I.A.I. Papers 2007
La Trobe University,
successful launching last year of the I.A.I. papers we have received
many inquiries regarding the nature and function of this annual
publication, which is published some time between December of the
current year and the following February.
papers are broadly speaking an academic journal with a number of aims:
firstly it aims at reflecting the activities carried out during the year
by the Institute, informing the public about projects completed, in
progress and still in the planning stages, made possible thanks to
various kinds of grants and scholarships. Secondly it includes the
publication of papers on areas of research which the I.A.I. aims to
promote. We believe that these papers are also worthy of note
because much of the material can provide a starting point for further
research, study and ideas for researchers.
This issue for
2007, as well as including articles written by established academics of
international reputation such as Prof. Schiavone and Prof. Lucchesi,
includes also articles by Bridget Shaw and Alison Close, two fourth year
honours students who received scholarships from the Italian Australian
Institute and each completed an original research project, gathering a
large quantity of information, which has brought them to the attention
of overseas researchers. In the 2006 issue we published an entire
work by Raffaele Scappatura which has also attracted attention.
As can be seen,
the I.A.I. papers, concerned with a very specific field, that of
researching the many and varied aspects of the Italian presence in
Australia, are intended to be a platform for young researchers who, if
guided correctly, will undoubtedly attain the success they deserve.
researchers we offer the opportunity of being published, facilities and
incentives, as well as access to a rich collection of documents (e.g.
the archives of the Scalabrinian congregations from both Melbourne and
Sydney can be found in the I.A.I. library together with a continually
expanding collection of other material).
It is our aim
and intention for the I.A.I. papers to be the tangible proof of a
continuous "work in progress" in this extremely broad and many faceted
field of research.