Faculty

Here you can find details on all the professors and professionals who have taught at the summer school.

Luca Barra

Luca Barra

Director of the Summer School and Associate Professor in Television, Università di Bologna

Luca Barra is Associate Professor at Università di Bologna, where he teaches Radio and Television History, Cultures of Television Production and Serial Tv Production, and a former post-doctoral research fellow at Università Cattolica, Milan. His research mainly focuses on television production and distribution cultures, comedy and humour TV genres, the international circulation of media products (and their national mediations), the history of Italian television, and the evolution of the contemporary media landscape. He is the author of the books La sitcom. Genere, evoluzione, prospettive (Carocci, 2020), Palinsesto (Laterza, 2015) and Risate in scatola (Vita e Pensiero, 2012), co-editor of A European Television Fiction Renaissance. Premium Production Models and Transnational Circulation (with M. Scaglioni, Routledge, 2021), Media-storie. Lezioni indimenticate di Peppino Ortoleva (with G. C. Calvagno, Viella, 2020), Taboo Comedy (with C. Bucaria, Palgrave, 2015), Backstage (with T. Bonini and S. Splendore, Unicopli, 2015) and Tutta un’altra fiction (with M. Scaglioni, Carocci, 2013), and has written essays in various edited volumes and journals. He is editorial consultant for Italian TV studies journal Link. Idee per la televisione and the co-director of SuperTele book series published by minimum fax. He is currently in the board of directors of Italian culture and politics journal Il Mulino, vice coordinator of the second cycle degree in INCOM – Information, Cultures and Media Organization and member of the scientific committee of the Master in Music Production and Promotion at Università di Bologna.

Giorgio Bertellini

Giorgio Bertellini

Professor of Film and Media History, University of Michigan

Giorgio Bertellini is Professor in the Departments of Film, Television, and Media and Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Michigan. His main academic interests concern the traffic of films, peoples, and cultural forms between Italy and the U.S. His latest volume is The Divo and the Duce: Promoting Film Stardom and Political Leadership in 1920s America (University of California Press, 2019). He is the author and editor of the award-winning volumes Italy in Early American Cinema: Race, Landscape and the Picturesque (2010) and Italian Silent Cinema: A Reader (2013). His monograph on Emir Kusturica, written in Italian (2011) and English (2015), has been translated into Romanian and, in part, Chinese. He has published numerous essays on questions of geographic, racial, and national space in Italian and silent cinema in dozens of anthologies and journals. He is currently Associate Editor of the Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies and co-editor (with R. Abel and Matthew S.) of the University of California Press book series, Cinema Cultures in Contact

Ellen Nerenberg

Ellen Nerenberg

Professor of Romance Languages & Literatures, Wesleyan University

Ellen Nerenberg is Hollis Professor of Romance Languages & Literatures at Wesleyan University, where she has served as the dean of Arts and Humanities. She is the current President of the American Association for Italian Studies. She is the author of Prison Terms: Representing Confinement During and After Italian Fascism (University of Toronto Press, 2001), winner of the Howard R. Marraro Prize from the Modern Language Association, and Murder Made in Italy: Homicide, Media, and Contemporary Italian Culture (Indiana University Press, 2012). She is also co-editor of Writing Beyond Fascism (Fairleigh-Dickinson University Press, 2000) and of Body Of State: The Moro Affair, A Nation Divided (Fairleigh- Dickinson University Press, 2011), for which she also served as co-translator. She is editor of the Open Contributions and Continuing Discussions sections of g/s/I: Gender/Sexuality/Italy and reviews editor of the Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies, as well as of the Italian Studies Channel on the New Books Network. Current research projects include: Winx Nation: Educare la futura consumista (forthcoming, Rubbettino Editore), a feminist media studies examination that centers on WinxClub, the animated TV series for girls and tweens, its formats, spin-offs, and titanic merchandising empire, and essays on the nostalgic cinema of Paolo Sorrentino, and the North American reception of the tv and literary serials with protagonist Detective Montalbano.  

Massimo Riva

Massimo Riva

Professor of Italian Studies, Brown University

Massimo Riva (Professor of Italian Studies at Brown University) has published on a wide range of topics, including several authored and edited or co-edited books on literary maladies and national identity in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, post-humanism and the hyper-novel, contemporary Italian fiction and the future of literature in the digital age. Since the 1990s, his pioneering work in the digital humanities has led to the creation of several projects, including the Decameron Web, recipient of two major grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Virtual Humanities Lab, also supported by a two-year grant from the NEH, the Pico della Mirandola Project, and the Garibaldi Panorama & the Risorgimento Archive. He is the recipient of several fellowships, including a Digital Innovation fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies. He has recently completed a digital monograph entitled Italian Shadows. A Curious History of Virtual Reality, a project of the Brown Digital Publications Initiative, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, to be published by Stanford University Press in 2022.

Marco Cucco

Marco Cucco

Senior Assistant Professor in Cultures of Film Production, Università di Bologna

Marco Cucco is a fixed-term Senior Assistant Professor at the University of Bologna, where he teaches Cultures of Film Production, Documentary and Experimental Cinematography and History of Italian Cinema. He received his PhD in Communication Sciences at the Università della Svizzera Italiana (Switzerland), and he has been visiting scholar at several universities: City University of New York (USA), Université de Lorraine (France), University of Leeds (UK), and University of Udine (Italy). He has also been adjunct professor at the Université de Strasbourg (France) and at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan (Italy). His research interests concern mainly film economics and policy. He wrote papers published by international journals like Studies in European CinemaFilm StudiesEuropean Journal of Communication and Media, Culture & Society. He is author of three books: Economia del film. Industria, politiche, mercati (Carocci, 2020), Il mercato delle location cinematografiche (Marsilio 2013, with G. Richeri) and Il film blockbuster (Carocci, 2010), and co-editor (with G. Manzoli) of the volume Il cinema di Stato. Finanziamento pubblico ed economia simbolica nel cinema italiano contemporaneo (Il Mulino, 2017).

