Professor Daniela Treveri Gennari

PhD in film Studies at the University of Warwick

Professor of Cinema Studies - Research Lead for the School of Arts

School of Arts

Daniela Treveri Gennari


I am currently the Research Lead in the School of Arts, where I look after and support research and research staff. I am responsible to supervise funding applications, REF submissions, academics' research plans and contribute to the developement of a strong and vibrant school research enviroment. I mentor junior colleagues, supervise early career fellows and post-doctoral researchers, as well as contributing to the overal research strategy of the faculty.

I am at present the Chair of the newly consituted Creative Industries network, which aims to link academia and industry within the Creative sector, as well as one of the Directors of the Centre of Research in the Arts (CoRA).

Teaching and supervision


Modules taught

  • Special Subject in Film Studies (on Digital cinema methodologies)


I am currenlty supervising several PhD students on:

  • Diasporic memories of cinemagoing in rural Australia
  • Mapping film production in post-war Italy.
  • Memories and language in Italian cinema
  • The visual language of photography
  • The archive of courage

I am also supervising undergraduate and post-graduate dissertation, as well as co-teaching the Special Subject double honours module on the use of Digital humanities tools to research in Film Studies.


My area of research is cinema studies, more specifically, audiences, film programming, and exhibition. 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. I am currently also working on film popularity, exhibition strategies and cinema typologies in Europe. I run the Audience Research Group (TAP) where scholars at the cutting edge of audience studies discuss their research.

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

March 2018: Winner of the AHRC Standard Research Grant for the project 'European Cinema Audiences. Entangled Histories and Shared Memories'. Role: Principal Investigator

December 2016: 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.

September 2016: Winner of the RIKSBANKENS JUBILEUMSFOND European Research on the Historical Experience of Cinema Going. Role: Steering Committee member.

April 2015: 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.

April 2012: Winner of the AHRC Research Grant for the project ‘In Search of Cinema Audiences in 1940s and 1950s Italy’. Role: Principal Investigator.

April 2011: 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.

Research projects

I am currently:

  • Leading the project 'European Cinema Audiences. Entangled Histories and Shared Memories', a comparative research project that explores European film cultures in the 1950s. The project, funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council (2018-2021) is led by Oxford Brookes University, Ghent University, and De Montfort University. It stems from the British Academy / Leverhulme fund that we won in 2016.

Research impact

My research works through a cultural and social lens, employing participatory methods and collaborative approaches to investigate complex historical and contemporary challenges within national and transnational cultures. My contribution to research is, however, not been limited to the academic world, as the common thread running through my scholarly activities is a unique interest in engaging local communities as full partners in my research. As part of my audiences study, I have been at the forefront of the development and organization of public engagement events across Europe. 

Through a programme of community outreach, I have worked with schools and libraries to promote intergenerational engagement in Italy’s cultural heritage, enabling different generations of cinema-goers to take control of their shared cultural heritage in order to become the living curators of a virtual archive of the cinema-going experience. 

Centres and institutes


Projects as Principal Investigator, or Lead Academic if project is led by another Institution

  • Women in Italian Film Production: industrial histories and gendered labour, 1945-1985 (led by University of Warwick) (01/02/2023 - 31/01/2026), funded by: Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC), funding amount received by Brookes: £259,465


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Press, publicity and reviews

Other publicity

Public Engagement Event SAPORE DI SALE organised in Bari (Italy)

  1. - This video - created by Massimo Ruggiero, from the Sapore di Sale's team, shows the public engagement event organised by Francesco Maggiore e Silvia Sivo, in collaboration with the European Cinema Audiences' team: a journey through the abandoned cinema theatres in Bari's working class district Libertà, once the centre of film culture.
  2. - The national newspaper La Repubblica reports on its TV channel on the public engagement event Sapore di Sale.

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