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Hej!

I’m Sara Mehretab, a student from Politecnico di Milano and thanks to C.M. Lerici Foundation I had the opportunity to enrich my master thesis of Chemical Engineering at Chalmers Institute of Technology.

The experience I had just reached the end and it was two months long. I wish it could have last longer but I have to admit I enjoyed it in the best season: warm and full of light! ☀️

I feel so full of new energies right now, everything was so stimulating: the university group, the people I met in Gothenburg and the city itself. This was my first experience in a country of the northern Europe and it was such a great discovery!

Without the scholarship it wouldn’t be possibile, that’s why I’m very grateful for believing in my project.

Tack C.M. Lerici Foundation and tack Sweden! 🌼

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Hi!

I am Giulia Ballardini, an Italian student in Bioengineering and Robotics at University of Genoa. Thanks to C.M. Lerici Foundation I am carrying out a research project in the division of Robotics, Perception and Learning at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.

Here, I am working in an international team, which also include Luigi (the little humanoid robot in the photo). In this project we are using different types of cameras and sensors to investigate human emotions while people playing a trivial game with Luigi.

The long-term goal is to improve the human-robot interaction, making the robot aware of the human emotional state.

Erri De Luca

Erri De Luca is back to Sweden!

Fjärilens tyngd” (“Il peso della farfalla”) is one of the most read and loved books by the Italian writer Erri De Luca.

The novel has recently been translated by Madeleine Gustafsson and published by Elisabeth Grate Bokförlag, thanks to a C.M. Lerici Foundation’s grant.

The story is set somewhere in the Italian Alps, where a chamois has been the king of his herd for many years. Despite his exceptional size and strength, he feels that his time has come. Not far from there, a hunter has returned to live up in the mountains, and even his time is starting to run short. His last ambition is to trap the only animal that has ever escaped him.

“Fjärilens tyngd” is a gripping, dizzyingly, beautiful tale, in which the author presents in a poetic and deeply personal language his vision of the relationship between man and nature. Erri De Luca is one of Italy’s most acclaimed contemporary writers. Since his debut in 1989, De Luca has written many books, including “Montedidio” (2001), that is his first book in Swedish translation and published by the same Elisabeth Grate Bokförlag.

Seeking justice in risk landscapes. Small data and toxic autobiographies from an Italian petrochemical town (Gela, Sicily)

Elisa Privitera is a Ph.D. candidate in the course “Evaluation and Mitigation of Urban and Land Risks” at the University of Catania, where she also is a LabPEAT’s (Ecological Design Lab) member since 2016.

She is currently working at the intersection of political ecology, environmental humanities, and planning with the aim of exploring the hybrid common ground where subaltern communities and engaged researchers contribute to the planning of contaminated areas. Since 2020 she is part of the Coordination Team of the Young Academic Network (AESOP).

In 2019 she spent one semester collaborating with the Environmental Humanities Lab at KTH – Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm thanks to a C.M. Lerici Foundation’s scholarship. That collaboration led to the elaboration and publication of the article “Seeking justice in risk landscapes. Small data and toxic autobiographies from an Italian petrochemical town (Gela, Sicily)” written by Elisa Privitera, Marco Armiero and Filippo Gravagno, and published on “Local Environment“, the International Journal of Justice and Sustainability.

You can find it at this link.

Lerici Foundation’s history

How much do you know about the C.M. Lerici Foundation’s history?

The Foundation was established in the 1950s by Carlo Maurilio Lerici, an Italian engineer and industrialist. Lerici had a strong professional relation with Sweden and thanks to his financial support the construction of the Italian Cultural Institute in Stockholm was made possible. The Institute’s aim was to tie closer bounds between Italy and Sweden, the same one promoted by Lerici himself. Therefore, Lerici’s name is bound to the Institute and the homonymous Foundation, which still supports through scholarships the exchange of students and researchers in both science and humanities between Sweden and Italy.

You can find more about the Foundation’s history in “Enchanting Architecture”, the new book dedicated to the Italian Cultural Institute in Stockholm and published by 5 Continents Editions.

