Sixth Edition

Scottish Parliament
26 June 2019

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Honorary President: Gianrico Carofiglio

Chair: Federica G. Pedriali

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Edinburgh 2019 | Public Events

For our sixth edition, Speaking in Cultures, we have partnered with Italian Studies at the University of Edinburgh and the Society for Italian Studies UK. Together, we are hosting the Society’s Biennial Conference in Scotland’s capital city, bringing a celebration of intercultural dialogue to the Scottish Parliament to mark the Official Opening of the Society’s Biennial in the Centenary of Italian at Edinburgh.

Speaking in Cultures | The Theme

One hundred forty-seven monographs on all aspects of contemporary Italian culture were entered this year. Nearly three hundred delegates will attend the Society’s Biennial Conference. Thirty distinguished international scholars have served as Prize Jurers. Italian Studies at Edinburgh is one hundred years old this year.

The dynamism of our discipline is just one of the messages we will put across on the night. Generating new synergies and opportunities for dialogue has been at the heart of the Edinburgh Gadda Projects since 2000. In line with our mission, as part of this year’s edition of the Prize we will celebrate what it takes to speak and live more fluently in cultures – something we believe is critical to the future of our society, especially in times of fast and unpredictable cultural change. 

Speaking in Cultures | The Ceremony

After the formal Welcome by our Host MSP Linda Fabiani and her Guests of Honour – the Principal of the University of Edinburgh Professor Peter Mathieson, the Italian Consul General for Scotland and Northern Ireland Fabio Monaco, and the President of the Society for Italian Studies UK Professor Simon Gilson (Oxford) – Pulitzer Prize Winner Professor Jhumpa Lahiri (Princeton) will be invited to deliver her Keynote Address on becoming ambassadors for intercultural exchange and to give us a sense of where individual vision and aspiration can take us in our commitment to a world better ready for cultural diversity.

Jhumpa Lahiri’s Keynote will be followed by the Award Ceremony of this year’s Edinburgh Prizes – The Crolla Amato Gadda Prize (Cultural Studies; Literary Studies) and the Vittoria Group Prize (Scholars aged 40 or under).

Wednesday 26 June, 6:00-8:00pm
Scottish Parliament
Garden Lobby
Security: 5:00-6:00pm
Dress cose: smart casual
Admission: free but places had to be reserved
Event status: sold out

Arrival at the Scottish Parliament

Please enter the Scottish Parliament Building through the Visitors’ Entrance.

Security for our event opens at 5:00pm – please arrive in good time to allow for airport-style security. Remember to have your ID with you.

After Security, please go to the Reception Desk, where your name will be checked on the Official Guest List. Once you have cleared both Security and Guest List, you can enjoy visiting the Main Hall. Among other facilities, there is a Cafeteria and a lovely Shop.

You will be looked after by our Parliament Events Team. Once we have the all-clear, you will be ushered through to the Garden Lobby, where our event will start at 6:00pm. Late comers will not be admitted to the Garden Lobby after 6:10pm.

We appreciate your collaboration in making this a smooth and fast-flowing process. Do make sure you have enough time to enjoy your visit. The Scottish Parliament Building is a fabulous space.

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