Natalia Riva

Natalia Riva

Research Fellow, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart

Natalia Riva earned a Ph.D. in History, Institutions, and International Relations of Asia and Modern and Contemporary Africa from the University of Cagliari. She is a lecturer in Chinese contemporary history, culture, and language. She is currently a research fellow at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart where she is working on the research project "Analysis of the impact of Italian media products on the contemporary Chinese market", part of the Italian National Research Project (PRIN) "Italian na(rra)tives: The International Circulation of 'Brand Italy' in the Media". Her research interests focus on contemporary Chinese culture, society, and politics, on Chinese cultural strategies, soft power, and discursive practices, and modern Chinese.

Claudio Bisoni

Claudio Bisoni

Associate Professor of Film History and Gender and Media Studies, Università di Bologna

Claudio Bisoni is Associate Professor and teaches courses on Film History Principles, Semiotics of the Media, Studies on Gender in the Media at the University of Bologna. He is principal investigator of PRIN project Italian Na(rra)tives: The International Circulation of Brand Italy in the Media, which involves a network of four Italian universities (Alma Mater Bologna, Sapienza Università di Roma, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Università degli Studi du Milano). His research focuses on the relationship between criticism, aesthetics and modes of reception, as well as on North American and Italian cinema of the 1960s and 1970s. His publications include Brian De Palma (Le Mani, 2002), La critica cinematografica. Metodo, storia e scrittura (Archetipo, 2006), Gli anni affollati. La cultura cinematografica italiana (1970-1979) (Carocci, 2009), Elio Petri. Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto (Lindau, 2011), La critica cinematografica. Un'introduzione (Archetipo, 2013). He has also worked on new media narrative forms, and edited (with V. Innocenti) the volume Media Mutations. Gli ecosistemi narrativi nello scenario mediale contemporaneo. Spazi, modelli, usi sociali (Mucchi, 2013). His essays and articles have appeared in various edited volumes and journals, including La valle dellEden, Fotogenia, Close-up, Bianco e nero, Cinéma & Cie and Fata Morgana, The Italianist.

Giancarlo Lombardi

Giancarlo Lombardi

Professor of Italian, French, and Comparative Literature, College of Staten Island and CUNY Graduate Center

Giancarlo Lombardi currently coordinates the Italian program as well as teaching courses in Italian, Film Studies, American Studies, Women’s Studies and Science, Letters and Society at the College of Staten Island and at the CUNY Graduate Center, where he currently serves as Executive Officer of the MA/PhD Program in Comparative Literature. He received his doctoral degree in Romance Studies at Cornell University and taught at the University of Rochester, Middlebury, Rutgers, Smith, and UPenn. He has published extensively on European and North American women writers, Italian film and television studies, cultural studies, and, most recently, on American serial drama. He is the author of Rooms with a View: Feminist Diary Fiction and the co-editor, together with R. Glynn and A. O’Leary, of Terrorism Italian Style and Remembering Aldo Moro, both dedicated to cultural representations of Italian political terrorism. His most recent publication is another co-edited volume, Italian Political Cinema. He is currently finishing a monograph on the rhetoric of fear in Italian television drama from the 60s and 70s, and has just begun working on a new research project on the uses and functions of religion in prestige serial drama from the Global North.

Marco Pedroni

Marco Pedroni

Associate Professor of Culture and Communication, Università degli Studi di Ferrara

Marco Pedroni is Associate Professor of Sociology of Culture and Communication at the University of Ferrara. Formerly he was a Research Fellow and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Bergamo, an Adjunct Professor at the Politecnico of Milan, a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Università Cattolica of Milan and an Associate Professor at eCampus University. His research interests focus on cultural industries, fashion media, gambling and the sharing economy. He taught as a Guest Lecturer for several courses and institutions, including the Milano Fashion Institute and the Marangoni Institute (Italy), the London College of Fashion, the Winchester School of Art, the Northumbria University and the Southampton Solent University (UK), the Aalto University (Finland), the Universidad of Sevilla (Spain), the Izmir University of Economics (Turkey). He is author and co-author of several books including, Coolhunting (2010), Moda e arte (2012, with P. Volonté); From Production to Consumption: The Cultural Industry of Fashion (2013); Fashion Tales: Feeding the Imaginary (2017, with E. Mora); Fenomenologia dei social network (2017, with G. Boccia Artieri, F. Pasquali, L. Gemini, S. Carlo, M. Farci).

