“Storia delle letterature scandinave”



Since in these days we have to spend more time at home, why don’t we deepen our knowledge about Scandinavian literature?
Storia delle letterature scandinave” (“History of Scandinavian Literatures”) is a broad historical-literary volume that traces a millennium of Scandinavian literary history, through the most significant voices and movements of each period, framing authors and works within cultural and socio-political dynamics, from the origins till today.
The protagonists are the Danish, Faroese, Icelandic, Norwegian and Swedish national literatures, with their ancient variants and with the addition of the active Swedish minority of Finland, including classics such as Tove Jansson.
The book was published in 2019 by the Italian publishing house Iperborea, with the support of C.M. Lerici Foundation.

Igiaba Scego – La linea del colore

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Igiaba Scego is an Italian writer, journalist, and activist of Somali origin.

In 2016 the Swedish publishing house Contempo translated her novel “Adua“, a story that deals with migration, racism, belonging and identity issues.

Now Igiaba Scego presents “La linea del colore” (Bompiani), a coming-of-age story that follows two timelines set between the contemporary Rome and the 19th Century Rome.

This historical novel tells the story of Lafanu Brown, an Afro-American painter inspired by two figures who really existed, and her trip to Italy. This novel is a female fresco in which past and present interweave and the author’s major topics – colonialism, the history of Somalia, the right to travel – return.

Will this book be translated in Swedish as well?
We definitely hope so!

Swedish publishing houses, this is your occasion! 😉


Read more here.

Projects Archive


With a Second Level Master degree in Characterization and Technologies for Reclamation of Polluted Sites at Università La Sapienza (Rome, Italy), Monica Ventura followed a project about “Indirect effects of reindeer grazing on food availability for brown bears” at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (Uppsala, Sweden).
The project was carried out by two international working groups consisting of 4 people each, who worked between mid-June and mid-August 2019.
While the first group dealt with the central Swedish region (including the sites of Idre and Sånfjället), the second dealt with the northern part of Sweden and Norway, mainly collecting data about plant cover, the abundance and maturation phase of flowers and fruits, as well as the census of twigs of 4 species of interest (Empetrum nigrum, Vaccinum Myrtillus, V. vitis-idea, V. uliginosum), as well as parameters indicating the abundance of reindeer, elk and hare in the sites of Abisko (Sweden) and Jotka (Norway).
Read more about this project on our website, in the Projects Archive section (Archivio Progetti IT – Projektarkiv SE).

CIVIS – European Civic University Alliance



CIVIS – European Civic University Alliance is a network within Erasmus+ that brings together over 384.000 students at eight universities in Europe.
The purpose of CIVIS is to facilitate cooperation across national borders and to increase the mobility of students, teachers and other staff.
Among the universities in the Alliance, we can also find Stockholm University and Università di Roma La Sapienza.
Did you know about CIVIS?
Read more here.

Projects Archive


What did the students and researchers supported by C.M. Lerici Foundation do? And what did they do after?

Simon Kronberg was student at Master of Science in Engineering Physics at Karlstad University. The project was aimed at writing a paper based on the research he carried out as part of his Master of Science (MSc) thesis about lattice model based on a generalization of the Blume-Capel and Potts model, over the course of the two months he spent in L’Aquila. To call the project a “resounding success” would not be entirely accurate, but neither should it be viewed as a failure. In particular, they have a manuscript which needs some more refining before submission, so the plan is to submit it by the end of the year. This is slightly behind the original schedule, but on a more positive note, they also have another manuscript in the works, so if all goes well this trip might lead to two publications in the end, albeit slower than initially hoped for.

You can read more about the project and the results on our website (www.cmlerici.se) in Archivio Progetti (IT) / Projektarkiv (SE).

You can also admire Simon Kronberg’s pictures taken in Italy during his stay here.


Linnaeus University Summer Academy

Linnaeus University

Are you ready for new experiences this Summer?

Linnaeus University, Sweden Summer Academy offers an international, intercultural and interdisciplinary study environment.

The courses are workshop-oriented, they have a strong student focus and they are also offered on undergraduate and graduate level. All courses are 7.5 credit full-time courses, taught in English and many have general entry requirements.

The combination of lectures and workshops within the student’s own course and weekly interdisciplinary sessions for all participants at the academy provide opportunities for new contacts and cultural insights.

Read more here.

Rosa Ventrella, “Historien om en anständig familj” (Piratförlaget)


Have you ever read “Historien om en anständig familj” (“Storia di una famiglia perbene”, Newton Compton editori) by Rosa Ventrella?

“Historien om en anständig familj” is for all the readers who loved the atmosphere of Elena Ferrante’s novels.

It is a captivating family saga focused on a wilful young woman’s struggles against her oppressive small town, Bari. It is a well-written, beautiful and intense story, a rich novel full of life, scent and feeling.

Already sold to eighteen countries, in Sweden the book has been published by Piratförlaget and soon it will become a tv series.

Rosa Ventrella is a teacher of Italian literature. She was born and raised in Bari, but she currently lives in Cremona (North Italy). This is her third novel, the first translated in Swedish.

Visit the page here.

Projects Archive


What did the students and researchers supported by C.M. Lerici Foundation do? And what did they do after?

Eleonora Galante, MA student in Choreography National Dance Academy in Rome, received a scholarship from C.M. Lerici Foundation in 2019.

She spent a period of research at the Doch University of Dance and Circus UNIARTS in Stockholm as well as in the Ballettakademien Stockholm.

She had the chance to discover and explore the Swedish University environment, studying closely the teaching method of many renowned dancers and choreographers, learning their teaching strategies, pedagogical objectives and method. The training method they applied was particularly interesting for her, since it was based on the personal and creative growth of the students, on team work and multidisciplinary lessons.

Once back to Italy, she used the different elements and dancing techniques that she learnt in Sweden to conduct her classes and workshops.

You can find her final report about her Swedish experience on our website in the Projects’ Archive section (here in Swedish, here in Italian).

Göran Gustafsson Prize 2020


The Göran Gustafsson Prize 2020 is one of Sweden’s most prestigious awards for younger researchers, awarded annually to researchers who are no more than 45 years old in the fields of mathematics, physics, chemistry, molecular biology and medicine.
In 1986 Göran Gustafsson (1919 – 2003), a successful businessman, notably in real estate, created a foundation to support basic research in the field of medicine at Uppsala University and in the field of engineering physics at both the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) and Uppsala University. The Göran Gustafsson Foundation for Research at Uppsala University and KTH started with a donation of 136 million Swedish SEK and currently Awards 14 million crowns in grants annually.
In 1989 the Göran Gustafsson Foundation for Research in Natural Sciences and Medicine was established, with a donation of 270 million SEK. Today the foundation makes awards of approximately 27 million SEK annually. The primary objective of this foundation is to promote basic science in molecular biology, physics, chemistry, mathematics and medicine.
Read more here.