Partly funded by the Society of Italian Studies, the College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities, and the Italian Cultural Institute in London, this event commemorated and celebrated the significance of the work and legacy of Gianni Celati (1937-2022). Gianni Celati was a leading Italian writer, intellectual, critic, translator and film director, who shaped the course of contemporary Italian literature and other arts. The conference was organized by Dr Marina Spunta (University of Leicester), in liaison with Dr Katia Pizzi at the Italian Cultural Institute in London, where it was held on 27 April 2022. The event paid tribute to Gianni Celati’s life and work, reflected on his important legacy and brought his opera newly to the attention of an Anglophone audience.

The conference brought together leading scholars, writers and friends of Celati from Italy and the UK, including Professor Marco Belpoliti (University of Bergamo); Professor Robert Lumley (University College London); Professor Enrico Palandri (University College London / Università Ca’ Foscari, Venice); Dr Marina Spunta (University of Leicester); Dr Jean Talon Sampieri (Bologna), and Daniele Benati (Reggio Emilia). The speakers explored the richness and variety of Celati’s work and legacy.