My area of research is cinema studies, more specifically film programming, exhibition and reception of popular cinema. I have been working for the last few years on memories of cinema-going in post-war Italy (and Europe) as well as on applied digital humanities tool into film studies.
Research group membership
2016- Present Date: Coordinator of the HoMER Research Network (History of Moviegoing, Exhibition and Reception)
2013-2016 Consultant in a project on ‘The role of Italian cinema in the process of negotiation of the social and religious conflicts of the years 1945-1960’ (funded by the University of Milan and the Ministry for the University and Research).
2013 - Present Date Member of the DICIS – Digital Cinema Studies (funded by the Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO).
2014- Present Date Editorial Board member of the Journals COGENT (Taylor and Francis) and Schermi
Research grants and awards
Winner of the AHRC Follow-on Funding Impact & Engagement for the project ‘Mapping cinema experience as living knowledge across Italy's generational divide’ (ICAMAP). Role: Principal Investigator.
Winner of the RIKSBANKENS JUBILEUMSFOND European Research on the Historical Experience of Cinema Going. Role: Steering Committee member.
Winner of the British Academy/Leverhulme Fellowship for the project ‘Mapping European Cinema: a comparative project on cinema-going experiences in the 1950s’. Role: Principal Investigator.
Winner of the AHRC Research Grant for the project ‘In Search of Cinema Audiences in 1940s and 1950s Italy’. Role: Principal Investigator.
Winner of the British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship for the project ‘In Search of Cinema Audiences in 1940s and 1950s Italy: An Oral History Project in Rome’. Role: Principal Investigator.
I am currently:
- Leading a AHRC Follow on Funding project ICAMAP: Mapping cinema experience as living knowledge across Italy’s generational divide. The funding will enable me, as Principle Investigator of the project working with colleagues from the Universities of Bristol and Exeter, to continue my AHRC funded research on Italian Cinema Audiences, and develop, in collaboration with the Digital Humanities Institute at the University of Sheffiled, a digital archive of all the artefacts collected in the Italian Cinema Audiences project (www.italiancinemaaudiences.org)
- Leading the British Academy/Leverhulme funded Mapping European Cinema: A Comparative Project on Cinema-Going Experiences in the 1950s(www.europeancinemaaudiences.org) in collaboration with the Universities of Ghent (Belgium) and Leicester (UK).