2020 Online Edition

In order to prioritize everyone’s safety and health during the COVID-19 pandemic, the III Edition of the Summer School under the current circumstances the only safe option was conducted entirely online. 

The 2020 edition of the summer school was rescheduled. It was held from June 22nd to June 25th. The new format included four-afternoon sessions held fully online, to allow the participants to connect from different time zones.

The sessions were held on Microsoft Teams, the platform that the University of Bologna has adopted for all its learning activities. 

The program was completely revised: all the activities (lectures and other synchronous meetings) were held during live sessions in order to ensure everybody's interaction. Also, the timetable was specifically shortened to achieve the appropriate remote sustainability. The lectures were accordingly rearranged to favor interaction and active participation.

The high internationalization of the program was confirmed, in terms of both faculty and applicants. Like in past editions, this year the course relied on the contributions of national and foreign guests, in addition to the founding partners and a selection of researchers and professors from the University of Bologna.

Each year it is customary to offer all the students the opportunity to present their research and discuss their work with faculty and peers. In order to adapt this tradition to the new online environment, this year we asked the students to share their research through short poster presentations. The academia is gradually moving towards shorter and more direct ways to communicate its research findings, not only to other colleagues involved in scholarly environments but also to the wider public, and posters are powerful tools to make this information accessible. 



Lectures and seminars

(a detailed schedule is available as a downloadable document)

  • Greetings
    Giacomo Manzoli (Università di Bologna)
  • Course Presentation. How to Study the Mediations of Italy. Introduction
    Luca Barra (Università di Bologna)
  • Il Cinema Ritrovato. A Festival of Research and Dissemination
    Guy Borlée (Cineteca di Bologna)
  • The Long Life of the Picturesque. Screening Italy, at Home and Abroad
    Giorgio Bertellini (The University of Michigan)
  • queer media italiana
    Sole Anatrone (Vassar College), Julia Heim (University of Pennsylvania)
  • Commodifying Italian Cinema for the Foreign Markets. Genre and Arthouse in the Post-War Years
    Paolo Noto (Università di Bologna)
  • Producing and Distributing Italian Cinema in the 1960s and 1970s
    Andreas Ehrenreich (Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg)
  • Trans/National Branding, Transitional Girlhood. Winx and Their Worldwide Audiences
    Nicoletta Marini-Maio (Dickinson College), Ellen Nerenberg (Wesleyan University)
  • A Different Kind of Italianness. Italian Horror Cinema and the International Reception of Suspiria (Guadagnino, 2018)
    Claudio Bisoni, Elisa Farinacci (Università di Bologna)
  • Making Mafia Television. Authenticity and Production Cultures 
    Giuseppe Fidotta (Concordia University)
  • Teaching Italian Film and Television and Videographic Criticism
    Alan O’Leary (University of Leeds), Dana Renga (The Ohio State University)
  • The DETECt Project and the Mobility of Italian Crime Narratives
    Monica Dall’Asta (Università di Bologna), Federico Pagello (Università di Chieti)
  • Italy in Games/Games in Italy. Images of the Nation and the Rise of a National Industry
    Marco Benoît Carbone (Brunel University London), Riccardo Fassone (Università di Torino)
  • Virtual Italy, Seen from the States (In the Time of Covid)
    Massimo Riva (Brown University)

Special closing event

In addition to this programme, all the participants were invited to attend the lectio magistralis that eminent scholar David Forgacs (New York University) delivered for the University of Bologna on Friday, June 26th (5pm ESCT). The title of his talk was “Prodotti nazionali su mercati globali. Italianità, delocalizzazione e modelli cinematografici nella pubblicità recente”. The event, organized by the Second Cycle Degree in Cinema, Television and Multimedia Production and the DAMSLab, was live-streamed on Microsoft Teams. 

Student Poster Presentations (2020)

Elja Roy (University of Minnesota)

Italy to India. A Gondola Ride

Francesco Cioglia (University of Innsbruck)

The Representation of Italy in Austrian News Outlet Between 2008 and 2020

Sergio Floriani (Università degli Studi di Udine)

The Distribution of Italian Documentary. New Opportunities and Changes Taking Place

Michela Bertossa (The Ohio State University)

The Story of the Willful Child. A Videographic Essay on L’amica geniale

Dorothea Burato (Università degli Studi di Parma)

Cinema and Made in Italy. The Integrated Promotion of Cinema and Fashion after World War II

Valerio Di Paola (Sapienza Università di Roma)      

Transmedia Design for the Promotion of Entertainment. Industrial Workflow and Content Design

Clara Ramazzotti (City University of New York)
Italy’s Netflix: Attempts and Shortcomings

Erica Capecchi (University of Bristol – Cardiff University)

Visualizing Neofascism. Aesthetic and Communication of the Italian Far-Right on Social Media

Leonardo Cabrini (Indiana University)        

Italian Tele-Cinephilia. Programming Cinema in the Italian State Television (1975-2000 and Beyond)

Giulia Paganucci (Università di Bologna)

Teaching Italian through Movies

Emiliano Rossi (Università di Bologna)

In Search of a Message. TV Circuits in Italian Transportation Hubs from Productive to Commercial Strategies