Stefano Bises

Stefano Bises

Screenwriter, Head Writer of "Gomorrah. The Series" and "La mafia uccide solo d'estate"

Stefano Bises is a renowned screenwriter for cinema and television, and joined the summer school to present and discuss his work with the students and the faculty. He has a long and important career, working on some of the most important TV fiction titles for both premium and mainstream channels, able to circulate worldwide. He most notably worked on the first seasons of the series Gomorrah (Sky, 2014) and on La mafia uccide solo d'estate (Raiuno, 2016-2018). Other works are: Speravo de morì prima (Sky, 2021), The New Pope (Sky, 2020), ZeroZeroZero (Sky, 2020), Il miracolo (Sky, 2018), Un'altra vita (Raiuno, 2014), Questo nostro amore (Raiuno, 2012), Una grande famiglia (Raiuno, 2012-2015), Tutti pazzi per amore (2008-2012), Squadra antimafia (Canale 5, 2009-2016), Il capo dei capi (Canale 5, 2007), Medicina generale (Raiuno, 2007), RIS. Delitti imperfetti (Canale 5, 2005-2009), L'ispettore Coliandro, Distretto di polizia, La squadra.

Chiara Bucaria

Chiara Bucaria

Associate Professor of Interpreting and Translation, University of Bologna

Her research interests fall under the umbrella term of Audiovisual Translation (AVT), in which she has incorporated elements of humour studies and media/TV studies. Specifically, she has been focusing on the perception of humour and other culture-specific elements in audiovisual texts through dubbing and subtitling. In this context, she carried out research aimed at investigating the viewers' perspective on English-language tv shows dubbed and subtitled into Italian. Secondly, she has been analysing issues of manipulation and censorship in the translation process and cultural significance of this process for the target culture audience. Another point of her academic activity involves larger reception issues, focusing on how extra- and paratextual elements move across cultures and how they can potentially impact how a film or TV show is framed. She published Reactions to Audiovisual Adaptation on Social Media: The Case of How To Get Away With Murder (2019); Genetically modified TV, or the manipulation of US television series in Italy (2018);  Audiovisual Translation of Humor (2017); Taboo Comedy on Television: Issues and Themes (2016, with L. Barra). Her most recent essays were published in Humour Translation in the Age of Multimedia (Routledge, 2020) and Representing Translation. The Representation of Translation and Translators in Contemporary Media (Bloomsbury, 2019).

Delia Carmela Chiaro

Delia Carmela Chiaro

Professor of English Language and Culture, University of Bologna

Born and educated in the UK, she holds degrees from the Universities of Liverpool, Birmingham and L'Università degli Studi, Federico II, Naples. Since 2001 she has held the positions of Professor of English Language and Translation and Director of the Master's Program in Screen Translation at the University of Bologna's Advanced School in Modern Languages for Interpreters and Translators (SSLiMIT, Forlì). In the past she held the position of Associate Professor at the University of Bologna (1995-2001) and at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Salerno (1992-1994). In 1993 she was Visiting Professor at the University of Aberdeen (UK) where she taught Sociolinguistics; in 2007 she held lectures and seminars (by invitation) in Taiwan and in 2008 in New Zealand. She has also been frequently invited to lecture at the University of Innsbruck, Austria. Her main research interests are Screen Translation, Humour Studies and Intercultural Communication. Being a cinema enthusiast and a lover of TV series, she has succeeded in combining her passion with her work by researching what occurs when movies and series are translated and then dubbed and/or subtitled into other languages. She is especially interested in examining what audiences really understand from watching films in translation and in her work she applies methods pertaining to the social sciences, such as focus group interviews, questionnaires etc., to measure audience satisfaction of dubbed and subtitled films. 

Massimiliano Coviello

Massimiliano Coviello

Senior Assistant Professor, Link Campus University

Massimiliano Coviello is Senior Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies. In 2012 he obtained a Ph.D. in Studies on Visual Representation at the Italian Institute of Human Sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore. He is editor-in-chief of the online journal Fata Morgana Web and he is editor of K. Revue trans-europeenne de philosophie et arts and Carte semiotiche. He founded lavoroculturale.org blog. His research focuses on links between images, witness and memory, Italian cinema and migration phenomena, analysis of film and seriality. He taught at Accademia di Belle Arti di Palermo, Istituto Superiore per le Industrie Artistiche of Florence and Università della Calabria. He has extensively written for important national and international journals. His most recent publications are Sensibilità e potere. Il cinema di Pablo Larraín (Pellegrini, 2017, with F. Zucconi) and Testimoni di guerra. Cinema, memoria, archivio (Ca' Foscari, 2015).

Giovanna De Luca

Giovanna De Luca

Associate Professor of Italian and Film Studies, College of Charleston

Giovanna De Luca is Associate Professor of Italian and Film at the College of Charleston, South Carolina. Her research interests are Italian cinema, 20th and 21st century Italian literature, comparative literature, literary and film theory and cultural studies. Her articles have appeared in Filmcritica, Film Comment, Quaderni d’Italianistica, Forum Italicum, Italica, La Tribune International des Langues Vivantes and Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies. She is the author of the book Il punto di vista dell'infanzia nel cinema italiano e francese: rivisioni (Liguori, 2009) on the role of children in Italian and French cinema. Currently she is writing a monograph on the cinematic representations of the Mafia, whose tentative title is Harsh Spectacle: The Mafia in Italian and American Cinema. She is co-editing a book about the new Neapolitan cinema. She is the founder and artistic director of Nuovo Cinema Italiano Film Festival: started in 2006, the annual four-day event showcases 13 Italian films, and features guest appearances by Italian filmmakers, actors, and screenwriters.

