Past Editions


Lectures and seminars

  • Course presentation. How to Study the Mediations of Italy
    Giacomo Manzoli, Luca Barra (Università di Bologna)
  • Italian Television in the Spanish Market. The Basis of the Commercial Broadcasters' Model
    Celina Navarro Bosch (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)
  • Mediating Italian Food Culture through Television Shows
    Luca Barra, Elisa Farinacci (Università di Bologna)
  • L’amica geniale’s “Authentic” Stardom
    Dana Renga (The Ohio State University)
  • Viewing Italian Media from a Distance. Computational Approaches to Film and Television Analysis
    Allison Cooper (Bowdoin College)
  • The D-word. In Defense of Dubbing
    Rachele Antonini, Chiara Bucaria, Delia Chiaro (Università di Bologna)
  • Picturesque Characters. The Historical and Transnational Convenience of Screening Italians
    Giorgio Bertellini (The University of Michigan)
  • Worlding the Winx. Audiences, Receptions, Methods of Analysis, Brands
    Ellen Nerenberg (Wesleyan University), Nicoletta Marini-Maio (Dickinson College)
  • Italian Auteurs and Critical Reception Abroad. From Visual Splendor to Strong Realism between Cinema and Television
    Roy Menarini (Università di Bologna)
  • Hollywood’s Anna Magnani
    Sara Pesce (Università di Bologna)
  • Bits and Pieces. The Fascination with Film Fragments between Theoretical Reflection and Practice
    Giovanna Fossati (Eye Filmmuseum / University of Amsterdam)
  • Virtual Heritage and Virtual Futures. The Italian case
    Massimo Riva (Brown University)
  • The International Circulation of Italian Cinema. An Historical Perspective
    Paolo Noto, Michele Fadda (Università di Bologna)
  • Film Policies Supporting Italian Film Export
    Marco Cucco (Università di Bologna)
  • Measuring Success. Box Office Performance and Critical Reception of Italian Films Abroad
    Paola Brembilla (Università di Bologna)
  • DETECt Project: Crime Narratives and Transcultural Identities. Italian “Crime” and the Identity of Mediterranean Crime
    Monica Dall’Asta, Federico Pagello (Università di Bologna)
  • From the Research Objectives to the Selection of Case Studies. The TV Series L’allieva as a Challenging Example
    Valentina Re, Massimiliano Coviello, Elisa Mandelli (Link Campus University di Roma)

Meetings, visits, and other activities

  • A special visit to FICO Eataly World, including educational sessions, a guided tour, access to the main attractions and a welcome "aperitivo"
  • The possibility of enjoying evening outdoor film screenings in Piazza Maggiore (Sotto le Stelle del Cinema, Cinema Ritrovato)
  • meeting with Giacomo Durzi, screenwriter, and a showing of his documentary Ferrante Fever (2017)
  • An organized visit to the Cineteca di Bologna and the opportunity to participate to the inaugural events and other activities at the festival "Il Cinema Ritrovato" organized by the Cineteca di Bologna
  • The opportunity to participate in joint activities within the international conference "From Waste to Asset” (June 19-20th 2019) and “Global F(r)ictions” (June 24-25th 2019) organised by the Dipartimento delle Arti of the University of Bologna
  • The opportunity for students to present their researches and projects in a warm and stimulating environment
  • Farewell lunch


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 second edition of
the Mediating Italy in Global Culture Summer School
June 17th- 22nd, 2019.
DAMSLab, Piazzetta P. P. Pasolini 5/b Bologna (Italy)


Application Deadline: March 18, 2019.

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



The Department of the Arts, University of Bologna, in collaboration with Brown University, Dickinson College, University of Michigan, Ohio State University, and Wesleyan University, invites applications for the 2019 “Mediating Italy in Global Culture” Summer School, to be held at DAMSLab in Bologna (Italy) from Monday, June 17 to Saturday, June 22, 2019. 

The second edition of “Mediating Italy in Global Culture” offers an intensive 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 contributing to the “mediation” of the Italian audiovisual culture in the United States, the United Kingdom, and various other national contexts. 

This week-long program, in addition to offering lectures, seminars and roundtables on specific topics and case histories, provides students with the opportunity to present their research and partake in discussions with fellow colleagues and international faculty. 

The Summer School will address the forms of media representations associated with Italy, as well as their manipulation by cultural industries, fandoms, and opinion leaders. The program also investigates the modes of consumption of these representations, both by targeted and defined audiences as well as by mainstream and generic ones.

The program will focus on the complex imageries and socio-cultural constructions of the brand “Made in Italy” spread by film, television and digital media, as well as by other cultural and creative industries such as design, fashion and food. In particular, light will be shed on the crucial framing role played by foreign countries in the popularization of Italy’s representations around the world.

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

  • Italian cinema (and its circulation in movie theaters, festivals, and digital platforms);
  • Italian television, digital platforms and digital media;
  • Italian novels, graphic novels and other editorial phenomena;
  • Italian fashion, advertising, gaming, photography, food culture, etc.



The Summer School will also provide students with the opportunity to familiarize themselves with internationally renowned institutions, museums and professionals through organized visits, tours and meetings. A detailed description of the activities will be provided on the website.




The summer school relied on the patronage of Consulta Universitaria Cinema (CUC), the community of Italian film and media scholars, and is offered in collaboration with the national research project "CInCIt. Circolazione Internazionale del Cinema Italiano / International Circulation of Italian Cinema" (PRIN 2015, Research Projects of National Interest, MIUR).