President – Alessandra Diazzi

Born in Milan in 1986, after obtaining the degree in Lettere Moderne at the Università degli Studi in the same city I moved to Cambridge in 2011. Here, I started a Ph.D. in Italian Studies at the University of Cambridge, which I am now about to complete.

By now well settled in Cambridge, I would very much like to devote myself to the Society, its development and its growth in the future. As President of the Italian Society I would like first of all to contribute to challenge the stereotyped and rhetorical discourses on the country which, in my opinion, haunt the dominating narratives on Italy, Italians, and the to-be-immediately-dismantled label of ‘Italiani all’estero’. Moving from the belief that the butterfly effect is involved in any change for the good, I therefore would like to work together with both Italians and non-Italians to bring to Cambridge a multifaceted, lively, and ‘deprovincialized’ image of Italy.

In order to do that, I would like the Society to offer a range of both cultural and social activities, including talks; screenings; invitations of inspiring speakers involved in Italian-related topics from both Italy and our Cambridge community; regular meetings and any kind of stimulating intersections with other Societies; a direct link with both Italian and English students based in Italy; collaborations with the London Italian Culture Institute, the Italian Department and the CIRN.

Please feel free to contact me if you would like to know more about me and my plans!

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