Michele Fadda

Michele Fadda

Associate Professor of North American Cinema, Università di Bologna

Michele Fadda is Associate Professor at University of Bologna, and teaches courses of History of Hollywood Cinema, Contemporary Cinema and Cinema and Cultural Studies. His work on film studies has focused on American and international cinema. He published a volume on the relationship between film and literature (Scritture del visibile. Itinerari del "vedere" e del "dire" tra cinema e letteratura, Aracne, 2004), and a study on  the aestethic of contemporary film (Il cinema contemporaneo. Caratteri e fenomenologia, Archetipolibri, 2009), and edited books on the golden age of Hollywood cartoons (What's up, Tex? Il cinema di Tex Avery, Lindau, 1998; Il cinema di Chuck Jones, il Castoro, 2001), on contemporary cinema within convergent culture (Corto circuito. Il cinema nell'era della convergenza, Archetipolibri, 2011), on classical American film genres (Screwball & Romantic, Edizioni di Cineforum, 2002; Cose da un altro mondo. Percorsi nella fantascienza hollywodiana anni '50, Edizioni Lab80, 2003; Lo specchio scuro. Percorsi del noir hollywoodiano 1940-60, Edizioni Lab80, 2004),  on Japanese director Takeshi Kitano (Kitano Beat Takeshi, Sorbini, 1998) and on Monte Hellman (American Stranger. Il cinema di Monte Hellman, Cineteca di Bologna, 2009). He edited, with Sara Pesce, Lo schermo gigante. Studi in onore di Franco La Polla, Cineteca di Bologna, 2011.

Lina Fruzzetti

Lina Fruzzetti

Professor of Anthropology, Brown University, and Documentarist

Lina Fruzzetti was born in Italian-ruled Eritrea and, shortly after WWII, and the death of her Italian father, moved with her mother to Sudan, where she attended a Catholic boarding school. She emigrated to the US, where she completed her education (M.A., University of Chicago, and Ph.D. University of Minnesota). She joined the department of Anthropology at Brown University in 1975.  Her research focuses on the relationship between kinship, marriage, rituals and the construction of gender in India. The author of four books, Fruzzetti also co-wrote and co-produced five films with her husband, the filmmaker Akos Ostor, including In My Mother's House, on the life of her mother, exploring the memories and repercussions of Italian colonial rule in Africa and the lasting impact of migration and diaspora in both countries.

Veronica Innocenti

Veronica Innocenti

Associate Professor in History of Television and Media Marketing, Università di Bologna

Veronica Innocenti is Associate Professor at the University of Bologna, where she teaches History of Television and Film Marketing. She holds a Ph.D. in Film Studies from University of Bologna. She has been a speaker to several national and international conferences and the organizer of some editions of the international conference Media Mutations (mediamutations.org). She is author of books, edited collections and essays. Among others: Le nuove forme della serialità televisivaStoria, linguaggio, temi (Archetipo, 2008, with Guglielmo Pescatore); Factual, reality, makeover. Lo spettacolo della trasformazione nella televisione contemporanea (Bulzoni, 2013, co-edited with Marta Perrotta) and Media Mutations. Gli ecosistemi narrativi nello scenario mediale contemporaneo. Spazi, modelli, usi sociali (Mucchi, 2013, co-edited with Claudio Bisoni).

Roy Menarini

Roy Menarini

Professor of Cinema and Cultural Industry, University of Bologna

Roy Menarini is a Professor at the University of Bologna where he teaches Cinema and Cultural Industry and Film and Fashion. He is currently the coordinator of Fashion Culture and Management second cycle degree. He runs the magazine Cinergie - Il cinema e le altre arti. He studies the transformations of digital media, film criticism and film culture. He is the author of different books about the history of Italian cinema and contemporary cinema, and he regularly publishes essays in several journals and edited collections. He recently wrote Il corpo nel cinema (B. Mondadori, 2015) and Il discorso e lo sguardo. Forme della critica e pratiche della cinefilia (Diabasis, 2018). He works together with different newspapers, including Film Tv and MyMovies. He is also a consultant and lecturer at the Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna, as well as for several Master's degree courses.

Celina Navarro-Bosch

Celina Navarro-Bosch

Associate Professor of Television Studies, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Bachelor's Degree in Audiovisual Communication from the Pompeu Fabra University (2012), Master's in Audiovisual Communication and Advertising from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (2013) and Doctor in Communication Content in the Digital Era by the UAB (2017). Her thesis focuses on the practices of television industry behind transnational content flows in the United Kingdom and Spain. Currently, she is a Research Assistant of the GRISS research group and Associate Professor of the Department of Audiovisual Communication and Advertising (UAB). She has taught various subjects in the degree of Audiovisual Communication and the Masters of Audiovisual Communication and Publicity and Communication and Digital Marketing related to the methods of investigation in communication, analysis of audiences, audiovisual genres and Management of Digital Contents. She has also tutored Bachelor's and Masters thesis. She has participated in two R & D projects funded by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness. Her main lines of research are television studios, emphasizing the study of television streams, and the new forms of media consumption, including the interaction of the audience with audiovisual content through social networks. She has been on research stays at the Center for Research in Film and Audiovisual Cultures at the Roehampton University in London and the Center for Research and Sociology Studies at the University Institute of Lisbon. She has participated in several national and international conferences, among which are several editions of the IAMCR, ECREA and AE-IC.

