Flinders Italian expert wins Premio Italia Award

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADr Luciana d’Arcangeli, Flinders senior lecturer in Italian studies and president of the Dante Alighieri Society of South Australia, has been recognised for her efforts in promoting Italian culture in Australia with the prestigious Premio Italia Award.

The honour was conferred upon Dr d’Arcangeli at a presentation ceremony in Brisbane last Saturday night as part of the 2016 Italian in the World Awards.

When Dr d’Arcangeli moved to Australia to take up a teaching position with Flinders University, she saw this as an opportunity to introduce the local community to the wonders of her Italian heritage.

This commitment to promoting Italian culture saw Dr d’Arcangeli conferred with the prestigious Premio Italia Award, an honour recognising the achievements of Italians living abroad.

“I am pleasantly surprised to receive this accolade and be in the company of Italian greats, such as directors Franco Zeffirelli and Giuseppe Ferrara and tenor Luciano Pavarotti, who are past recipients of this award,” said Senior Lecturer Dr d’Arcangeli.

Born in Rome, Luciana studied in Italy and England before completing a PhD in Italian Studies at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. She moved to Adelaide in 2008 to take up a role at Flinders University teaching Italian theatre, cinema, language and translation.

“I am working in my dream job at Flinders University and love that I can share my passion for the Italian language and culture with students and colleagues,” she said.

“I have had the pleasure of working closely with my colleagues at Flinders to organise Italian events including concerts, exhibitions and an upcoming international conference about Italian visual culture.”

Dr d’Arcangeli is hoping to bring a number of Italian themed events to Adelaide, including an exhibition in honour of the 500th anniversary of Ariosto’s Orlando furioso and a symposium on post-colonial Italy. She has also secured a two-book deal with Italian publisher Aracne; the topic of her books will be on feminist playwright and actress Franca Rame.

Listen to Dr d’Arcangeli speaking about her work this prestigious prize (in Italian) on SBS radio here.

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