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«The elsewhere, the other time, the otherwise». Italo Calvino in the World

The Italian Cultural Institute of Melbourne and the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics (LLCL) of Monash University are delighted to invite you to the Inaugural Lecture of the European Languages Program dedicated to Italo Calvino (1923-1985), on the occasion of the celebrations for the centenary of his birth promoted worldwide by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI).
The Inaugural Lecture, chaired by Prof. Jo Winning, Head of School, LLCL, will be preceded by a speech by Prof. Laura Di Nicola, Director of the “Laboratorio Calvino” (La Sapienza-University of Rome, La Statale-University of Milan, the University of Milan Bicocca, and the University of Oxford).

The Inaugural Lecture, entitled “The Elsewhere, the Other Time, the Otherwise: Italo Calvino in the World” will be delivered by Dr. Francesca Rubini (La Sapienza-University of Rome).

Known in 67 countries and translated into 56 languages, Italo Calvino is the 20th century Italian intellectual who has had the most significant impact on a global scale. The lecture analyses the international dissemination of Calvino’s works in the years 1955-2000 and, within this context, the author’s relationship with his own translations. Calvino regularly applied himself to the promotion of his titles abroad, with direct participation in the choice of placement, paratextual composition, promotional strategies and, for the languages he knew, the translations themselves. For Calvino, translating was the “real way to read a text”, a cognitive operation that involves the sense and deep connective tissue of the text, a doorway to reach the secret essence of narrative expression.

Francesca Rubini is a research fellow in Contemporary Italian Literature at La Sapienza-University of Rome. Her research focuses on the narrative forms of the second half of the 20th century. Her study on the translations of Italo Calvino’s works, Italo Calvino nel mondo. Opere, lingue, paesi (1955-2020), has been published by Carocci in July 2023. She is a member of the scientific committee of “Laboratorio Calvino”.

Laura Di Nicola is Professor of Contemporary Italian Literature at the La Sapienza- University of Rome, and Director of the “Laboratorio Calvino”. She is a member of the National Committee for the centenary celebrations of Italo Calvino’s birth.

Monash Conference Centre, 30 Collins Street, 7th floor, Seminar Room 2 and 3, Thursday 10 August 2023, 5.30-7.30 pm.



  • Organized by: Laboratorio Calvino
  • In collaboration with: Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Melbourne