Federico Pagello

Federico Pagello

Senior Assistant Professor, University of Chieti and Adjunct Professor, University of Bologna

Federico Pagello is a Senior Assistant Professor at the University "Gabriele d'Annunzio" (Chieti). At the University of Bologna he is in charge of the Audiovisual and Multimedia Laboratories and a member of the DETECt project- Detecting Transcultural Identity in European Popular Crime Narratives (Horizon 2020). Previously he worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Limoges and Queen’s University Belfast, and was a visiting scholar at King’s College London and Vanderbilt University. His current research focuses on the transnational and transmedial circulation of serial narratives, particularly in the crime genre. He has served as project manager for the European-funded project EPOP: Popular Roots of European Culture through Film, Comics and Serialised Literature (1850-1930) and Co-Investigator for the AHRC-funded Visualising European Crime Fiction: New Digital Tools and Approaches to the Study of Transnational Popular Culture. He is the author of a monograph (Grattacieli e superuomini. L’immagine della metropoli tra cinema e fumetto) and has published articles and book chapters in Italian, French and English.

Valentina Re

Valentina Re

Professor of Multimedia Performance Art and Theory and Techniques of Digital Media, Link Campus University

Valentina Re is Professor of Cinema, Photography and Television at the Link Campus University, Rome. She currently leads the national research project "Comizi d'amore. Il cinema e la questione sessuale in Italia (1948-1978)" and is the coordinator of the work package "Project dissemination and communication" within the international project “DETECt. Detecting Transcultural Identity in European Popular Crime Narratives”. She has been researcher at Università Ca' Foscari, Venezia, and she is senior editor of "Cinéma & Cie", editor of "Cinergie" and co-editor of "Narrazioni seriali". Her research interests include methodologies of analysis of film and audiovisuals, the relations between cinema/media theories, aesthetics and literary theory, the forms of distribution, circulation and fruition of audiovisual contents within digital contexts. Her latest published books are Streaming media. Distribuzione, circolazione, accesso (ed., Milano-Udine 2017) and Game of Thrones. Una mappa per immaginare mondi (Milano-Udine 2017, ed. with S. Martin). 

Giacomo Manzoli

Giacomo Manzoli

Head of the Department of the Arts and Professor of History of Italian Cinema, Università di Bologna

Giacomo Manzoli is the Head of the Department of the Arts and Full Professor of History of Italian Cinema at the University of Bologna, where he also teaches History of Italian Cinema and Audiovisual Forms of the Popular Culture. He has been visiting professor at Urbino University, Catholic University in Milan and Tonji University of Shanghai, and he has held the course of Modernity Italian Style at Brown University, Providence, USA (2011 and 2017). He directed the Study Program of DAMS, Drama, Arts, Film and Music Studies from 2007 to 2010 and the Master Program in Film, Television and Multimedia Production from 2012 to 2014. He published several monographs and articles in journals and reviews. His current research is focused on the relationship between film industry and symbolic forms in contemporary Italian cinema, especially with regards to the role of public funding in promoting specific aesthetics and politics. He is also member of the board of the following journals: Studi culturali (il Mulino), Bianco & Nero (CSC), The Italianist (Maney), L’avventura (il Mulino), and co-director (with Mariagrazia Fanchi and Tomaso Subini) of Schermi. Storie e culture del cinema e dei media in Italia (University of Milan).

Nicoletta Marini-Maio

Nicoletta Marini-Maio

Professor of Italian and Film Studies Chair, Dickinson College

Professor Marini-Maio completed her Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania, specializing in Italian cinema. She is the Editor of the international open-access peer reviewed journal "gender/sexuality/italy". Her main fields of research are film studies, Italian cinema, and theater, particularly the intersections between politics, gender, cultural representations, popular culture, the narrative mode, and collective memory. She recently published a book on Silvio Berlusconi in cinema. Her monograph on the representation of left-wing terrorism in Italian film and theatre is near to completion. In addition, she is currently doing research on the "decamerotici," a series of movies inspired by Boccaccio's Decameron produced in Italy in the 1970s, and on Le Winx, an international comic strip and video series for young girls created in Italy. She has published articles on Italian cinema and theatre, Italian teaching pedagogy, and technology-enhanced language learning. In these areas, she has also co-edited the scholarly volumes Set the Stage! Teaching Italian through Theater (Yale University Press, 2009) and Dramatic Interactions (Cambridge Scholars, 2011). 

Dana Renga

Dana Renga

Chair and Professor of Italian & Co-Director of The Film Studies Program, The Ohio State University

Dana Renga researches and teaches on Italian film and media studies, with a focus on television. She is core faculty in The Film Studies Program, and affiliated faculty in The Department of Comparative Studies and The Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She teaches courses on Italian film and television at both the undergraduate and graduate level and regularly teaches General Education courses. In addition to two monographs, one co-authored book, and an edited volume, she has published over forty articles and book chapters on Italian cinema and television, Italian popular culture, and modern and contemporary Italian poetry and literature. Her most recent monograph from 2019 is called Watching Sympathetic Perpetrators on Italian Television: Gomorrah and Beyond and offers the first comprehensive study of recent, popular Italian television. She is currently working on a book called #castingstardom, a project on casting practices in the US and in Italy.

Marta Boni

Marta Boni

Associate Professor of Visual Media and Television, Université de Montréal

Marta Boni is Associate Professor at the Department of Art History and Film Studies of the University of Montréal. She is interested in theoretical and methodological problems related to serial-type phenomena and their mutations in the contemporary panorama of digital cultures, such as TV series, adaptation, transfiction, transmedia, world building. Of these phenomena, she explores narrative complexity and its interweaving with reception practices. She has carried out numerous postdoctoral research projects, notably at Concordia University (Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema) and at the University of Bologna. She has taught at the University of Paris 3 Sorbonne Nouvelle and at the University of Jean Moulin Lyon 3. She is currently pursuing the research project "TV series in the era of digital culture. Production, distribution, reception and network circulation". She published several books including Formes et plateformes de la télévision à l’ère du numérique (ed., Presses universitaires de Rennes, 2020), World Building. Transmedia, Fans, Industries (2017), Romanzo Criminale. Transmedia and Beyond (2013) and Networking Images. Approches interdisciplinaires des images en réseau (2013). She's responsible of the research group labotele.com, dedicated to audiovisual platforms and connected textualities.

