The Department of Literary, Linguistic and Comparative Studies is among the richest in Italy and the world for the number of languages, literatures and cultures. They include English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Balkan, German, and Slav languages and literatures, as well as the languages and literatures of Northern Europe, the Netherlands, Romance and Finno-Ugric Studies alongside Italian Studies and Linguistics.
Due to the specialist skills and the particularly advanced critical-theoretical expertise of its approximately seventy tenured professors, twenty and more research fellows and PhD students, the Department combines a great range of research activities and an educational programme of great interest to both national and international students, with a strong commitment to public engagement and life-long learning.
The Department hosts research, teaching and pubic engagement activities related to 25 academic disciplines mainly connected to Antiquity Studies, Philological-Literary Studies, and Art History. According to the Italian classification of disciplines, the following disciplines can be found at the Department of Literary, Linguistic and Comparative Studies:
• Italian Studies, Linguistics and Italian Philology, Comparative Literatures (10 / F; SSD: L-FIL-LET / 10, 12, 14);
• Glottology and Linguistics, teaching of Modern Languages, Ugric-Finnish Philology (10 / D; SSD: L-LIN / 01, 02, 19);
• Middle-Latin and Romance Philologies and Literature (10 / E; SSD: L-FIL-LET / 09; L-LIN / 08, 09, 17);
• French Language, Literature and Culture (10 / H; SSD: L-LIN / 03, 04);
• Spanish and Spanish-American Languages, Literatures and Cultures (10 / I; SSD: L-LIN / 05, 06, 07);
• English, Anglo-American Languages, Literatures and Cultures (10 / L; SSD: L-LIN / 10, 11, 12);
• Germanic Languages, Literatures and Cultures (10 / M; SSD: L-FIL-LET / 15, L-LIN / 13, 14, 15 and 16);
• Slavic Studies (10 / M; SSD: L-LIN / 21);
Performance Studies (10 / C; SSD: L-ART / 05).
Economics and International Business Management (SECS-P/08)
The recent addition of the discipline of Economics and International Business Management (SECS-P/08) is related to the Department’s desire to cover a sector which is not only critical to one of its degree courses (Linguistic and Cultural Mediation), but also strategic to the development of a more organically integrated planning which integrates teaching, research and engagement with the local community.
In regard to the corresponding European Research Council (ERC) classification, the research and teachings based at the Department are mainly included in the following sectors:
SH4 - The Human Mind and Its Complexity: Cognition, Psychology, Linguistics, Philosophy and Education
SH5 - Cultures and Cultural Production: Literature, Philology, Cultural Studies, Anthropology, Study of the Arts, Philosophy
SH6 - The Study of the Human Past: Archeology and History
The Department distinguishes itself for the extensiveness and strength of its analytical and theoretical lines of inquiry and training, with a specific expertise in the fields of Literary Criticism and Critical Theory; Cultural, Post-colonial and Gender Studies; Linguistics, Ethnolinguistics, Sociolinguistics, and Psycholinguistics; Textual and Discourse Analysis; Translation Studies; Intercultural Communication; Language Teaching; Italian as an L2 language; Italian Studies; and Performance Studies. All the studies in the Department likewise profit from the interdisciplinary exchange of knowledge related to the specific linguistic-geographical areas of interest.
The academic programme of the Department takes advantage of the variety and richness of its numerous theoretical and methodological approaches. It is based upon a strong interdisciplinary vocation, aimed at deepening the exchange between fields of study, traditions and languages from a comparative and intercultural perspective. It pays great attention to both cultural specificities and the interaction between local cultures and the contemporary globalised world. In the wake of the medieval and modern, colonial and post-colonial intersections, the North-South, East-West connections, both within the Mediterranean basin and beyond, are placed at the critical heart of the Department's Studies.
A special commitment is placed on relations with European and non-European countries, both in terms of the training of students for a highly professional labour market and the support of international relations. The Department has signed numerous mobility agreements with European, Asian, North and South American universities and institutions. Its research staff also participates in national and international research networks with national and European funded projects.
Engagement with the Local Community is an integral part of the activities of the Department. Its members of staff are engaged in foreign languages teacher training, long-life learning activities and national qualification programmes, and in modernizing the teaching of Italian in collaboration with the Lincei Foundation for School. The commitment to engage with the local community ranges from initiatives to spread of knowledge in the context of social needs, to the collaborative organisation of exhibitions and theatrical performances, and information initiatives aimed at a specific young public.
The Department is the home of the Doctor of Philosophy Programme in Linguistics, Literary and Comparative Studies which offers advanced training in the aforementioned disciplinary sectors. Recently the programme has been further strengthened by the possibility of participating in Industrial Doctoral Programmes in close collaboration with "the sectors of the private and public labour market, from commercial companies to public institutions, to NGOs and charitable or cultural institutions ” (European Commission 2011).
The Department publishes the following journals, which are all class-A ranked:
Annali - Sezione Romanza, Annali - Sezione Germanica, Annali – Linguistica, Annali – Studi Finno-Ugrici and Anglistica (AION): An Interdisciplinary Journal.
The Department is based in Via Duomo, in the historic building of Santa Maria Porta Coeli, where one of the three sections of the University Library System, whose vast book collection ranges from antiquity to modernity, is also located.