My main research interests are the everyday and genered aspects of transnational film and media consumption. I am currently working on the qualitative audience project "Investigating Cinema Memories and Transnational Practices: A Qualitative Study with Female Latin-American Audiences in Barcelona and Milan", which explores aspects of affect, memory and identity formation in the everyday experiences of cinema-going, cultural consumption and leisure time in the communities of Latin American women based in Milan and Barcelona. I have also set up a Facebook page and Twitter account related to this project, aiming to disseminate research updates and information about Latinamerican films and practices of cinema-going.
I am the co-organiser of the NECS Online Lecture Series on Media and Migration, which proposes a shift from media narratives and the politics of representation to the methodological and epistemic issues related to the study of mediated migration.
In the past year, I have coordinated the webinars and activites of the TAP - The Audience Project research network at Oxford Brookes and I am member of the Migration and Refugee Research Network.
In parallel, I am publishing my first monograph “Women, Feminism and Italian Cinema: Archives from a Film Culture” for Edinburgh University Press (2022), that is an archival re-reading of post-war Italian cinema from the perspective of women's engagement with feminism.
My latest scholarship concentrates on global feminist cinema histories and audience studies, adopting innovative methodologies combining archival research, qualitative methods and digital humanities. My expertise spans across European and Latin-American screen cultures, with a specific focus on gender, activist filmmaking and migration.
I am currently working on the qualitative audience project "Investigating Cinema Memories and Transnational Practices: A Qualitative Study with Female Latin-American Audiences in Barcelona and Milan", which explores aspects of affect, memory and identity formation in the everyday experiences of cinema-going, cultural consumption and leisure time in the communities of Latin American women based in Milan and Barcelona. with a combined attention to both aspects of consumption, representation and filmmaking. This research is complemented by the small-scale project "Gender, Migration and Transatlantic Documentaries: Perspectives from Latin-American Women Directors" which combines the study of self-reflexive documentaries and production studies to explore gender and migration using interviewing to explore the experiences of migrant practitioners in a globalized context.
A second strand of my research focuses on feminist cinema history, and particularly on the gendered politics of archival knowledge. My first monograph “Women, Feminism and Cinema: Archives from a Film Culture” (Edinburgh University Press 2022) represents the first comprehensive, archive-based study investigating the intersections between feminist activism and popular film practices of spectatorship, representation and production.
I am the co-organiser of the 2021 NECS (European Network for Cinema and media Studies) online lecture series on Media and Migration, and Oxford Brookes awarded me a grant for the organisation of the online film festival “Cine/Mobility. Latin American Cinema Across Borders”, consisting of screenings, Q&As and roundtables with academics, activists, and industry professionals.
Projects as Principal Investigator, or Lead Academic if project is led by another Institution
- Broadcasting UK Feminist Video: Mapping Local Histories and Transnational Networks of the 1980s in the BFI Archive (01/08/2022 - 31/12/2022), funded by: International Federation of Television Archives (FIAT/IFTA), funding amount received by Brookes: £3,301
Maina G, Missero D, '(Feminist) Academic Friendships: Discussing and Re-Thinking the Labour of Love'
Italianist 41 (2) (2021) pp.241-246
ISSN: 0261-4340 eISSN: 1748-619XAbstract Published here Open Access on RADAR
Missero D, 'Memory and gender as migrant audience formations '
Participations 18 (2) (2021) pp.436-453
ISSN: 1749-8716 eISSN: 1749-8716Abstract Open Access on RADAR
Dall'Asta M, Missero D, Veronesi M, 'What’s Queer in Italian Film History? Looking for Non-normative Representations from the Silent Era to the 1960s (Special Issue) = Che cosa è queer nella storia del cinema italiano? Rappresentazioni non normative dal muto agli anni Sessanta'
Immagine : Note di storia del cinema 22 (2020) pp.9-25
ISSN: 1128-7101Abstract Published here Open Access on RADAR
Holdaway D, Missero D, 'The Neglected Spaces of Feminism and Queer in Contemporary Italian Political Cinema'
Zapruder World: An International Journal for the History of Social Conflict 6 (2020)
Published here Open Access on RADAR
Missero D, 'Playboys and the Cosmo Girls: Models of Femininity in Italian Men’s and Women’s Magazines and the Popularization of Feminist Knowledge'
About Gender 8 (16) (2019) pp.80-99
ISSN: 2279-5057Abstract Published here Open Access on RADAR
Missero D, 'Jacopetti’s Sexual Celebrity. Women of the World, masculinity and the forgotten issue of sexual violence'
Film International 17 (2) (2019) pp.24-33
ISSN: 1651-6826 eISSN: 2040-3801Published here
Missero D, 'Titillating Cuts. Genealogies of Women Editors in Italian Cinema'
Feminist Media Histories 4 (4) (2018) pp.57-82
ISSN: 2373-7492 eISSN: 2373-7492Abstract Published here
Garofalo D, '‘Lontane da Voghera’. Italian Housewives as Consumers and Spectators between Public and Private Spheres, 1954–1964'
Italianist 38 (2) (2018) pp.174-188
ISSN: 0261-4340 eISSN: 1748-619XPublished here
Holdaway D, 'Re-reading Marina: Sexuality, materialism and the construction of Italy'
Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies 6 (3) (2018) pp.343-358
ISSN: 2047-7368Abstract Published here
Garofalo D, Missero D, 'Tra spettacolo e documento. Rotocalchi, piccola posta e inchieste di cronaca nei documentari italiani sull'amore dei primi anni sessanta.'
Imago : Studi di cinema e media 8 (15) (2017) pp.145-161
, 'La voglia matta di esserci. Attrici, sessualità e ruoli femminili dalla commedia all’italiana al sexy'
Arabeschi. Rivista di Studi su Letteratura e Visualità 10 (2017) pp.423-426
Missero D, 'NON SOLO BAMBOLE: LO STARDOM FEMMINILE DELLA COMMEDIA A EPISODI E IL DIBATTITO
SUL CINEMA IMMORALE (1964-1966)'
Schermi : storie e culture del cinema e dei media in Italia 1 (1) (2017) pp.119-133
ISSN: 2532-2486Abstract Published here
Missero D, 'Cecilia Mangini. A Counterhegemonic Experience of Cinema'
Feminist Media Histories 2 (3) (2016) pp.54-72
ISSN: 2373-7492 eISSN: 2373-7492Abstract Published here
Missero D, 'Proiezioni di pubblico. Il cinema itinerante enal (1962-63) nelle aree rurali, tra propaganda e rifiuto'
Immagine : Note di storia del cinema 4th series (11) (2015) pp.175-190
ISSN: 1128-7101Published here