Fred Kudjo Kuwornu

Fred Kudjo Kuwornu

Filmaker and Founder of Do The Right Films Entertainment

Fred Kudjo Kuwornu is a Jewish Ghanaian Italian-born filmmaker and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Bologna. He is founder of the Do The Right Films Entertainment, a company based in New York City which produces documentaries promoting stories of diversity in contemporary Italy. Parallel to his decade-long work as a producer, Fred has been invited to give lectures in numerous North American universities on diversity and inclusion in Italian media. His productions include the award-winning documentary Inside Buffalo (2010) which won “Best Documentary” at the Black Berlin International Cinema Festival, the documentary 18 Ius soli (2012), which examines multiculturalism in Italy and at questions of citizenship for children of immigrants born and raised in Italy, and the documentary Blaxploitalian 100 Years of Blackness in Italian Cinema (2016), which explores the social issues and complexities of Italy's contemporary society, and criticizes the Italian entertainment industry for being oblivious of non-white Italians. The documentary was screened at the San Francisco Balck Film Festival. Furthermore in In 2020 he was the voice over for the Italian version of the Netflix educational show Bookmarks-Celebrating Black Voices for the episode "Karamo Brown reads I am perfectly designed".

Stefania Antonioni

Stefania Antonioni

Associate Professor of Cinema, Photography and Television Studies, Università di Urbino Carlo Bo

Stefania Antonioni is Associate Professor of Cinema, Photography and Television Studies at the Department of Communication, Humanities and International Studies of the University of Urbino Carlo Bo. Her research interests include tv seriality, television studies, branded entertainment, visual studies and advertising. She is author of numerous books including Imagining. Serialità, narrazioni cinematografiche e fotografia nella pubblicità contemporanea (2016) and Pubblicittà. Forme pubblicitarie del moderno (2012).

Paola Brembilla

Paola Brembilla

Senior Assistant Professor, University of Bologna

Paola Brembilla is a Television Studies and Media Industry Studies scholar, with a focus on Italian and US Television. She currently teaches History of Serialisation and Theory and Techniques of New Media at the University of Bologna. In 2015 she earned a PhD in Television studies at the University of Bologna. From 2015 to 2016 she was a post-doc research fellow at the Department of Art of the University of Bologna, with a project centered on branded entertainment and content marketing for the Italian firm Imperial Fashion Group. At the University of Bologna, she is a member of the steering committee for the international conference Media Mutations, for which she co-organized editions 8, 10 and 12. Since 2016, she collaborates with the TV group RTI-Mediaset as a TV analyst. Her research interests include narrative and digital ecosystems, media franchises and vast narratives, cultural economies and cross-industrial synergies in the media field, as well as the international distribution of Italian cinema. On the subjects, she also conducted researches at the University of California - Berkeley and at University of Wisconsin Madison. She authored several publications on the relations between economics and aesthetics in TV series, including chapters, articles and two book, Game of Strategy (with E. Mollona, Giappichelli, 2015) and It's All Connected (Franco Angeli 2018). With I. A. De Pascalis, she co-edited the volume Reading Contemporary Serial Television Universes: A Narrative Ecosystem Framework (Routledge, 2018). 

Jonathan Mullins

Jonathan Mullins

Assistant Professor of Italian, The Ohio State University

Jonathan Mullins is Assistant Professor of Italian at The Ohio State University. The main concerns of his research are the history of the Italian left, the use and representation of the body and the way media facilitate the creation of mass, sub, and countercultures. He is currently preparing a book manuscript, Ephemeral Media, Everyday Dissent: the Radical Left in 1970s Italy, which tracks how radical leftists turned to ephemeral cultural forms—street performance, alternative radio broadcasts, photography, graffiti, and print marginalia—to invigorate their political practice. A second book, The Poetics of Exhaustion: Italian Realisms in the Age of Berlusconi, is also underway. His publications have appeared numerous international journals including The Italianist, Italian Studies, the Journal of Romance Studies and World Picture.

Rachele Antonini

Rachele Antonini

Associate Professor of Audiovisual Translation and Language Mediation, Università di Bologna

Associate Professor at the University of Bologna. Her research interests span from sociolinguistics, to humour studies, audiovisual translation, and non-professional interpreting and translation (child language brokering). She has been studying the sociolinguistics of the Irish language, the perception of dubbing and of subtitled humour, the teaching of linguistic mediation (liaison interpreting), and language and culture. At the moment she is focussing my research activities on child Language brokering. 
She is currently involved in national and international research projects. She presented the results of her studies at numerous conferences (both as a presenter and keynote speaker). She has authored many published articles and edited volumes.

