2018 Edition


Lectures and seminars

  • Course presentation. How to Study the Mediations of Italy
    Giacomo Manzoli, Luca Barra (Università di Bologna)
  • Cultural, Affective, and Commercial Expectations. Theoretical and Methodological Frameworks 
    Ellen Nerenberg (Wesleyan University), Nicoletta Marini Maio (Dickinson College)
  • Mediating Italy in American Film Culture. The Case of Selznick
    Paola Bonifazio (The University of Texas at Austin)
  • Mediating Italian Film Today. Building an Italian Film Festival abroad
    Giovanna De Luca (College of Charleston)
  • Mediating Italian Film Today. The Case of Paolo Sorrentino
    Claudio Bisoni (Università di Bologna)
  • Mediating Italian Film Today. The Diplomatic Promotion of Italian Cinema
    Paolo Noto (Università di Bologna)
  • Mediating Italian Film Today. Theatrical Circulation: Models and Contexts
    Michele Fadda (Università di Bologna)
  • Mediating Italian Film Today. Theatrical Distribution Abroad
    Dom Holdaway (Università di Bologna)
  • Mediating Italian History. Virtual Reality and Heritage
    Massimo Riva (Brown University)
  • Mediating Italian Content on Digital Platforms. The Case of Suburra
    Dana Renga (The Ohio State University)
  • Mediating Italian Content on Digital Platforms. Streaming Services and Audiovisual Circulation
    Giancarlo Lombardi (College of Staten Island)
  • Mediating Italian Photography and Fashion. Ferdinando Scianna and Dolce e Gabbana
    Federica Muzzarelli (Università di Bologna)
  • Mediating Italian Television. How to Write an Italian “Global” Fiction
    Alessandro Carpin (Brown University)
  • Mediating Italian Television. Mainstream Fiction Circulating Abroad
    Veronica Innocenti (Università di Bologna)
  • Mediating Italian Television. Premium Fiction Circulating Abroad
    Luca Barra (Università di Bologna)
  • Mediating Italian Animation. The Case of Winx Club
    Ellen Nerenberg (Wesleyan University), Nicoletta Marini Maio (Dickinson College)
  • Digital Distribution and the Global Circulation of Film and Television
    Chuck Tryon (Fayetteville State University)


Meetings, visits, and other activities

  • meeting with Stefano Bises, head writer of Gomorra. La serieIl Miracolo and La mafia uccide solo d’estate
  • A showing of the documentary In My Mother's House, directed by prof. Lina Fruzzetti (Brown University)
  • An organized visit to the Cineteca di Bologna and the opportunity to have participate to the inaugural events at the festival "Il Cinema Ritrovato" organized by the Cineteca di Bologna
  • An organized visit to the Fashion Research Foundation
  • The opportunity to participate in joint activities with an international conference "Made in Italy" on the foreign circulation of film (Dipartimento delle Arti, June 19-20th 2018, organized by Michele Fadda, Damiano Garofalo and Dom Holdaway)
  • Students will have the opportunity to present and discuss their own work
  • Farewell “aperitivo”


The University of Bologna, in collaboration with
Brown University, Dickinson College, and Wesleyan University
invites you to join us for the first edition of 
the Mediating Italy in Global Culture Summer School
June 18th- 23rd, 2018. 
Dipartimento delle Arti, Palazzo Marescotti, via Barberia 4 Bologna (Italy)


In its first edition, the summer school “Mediating Italy in Global Culture” intends to provide a selected group of graduate and post-graduate students with a set of tools and materials useful for understanding and studying the forms of distribution, circulation and reception that “mediate” the Italian audiovisual and media culture in other national contexts, primarily in the United States.  Furthermore, this experience will give students the opportunity to present and discuss their research with their peers and faculty.

During this one-week summer school, lectures, meetings and seminars will address the most common media imageries commonly related to Italy, their reworking by the cultural industries and the grassroots work of fans and opinion leaders. Furthermore, this school investigates also the consumption of said imagery of Italy by both general/mainstream audiences as well as more defined and targeted ones. The focus will be on the dense and intertwined ties that film, television, and media products establish with a broader perception of the Made in Italy, shaped also by other sectors (as cooking, fashion or design). The US, especially, play an important role in constantly rereading and re-framing the image of Italy in the world, through forms of mediation and popularization of national audiovisual and cultural content, thus overlapping and amalgamating their reading with the Italian “original” identity.



The summer school “Mediating Italy in Global Culture”, addressing both general theoretical and methodological perspectives and specific topics across various phenomena and media, aims at tracing the circulation routes of Italian screen culture in the US and in the global media landscape. Many classic and contemporary case histories testify the recent wide and transversal interest for Italian popular culture, which develops in part according to some traditional routes, linked to a consolidated image of Italy, and partly through original, unprecedented forms of valorization of the Made in Italy and what it represents. Lectures and seminars will address Italian cinema (and its circulation in movie theaters, in festivals, on digital platforms), television (with special attention to fiction, both mainstream and premium, and to specific titles), children and young adults animation (sector of a renewed Italian excellence, starting from WinX), virtual reality (from the point of view of exchange and reciprocal influence between technology and imageries, especially in regard to the enhancement of Italian cultural heritage, linked to pictorial and literary canons), and transmedia phenomena (the ties between fashion, advertising and photography, or publishing successes adapted by film and TV, as in the cases of Gomorrah or Elena Ferrante).


The activities of the summer school include also a meeting with Gomorrah and La mafia uccide solo d’estate head writer Stefano Bises and special lectures/tours involving institutions such as the Cineteca di Bologna and Fashion Research Museum. Across the week, the student will also present and discuss their ongoing research, with daily workshops devoted to specific topics, perspectives, methods, and media.



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).