The 2021 edition of the summer school is held from June 28th to July 2nd in a blended format, with speakers and students attending in person in Bologna or online.


Kickoff session: course presentation and greetings

June 24th, 4-6 CEST, via Zoom only

Lectures and seminars

(a detailed schedule is available as a downloadable document)

  • Italy’s Savagery on HBO? My Brilliant Friend: Marketing, Critique, and Fandom
    Marta Boni (Université de Montréal)

Q&A and discussion with Giancarlo Lombardi (College of Staten Island) and Jonathan Mullins (The Ohio State University)

  • Posted, Unposted, and Live-streaming: Chiara Ferragni’s Postfeminist Branded Persona
    Nicoletta Marini-Maio (Dickinson College)

Q&A and discussion with Paola Brembilla (Università di Bologna) and Marco Pedroni (Università degli Studi di Ferrara)

  • From Being Invisible to Be Visible. The Representation of Ethnic Diversity in Mainstream Television in Italy and Rise of Black Italians in Streaming Platforms Through Netflix Series
    Fred Kudjo Kuwornu

Q&A and discussion with Ellen Nerenberg (Wesleyan University) and Dana Renga (The Ohio State University

  • Film and Television Induced Tourism: A Critical Approach. The Italian Case Study
    Marco Cucco (Università di Bologna)

Q&A and discussion with Stefania Antonioni (Università degli Studi di Urbino Carlo Bo) and Giorgio Bertellini (The University of Michigan)

  • When Italy Goes to China, How Italian Can It Be? A Case Study on L’amica Geniale
    Natalia Riva (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore)

Q&A and discussion with Claudio Bisoni (Università di Bologna) and Massimo Riva (Brown University)

Student poster presentations

Each afternoon, the third slot was dedicated to students' presentations. These were conceived as an opportunity to discuss research projects and exchange ideas among the participants and the faculty, in an informal and fruitful atmosphere. A collection of all the posters used during the presentations is downloadable in the right column of this page.