The Position of Quo vadis? in Italian Culture: Translations, Adaptations and Popular Culture is a research project that has been awarded funding under a competition announced in February 2015 by the Minister of Science and Higher Education as part of the 2b Development module of the National Programme for the Development of Humanities (Decision No 0136/NPRH4/H2b/83/2016).

The project innovatively combines two research frameworks – translation studies and comparative studies – and augments their methodologies with the state-of-the-art stylometric tools. The project’s aim is to explore holistically and yield a comprehensive historical account of the reception of Henryk Sienkiewicz’s Quo vadis? in Italy. The researchers will not only investigate the novel’s reception in literature, literary criticism, schooling and education but also examine its position in and influence on popular and material culture.

As part of the project, the research team members will participate in the organisation of celebrations of Rome’s Sienkiewicz Year in November 2016.