Dr Raffaele Lampugnani

School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics

Dr Raffaele Lampugnani is one of the founding members of Italian Studies at Monash University and has taught Italian language and culture at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, with special emphasis on the experience of Italian migrants in Australia. He has supervised Honours and Higher Degree students who have researched the Italian diaspora, Italian-Australian culture and literature, the practice of Proxy marriages in the post-war Italian migrant community, and language attrition and acquisition also in the migrant community. He has experience in training undergraduates in fieldwork and the ethics requirements in data collection, interviewing and recording of oral histories with members of the Italian community in Australia.

His PhD thesis analyses the cinematic expression of the post-war migration experience in Australia against the backdrop of post-war social and political conditions and attitudes. This study ensued in the publication of a book monograph, a book chapter in a collective volume on Italian cinema, as well as several articles in international refereed academic journals. As part of his ongoing research in the experience of Italians in Australia, Lampugnani has collected a small but significant library of oral testimonies on the Italian diaspora donated by first-generation Italian migrants.

He is equally conversant with Medieval and Renaissance literature and poetry. One of his latest books examines an important translation in early Cinquecento.

The latest published book examines the language used by an Italian internee in his diaries written during WWII in Australia.