About us

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Kennst du das Land, wo die Zitronen blühn...?

Perhaps no country stands as much for carefree dreams and longing for happiness as Italy. Indeed, since antiquity, through all epochs, Italy has offered diverse opportunities for philosophers, literary figures, artists: the philosophy of an infinite nature, the poetic processing of aesthetic sensations, extraordinary experiences of light and landscape spring from the encounter with Italy.

But there are also dark sides. The oppressive legacy of antiquity, the greed for power, religious violence or opaque business practices have determined the negative perception and construction of Italy for centuries.

The Italian Network - "rete italiana" is an initiative of teachers and researchers at the University of Kassel.

  • The aim of the network is to bundle and strengthen the existing contacts to Italy at the University of Kassel.
  • The network offers information for students interested in Italy and tries to promote international mobility.
  • The network strives to deepen and expand cooperation with Italian partner universities in research and teaching.
  • The network organizes free Italian-related events to intensify contacts with cultural institutions in Kassel. 

Network members

Ingrid Baumgärtner, Angelika Bönker-Vallon, Hans Grote, Agnieszka Komorowska, Francesca Michelini, Nikola Roßbach, Angela Schrott, Martina Sitt, Vanessa-Nadine Sternath, Elena Vanelli, Jan-Henrik Witthaus