TOIA is an Oxford-based cultural association for those interested in any aspect of Italy. No knowledge of the language is required for most of the events of the programme. Details are given below.

For further information, please contact the Secretary ([email protected] or use the form accessible via the Contact link in the menu).

Our activities

  • lectures on art, architecture, literature, theatre, music, history, current affairs
  • contemporary Italy
  • food, wine, social events, films
  • occasional wine-tastings
  • summer garden party

The events calendar follows Michaelmas, Hilary and Trinity terms, each with about six events and one free magazine. See events to the right. Non-members are welcome unless otherwise stated. For subscription information see Membership link.

Lectures are usually held at 7.30pm, allowing time beforehand to socialise over a drink or book signing. Two memorial lectures of particular interest to TOIA are held each year (see History link).

The charge on the door at meetings is £2 for members, and £5 for guests or non-members. Full-time students under 30 have free admission.

There is one film screening per term. Donation of £2 invited.

Forthcoming Events


We regret that following consultation TOIA has decided that its programme for Michaelmas Term 2021 will not be held in-person at St Hugh’s College, as previously advertised, but online. Please accept our apologies for this change to the programme, but we need to keep each other safe this autumn.

All events will start at 8pm. The Zoom links are below:

Monday 18 October
Professor Peter Hainsworth (Lady Margaret Hall)

‘John Dickson Batten’s Illustrations for Dante’s Inferno’

Zoom Link

Thursday 11 November
Professor Joe Farrell (Strathclyde)

Presentation of Joe Farrell’s book, Honour and the Sword. The Culture of Duelling (Signal Books, 2021)

Zoom Link

Thursday 25 November
Annual General Meeting

Zoom Link


The Dorothy Rowe lecture scheduled for 28 October 2021 in Magdalen College has been postponed until later this academic year.


In the event of unusually bad winter weather, meetings may have to be cancelled or postponed. In this instance, we would send an email to the TOIA mailing list or you could contact [email protected] for confirmation.

Who we are

The Oxford Italian Association was created by Professor John Woodhouse in June 1990 in order to celebrate the generous endowment by the Agnelli Foundation, which re-established the defunct Chair of Italian. The Association was also meant to fill a need, never previously met in Oxford, for a local cultural association of people interested in any aspect of Italian life. A knowledge of Italian is not necessary, and members are typically people who are fond of Italian language and literature, art and music, Italian food and wine; people who like visiting the country, or speaking and learning Italian; people of Italian nationality, and students living in the area.

TOIA meetings and events are usually conducted in English. One of our aims is social contact, and we almost always serve refreshments at our meetings to encourage members to get to know each other. For those who like to speak and hear the Italian language, and for learners at various levels who seek practice, we organise discussion evenings entirely in Italian.