Paola Bonifazio

Paola Bonifazio

Associate Professor of Italian, University of Texas at Austin

Paola Bonifazio is Associate Professor of Italian at the University of Texas at Austin. She received her PhD in Italian Studies from New York University (2008) and her M.A. in Italian and Film Studies from the University of Pittsburgh (2003). In 2011-12 she was National Endowment for the Humanities/Andrew Mellon Rome Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Rome. Her research interests focus on Italian film and cultural studies, documentary history and theory, and gender studies. Her first book Schooling in Modernity: The Politics of Sponsored Films in Postwar Italy (University of Toronto Press, 2014) explores short film productions sponsored by state and non-state agencies to promote modernization and industry, and to govern the Italian people’s conduct. She is also Associate Editor of the on-line peer reviewed journal gender/sexuality/italy. In 2020 Photoromance: A Feminist Reading of Popular Culture (MIT Press), her second book, was published.

Alessandro Carpin

Alessandro Carpin

PhD Candidate, Brown University

Alessandro Carpin is a PhD candidate in Italian Studies at Brown University. His research interests include television, new media, theory and practice of screenwriting, transmedial storytelling and worldbuilding. In addition to his scholarly work, Alessandro has been working as script consultant, story editor and screenwriter for the Italian television industry.

Allison Cooper

Allison Cooper

Assistant Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and Cinema Studies, Bowdoin College

Allison Cooper is Assistant Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and Cinema Studies at Bowdoin College. Her research is on modern and contemporary Italian cinema and culture, with a focus on the relationship between narrative film and place. Recent articles examine the phenomenon of cinema all'aperto, or open-air cinema, and the connections films make between stars and particular places such as Rome. These and other essays on Italian cinema and literature have appeared in The Italianist Film Issue, Annali d’Italianistica, and several anthologies. She is currently at work on Cinematic Rome between the Sacred and the Profane, a book-length analysis of representations of Rome in film and television and their treatment of the city’s dual identity as capital of the Catholic Church and capital of the Italian state. Additional research interests include convergences between moving image and computational analysis. She is director of Kinolab, a digital humanities project for the analysis of narrative film and television and co-PI of Computing Ethics Narratives, an interdisciplinary initiative to use narrative media to increase ethical awareness in future generations of computer scientists.

Monica Dall'Asta

Monica Dall'Asta

Professor of History of Cinema Theories, University of Bologna

Monica Dall’Asta is a scholar in Film and Media studies. Her research has dealt extensively with the history of popular culture in a transnational perspective. Her work has particularly focused on feminist film history and theory, and on the role of montage for a constructionist concept of history. Her research developed at the intersection of several lines, including the history of seriality in film and television, the history of film theories and the study of transnational circulation of popular media and transmedial culture. She is co-editor of the international Women Film Pioneers Project based at Columbia University (NY) and the author of a volume about early film seriality (Trame spezzate. Archeologia del film seriale, 2009). At the moment, she is the scientific coordinator of the Horizon 2020 DETECt project ("Detecting Transcultural Identity in European Popular Crime Narratives"), which investigates the topics of identity and popular culture starting from the transnational circulation of crime narratives within the European Union.

Giacomo Durzi

Giacomo Durzi

Screenwriter, Director and Producer, Author of "Ferrante Fever"

Screenwriter, director and producer, he worked for several national and international networks, including Nbc Universal, Fox Channels Italy, Rai, Mediaset and La7. His last full-length film, Ferrante Fever (2017), explores the outstanding fortune of My Brilliant Friend tetralogy around the globe, with a particular focus on its reception in the United States. Giacomo Durzi wrote and directed tv documentaries and other contents on different themes: history and politics on behalf of The History Channel and RAI, music for Channel 4 and Mtv Europe and cinema on request of NBC Studio Universal. In his career, he has been story editor for different media groups, developing tv series for societies such as ITC Movie, Mediavivere-Endemol, Tandem Communications and Sky Italia, where he is currently in charge of the original productions. His most successful screenplays involve titles like Baby (2018), Il Miracolo (2018), In Treatment (2013-2018), Romanzo Siciliano (2016), Distretto di Polizia (2011), La Nuova Squadra (2009), I Cesaroni (2006). Script consultants for different institutions, he teaches serial storytelling at the Scuola Holden and collaborates for other renowned educational centres in Italy.

Giovanna Fossati

Giovanna Fossati

Professor of Film Heritage and Digital Film Culture, Universit of Amsterdam

In 2013 she was appointed Professor at the University of Amsterdam's (UvA) Faculty of Humanities. The part-time chair was made possible with the support of the EYE Film Institute Netherlands, where Giovanna Fossati serves as Head Curator. Se is currently researching on the influence of digital technology on efforts to preserve, restore and provide access to film heritage, as well as the new role played by film archives and museums in this regard. Her research area also includes the role of policy and institutions, accessibility and distribution, and audience and public reception. Giovanna Fossati has worked at the former Nederlands Filmmuseum since 1997. In 2009, she was appointed Head Curator at EYE, where she currently oversees the collection of 40,000 films, the extensive film-related collection, application of the collection in (digital) presentations and a range of scholarly activities. She obtained her doctorate in Media and Cultural Studies at Utrecht University and has lectured at the Preservation & Presentation of the Moving Image Master’s programme since 2003. In 2009, she published From Grain to Pixel. The Archival Life of Film in Transition (Amsterdam University Press).

