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School of History, Philosophy and Culture
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
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Silvia Dibeltulo’s research mainly focuses on the representation of identity on screen, specifically in terms of ethnicity, nationality, gender and culture. Her work also centers on film genre theory and history, audience and reception studies, cinema heritage, and digital humanities. She obtained her PhD in Film Studies from Trinity College Dublin with a dissertation on cinematic representations of Irish-Americans and Italian-Americans in Hollywood gangster film. She joined Oxford Brookes University in 2014 to work on the Italian Cinema Audiences project, while also teaching on the Film Studies and Communication, Media and Culture programmes.
Within the Communication, Media and Culture programme, Silvia is currently teaching Culture, Gender and Sexuality(U74124) and Subject to Culture (U75184).
Silvia is currently involved in the European Cinema Audiences project (http://europeancinemaaudiences.org/) and worked on the AHRC-funded Italian Cinema Audiences project (2013-2016; http://italiancinemaaudiences.org/). Both projects focus on cinema-going experiences and contextualize them by analysing box-office figures and film industry data.
Her doctoral dissertation, “Hyphenated Identities: Irish- and Italian-American Gangsters in Hollywood Cinema” is the first comparative study of cinematic representations of Irish-Americans and Italian-Americans in Hollywood gangster film, and applies a novel multi-disciplinary approach to the topic. It examines the different ways in which mainstream American cinema perceives and portrays these two groups, while exploring the various meanings and connotations associated with Irish and Italian ethnicity in society and popular culture. Silvia’s work also focuses on media representations of the interrelation of gender and ethnic identity.
Silvia is interested in Digital Humanities and while working on film programming and exhibition and distribution in 1950s Italy has applied a novel approach to this research area by employing geo-visualisation digital tools (see, for example, http://italiancinemaaudiences.org/blog/maps/)
She also works on genre in film and media and is currently co-editing a collection that explores the intersection between traditional modes of production and new, transitional/transnational approaches to film genre and related discourses in a contemporary, global context.
Dibeltulo S., and C. Barrett (eds.) Genres in Transition: Rethinking Genre in Contemporary Global Cinema, (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming).
Dibeltulo S. (2017) ‘Tales of Loss, Betrayal and Regain: Irishness and Ethnic Identity in Contemporary Irish-themed American Gangster Films’, in Genres in Transition: Rethinking Genre in Contemporary Global Cinema, Dibeltulo S., C. Barrett (eds.) (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming).
Hipkins D., S. Culhane, S. Dibeltulo, D. Treveri Gennari and C. O’Rawe (2017) ‘‘A World I thought was impossible’: Provincial Cinema-going in Italy of the 1950s’, in Cinema Outside the City - Rural Cinema-going from a Global Perspective, Treveri Gennari D., C. O’Rawe and D. Hipkins (eds.) (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming).
Treveri Gennari D., S. Dibeltulo, D. Hipkins and C. O’Rawe (2017) ‘Analysing Memories through Video-Interviews: a Case Study of Post-War Italian Cinema-going’, in The Routledge Companion to New Cinema History, Biltereyst D., R. Maltby and P. Meers (eds.) (Routledge: New York, forthcoming).
Treveri Gennari D., S. Dibeltulo (2016) ‘Censorship Italian Style: Catholic policies and programming in 1950s Roman parish cinemas’, in Requiem for a Nation: Religion and Politics in Post-war Italian Cinema, R. Cavallini (ed.) (Mimesis International).
Dibeltulo S. (2015) ‘Old and New Irish Ethnics: Exploring ethnic and gender representation in P.S. I Love You’, in Ireland and Cinema: Culture and Contexts, B. Monahan (ed.) (Palgrave Macmillan).
Treveri Gennari D., S. Dibeltulo (2017) ‘It existed indeed…..it was all over the papers’: memories of film censorship in 1950s Italy’, Participations: Journal of Audience & Reception Studies (forthcoming).
Hipkins D., S. Culhane, S. Dibeltulo, D. Treveri Gennari and C. O’Rawe (2016) ‘‘Un mondo che pensavo impossibile’: al cinema in Italia negli anni Cinquanta’, Cinema e Storia, September (Special issue ed. by Elena Dagrada).
Ercole P., D. Treveri Gennari, S. Dibeltulo and L. Van de Vijver (eds.) (2016) ‘Cinema Heritage in Europe: Preserving and Sharing Culture by Engaging with Film Exhibition and Audiences’, Special issue of Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media, Issue 11, Summer (Editorial article)
Dibeltulo S. (2015) ‘Family, Gang and Ethnicity in Italian-themed Hollywood Gangster Films’, Film International, Vol. 12, No. 4.
Dibeltulo S. (2015) ‘Dreamscapes in Italian Cinema’ (book review), Italian Studies, Vol. 70, No. 3, August.