Mediating Italy in Global Culture Seventh Edition

The University of Bologna, in collaboration with Brown University, Dickinson College,
The University of Michigan, The Ohio State University and Wesleyan University,
invites you to join us for the seventh edition of
the Mediating Italy in Global Culture Summer School


in collaboration with Apulia Film Commission, Università del Salento, and Comune di Otranto


June 9-12, 2024

Location: Sala Consiliare del Comune di Otranto, Apulia (Italy)


Application Deadline: March 22nd, 2024

Notification of acceptance: April 1st, 2024.

Open to: Graduate and Post-Graduate Students with a background in Media Studies, Film Studies, Italian Studies, Cultural Production, American Studies, and similar degrees


Our Program

The Department of the Arts, University of Bologna, in collaboration with Brown University, Dickinson College, The University of Michigan, The Ohio State University, and Wesleyan University, invites applications for the 2024 “Mediating Italy in Global Culture” Summer School. Scheduled to take place in Otranto, Apulia, from Sunday, June 9th to Wednesday, June 12th, 2024, this intensive course offers a wide-ranging learning experience specifically designed for graduate and post-graduate students.

The program aims to fortify participants’ theoretical and methodological competencies while fostering intellectually stimulating discussions on the production, distribution, circulation, and reception of Italian cultural and media products. These discussions will explore diverse global contexts, including the United States, the UK, the European Union, the Mediterranean, and the Global South, with a particular emphasis on the pivotal role played by these regions in shaping Italy’s representations worldwide.

Over the years, this intensive program has explored various forms of media representations associated with Italy through lectures, seminars, and roundtable discussions focused on specific topics and case histories. Active participation has always been encouraged, with students presenting and discussing their research alongside our international faculty. Dedicated Q&A sessions and individual and group activities are also organized to foster interaction and interdisciplinary exchanges throughout the course.

The program will cover a range of themes, including Italian cinema, Italian television, digital platforms and media, Italian literature, and graphic novels. Specifically, this year’s activities – organized in partnership with the University of Salento, the Apulia Film Commission, and the Municipality of Otranto – will concentrate on the intricate images associated with the Mediterranean aspects of brand Italy in films, TV series, digital media, music, and food cultures. Visits and cultural activities will include a tour of the Aragonese Castle (which inspired the first gothic novel in history, The Castle of Otranto, written in 1764 by Horace Walpole), and Otranto’s local institutions and artistic communities.



The cost of tuition and supplementary activities is 100 euros.

The fee does not include travel arrangements and accommodations. However, accepted students will benefit from accommodations at reduced rates. Additionally, this year, partial funding may be available to provide financial assistance, contingent upon the number of selected applicants. 

As Otranto is a popular tourist destination, applicants will receive prompt notification of their acceptance, allowing ample time to make all the necessary travel arrangements.


How to apply

Prospective applicants must complete and submit the online application form, accompanied by a comprehensive CV and a motivation letter, by March 22nd, 2024. Notifications of acceptance are expected to be sent by April 1st, 2024.

For more detailed information, please refer to the Apply Now section on our website. 



Specific inquiries can be addressed to dar.mediatingitaly@unibo.it, Prof. Luca Barra, luca.barra@unibo.it, Dr. Elisa Farinacci, elisa.farinacci2@unibo.it and Dr. Emiliano Rossi, emiliano.rossi5@unibo.it.


In partnership with DAMSLab.

Under the patronage of Consulta Universitaria del Cinema (CUC).

In collaboration with the Apulia Film Commission, Università del Salento, and Comune di Otranto

Cineteca di BolognaFICO Eataly WorldFashion Research Italy (FRI) and Fondazione Carisbo