Dominic Holdaway

Dominic Holdaway

Senior Assistant Professor, University of Urbino

Dom Holdaway is a Senior Assistant Professor at the University "Carlo Bo" (Urbino) and has served as an adjunct professor of International Reception of Italian Cinema at the University of Bologna. Until 2019 he worked as a postdoc researcher in film studies at the Università degli Studi (Milan). He is currently part of the research project "Il cinema italiano in relazione agli scenari geopolitici internazionali dalla Seconda Guerra Mondiale alla Guerra Fredda". He is an expert of the distribution of Italian film abroad in the framework of the PRIN research project “The International Circulation of Italian Cinema”, ended in 2019. Previously, he conducted a postdoctoral research  fellowship on cinema audiences ("Italian Cinema's Audiences: The 60s-70s and Contemporary Cinema from a Comparative Perspective". He completed his PhD at the University of Warwick, with a thesis on political engagement in Italian mafia films. His research and teaching interests are centred on Italian film, and in particular issues of politics, representation, and reception. He has lectured in courses on film at the Universities of Bologna, Udine, Milan and Warwick. 

Elisa Mandelli

Elisa Mandelli

Research Fellow, Link Campus University and Adjunct Professor, University of Cagliari

Elisa Mandelli is a postdoc researcher at Link Campus University, Rome, member of the project "Comizi d'amore. Il cinema e la questione sessuale in Italia (1948-1978). She is currently and adjunct professor at Cagliari University. In 2005 she obtained her PhD in Art History at Università Ca' Foscari/IUAV, Venezia. Her research interests include the relation between cinema and other art forms, with a particular focus on visual arts, as well as the analysis of cinema and serial products and the presence of moving images as part of museum and exhibitions. She is part of the editorial board of "Cinergie", she published essays in various national and international journals, such as "Cinema&Cie", "1895" and "Studi culturali". She is the author of "Esporre la memoria. Le immagini in movimento nel museo contemporaneo" (Forum, Udine 2017) and "In Treatment. La serialità in analisi" (Mimesis, Milano-Udine 2017).

Federica Muzzarelli

Federica Muzzarelli

Professor of Photography and Visual Culture, Università di Bologna

Federica Muzzarelli is Full Professor of Photography and Visual Culture at the University of Bologna. She is the editor-in-chief of the series “Cultures, Fashion and Society” (Pearson) and coordinator of the “Culture Fashion Communication - International Research Centre” at the same university. Her main research interests are the analysis and methodologies of photography in contemporary visual culture, and in particular the topic of women and photography. Among her recent books and papers: Femmes Photographes. Emancipation et performance 1850-1940 (Hazan, 2009); Moderne icone di moda. La costruzione fotografica del mito (Einaudi, 2013); L’invenzione del fotografico (Einaudi, 2014); From Family Album to Snapshot Style. Notes on the Aesthetics of the Snapshot Style between Art and Fashion (Pearson, 2015); Lee Miller and Man Ray. Photography, Fashion, Art (Atlante, 2016); The Photo Booth and the Automatic Photographic Portrait. From Criminal and Psychiatric Certification to Imaginary Escape (Pearson, 2016); “Technology on the Stage: a Historical and Visual Perspective”, ZoneModa Journal (Pendragon, 2016).

Paolo Noto

Paolo Noto

Associate Professor of Film History, Università di Bologna

Paolo Noto received his PhD in 2010 and is now Associate Professor at the University of Bologna, where he teaches and does research in the field of film history and new media. He is currently in charge of Film Analysis, History and Methodology of Cinematographic Criticism and Research Methodology Concerning Audiovisual Media courses. Post-war Italian cinema and genre theory are his main fields of interest. Among his publications are Il cinema neorealista, a reader on Italian neorealism co-edited with Francesco Pitassio (Archetipolibri, 2010), Dal bozzetto ai generi: Il cinema italiano dei primi anni Cinquanta (Kaplan, 2011), a monograph in which he challenged the most established examples of theory of film genres in light of Italian popular films of the 1950s, and The Politics of Ephemeral Digital Media, an edited collection on paratexts in contemporary media (edited with Sara Pesce, Routledge, 2016). He is currently involved in the PRIN project Per una storia privata della critica cinematografica italiana. Ruoli pubblici e relazioni private: l’istituzionalizzazione della critica cinematografica in Italia tra anni Trenta e Settanta.

Sara Pesce

Sara Pesce

Associate Professor of Cinema History and Criticism, University of Bologna

She has taught at the Department of Music and Performing Arts of the University of Bologna since the academic year 2005/2006, in charge of the courses of "Film Analysis", "Narrational and Representational Forms in the Media", "Lineaments of Film Historiography" and "Film History Institutions". She took a degree in Foreign Languages and Literature and a doctoral degree in English Studies at the University of Firenze. Sara Pesce specialised in English and North American literature and interdisciplinary studies. She spent the academic year 1999-2000 as a visiting scholar in New York, Columbia University. In 2002 she was awarded a Fullbright research scholarship at New York University for a research project on Frank Capra. Sara Pesce has worked on English modernism and film avant-garde, and on the historical and cultural roots of American film industry. She is author of a volume dedicated to the Jewish founders of Hollywood (2005) and of a book on World War II cultural memory and Italian Cinema (2008). She is editor of a book on film melodrama (2007) and does research on cinema, actors and celebrity studies.

Chuck Tryon

Chuck Tryon

Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies, Fayetteville State University

Chuck Tryon is Professor of Film and Media Studies at Fayetteville State University. His research focuses on various aspects of film, television, and convergent media, including digital cinema, documentary studies, political television. He is the author of Political Television (Routledge, 2017), On-Demand Culture: Digital Delivery and the Future of Movies (Rutgers University Press, 2013, translated in Italian as Cultura on Demand. Distribuzione digitale e futuro dei film, published by minimum fax, 2017) and Reinventing Cinema: Movies in the Age of Media Convergence (Rutgers, 2009).