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(Italian) Media Studies Today May 6-7, 2021

  • 21 Apr 2021 10:36 AM
    Message # 10335411

    (Italian) Media Studies Today

    May 6-7, 2021

    How might we broaden the horizons of what is usually understood as Italian media studies to ask questions Italianists might not normally pose? Is the field one, or a multiple assemblage?  What new insights can the field bring to the pressing global questions of our day through critical race theory and ecocriticism? What would it mean to cross-pollinate the study of film and television, the usual purview of Italianists, to include digital studies and the digital humanities?  

    Our conference brings together scholars doing exciting work in these fields, who do not necessarily take (Italy) as its object.  To switch up methodologies and frameworks, the conference will be structured as a series of conversations, not rigid papers, so that we can think fluidly about where our fields are, how they converge and where they are going. 

    Visit the Conference website to register.

    Conference Schedule

    Thursday, May 6

    11:00-11:15 (EST) Opening Remarks

    11:15-12:45 Panel 1

    • Alan O’Leary, Aarhus University, “Another Manifesto for Cyborgs”
    • Andrea Righi, Miami University, “The Hidden Metaphysics of Digital Media”
    • Arielle Saiber, Bowdoin College, “Italy on the Speculation Spectrum: Looking to Digital Media and Digitized Mediums to Locate Italian Futurity”

    12:45-1:00 Break

    1:00-2:15 Panel 2

    • Cecilia Brioni, Trinity College Dublin, “Beyond Talking Makeup: Self-Representation of Youth, Ethnicity and Gender on YouTube Italia”
    • Shelleen Greene, University of California, Los Angeles, TBD

    Friday, May 7

    11:00 AM – 12:10 PM Panel 3

    • Luca Barra, University of Bologna, “Studying (Italian) Media Production. Some Research Challenges and the Impact of International Circulation”
    • Elena Past, Wayne State University, “Sunlight and Silver: Ferraniacolor, Elemental Cinema, and Alberto Lattuada’s La spiaggia

    12:10 – 12:20 Break

    12:20 – 1:30 PM Panel 4

    • Catherine O’Rawe, University of Bristol, “The Non-Professional Actor in Italian Cinema: Race, Work, Performance, and Neorealism”
    • Nicola Camerlenghi, Dartmouth College, “The Intermediality of Virtual Reality and its Application to Visualization and Analysis: Case Studies from the Architecture of Rome”

    1:30 – 1:40 PM Break

    1:40 – 2:50 PM Panel 5

    • Elisa Farinacci, University of Bologna, “Medici Ambassadors: The Global Promotion of an Anglo-Italian TV Series”
    • Gaia Giuliani, University of Coimbra, “A Nation at Siege: Intersectional Iconographies of the ‘Invasion’ in Italy”

    2:50 – 3:00 PM Concluding Remarks

    This conference is brought to you by the Department of French and Italian and FIGSA, the graduate student association of the Department, with generous financial support from the Council of Student Affairs.  

    Conference Organizers: Demetrio AntoliniDr. Jonathan MullinsDr. Dana Renga.



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