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The Edinburgh Gadda Prize

Honorary President: Gianrico Carofiglio

Chair: Federica G. Pedriali

powered by The Edinburgh Journal of Gadda Studies

Public Engagement Portfolio

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The Selection

The following quick snapshots with links invite targeted explorations of our public engagement portfolio.

Gadda è teatro | Edinburgh 2012

Gadda may have never written for the theatre but his work travels best in performance. To mark this through our commitment to communities, Edinburgh 2012 consisted of five interconnected events. These five platforms – Gaddus Scholars, On becoming militant, Gadda va alla guerra, International Gadda Juniors and the Award Ceremony – all in turn exploited and generated a stage. Our idea was straightforward, and it delighted audiences. If Gadda is theatre, scholarship is engagement.

Junior Hybridity | Edinburgh 2012

As part of our multimedia labs, fourteeen international juniors produced Hybridity, an ad-lib pre-show event taking its cue from Pirandello’s Tonight We Improvise and mixing junior entries from Gadda Giovani 2011 and Scottish Gadda Juniors 2012 with extracts from works by Gadda in homage to the hybridity of contemporary art. The event turned a packed Traverse Foyer into an exhilaratingly resonant antichamber to Gifuni's polyvocal soliloquising over Gadda, War and Hamlet in nearby Traverse One.

Nicola Benedetti | The Scholarship Fund

With violin virtuoso Nicola Benedetti we have created the Nicola Benedetti Scholarship Fund to provide support for students who otherwise may not have the chance to pursue their academic goals in Italian Studies at Edinburgh University. The Fund supports Masters, PhD Programmes and Postdoctoral Fellowships. Community participation in the knowledge networks resulting in this way was central to our Montecassino 2013 programme, which included a memorable recital by Nicola. To relive those notes in trailer format click here.

War-Diaspora-Origin | Montecassino 2013

Italy is one of the great migrant nations of modern times. Millions left their native country after Unification (1861) and during the World Wars. To date Italo-Scottish history has only partly been written and Italo-Scottish heritage has not been systematically archived or developed for public engagement initiatives. Through the Italo-Scottish Research Centre (ISRC), and starting from Montecassino 2013, we are making this rich heritage not just available but also productive in both the scholarly and the wider community. This is being achieved through an innovative approach to multimedia conservation resulting in a Web Archive produced in collaboration with other Scottish Universities and the creative industries. Quite appropriately, the ISRC had two official openings, one in Scotland, at the Scottish Parliament, 16 April 2013, the other at Montecassino Abbey, 5 May 2013, as part of the exhibition we hosted under the compelling title No-Where-Next | War-Diaspora-Origin.

New Synergies | Montecassino 2013

Montecassino 2013 opened with a reception at the Residence of HM Ambassador Christopher Prentice, Villa Wolkonsky, Saturday 4 May 2013. As part of the Awards at the Abbey of Montecassino, Saturday 5 May 2013, Nicola Benedetti, Fabrizio Gifuni and Alexei Grynyuk delighted our audience joining us for an evening of workshops, recital, readings, installations and book presentations.

The Montecassino installations and various other Gadda Giovani exhibits including books, posters and T-shirts travelled on to the Venice Biennale Fringe, where they remained on display at the Rolak Gallery, Giudecca, from 29 May to 31 August 2013. The Montecassino Winners were re-uninted for a Gadda Giovani Special hosted by Pordenonelegge, 20 September 2014.

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