.

Summer 2015, Society for Italian Studies (SIS) conference, UK

Date and place to be confirmed: a conference panel to present the project’s preliminary results and to promote the network further.

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Marina Spunta

Jacopo Benci

Oliver Brett - Project Assistant