In particular, the historian and researcher Fredrick Whitling devotes his essay titled “Good Vibrations?” to Carlo Maurilio Lerici. Here Whitling illustrates Lerici’s vision and multidisciplinary interests, from science to humanities.

Would you like to know more about Carlo Maurilio Lerici and his effort in supporting cultural exchanges?

📷 Carlo Maurilio Lerici with then Director Lucia Pallavicini, 1970s (AS-IIC Lerici).

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Domenica Dininno received a scholarship from C.M. Lerici Foundation in 2019 to carry out a project about the digital management of cultural heritage information at Lund University.

In order to define shared methodologies to tackle the problem of 3-dimensional reconstruction in the archaeological field, in the last two decades several relevant initiatives have been undertaken, including the Virtual Archaeology Special Interest Group (VASIG), the international Computer Application organization and quantitative methodology in Archaeology (CAA), and the European EPOCH project.

The aim of Domenica Dininno’s study was to define and test new 3D acquisition workflows of cultural heritage employing High Performance Computing resources. Particularly, her project presented an approach for studying and efficiently managing the collection of Historiska Museet of Lund University, and it was part of the project Dynamic collections started in 2018 at the University of Lund coordinated by Nicolo Dell’Unto and Fredrik Ekengren in collaboration with Marco Callieri (Visual Computing Lab ISTI-CNR in Pisa).

You can read more about her project on the Foundation’s website: search for “Projektarkiv” or “Archivio progetti” on the menu.

Photo by Hulki Okan Tabak on Unsplash

Enchanting Architecture

The Italian Cultural Institute in Stockholm was designed by the Italian architect Gio Ponti in the 1950s.

The project was realized thanks to the financial support of the Italian engineer Carlo Maurilio Lerici, who had a lifelong relationship with Sweden as the Italian representative for some Swedish steel companies.

Beside the scientific disciplines, he was also deeply interested in humanities. In the late 1950s, he decided to give life to the Foundation that bears his name and still provides scholarships for Italian and Swedish students and researchers, but also grants to Italian and Swedish publishing houses.

On the occasion of the 80th anniversary of cultural relationships between Italy and Sweden, the Italian Cultural Institute in Stockholm decided to publish “Enchanting Architecture”, a book that aims to revisit these eighty years and pass them on to posterity.

The C.M. Lerici Foundation and its founder Carlo Maurilio Lerici are part of that history as well. For this reason, the researcher Frederick Whitling dedicated an entire chapter to them in “Enchanting Architecture”.

Would you like to know more about the Foundation and its founder?

Dive into history with us!

Viola Ardone for Årets bok 2021 (Book of the Year 2021)

Viola Ardone has been nominated for Årets bok 2021 (Book of the Year 2021)!

Established in 2016, the award wants to “pay tribute to the books together with the Swedish people”.

Every year 12 books – both Swedish and foreign novels – are nominated based on a number of criteria such as high linguistic quality and well-told stories in terms of plot, characters and environment.

According to the jury, the novel “Hoppets tåg” by Viola Ardone is a “rare fine depiction of childhood filled with life and humor”.

The book takes place during the post-war period in southern Italy, when Antonia puts her 7-year-old son Amerigo on a train to a foster home in northern Italy. “A gripping novel that is told from the child’s perspective, and the clear-eyed boy goes straight into the reader’s heart to stay there forever.”

“Hoppets tåg” was published in 2020 by Norstedts with a literary grant from C.M. Lerici Foundation.

Now it’s up to the readers!You can vote your favorite book on www.aretsbok.se

Travel with books

Is it possible to travel thanks to imagination?

The answer is yes and books are proof of this.

Books are magical tools that allow us to overcome boundaries and reach people and countries far away (both real and fictional, it really doesn’t matter).

During the last year people have spent more time inside their homes and “books have proved to be powerful tools to combat isolation, reinforce ties between people, expand our horizons, while stimulating our minds and creativity”.

According to UNESCO in fact, in some countries the number of books read has doubled. CM Lerici Foundation did not stop its effort in the promotion of the Italian and Swedish literature in the two countries.

In the last year, it supported the publication of many new books and many others are going to be soon be published.If you are searching for some reading suggestions, here’s some of our titles.