Mediating Italy in Global Culture Sixth 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 sixth edition of
the Mediating Italy in Global Culture Summer School

June 19-23, 2023

Location: @Rimini Campus of the University of Bologna


Application Deadline: March 20th, 2023

Notification of acceptance: April 6th, 2023.

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 2023 “Mediating Italy in Global Culture” Summer School, which will be held at the Rimini campus of the University of Bologna from Monday, June 19th to Friday, June 23rd, 2023.

The sixth edition of “Mediating Italy in Global Culture” offers an immersive learning experience where graduate and post-graduate students have the opportunity to consolidate their theoretical and methodological skills and engage in thought-provoking conversations on the forms of production, distribution, circulation, and reception of the Italian cultural products in the United States, the United Kingdom, the European Union, Global South, and other national contexts, paying attention to the crucial role that these countries play in the popularization of Italy’s representations around the world.

Through the years, this five-day intensive program has addressed the forms of media representations associated with Italy through lectures, seminars, and roundtables on specific topics and case histories. Students are also encouraged to participate actively by presenting and discussing their research with fellow colleagues and our international faculty. This edition of the Summer School is also scheduled to take place just before the opening of the 2023 Il Cinema Ritrovato festival (June 24th – July 2nd, 2023), thus giving interested students the possibility to continue their learning experience in Bologna.

Lectures, seminars, and activities will delve into a variety of themes, including:

-       Italian cinema (and its circulation in movie theaters, festivals, and streaming services);

-       Italian television, digital platforms and digital media;

-       Italian novels, graphic novels and other editorial phenomena;

-       Italian fashion, photography, food, tourism, sports.

More specifically, this year, the program will center on the complex images and socio-cultural constructions of brand “Italy” through fashion, photography, celebrity culture, teen film and television, film festivals, screen and digital media. Furthermore, being Rimini the hometown of Federico Fellini, particular attention will be placed on his cinematography, which we’ll explore through an organized visit to the internationally renowned Fellini Museum. Other special activities will also include a tour of the city and an event at the historic Cinema Fulgor, as well as a closing aperitivo on the beach.



The cost of tuition and supplementary activities is 140 euros.

Tuition includes free access to Wi-Fi on the university campus, access to the university facilities and libraries, and organized visits. Accommodations, meals, and transportation are not included.

Due to the touristic nature of the city of Rimini, we will notify you promptly of your acceptance to the program in order to allow you to make all the necessary travel arrangements ahead of time. Based on the number of participants, we will do our best to provide you with a list of affiliated hotels.


How to apply

Interested applicants are required to fill out and submit the online application form and upload a full CV and a motivation letter by March 20th, 2023.

Expected notification of acceptance will be sent by April 6th, 2023.

For more detailed information, please visit the Apply Now section of 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 Cineteca di BolognaFICO Eataly WorldFashion Research Italy (FRI) and Fondazione Carisbo